The Food & Drug Administration issued a warning about cooking chicken marinated in NyQuil.
The FDA says boiling or frying chicken marinated in Nyquil can be dangerous because heat increases the concentration of NyQuil’s active ingredients.
NyQuil chicken became a thing in February after a man shared his unusual NyQuil chicken recipe in a YouTube video.
The FDA issued a warning this week after children tested the recipe on TikTok and issued a challenge to other kids.
“The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is. But it could also be very unsafe,” the FDA said. “Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways. Even if you don’t eat the chicken, inhaling the medication’s vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body.”
NyQuil is a cold and flu medication that contains an antihistamine. DayQuil is the non-drowsy formula.
Parents are advised to keep prescription drugs and over-the-counter medication out of the reach of children. Parents should monitor their child’s TikTok account for dangerous content.