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McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets might be one of the best-selling McDonald’s menu items, but if you’re not careful, you might be spending too much on them. There are plenty of facts that are not only interesting but can save you money on your next McDonald’s run.

We’ve done all the research to find out how to save the most on your McDonald’s McNuggets and hidden secrets that you should know — including ways that you can get free McDonald’s year-round.

Want to know more ways to get McDonald’s specials for cheaper? We’ve got you covered.

 

The 40-piece McDonald’s McNuggets give you the most value at $0.27/nugget.

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McDonald’s sells their Chicken McNuggets in five different quantities: 4-piece, 6-piece, 10-piece, 20-piece, and a whopping 40-piece McNugget. Generally, the more nuggets you get, the more value you’ll get per nugget. Here’s the breakdown of each quantity:

  • 4-Piece McNuggets: $1.89; $0.47/nugget
  • 6-Piece McNuggets: $2.50; $0.42/nugget
  • 10-Piece McNuggets: $3.99; $0.40/nugget
  • 20-Piece McNuggets: $6.59; $0.33/nugget
  • 40-Piece McNuggets: $10.99; $0.27/nugget

NOTE: There are currently six different dipping sauces that you can pair with your McNuggets: Tangy BBQ, Sweet N Sour, Hot Mustard, Creamy Ranch, Honey Mustard, and Spicy Buffalo.

 

Reheat your McDonald’s McNuggets in an air fryer.

Chicken nuggets and fries inside an air fryer

If you have leftover McNuggets, you’ll know that trying to eat them cold or microwaved isn’t the best experience. We’ve found that the best way to recreate the texture and freshness of McNuggets at home is by popping them in an air fryer at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for three to four minutes, depending on how many nuggets you’re reheating.

If you don’t have an air fryer yet, we keep track of all the air fryer deals that you should know about.

 

The McDonald’s Rewards app discounts Chicken McNuggets at least once a month.

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One of the best ways to get free McDonald’s all the time is to download the McDonald’s Rewards app. The app will consistently give you the best coupons, and you’ll earn 100 points for every $1 spent.

Once you reach 3,000 points (or $30 spent), you’ll be able to redeem your points for 6-piece McNuggets. That’s a 8.3% cash-back reward.

They also periodically give coupons that make your McNugget purchase worth it. During the McDonald’s December deals, we saw them offer a free 6-piece with any purchase of $1 or more. In April, 6-piece McNuggets were just $1. And almost constantly, you can get a 20-piece McNuggets order for just $5.00 (reg. $6.59) — making them just $0.25 per nugget. You can only redeem one coupon or reward per transaction.

 

Chicken McNuggets come in four different shapes.

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If you’ve ordered McDonald’s McNuggets, you might have noticed that they aren’t all the same shape. In fact, there are four different shapes each with their own unique name:

  • Ball: a round chicken nugget
  • Bone: a rectangular-shaped chicken nugget
  • Boot: somewhat shaped like the “bone” with a growth in one corner
  • Bell: a diamond-shaped chicken nugget

You’ll get a random assortment of any of these chicken nuggets, and while you can ask for a preference of which shape you want them to be in, most cashiers are trained to just give you a random assortment of nuggets.

NOTE: Unfortunately, there’s no way to order a bag of frozen chicken nuggets from McDonald’s.

 

 

Spicy McDonald’s McNuggets make an appearance once a year.

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Want to spice up your Chicken McNuggets order? Every year since 2020, McDonald’s has offered a spicy version of their chicken nuggets at some time in the year. Each promotion ran for about a month, and after that, you’d have to wait for them to come again.

Here’s when the promotion ran in the last few years:

  • April 2022
  • February 2021
  • August 2020

NOTE: In the past, McDonald’s used to sell Chicken Tenders in 2017, but they haven’t made a reappearance on the McDonald’s menu.

 

There are six different ‘official’ dipping sauces.

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Whenever you order Chicken McNuggets at McDonald’s, the person taking your order will ask you which sauce you want. Here are the six different dipping sauces to choose from:

  • Tangy Barbecue
  • Spicy Buffalo
  • Creamy Ranch
  • Honey Mustard
  • Honey
  • Sweet & Sour

Also: In addition, people dip their nuggets in ketchup, mustard, mayo, and even tartar sauce. These sauces are available for free, but most McDonald’s limit them to two per entree. You can also ask for Big Mac sauce on the side, order a packet of salsa, or go buy some Chick-fil-A sauce to find your favorite McNuggets dip.

 

Make your own Spicy Chicken McNuggets with a secret menu hack.

Person opening a box of chicken nuggets from McDonalds with buffalo sauce in the background

Missed your chance to get your Spicy McNugget? While we won’t be able to replicate the McNuggets exactly, you should always try this McDonald’s secret menu item to get Spicy McNuggets all the time at no additional cost to your order:

  • Order a McDonald’s McNugget of your choice
  • Ask for Spicy Buffalo sauce
  • Pour half of the Spicy Buffalo sauce into the nugget container
  • Shake the container and enjoy

 

The cheapest nuggets are from Wendy’s — at $0.25 apiece.

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McDonald’s nuggets are, at their cheapest, $0.27 each. Wendy’s can beat that. When you order a 4- or 6-piece, they cost as little as $0.25 apiece. Strangely, when you order a 10-piece, Wendy’s then becomes the most expensive at $0.47 per nugget. Burger King finds themselves right in the middle of the nugget price wars.

Here’s how each restaurant breaks down:

Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets

  • 4-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $0.99; $0.25/nugget
  • 6-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $1.49; $0.25/nugget
  • 10-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $4.67; $0.47/nugget

Burger King Chicken Nuggets

  • 4-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $1.49; $0.37/nugget
  • 6-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $2.49; $0.31/nugget
  • 16-Piece Chicken Nuggets: $4.98; $0.31/nugget

We’ve got all the ways you can save at Burger King and get free Frosties from Wendy’s.

 

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