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Dog Food Recipe | Avoid the Recalls, Make Chicken Jerky for Your Dog

9/14/12 UPDATE: FDA Publishes New Q&A on Chicken Jerky Treat Situation

I’ve been watching one company after another fall to the Pet Food Recall demons.  I actually spoke with one company months ago who assured me that they’re quality control made their products safe – they’re now on the pet food recall list.

If you haven’t seen the news, here are a few of the companies who have announced recalls…

Canyon Creek

Kingdom Pets

Milo’s Kitchen

Waggin’ Train

If you go to your local grocery store or pet store, you may see these brands on sale too!  I wonder how many dog owners are going to think “if they sell them, then they must be safe.”  Remember, they also sell cooked bones at the pet store and we know they’re unsafe too (they splinter and those sharp bone shards wreck havoc on our pups digestive systems).

So I decided to find a recipe to make chicken jerky for your dog and I found this recipe on the Raise a Green Dog blog, a new blog favorite.

  • Preheat your oven to 200° F
  • Lightly oil (olive oil is best) a baking sheet, a stainless steel one is best for healthier cooking!
  • Select organic chicken breast (or turkey breast if you’d like) and remove any fat.
  • Slice the chicken (or turkey) with the grain in very thin slices, about 1/8″ to 1/4″ inch thick.
  • Place the strips on your stainless steel baking sheet.
  • Bake for about 2 hours. (Baking times will vary due to difference in ovens, temperatures and meat size. When baked at two hours the treats should be firm and dry, not soft. It’s best to increase the time to be sure they are dry and firm, if needed).
  • When cooled you can cut the strips into appropriate feeding pieces, or take a full strip and break off for a nice rapid reward treat!

These treats will last for about 2 weeks if stored in a nice air tight container. And they can be frozen for up to six months if needed.

For additional flavor you can sprinkle the chicken breasts (or turkey) before baking with just a little organic parsley, sage or ginger for added flavor.

Update! Kirby the Dorkie shared that we should look into cooking with olive oil and coconut oil.  I’ve been reading that too; you can even drizzle a little on your dog’s food!

Now it’s Your Turn!

If you have a recipe to make chicken jerky for your dog, please share it in the comments below!  Thanks!


  1. Pawcurious has actually a good article and even a video on making chicken jerky treats. She actually sprays them with PAM.

    We have a whole jerky treats production set up here; we make beef jerky, though, as Jasmine is allergic to chicken. We use dehydrator. Usually make jerky from ground beef (requires jerky gun/or cannon, which is what hubby’s latest one is called). We also have a meat slicer so can make jerky also from beef hearts, liver or roast when on special.

    For dehydrating we follow manufacturer recommendation or simply dehydrate until the consistency we want.

    • I’m considering picking up a dehydrator. It would be so much less expensive than purchasing treats; and a lot healthier than what’s available in most of the stores. I’ve found alternatives in the store, but they’re so spendy – it’s amazing that people buy them.

      • I know, those are crazy expensive. The original reason we started making our own, actually. American Harvest (I think it is) has a good line of affordable dehydrators. We “killed” a bunch so now we have a heavy duty stainless steel one LOL But we make A LOT of jerky.

        • I like the idea of making it for the family. I love peppered jerky. And while I’m making it for myself, I may as well make some jerky for the dogs too. Hee Hee.

          I’m just blown away at how easy it is. I thought it would be crazy hard and I thought dehydrators were really expensive. I want to make carrots and sweet potatoes too.

          Maybe I’ll pick one up this week.

          • Nope, not hard at all and the American Harvest are quite affordable.

    • I dehydrate jerky about every other week- chicken, fish, beef. Safer, cheaper and so easy!

      Read the comment about using Pam spray – I don’t remember where I read it but there is some horrid stuff in Pam! I use olive oil, cocnut oil, or safflower oil in the bottle misters.

      • I just wrote an article about olive and coconut oil (to be published soon). I had no ideas that they were such healthy options until recently so thanks so much for bringing it up.

        I’ll update the post with your share and link back to you!


  2. Hmmm, you can pick up a relatively inexpensive dehydrator at some of the “big box” stores. A friend of ours bought one super cheap (under $75) to make jerky. Not sure how it worked out for him – ahhahah!

    • I am loving the idea of a dehydrator. I bet the first weekend I’ll be dehydrating everything. I want to do salmon.

      Thanks for stopping by. I’m going to have to start price comparing seriously this weekend.


  3. Woof! Woof! Due to my allergies we are very cautious on my treats. Never had a Chicken Jerky. Golden Thanks for sharing this information and joining our Tasty Tuesday Blog Hop. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

    • We’re starting to realize that one of our fur kids may be allergic to chicken too; he gets really itchy paws after chicken so we’ve taken it off the menu. Thanks for stopping by!!


  4. I’m a “dog mom”, so this kind of stuff is very important to me. My baby LOVES chicken jerky, but I never thought about making homemade jerky for him. So, thank you for this post… I\’m going to make it for him. I love your commitment to dogs! I stopped by from

    • Thank you so much and thanks for stopping by. I’m going to get a dehydrator, beause there are lots of veggies that our dogs can have too, like sweet potato, which they love.

      Hope to see you again


  5. Hi Kimberly,
    I have had a dehydrator for ages!! I always made beef jerky for my husband and myself. It is awesome!! So much more flavorful than store bought. I had never thought of making it for my furbaby until now. I am going to make her chicken jerky this weekend! When I made the beef jerky, I had asked the butcher at the grocery store to slice the beef thin. They do it for free. From there, I just marinated it in liquid smoke or soy sauce and then put it in the dehydrator. Remember to line the trays with paper towels to catch the fat from the meat (I dont know if this would be necessary with chicken, but is with beef). I would really appreciate it if anyone who has a dehydrator, could tell me (and others) if they marinate the chicken first and if so, what in. And also if they marinated the beef for treats. I would much rather know for sure what is going in my pets tummy than leave it up to chance with store bought treats! Thanks for keeping us all informed and for suggesting alternatives. And thanks to everyone who also have offered ideas for homemade treats!

    • I’m going to get my dehydrator next month and start making our treats at home. I think it’ll be fun and everyone can eat them :)


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