Recently, the internet seems to be trying to resuscitate some old absurd trends to see if 2022 could give them another chance. On “well-being” TikTok, for example, someone filmed themselves cooking a cursed dish called NyQuil Chicken and people love it, literally and figuratively.
Yes, NyQuil as in cough syrup and chicken as in, a food that should not be seasoned with cough syrup.
A pair of (hopefully) satirical cooking videos have gone viral on TikTok, and in them the user @ systemofaclown69 prepare the chicken by braise (gag a little) in everyone’s favorite nighttime cold medicine. I never thought I would use such a sophisticated cooking term for a dish that seems to have sprung from the mind of Rob Zombie, but here we are.
At Chef @ systemofaclown69 first video, he takes a package of raw, thinly sliced chicken breasts, places it in a small pot, and adds a full bottle of NyQuil to it, all while a piece of Rataboy is playing on it. This shocking combination of sights and sounds has been favorite over 198,000 times to date, and it doesn’t end there. His second video shows the now agitated teal poultry as the drug decreases, then is shown with a pair of tongs.
In NyQuil chicken video from another user on YouTube, the narrator claims that the purpose of the dish is simply a remedy for the common cold, but those who have been on the Internet for some time can hypothesize a real reason for the recipe: the creator wants to disgust you.
The pair of videos have been looped over 1.6 million times and spawned another popular TikTok involving – and it pains me to say it – NyQuil pasta (how dare anyone mess with the tastiest starch ever). It is as if Julia Child created the recipe herself, but there is no joy in this kitchen, girls. It should go without saying, but cooking up this culinary disaster isn’t a viable cold cure or cure. It’s also just a bad idea.
“Taking medicine with food is generally not dangerous, as many people do it with their daily dose of medicine,” says Aaron Hartman, a Richmond physician and assistant clinical professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, noting that these people usually have are prescribed the drugs they eat with their chicken to normal – so don’t think twice. “When you cook cough medicines like NyQuil, however, you boil the water and the alcohol in it, leaving the chicken saturated with a super-concentrated amount of the medicine in the meat,” says Hartman. “If you ate one of those fully cooked chops, it would be like actually drinking a quarter to half a bottle of NyQuil.”
Fun note: Hartman also says that if you only boil a chicken in liquid “for five minutes” (as a narrator puts it in one of the videos), you could get food poisoning from the chicken. It may sound obvious, and even silly to take seriously, but a third of TikTok users in the US are under 14, so what appears to be a disgusting, fun joke could lead to innocent tweens tripping balls and then gutting each other out with the stove on.
“If you ate one of those fully cooked chops, it would be like actually drinking a quarter to half a bottle of NyQuil.”
However, the main medical reason for not making these Smurf-colored dishes is something I didn’t even think about: besides cooking a more potent NyQuil reduction sauce, you inhale the medicine while you cook it. . “By cooking a medicine with multiple drugs on a stove top, you’ve aerosolized it and you are most likely inhaling it,” Hartman said, adding that in a video, they can be seen by admitting exactly that.
He also notes that heating a medicine can change its chemical composition. “Inhaled, these drugs also enter your bloodstream very quickly and do not overtake your liver for detoxification,” he adds. “The effects can be quite bad depending on how much you inhale. “
As for what cough syrup cooks can inhale while doing this massacre at mealtime, NyQuil contains acetaminophen, antihistamines, a decongestant, alcohol and dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant that affects part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough. None of these drugs are suggested for use as a steam facial, and the latter drug, DXM, is what people use not as directed. robotic tear, a recreational drug where users experience a trippy range of psychological and physical effects (and possibly hepatic failure.)
As new as this protein-rich and potentially dangerous decongestant stew sounds, it wasn’t invented on TikTok. Its history as a meme as well as a mini-trend on YouTube dates back to 2017, when the Twitter user @trjstn tweeted an image of a few bottles of NyQuil next to an azure-colored chicken with the joke caption: “If she makes you nyquil [sic] chicken … don’t let her go. Personally I would let her go like Rose let Jack in Titanic.
With COVID, the flu and Novak Djokovic rampant around the earth, getting sick is at the forefront of everyone’s worries. That doesn’t mean you have to give up all senses and make a flurona chicken casserole with a bottle of gooey, syrupy medicine. “It’s a terrible way of cooking, basically,” Hartman added. “Who would want to eat blue chicken anyway?” “