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Try This Mouth-Watering Chicken Dog Food Recipe

Without a doubt, chicken is one of the healthiest high-protein foods you can give your dog. It’s low-fat, packed with healthy amino acids, a good source of nutrients like selenium and B vitamins, and perhaps best of all—dogs love the delicious meaty flavor!

Of course, your dog needs more than just meat. They also need the added vitamins and minerals from vegetables, healthy grains, and other nutritious foods. That’s why we created this chicken dog food recipe to make it easy to cook a healthy and delicious meal your dog is sure to love.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. chicken breast or thighs
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 2 large carrots
  • ½-1 cup cooked rice

Feel free to adjust the ingredients as you see fit!

Chicken breast is low in fat and high in healthy protein, while chicken thighs contain more fat and are generally juicier. (Pro tip: If you do choose to use chicken breast, consider adding a healthy fat source—such as olive oil—to help create a balanced meal that contains fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.)

Carrots and sweet potatoes are incredibly nutritious vegetables, but if you happen to have other veggies on hand, feel free to use them instead (or in addition to) the ingredients listed. Other great choices include peas, green beans, kale, spinach, broccoli, beets, and more.

Directions

  1. Start cooking the rice first, since that will take the longest to cook.
  2. Peel your veggies, if necessary, and chop them into 1” pieces.
  3. Preheat a skillet to medium-high heat and add some healthy cooking oil.
  4. Add your chicken to the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes per side. Make sure the inside reaches 165° F and the meat is fully cooked through.
  5. When the chicken is done, let it rest for a few minutes.
  6. Add your sweet potatoes to a pot and cover them with water. Boil the potatoes for 15-20 minutes.
  7. When the potatoes are done, use a fork or masher to mash them up.
  8. Cut the chicken into 1” pieces.
  9. Add the chicken and sweet potatoes to your skillet, stir them up, then add the carrots (along with any other vegetables you’ve decided to use).
  10. Cover the pan and cook on low for 10-15 minutes, until the carrots have softened.

And that’s it! You now have a healthy and delicious chicken dog food recipe your pup is sure to love.

Serving Instructions

If you’ve just finished cooking, let the food cool before serving it to your dog. You don’t want them to get too excited and burn their mouth.

This recipe will yield several serving sizes. The exact amount to feed your dog depends on their size. We suggest you start by feeding your dog ½ cup for every 25 pounds of body weight, and adjusting from there as needed.

Oh, and if your dog prefers wet food, you can add some warm chicken broth to make the meal even more enticing.

Storage Instructions

This chicken dog food recipe should store very well in the fridge for 5 days or so. If you intend to keep it longer, consider putting it in the freezer instead.

Pro tip: If you choose to store it in the freezer, consider separating the food into individual serving sizes first. That way, you can easily defrost a single serving at a time as needed.

How Often Can You Feed Your Dog This Chicken Dog Food Recipe?

This is an incredibly healthy and tasty meal your dog is sure to love. But keep in mind that it’s important to make sure your dog gets a balanced diet—so for that reason, you don’t want to give your dog the same homemade meal every day because it could be missing some essential nutrients.

One way to help make sure your dog gets all the vitamins and minerals they need is to feed them a nutritionally complete dry food in between homemade meals like this chicken dog food recipe. And with that in mind, consider giving our 30/20 High Protein Dog Food a try! It’s packed with lean chicken, brown rice, veggies, and added nutrients to keep your dog strong and healthy.

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