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Viral TikTok challenge: The Sleepy Chicken

TikTok was created in 2016.  Since then, it has swept the nation. I have to admit I was skeptical at first.  But then when I was home on maternity leave – well, there is only so much you can do while holding a sleeping baby.

TikTok Sleepy Chicken

Image source: TikTok

The dangers of TikTok challenges

With the rise of influencers and a corresponding increase in the power they hold, TikTok has become a shortcut for many people to try and seek their fifteen minutes of fame. This includes participating in various viral TikTok challenges.  Last year, it was the Milk Crate Challenge where users would stack milk crates in a pyramid, and to try to climb them.  It set such a dangerous precedent, that TikTok had to enforce a ban.

TikTok’s Sleepy Chicken challenge

Recently, the “Sleepy Chicken” challenge has reemerged – a joke that had originally surfaced in 2017. It involves cooking chicken breasts in NyQuil, claiming that it helps you sleep, nourishes you, and/or can help you get over a cold. There is no scientific evidence to back these claims. But the recent popularity of the trend was enough for the FDA to publish a warning.

sleepy chicken

This warning had the opposite effect.  It made the challenge more popular, so TikTok banned the challenge. Non-prescription or over-the-counter drugs are readily available in many homes, making this challenge accessible to impressionable youths. Read more about how to protect your children here.

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While I may not have a TikTok video to accompany it, I am happy to share a recipe for chicken that has been passed down in my family for generations.  The measurements are a rough estimate, since I was raised to add flavors and ingredients until the “ancestors” tell you it’s good.

chicken cutlet recipe

Chicken cutlet recipe


  • Chicken breast pairs (two)
  • 1 ½ Cup Breadcrumb
  • ½ Cup parmesan cheese (I like this brand)
  • 1 Tbsp. Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic Powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Vegetable oil (enough to fill one inch of your cast iron skillet)


  1. Separate the chicken breast pairs, then butterfly
  2. Mix breadcrumbs, parmesan, oregano, garlic powder, and salt & pepper (to taste) in a shallow dish. I like to use a round cake tin.
  3. Scramble an egg with a splash of water in a second container.
  4. Coat each piece of chicken first in the egg mixture, and then in the breadcrumb mixture. Make sure to press down lightly so it’s entirely covered.
  5. Heat oil in a large cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. You will know it is hot enough when you dip a piece of the chicken into the pan, and it immediately starts to bubble. Do not crowd the pan, because the oil won’t stay hot enough to cook evenly.
  6. Cook chicken for 3-5 minutes per side. It will be a nice golden-brown color. Watch your oil. If your chicken starts to turn too dark before the time is up, then you will need to turn the temperature down a bit. The USDA recommends you cook your chicken to an internal temperature of 165 degrees. You can use an instant read thermometer to double-check yourself.
  7. After chicken is cooked, remove and place on a paper towel or cookie drying rack to drain.
  8. Serve with pasta or on a salad. If you are feeling adventurous, you can add some tomato sauce and mozzarella on top, then broil to make Chicken Parmesan.
  9. ENJOY