That social media cliché, "I don't know who needs to hear this, but..." would actually be an appropriate way to begin this article. Because I don't know who actually needs to hear this. Who would be gullible enough to cook food in over-the-counter medicine?

In an "I thought I'd heard of everything" moment, last week the FDA issued a warning against cooking chicken in NyQuil. "Sleepy Chicken," is what the recipe is called, and it's fueling an alleged Tik Tok trend.

I say alleged because some publications are disputing this, saying that no one had really heard of Sleepy Chicken, or "NyQuil Chicken" until the FDA issued the warning. One thing is certain: the "recipe" is trending now.

I haven't seen NyQuil truly weigh-in on this hysteria, except to reply with a standard tweet that they've used for awhile to reply to people who have issues with their product.



Vicks/NyQuil, Twitter
NyQuil & DayQuil, Twitter


I feel like I'm writing a piece for The Onion or National Lampoon as I type this, because... This is a joke, right? It has to be a joke. Because it's bonkers. No one is dumb enough to cook chicken in NyQuil - are they?

Alas, we live in a stupid world, where people eat Tide Pods, stick coins into electric outlets, and light themselves on fire for "likes" on social media. They're dumb. They're dangerous. But at least they have goals.

When you read about something as gross and potentially deadly as "Sleepy Chicken", you really have to wonder who started this trend - or hoax - as the case may be.  Are they dumb themselves? Or are they diabolical? I guess it doesn't matter, ultimately, because both are dangerous.

One thing is certain: this is not how you feed a cold.

So, as I said in the beginning, I don't know who needs to hear this, but don't marinade food with NyQuil. Or any other cold medicine.

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