What Is The Sleepy Chicken TikTok Trend And Why Is It Bad?

TikTok regularly brings us some weird and wacky trends, but they’re not all meant to be tried and tested at home. In fact, it’s always a good idea to research the trend that’s on offer before you jump on the bandwagon and start hashtagging your way to being a major disaster. Enter the Sleepy Chicken TikTok trend. Here’s everything you need to know about it and why blue chicken is now something you should avoid like the plague.

  1. What’s the sleepy chicken tiktok trend? In case you don’t already know, the Sleepy Chicken TikTok trend is about putting NyQuil on your chicken when you cook it. Say what? It basically involves cooking chicken breasts in a pan on the stove and covering them in NyQuil, or some other OTC cold medication.
  2. Who made the video? Right, so in case you haven’t seen the video, which dates back to 2020, a music artist called Rob Flo holds the medication bottle in his hand while he’s cooking chicken. He tells the camera that he felt sick so he’s decided to add NyQuil to the chicken. Apparently, he’s no stranger to trying this technique, claiming that he’s done it before and he uses about four thirds in a bottle. What is four-thirds in a bottle? Anyone else a bit confused? The thing is, it’s clearly a lot because he soaks the chicken breasts in this medication. They’re swimming in the NyQuil, you guys.
  3. Why would you do this? That’s the million-dollar question here. If you’re feeling like you’re coming down with a cold, why on earth would you add some cold medication to your food? For starters, it makes your chicken come out looking blue, which isn’t a cool bonus. It’s freaky and nauseating, but this trend is not just about how the chicken looks. It’s a serious threat to your health.
  4. It’s freaking dangerous. You should always take medication – even OTC drugs – according to the bottle’s instructions. That’s the first thing that’s wrong with this trend because the guy’s putting a heck of a lot of it on his food. Secondly, there are dangers associated with boiling medication. It can boost its concentration which means you’re more likely to ingest too much of it.
  5. Is taking too much cold medicine bad? That’s what you might be thinking, and we’re here to tell you it is. Although different types and brands of cold medication will contain different ingredients, some common ones include dextromethorphan. This nasty-sounding ingredient can make you dizzy, drowsy, nauseous, struggle to breathe, have blurry vision, experience palpitations, get a fever, vomit, or have hallucinations. Yikes. It can also cause you to end up brain-damaged or in a coma, so don’t think that OTC medicine is safe.

More about the Sleepy Chicken TikTok trend

  1. You’re at risk from inhaling the medicine. Another big red flag in this TikTok trend is that while you’re cooking the chicken in the cold medication, you’re going to be using high temperatures (no one wants salmonella from the chicken) and that means your pan will be sizzling and producing steam. The steam will move up into your face, which means you’ll be breathing in the medicine vapors. Not a good move. You’ll be breathing in the medicine’s ingredients, which can cause you to take in too much.
  2. You can land up in the er with food poisoning. We’ve already touched on how cold medicine ingredients can be potentially dangerous when consumed in large amounts, but did you know that cooking your meds can also land you in the ER? Whether you’re cooking chicken or any other food with medicine such as NyQuil you’ll be consuming much more than the medicine’s recommended dosage. When done repeatedly, this can give you food poisoning symptoms! For real!
  3. You can get salmonella. You might not think that doing this freaky food challenge is going to make you get salmonella poisoning, but it can if you follow through with all the tips in the video. When the narrator of the vid decides that he’s put too much NyQuil in the pan to cook his chicken, he pours the remaining bit back into the NyQuil bottle. Gasp. Not only has that medicine been all over RAW chicken, but now it’s getting mixed in with the rest of the bottle contents. ‘Scuse me while I go throw up.
  4. Wait, is that chicken cooked? Although Flo tells viewers to cook the chicken for between five and 30 minutes, it’s sitting in a pool of NyQuil so it’s probably not going to be cooked properly. Some people have commented that the chicken doesn’t look properly cooked, guys. It’s good to bear in mind that you should cook your chicken for about 25 to 30 minutes to ensure it’s fully cooked, but hopefully not in a bath of medicine. Ugh.
  5. Was it all a joke? Now, imagine if you try the Sleepy Chicken TikTok trend and become sick. Your feathers will be ruffled by the news that this could have all been one big joke. Yup, apparently the video was said to be a satire. Well, we hope that’s what it was. A bizarre joke that’s going to give us more nightmares than people who die from taking extreme selfies.
  6. This sleepy chicken trend mirrors some others. The Sleepy Chicken trend is similar to some others that have appeared online, such as the Lean or Sizzurp trend. This one involves mixing Codeine, a powerful painkiller, with cough syrup, hard sweets, and a fizzy drink. All we can say is, don’t do it! If you’re coming down with a cold, just treat it the old-fashioned, safe way instead of trying something that could give you more problems.

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Giulia Simolo is a writer from Johannesburg, South Africa with a degree in English Language and Literature. She has been working as a journalist for more than a decade, writing for sites including AskMen, Native Interiors, and Live Eco. You can find out more about her on Facebook and LinkedIn, or follow her on Twitter @GiuliaSimolo.