Vegan Chicken in NyQuil

Chicken cooked in NyQuil is taking the world by storm right now. Those who can’t have chicken might feel left out, so here’s a vegan version!

The FDA, the CDC, and thousands of accounts across social media are promoting the now infamous dish, Chicken in Nyquil.


I decided cherry flavor would go nicely with my side of green beans.

So here’s how to make this infamous, stupid, deadly dish – but vegan!

The great thing about this recipe is that NyQuil comes in many flavors, so you can choose whichever you feel will complement your sides. If you’re willing to buy off brands of cough and cold medicine, your flavor selection will be even wider!!

The chicken is always white breast meat.

From what I’ve seen and read across the internet, the trick to this recipe is to slow simmer the Nyquil with the chicken in it, basically poaching it. I’ve also never seen anyone cut or slice the chicken breasts in any way, they’re always whole.

The first step to making a vegan version of Chicken in Nyquil is replacing the chicken.

The easiest option for this is tofu. Extra firm tofu that has been twice-frozen, thawed, and pressed gives a super realistic chicken breast texture that will soak up all the cough syrup goodness!

If you can’t do soy, I highly recommend making seitan chicken breasts! This utilizes gluten – the protein found in wheat. It’s also known as “wheat meat” and my friend Kat from 86eats has a wonderful recipe for vegan turkey with crispy skin you can shape into chicken breast sized pieces.

You’ll want to have the “chicken” and your NyQuil ready to go at the same time. You’ll also need a dutch oven with a lid.

Once you have everything ready to go, make dessert instead. I highly recommend my vegan no-bake cheesecake!

A taped up sign that says “internet temporarily closed due to inability to even. Maybe tomorrow will be better but probably not.”

Seriously, no. Just no.

I shouldn’t have to say this, but please don’t cook NyQuil. Ever. Or any other medicine. It can kill you and the people you love.

If you don’t believe me, you probably won’t believe the FDA either – but here’s their article just in case.

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