If you’ve decided to take it upon yourself to start making your own dog food, you should first get your vet’s approval and advice. This is particularly important if your dog has any allergies or intolerances.
If you already have the go-ahead and are ready to dive into cooking wholesome and nutritious dog food, you’ll need good recipes. If your dog loves chicken, you’ve come to the right place!
Here are 10 dog food recipes that feature chicken that shouldn’t be too challenging to make and that your dog should love!
The 10 Homemade Chicken Dog Food Recipes
1. Easy Homemade Dog Food Crockpot Recipe by A Fork’s Tale
This crockpot (slow cooker) recipe features ground chicken in addition to other healthy ingredients, including rice, veggies, and beans.
The beauty of this recipe is that you can swap out ingredients and fine-tune it to your dog’s preference. You just throw everything into the slow cooker in the morning, turn it on, and it’s ready in time for your dog’s dinner!
2. DIY Homemade Dog Food by Damn Delicious
This recipe is quite similar to the first one, except you don’t need a slow cooker — just a large pot and a bit of time. While this recipe does call for ground turkey, you can swap it out with ground chicken.
Prep is super easy: Cook the chicken with a small amount of olive oil, throw in the vegetables, cook for about 5 minutes, and it’s done! You just need to let it cool before serving.
3. Stovetop Chicken Dog Food by Southern Bytes
Southern Bytes offers a ground chicken recipe that you cook on your stovetop. Frozen vegetables will save you time and effort. Also included are steel-cut oats, bone broth, and coconut oil. It’s easy to prep, and you can make the same recipe in an instant pot if you have one.
4. Chicken & Rice Dog Food Recipe by Pawsome Recipes
When your dog has an upset stomach, your vet will likely tell you to put them on a bland diet. This usually involves plain, cooked chicken and white rice.
This recipe gives similar instructions but with the option of adding vegetables if your dog is in good health.
5. Easy Rice & Chicken Dog Food Recipe by All Recipes
The author states that their vet approved this recipe for their dogs, and it doesn’t call for any oil. Place chicken, water, and vegetables into a large pot, bring it to a boil, and simmer for about 25 minutes.
6. Chicken Burgers for Dogs by Wag the Dog UK
Most of the ingredients for this recipe are similar to the previous recipes, but you get chicken burgers instead!
There’s also fruit in addition to the veggies, ground chicken, and brown rice. These burgers are baked in the oven, or you can grill them in the summer. The author mentions that you can make these into a meatloaf instead.
7. Easy Crockpot Chicken Dog Food Recipe by DogVills
This crockpot recipe has chicken breasts, brown rice, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, and water.
Cut everything up, throw it in the crockpot, cook for 5 to 8 hours (depending on if you’re cooking it on low or high), stir it up, and you’re done!
8. Homemade Meatballs for Dogs by House That Barks
This recipe for meatballs is something that dogs will love! The recipe calls for ground beef, which you can replace with ground chicken.
The recipe also calls for eggs, unsweetened applesauce, yogurt, and almond flour. The meatballs can be baked or fried (but baking is healthier) and can even be used as pill pockets.
9. Chicken Jerky for Dogs by Proud Dog Mom
This chicken jerky recipe is more of a treat than a meal, but your dog will love it! You only need to thinly slice chicken breasts, grease a wire rack, and bake them at low heat for 2 to 3 hours.
This process slowly dries out the chicken, and they come out chewy and crispy. These are easy and healthy treats for your dog!
10. Chicken Biscuits for Dogs by Two Healthy Kitchens
This chicken biscuit recipe is simple to make, and your dog will love them! You can use leftover cooked chicken (as long as it’s unseasoned, deboned, and skinless) and mix it with flour, yogurt, water, and an egg.
Don’t worry about using cookie cutters and turning them into adorable nugget shapes. Your dog only cares about how they taste, and it will save you time.
Talk to Your Vet
Consult with your vet about the recipes that you’re interested in trying, so you can be sure they are good for your dog. You should also discuss how much you should feed your dog and how often.
It’s vital that you have a conversation about your dog’s diet if you’re planning on changing it or adding something new. Dogs don’t always react well to new food, particularly if they have a sensitive stomach.
Another reason that you should be careful when introducing new foods to your dog is that they can have food intolerances and allergies. The most common food allergy triggers are proteins, with chicken and beef at the top of the list.
If your dog develops skin issues, frequent ear infections, or stomach upset (vomiting and diarrhea), it might be due to a food intolerance or an allergy. Speak to your vet!
Now you have many options for delicious homemade chicken recipes for your dog. Each recipe is quite easy, particularly if you’re already a decent cook.
That said, you must discuss any recipes that you’re interested in with your vet. If you plan to make all your dog’s food yourself, know that they need a specific balance of proteins, fats, carbs, and nutrients to stay healthy, and your vet should help you with this.
Once the essentials are taken care of, these recipes should be fun to make, and your dog will love them!