The Chicken Parmi Is Just Chicken Nuggets for Adults

I'm going to cop flak for this— but I don't care.

I don't even care if I ruin this pub favourite. The truth is more important.

This has gnawed away at me ever since I sat eating a chicken parmi and realized my son's kid's meal, nuggets + chips + salad and sauce is just a miniaturized concept. Rather, the parmi is just the 'adultified' version of the nuggets. You can @ me if you want to argue about the nuances about additional mozzarella, the difference between the sauces or even the number of nuggets versus the size of parmi, but I won't respond. You and I both know now you are eating a kids meal and you need to grow up.

One thing remains constant, crumbed chicken, sauce, chips and salad.

You can't run from it, you are eating a kids meal dressed in an adult's name.

EDIT:

Denial
Anger <=== You are all here
Bargaining
Depression
Acceptance

Comments

  • +55

    you need to grow up

    No.
    The rest makes sense but your conclusion is bad.

    • +50

      The rest makes sense

      No, it doesn’t.

      Op is just rambling on about what should of just stayed his own shower opinion.

      Chicken nuggets barely contain any actual real chicken, while a parmy is an actual piece of chicken coated in breadcrumbs and layered with other toppings.

      Thats like saying a donkey is actually a horse…
      Yeah you can ride both, but they ain’t the same.

      Op is fixated on the wrong thing and making a flawed argument.

      One thing remains constant, crumbed chicken, sauce, chips and salad.

      Having similarities doesn’t make something identical.

      • -4

        You can't have a blanket statement that chicken nuggets don't contain real chicken when even McDonalds nuggets are all chicken breast

        • +6

          Taken from McDonalds website:

          McDonald's Chicken McNuggets®® are made from 100% chicken breast meat. However, as a percentage of the total recipe when the batter, seasoning and oil to cook the nuggets are taken into account, chicken meat constitutes 45% of the total Chicken McNugget®, the other ingredients account for the additional 55%.

          Chicken is less than half of a nugget - even according to their own claims.

          The key point is in italics… nuggets are made from chicken.

          • +1

            @El cheepo: You said "chicken nuggets barely contain any real chicken", I guess this can be interpreted two ways where you're either saying the meat itself is mystery meat or the meat content of a nugget only constitutes a small portion of the full nugget.

            If we use the former interpretation, your assertion has been completely debunked and the meat is real 100% chicken breast. This would mean nuggets and parmis are in fact the same thing.
            Now you backtrack as if you meant the latter, which means you're conceding the fact that if a parmi had enough breading then it would be a nugget?

            • -1

              @jaejae69: It is most certainly the latter of the two, which was inferred but not directly stated.

              which means you're conceding the fact that if a parmi had enough breading then it would be a nugget?

              To quote this great legend: “If my grandmother had wheels then she would be a bicycle”

              Reference: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A-RfHC91Ewc

              • +6

                @El cheepo: Come on now. You know very well the going theory is nuggets are made up of nothing but the offal and scraps of chicken.

                It's disingenuous to try to say you were implying that nuggets are mostly breading. Especially given your provided proof is the nugget is 45% meat - very close to half is not 'barely' and that you said 'actual chicken' when the meat in a parmi is no more chicken than what's in a nugget.

                You don't infer when you say/type something - you imply. The reader/listener infers.

                • @filmer:

                  Come on now. You know very well the going theory is nuggets are made up of nothing but the offal and scraps of chicken.

                  I do indeed know of it, but that doesn’t mean i agree with it.

                  It's disingenuous to try to say you were implying that nuggets are mostly breading.

                  I implied that the majority % of a chicken nugget is in fact not chicken- what you deduced from that statement is on you.

                  Especially given your provided proof is the nugget is 45% meat

                  Personally, I wouldn’t call a McDonalds statement hard proof, more a claim.

                  very close to half is not 'barely'

                  So is 55% (claimed) a majority chicken?
                  And thats best case scenario, im sure your average supermarket nuggets etc are probably similar to meat pies - that is closer to 20-30% of the product is the meat.

                  when the meat in a parmi is no more chicken than what's in a nugget.

                  Whens the last time you got a parmy that was 45% chicken and 55% misc?

          • +2

            @El cheepo: The surface area of a nugget makes it impossible for that to be any other way. If the nuggets were bigger there would be more % chicken.

            A chicken nugget being 50% real chicken is evidence that they are the are exactly what is advertised. I'd rather eat McDonald's nuggets than the average pub parmigiana

            • -3

              @greatlamp:

              The surface area of a nugget makes it impossible for that to be any other way. If the nuggets were bigger there would be more % chicken.

              Not really, the components and mixture that makes a nugget is what differentiates a nugget from a parmy.

              If you were to increase the size of a nugget to the same size as a parmy, it would yield the same result as it is a different mixture of things that make it.

              Its not because its a small piece that only x% is chicken, its that way for saving money by replacing chicken realestate with what ever mix they use.

              A chicken nugget being 50% real chicken is evidence that they are the are exactly what is advertised.

              Well McDonalds claims at least 45% chicken.
              But other producers will vary in what is acceptable and what they use.
              Im sure in many cases it will be less than that and perhaps other parts of a chicken.

              It’s worth noting i have no dispute with chicken nuggets been chicken nuggets.

              My disagreement is with the op that they are the same thing as a parmy.

              I'd rather eat McDonald's nuggets than the average pub parmigiana

              Im a fan of both and would have them side by side 🤷🏽‍♂️

        • What about the chickens—are they free-range or battery? It makes a difference to the yolks, so no doubt the breast as well. Does McDs and other nuggets use good chicken breast? What's the difference between an average Parmi vs. nugget, or is Parmi simply a more premium or gourmet large nugget?

          Who would eat mini parmis or are these more like popcorn chicken or mcbites…

      • Thats like saying a donkey is actually a horse…
        Yeah you can ride both, but they ain’t the same.

        Too much information!

        We don't need to know about your sex life

    • Agreed. Its a good point shower thought, but no need to yuk other peoples yum's.

  • +73

    That's right. And gravy is just adult dipping sauce. And beer is just adult juice box.

    • +5

      I thought wine was the adult juice box? They both come in a cask.

      • Even more fun when drinking through a straw

      • They are both liquids, are both made from the juice of fruit, you drink them, and you can get both at the pub! Grow up if you drink glorified juice you babies!

      • And it's purple/red flavor.

  • +32

    Let me put it to you this way.

    Chicken nuggets is just the kid’s version of a good honest parmi.

    • +32

      By OPs logic none of us should be driving a car because it's just an adult version of a kids ride on toy

  • +31

    Nugs are generally ‘formed’ chicken. The schnitzel part of the parmi should be chicken breast butterflied and crumbed.

    Those reconstituted schnitzels that Woolies etc sell aren’t the real deal, and yes are just nuggets in a different shape. But what’s your problem with nuggies?

  • +13

    @Nugs

    Is this true
    ?

    • +161

      I've spoken to my lawyers, we might have a case against big parma
      .

      • Will eating one improve my 5g? Asking for a cooker mate.

      • I hope this reply gets the notoriety it deserves, well played 😂

      • +1

        we might have a case against big parma

        It's actually Big Nug.

      • Nugartis are likely to respond with. Their latest research studies.

  • +20

    Makes sense to be honest

    But your idea that therefore adults need to grow up is wrong and just plain dumb

    Kids menus also have fish and chips which are cocktail fish. I assume therefore I'm not allowed to have fish and chips by your logic?

  • +32

    You should try a chicken parma. They're substantially better

    • +11

      Yeah, real men order a parma at the pub…

  • +5

    There is no meat glue in a chicken schnitzel

    • +1

      Never had the I&J special then…..
      .

      • +1

        If its production made it has meat glue how else do they get the same weight, size and shape

        • +2

          I was referring to the el cheapo schnitzel night schnitzels that are in fact oversized nuggets
          .

    • You haven't eaten in cheap pubs. They're all weirdly glued mismatched random pieces of chicken.

  • +1

    I have been trying to get my son to try a schnitzel when we go out by saying it is a big chicken nugget but he won't have a bar of it.
    So what if you're right? Are you expecting everyone to stop having schnitzels and Parmi/Parma's beacuse you say so?, cause it ain't gonna happen.
    Stick to your liver and onions and leave the rest of us to eat what we want, okay.

  • I dont see bacon/ham and cheese on the nuggets, Bssically the same is NOT the same, as you say truth is important

  • +13

    Definitely sounds like fowl play.

    • +7

      This whole thread is clucked.

      • +5

        O.P. is too chicken to have a grown up nugget.

  • +4

    I’m old enough to remember chicken nuggets coming to Australia as a fried chicken substitute at McDonald’s (pour one our to a real one, the actual fried chicken pieces that were replaced).
    Michael Pollan mentions them as the epitome of American fast food, they can be eaten while you cruise down the highway. But chicken schnitzel and it’s pork and veal cousins is the dish of Austria and southern Germany, and has been for generations.
    I suppose if you ate a lot of nuggets as a kid you might think it happened the other way and the parmi was invented as a grown up nug.

    • How long ago was that?

      • +1

        Circa 1980

  • +6

    A schnitzel is a staple counter meal but once you add the parmigiana topper I agree that you've ruined it

    • +1

      This is true, with the way most are served in Oz. If the ham and cheese is inside a folded fillet and the whole thing breaded so you don't have a doggy mess on top, it is pretty good.

    • 100% agree.

      Goes from crispy to soggy.

      I'd love a pork schnitzel and bratwurst right now.

  • +3

    L take

  • +4

    You and I both know now you are eating a kids meal and you need to grow up.

    No way a kid can finish a chicken parma

  • +6

    Kids meals are just regular meals with simplified flavours.

  • +2

    Parmi ????

    • +19

      Give OP a break, he's from Perth; they just got chicken nuggets there, hence his "revelation".

    • -5

      Parmi vs parma.
      Schooner/midy v Pint/pot
      Mall vs Mull
      Potato Scallop vs potato cake
      Devon vs bung fritz
      Pluto pup vs dagwood dog
      Pancakes vs flapjacks
      Coriander vs cilantro
      Scones vs biscuits
      Burgers vs sandwiches
      Metric vs imperial

      The ones on the left are correct and all states and other counties should adapt.

      • +1

        Every Aussie loves a Vegemite burger in their lunch box.

  • +6

    Ok, and?
    Some kids food is awesome, I love when I score an invite to a kids birthday party and get to relive the glory of fairy bread.
    Btw the whole problem that you have is with a 'parmi', be a real man and have a parma.

    • +2

      and get to relive the glory of fairy bread.

      You don't need a kids party to make this! Just saying……

      I served it at a 'adult' party once, went retro themed, so after all the laughs of being kid food, oddly it all went and I had to make more 🤔

      • Very true, we're usually having people over for dinners rather than parties. So I haven't been daring enough to serve fairy bread as a desert :D.
        My wife is also an avid baker so it'd be a waste of her talents, but will keep it in mind for whenever we end up hosting a shindig :)

        • Well yes a avid baker might be horrified, but then maybe its a great way to show off their baking skills with some amazing white bread :)

          Or just whip some up for yourself as a snack!

  • You and I both know now you are eating a kids meal and you need to grow up.

    Lets say you're right….. What do you think a real 'adult' should be eating instead?

    But the way I see it, the kids are eating miniaturised version of a adult meal that works for them, not the other way around.

  • Reasonable assessment

    • -1

      OP needs a psychiatric assessment. Clearly gets “triggered” by the most irrelevant topics and one day will see an adult eating a chicken parmi and go all Bondi Junction on the patrons at the pub.

  • +1

    you are eating a kids meal dressed in an adult's name

    Only a kid would call it a parmi.

  • +3

    news flash: kids and adults both eat chicken, tomato, and cheese.

  • is parmi or parma the correct naming convention?

    • -2

      According to the eastern staters it's parma; like most of these large chicken nuggie defenders, they are also wrong.

      It's parmigiana… where does the "a" come from unless you contract the word in a weird way.

      • It's just Melbourne that wrongly says parma

        • That explains my work colleagues from Vic defending it.

      • +3

        Cannot - can't

        Parmigiana - parm'a

        • -1

          It's not Parm'a is Parmi.

          Case and point

          Cardigan: Cardi or Cardan

    • +7

      Well if a "service station" get shortened to a "servo", then a "parmigiana' should be a "parmo"

      • +2

        That's some rock solid logic right there.

  • +2

    I like chicken nuggets…

  • +3

    Im more interested to spot those from the east by 'parma' vs 'parmi'

    Ps, it's parmi. Nothing out of Vic is correct.

    • Indeed. They contribute nothing to Australia apart from dead end socialism.

      Passengers.

    • Victoria, in my opinion is an incredible epicentre for multicultural food. We have really got an incredible food scene that rivals the best in the world.

      • What does that say about diversity? The only thing going for it is the food?

  • +1

    This is the result of human brain's creativity

  • +2

    I suppose you don't like having fun either

    • -1

      I'm having fun right now 🫡

      • +4

        "ha ha oh they are all so angry at my spicy take"

        Reddit-tier fun

  • +4

    I find this post absolutely disgusting!!! Probably just another one of those woke, spiced latte lovers posting anti-Australian B.S!

  • +3

    The chicken parmi is a meal for REAL MEN. You wouldn’t understand that. I guarantee this bloke is in the pub ordering a ceviche and lime followed by some white wine your grandma would enjoy. You are what is wrong with this country mate! Thumbs down

    • forget the white wine, that ceviche sounds pretty good! Sure you can say it is a delicate girlyman meal, on the other hand it's raw fish for the savage carnivore, like a grizzly bear tearing into a leaping salmon.

      I prefer a schnitzel to a parmi, but I'll give side eyes to someone who can only order the parmi/schnitty and is just an adult version of that difficult kid who can't cope if the mnu doesn't have their nuggies and chippies.

  • +1

    Have you recently eaten a chicken nugget?

    The meat in a chicken nugget is usually highly processed chicken meat. Whereas a parmi is or should be actual non-processed chicken that is flattened.

    So in theory what you say makes sense but in reality it's a very different product.

  • And? I see no issue with this.

  • lol

  • +2

    Imagine telling people you don't eat parmas because you're a grown up lol

    • imagine being a grown up and not being able to make your own decisions lol

  • +3

    real adults eat what they like without any qualms

  • Can't believe this is what a 33M is stressing about.

  • +3

    The difference is that the nugget uses reclaimed meat, I don't think the parmi does.

    Is katsu a kid's meal?

  • +1

    Sausages are just cheerios for adults.

  • I like the Irish parmy from the Irish pub near the office - chicken schnitzel with curry sauce - $18 on Thursdays.

    Nice.

    • Do the Irish do the Chicken Parmo? or is that just the English?

      • +1

        I think it's one of those things that you can pretty much get anywhere - It's basically fake Italian food

        • +1

          my favourite type of Italian

          • @dingleberries: I like a parmy but so many places don't do it well. There's two pubs where I live and one does a great parmy but the other place's parmy is shit.

            • +1

              @R4: Yeah, to be honest I make my favourite at home, you're welcome any time haha

  • You and I both know now you are eating a kids meal and you need to grow up.

    You say this like it's some sort of problem?

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