McDonald's dumps Chicken Selects from menu

The company is also booting the apple walnut salad. Is there anything good left to eat?

By Kim Peterson Feb 28, 2013 2:10PM
File photo of McDonalds Chicken Selects in March 2011 ( Martin Lee/Rex Features)McDonald's (MCD) is cutting Chicken Selects and apple walnut salad from its menu. Does that leave anything for health-conscious diners looking for a quick meal?

Judging from the outcry on Twitter, the answer seems to be no.

"McDonald's discontinued Chicken Selects. . . My life is officially over," wrote one dismayed customer on the social-media site. "I guess I'll never be eating McDonald's ever again just (because) they are no longer making Chicken Selects," another customer wrote.

The company touts its Chicken Selects as "premium finger food for picky people." They were made from chicken breast filets and ran about 380 calories for a three-piece serving.

But apparently, picky people were just a little too picky. One McDonald's franchisee said that the Chicken Selects didn't sell well enough nationally, The Chicago Tribune reports. A spokeswoman confirmed to the newspaper that Chicken Selects and apple walnut salad will be cut, and that the company is reviewing options for its Angus Third Pounder.

The Tribune speculates that the move is clearing the way for new products, perhaps a McWrap sandwich with grilled or fried chicken. McDonald's has also been testing chicken wings at some restaurants.

Which returns us to a question asked all the time by calorie-counting parents rushing their kids' Happy Meal orders through the McDonald's drive-thru: Is there anything on this menu for me to eat?

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Feb 28, 2013 3:53PM
You dont go to McD's  for healthy food. Who in God's name would assume that?
Feb 28, 2013 3:52PM


Oh and give me a filet of fish anyday! from McDonalds!

Feb 28, 2013 3:51PM
Bravo McDonalds!!!!!  If it doesn't sell...then WHY should they have to sell?  They will join some of the other good-by businesses if they don't have common sense about things!  IT's been crazy that we are being taught by the food police and you have to know who that is.....that we are too stupid to fed ourselves properly...the majority of us DO and I personally am sick of someone telling me how I can eat!
Feb 28, 2013 3:48PM

I can get something similar to the chicken selects at other fast foods; that is about the only food item that I have purchased from them in  the past year.


Feb 28, 2013 3:46PM
Ask how much that 3 piece Chicken Selects cost, and compare with the 20 piece McNuggets being available for $5...and ask yourself why they went away...people go to McDonald's to get cheap filling food, not quality; the whole idea was that the mom's would eat enough of these while the kids played and ate the Happy Meals to justify them as a loss leader - guess the mom's didn't order enough.
Feb 28, 2013 3:46PM
I remember back when all they served was hamburgers, cheese burgers, Big Macs, fries, sodas and shakes.  The food was cheap and it was good.  So much for the old days.
Feb 28, 2013 3:42PM
If you want very good chicken tenders, then I suggest Hardee's.  These really are hand battered and cooked when ordered.  This means not so fast food but still very good tenders.
Feb 28, 2013 3:39PM

McDonald's "Grilled Chicken Wrap", marketed by them as a snack, is probably their healthiest meal choice for a calorie counter.  But don't buy the Fried Chicken version!


We almost never eat at McDonald's because of the high fat and calorie content of their foods, but there are locations such as small Airport Terminals and Toll Road Plazas where McDonald's is the only choice for a meal.

Feb 28, 2013 3:37PM
Deep fried chicken is healthy??  Nice, that changes everything.
Feb 28, 2013 3:37PM
only ones that eat there are so overweight it really does'nt matter, see you in the E.R fat asses
Feb 28, 2013 3:36PM
Chicken selects were healthy?  23 grams of fat, 3.5g saturated fat, 900mg sodium.
Feb 28, 2013 3:30PM

not sure where fried chicken "fingers" are considered a healthy alternative but if they weren't selling then I can understand McDs dropping them.  The Angus third pounders are pretty good but overpriced when compared to the rest of the burgers.  Before doing away with them, they should try lowering the price to see if sales increase.


And one thing about the Angus burgers.  People going to fast food restaurants aren't differentiating between Angus beef and "regular" beef so charging more for the burgers than they charge for the quarter pounder or big mac is seen simply as a more expensive burger.

Feb 28, 2013 3:29PM
I own the stock, let others eat the food.
Feb 28, 2013 3:26PM
I use to work at McD's yrs ago and im not sure why they dont have a turkey club sandwich.
Feb 28, 2013 3:19PM
they should go back to the early days when their burgers actually tasted good, enjoyed the chicken selects sometimes but KFC does them better so......
Feb 28, 2013 3:18PM
Cats all across America are meowing a sigh of relief.
Feb 28, 2013 3:16PM
Feb 28, 2013 3:14PM
Goes to show, What people claim they want and what they buy can be two if not three different things.

If its not selling why have it on the menu.
 Last I looked McD is in the business  to sell what folks are willing to buy. And not to be their health nanny.
Feb 28, 2013 3:06PM

Shocking that healthy items don't sell at McDonald's.


Next you'll tell me Weight Watchers don't hold meetings at the Golden Corral

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