Enhancement of Chemical, Nutritional Status, and Quality of Low-Fat Mortadella Made From Mechanically Deboned and Whole Chicken Meat With the Addition of Flaxseed and Thyme Oils.


  • Yasmine Taleb Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.
  • Basem Al-Abdullah Al-Sawalha Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4377-2778




Chicken mortadella, Flaxseed oil, Thyme oil, Chemical composition, Lipid oxidation, Fatty acids, Nutritional Status


This study aims to compare low-fat chicken mortadella made with whole chicken muscle (WCM) and mechanically deboned chicken meat (MDCM) that were enriched with flaxseed oil and thyme oil. Four mortadella types were manufactured: 100% WCM (T1), 100% MDCM (T2), 100% WCM + 2% flaxseed oil + 0.15% thyme oil (T3), and 100% MDCM + 2% flaxseed oil + 0.15% thyme oil (T4). Mortadella samples were investigated for proximate composition, thiobarbituric acid (TBA) value, pH, fatty acid profile, color, and sensory evaluation. Proximate composition was affected by the type of chicken meat (WCM vs. MDCM). During 20 weeks of storage, the TBA values of WCM were lower in comparison with those of MDCM (p≤ 0.05).pH values of WCM mortadella were lower (p≤ 0.05) in comparison with those of MDCM, where the oils had no effect on pH during the storage period. The incorporation of oils raised the total polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) and lowered the total saturated fatty acids (SFA). There wasa significant difference in terms of rednessbetween WCM and MDCM, additionally, storage and oils added did notaffect the color. The sensory results showed that juiciness, texture, and overall liking scores were significantly different.

Author Biographies

Yasmine Taleb, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

 Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan.

Basem Al-Abdullah Al-Sawalha, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan.

Department of Nutrition and Food Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan


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How to Cite

Taleb, Y. ., & Al-Abdullah Al-Sawalha, B. (2023). Enhancement of Chemical, Nutritional Status, and Quality of Low-Fat Mortadella Made From Mechanically Deboned and Whole Chicken Meat With the Addition of Flaxseed and Thyme Oils. Jordan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 19(1), 23–39. https://doi.org/10.35516/jjas.v19i1.144



Received 2022-06-07
Accepted 2022-07-31
Published 2023-03-01