This is way too gross.
Doctors are urging people to stop trying the ‘sleepy chicken’ TikTok trend.
The ‘recipe’ is supposedly great for curing colds and cases of flu. However, we’re not so true we’d be willing to try it, even before this warning.
In the trending videos, people place a raw chicken breast in a pot. They then add an entire bottle of NyQuil cough medicine to the pot. The chicken is then boiled for half an hour and eaten.
The videos have now been viewed thousands of times and doctors are concerned about the side effects.
Babe, are you okay? You've barely touched your sleepy chicken pic.twitter.com/zqXJN0C3wK
— Shatt Muff (@ShattMuff) January 17, 2022
Doctors have asked people to avoid the trend as it can cause food poisoning and even hospitalisation.
Doctor Aaron Hartman told MIC.com, “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.
“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 doctor told Tyla, “You should not cook chicken or any other type of food in Nyquil or any other medicine.”
“Cooking chicken in NyQuil will not provide you with any medicinal benefit and could also be dangerous.”
Parents have been advised to monitor the content their children are watching on TikTok. They can be easily persuaded to try harmful trends like this, experts warned.
Doctors stressed that cold and flu medicine should only be consumed as instructed on the label.
We shouldn’t have to say it, but please do not try the sleepy chicken trend at home.