The culinary challenges popularized by social networks never cease to amaze us. The latest? “sleeping chicken“. This recipe, shared on Tik Tok, encourages Internet users to boil their chicken in NyQuila over-the-counter syrup to relieve symptoms of a cold or fluespecially cough.
If the idea seems absurd, it also endangers the health of amateur cooks. In fact, boiling poultry in NyQuil, or in any other cough or cold medicine may cause significant drowsinesswho also gave his nickname to the recipe: “sleeping chicken”.
Boiling syrup can make it more concentrated
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently highlighted the dangers of this recipe (source 1). In particular, it recalls that boiling a drug can increase its concentration, and therefore change its properties.
the NyQuil, in this case, contains paracetamol, dextromethorphan and doxylamine (a combination found in many syrups). In high doses, paracetamol can damage the liver. As for dextromethorphan, it can be diverted to psychotropic purposes. Doxylamine, it (an antihistamine) can promote the sleepinessas shown above.
Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the drug fumes while cooking can cause high levels of the drug to enter your body, she warned.
And to specify that this recipe can damage the lungssince a person can inhale a significant amount of cough syrup without even realizing it.
Finally, the FDA recalls that it is important to keep medication out of reach of young children to avoid tragedies. She also announces that she will soon carry out preventive work with children and adolescents on the dangerousness of “unpublished” trends and challenges circulating on social networks.