Mechanically separated chicken — the stuff chicken nuggets and patties are made from — is what you get when you grind an entire chicken through a sieve, soak it in ammonia, and add flavor artificially. Also, it's pink.

UPDATE: We've found a video from a corporate manufacturer of the machines that executes this task (or at least part of the task; it's hard to know, it's in Chinese). Warning: This is totally gross an not for the faint of heart.

UPDATE 2: Here's an even better (?) video of the process, from a more industrialized facility.

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