NyQuil chicken: FDA issues warning about TikTok's dumbest "trend"

Silver Spring, Maryland - Winner, winner, NyQuil chicken dinner? The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says absolutely not, and Twitter is abuzz about the agency's latest warning about a supposed TikTok trend.

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Even if you're cooking your white meat like this as a joke, just sautéing it like this could be dangerous.  © collage: screenshots/ TikTok glammie53

"The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing – and it is. But it could also be very unsafe," the FDA wrote in their broader warning about social media trends that include medication, published last week.

Their consumer update was in response to what they call a "recent social media video challenge" that "encourages people to cook chicken in NyQuil."

The original clip of a TikTok user frying chicken breasts in the bright green cough syrup went viral when it was posted last year and has since been removed, according to multiple media outlets.

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But as many weird and gross things on the internet do, this trend has once again reared its head on social media.

Social media users respond to Nyquil chicken

Don't season your poultry with cough syrup.
Don't season your poultry with cough syrup.  © 123rf/ magone

While it's not clear how much of a "trend" Nyquil chicken is or ever was, the FDA'S warning only served to reheat the whole cooking calamity.

Twitter users mused over the stupidity of humanity. Some posted memes saying things like: "We're not gonna make it are we? Humans, I mean." Another Tweeted, "if you choose to eat NyQuil marinated chicken, you deserve whatever the consequences are..."

Regardless of the buzz and whether it's actually addressing something real, it's worth restating the FDA's main point that randomly boiling medicine is still dangerous: "Inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body.[...] Put simply: Someone could take a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without even realizing it."

After all, we do live in times when advisories against guzzling bleach are necessary.

Cover photo: collage: screenshots/ TikTok glammie53

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