McDonald’s has always been faced with criticism over the unhealthy fare it doles out. However, the company is changing its recipes now. The McNuggets are currently getting a makeover and a new recipe is being tested across stores in the US.

The fast food chain claims that the new recipe is cleaner and preservative-free. McNuggets are a popular food item on the Maccas menu. The pieces of chicken which are fried for the customers, however, are delivered to the store in a frozen form.

They are said to contain 32 ingredients and not all are chicken. According to Quartz, the nuggets contain a bunch of chemicals including sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, and calcium lactate. Individual stores fry these in oil that contains TBHQ, an artificial preservative.

Nevertheless, things are set to change. ABC News reveals that the latest move is an effort by the company to turn around its business. It plans to do so by regaining lost customers and by catering to changing tastes and preferences. It seems that the company feels it can regain lost ground by changing to “healthier” recipes.

Hence, the new McNugget recipe is kept simple, clean and something parents can feel good about. The McNuggets will leave out sodium phosphates and will not be fried in oil containing TBHQ.

McDonald’s started testing this recipe since March across 140 stores in Oregon and Southwest Washington. informs that McDonald’s is testing another version of Big Mac patties in addition to the nuggets. It elaborates that this is not the first time the fast food giant has tweaked recipes. Their grilled chicken received a makeover too last year when the company removed certain ingredients.

“More than ever, customers care about where their food comes from and how it is prepared,” explained Becca Hary, McDonald’s spokeswoman. “These new Chicken McNuggets are made with a simpler recipe that parents can feel good about while keeping the same great taste they know and love,” she added.