TikTok: US Food and Drug Administration warns about recipe for chicken with cough syrup

Weird stuff is always being spread on social media, this also applies to the food sector. A bizarre supposed kitchen trend has now received additional, but perhaps important, attention there with a warning from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It’s about medicated cooking and specifically why it’s not a good idea to cook chicken with cough syrup. The social media challenge to create such a menu sounds “stupid and unappetizing,” writes the FDA , »And she is. And it can even be very dangerous.«

The FDA is referring to videos that have surfaced on platforms like TikTok in recent months. The clips show users cooking chicken with NyQuil, a cough medicine popular in the US. The recipe called “NyQuil Chicken” or “Sleeping Chicken” had attracted many reactions from other TikTok users who expressed their disgust at the dish or pointed out the dangers of consumption.

A joke with a risk of injury

But if you look more closely, you’ll notice that the most popular video on the subject is complete obviously a joke. In it, a person can be seen dousing the partially raw chicken in the pan with a large amount of green cough syrup. The chef says he usually uses four-thirds of the bottle, then flips the chicken with a flat iron.

Photos and videos of other users who have cooked the “sleeping chicken” can be found online only a few . Whether they took the pictures as a joke or out of appetite can hardly be judged. However, cooking with cough medicine does not seem to be a huge social media trend.

The FDA takes the videos seriously and appeals to only take medication in the intended dose. The authority clarifies that boiling cough syrup can change its concentration and properties. Inhaling the vapors can also damage the lungs. “Someone could ingest a dangerously high amount of the cough and cold medicine without realizing it,” warns the FDA. NyQuil Chicken« added a warning: »Participating in this activity could result in injury to yourself or others.«

Not the first dangerous trend

That the FDA and TikTok on a joke like that reacting drastically has a serious history. Because in the case of the “Benadryl challenge” from 2000, in which users took large amounts of an anti-allergic drug and filmed themselves, the FDA warned apparently too late. According to individual media reports was then a 15-year-old girl died as a result of taking part in the Challenge.

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    From the »Nutmeg Challenge« to the »Blackout Challenge«, numerous other examples of risky network challenges can be found online. The boundary between entertainment and health hazards is often blurred. The FDA is now targeting parents with its announcement, encouraging them to talk to their children about “how social media trends can have real, sometimes irreversible, damage.”

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