Empire Kosher Constructs World’s Largest Chicken Nugget

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Jews are known more for intense intellectual debate than the metaphysical riddles of, say, Zen Buddhism. But a publicity stunt from the country’s largest kosher poultry vendor raises an unanswerable question: if a chicken nugget weighs 51 pounds and is three feet long, is it still really a nugget?

Empire Kosher constructed the behemoth bite for last week’s Kosherfest, the world’s largest kosher food trade show, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ. The nugget helped mark Kosherfest’s 25th anniversary, Empire’s 75th, and the company’s new line of chicken nuggets.

The record-setter reportedly required 2.5 pounds of breading and was as big as 720 average-sized nuggets. It took six people over three hours to prepare and cook the chicken, including 45 minutes in a 500 gallon-deep fryer.

Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were on hand for the weighing and measuring. Time magazine points out that “largest chicken nugget” is a new category for the record book, and has no previous title holder.

While world records are held for many different foods, kosher foods appear to be slow getting into the game. The website for the Guinness Book of World Records returns no results for “kosher” records. A Jewish culture festival in Budapest reportedly tried to construct the world’s tallest kosher sandwich this past summer, but no confirmation of the feat is available.

There’s no word yet on how much Russian dressing was needed for dipping Empire’s nugget.

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