TikTok has rediscovered a recipe that involves cooking chicken in NyQuil

Gen Z is prone to bringing back trends that Millennials have long discarded like middle hair parts and low-rise jeans. Now they may have taken things a bit too far with the return of “sleepytime chicken.” 

TikTokers have rebranded “sleepytime chicken” as “NyQuil chicken.” The dangerous recipe was first popularized on Reddit in 2017. And yes, it is exactly what it sounds like: chicken cooked in NyQuil. 

“Gen Z has officially discovered sleepytime chicken,” reporter Ryan Broderick tweeted sharing a screenshot of the recipes on TikTok

What is NyQuil chicken? 

Nyquil chicken is chicken boiled in NyQuil medicine. Internet users have called the sleepytime chicken a cold remedy. The hashtag #nyquilchicken has 498,000 views on TikTok. 

TikToker @systemofaclown69 posted a video of themselves cooking up chicken breasts in a pot of boiling NyQuil on the stove.

“POV: You’re me walking to the local grocery store to buy NyQuil and Chicken,” one user said in a video

However, most people like comedian Robert E. Blackmon seem to know NyQuil chicken is a joke and shouldn’t be taken seriously. 

Is NyQuil chicken dangerous?

Consuming NyQuil chicken could potentially make you sick. While taking food and medicine together is usually fine, the act of boiling the NyQuil can have serious consequences. 

“When you cook cough medicine like NyQuil, however, you boil off the water and alcohol in it, leaving the chicken saturated with a super concentrated amount of drugs in the meat,” Dr. Aaron Hartman, assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, told Mic. “If you ate one of those cutlets completely cooked, it’d be as if you’re actually consuming a quarter to half a bottle of NyQuil.”

Another issue with cooking NyQuil is that the heat can change the chemical composition and the drugs that compose NyQuil can become aerosolized. 

“Inhaled, these medicines also enter your bloodstream really quickly and are not going past your liver for detoxification,” Dr. Hartman told Mic. “The effects can be quite bad depending on how much you inhale.”

This inhalation issue arose in another sleepytime chicken video by @systemofaclown69. The boiling NyQuil is aerosolized into a vapor. Then the person trying to record a video breathes in the substance and gags. 

So the next time you have a cold, consume your NyQuil and chicken separately.

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