Coughing can be an incredibly annoying problem that disrupts sleep and everyday life. It is good to hear that you are doing better, and you have asked an important question about when a cough should make you go to the doctor
. In general, if a cough has a known cause (such as a cold, the flu, etc), has no other symptoms, and is getting better over a week or two, there is no rush to see a doctor. If the cough persists, or has other concerning features, such as a fever
, chills, weight loss
, blood tinged sputum, etc, then you should see a doctor to see if there is anything more serious going on.
In your specific case, it sounds as if you have a known cause (the chicken, perhaps getting stuck in your throat) and it is slowly getting better. Sometimes, a piece of food becoming lodged in the throat can cause local irritation. This irritation can persist for some time, making you cough and produce mucous. Coughing is often worse at night, as well, and so this is not a concerning symptom in and of itself. Adequate hydration and good hygiene will be the most important steps towards continuing to improve. Please see your doctor if you do not continue to improve, or if your cough persists.