How Cocaine Chicken Became A Tradition In The Bobby Brown Family

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Musician Bobby Brown once made fried chicken with cocaine he mistook as flour when he was ten years old, according to his memoir out Monday.

Brown is a singer, songwriter and actor best known for being a frontman for the 1980s R&B group New Edition. He described in his new memoir Every Little Step his marriage to Whitney Houston, having a sexual encounter with a ghost and other surreal happenstances. He also recalls making fried chicken with cocaine when he was ten years old.

“So I decided to use the large bag of flour I found in the freezer to make some fried chicken,” Brown wrote in a passage spotted by Uproxx. “I got the chicken parts out of the refrigerator and covered a bunch of pieces in the flour. Then I dropped them in a pan of sizzling oil. I was 10. So I didn’t realize the strangely pungent smell emanating from the pan.”

Brown was taught how to cook from his mom but that particular night both his parents were away. He was unaware at the time that his mother was a drug dealer and that what he thought was flour was really a bag of cocaine. She was selling drugs to make ends meet living in a lower income neighborhood near Boston, Mass.

“When the chicken pieces were nice and brown, I figured I was done,” Brown continued. “After I had taken a few bites and feeling weirder with each bite, my mother walked in the door. At first she was smiling at the idea that her little Bobby had made dinner. Then her gaze swept across the kitchen as she got hit with the full brunt of the scene, the smell, the mess, the powder.”

Brown was unaware, despite the signs around him, that his mother was dealing drugs. For instance she installed a huge metal door which Brown and his sister assumed was to keep out Jehovah’s Witnesses. Brown laughed off the incident by noting his unusual recipe eventually became a family tradition.

“With horror, she realized what I had done,” Brown added. “I fried chicken in her cocaine — a radical new addition to the family’s culinary offerings. Cocaine chicken.”

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