McDonald’s fans have been left reeling by the shortage (Image: LiverpoolEcho/ WS)

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McDonald's enthusiasts have been devastated by a nationwide shortage of a popular chicken dish.

The fast-food restaurant has run out of Chicken Selects, strips of tender chicken breast in a seasoned, crispy coating.

Those who wonder whether fans of the deep-fried poultry treat could simply opt for a McNugget instead have another thought coming.

Selects are integral ingredients of Big Flavour Chicken Wraps and the Chicken Deluxe Burger, both of which have also vanished from menus.

One woman discovered the chicken shelves were empty when she went to pick up some food at her local McDonald's.

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A sign explains the Selects shortage

There she discovered a sign explaining that the "Chicken Selects and Big Flavour Wraps are currently unavailable due to a nationwide shortage.

"We apologise for any inconvenience."

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Because the Chicken Deluxe Burger was due to be retired from the menu on Tuesday June 15, McDonald's fans may not be able to give it a proper send off.

Hungry fast-food lovers have taken news of the Selects shortage hard.

The chicken pieces are an integral part of a McDonald's wrap
(Image: McDonald's)

"Been craving chicken selects all day only to find out there’s a nationwide shortage????" one person tweeted in despair.

Another added: "Legitimately, specifically walked to McDonald's for chicken selects. I could actually cry right now."

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A third said: "Are Mcdonald's having a shortage of Chicken Selects I'm SCREAMING ffs."

McDonald's has been contacted for comment.