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Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs

Your dog will love this Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs! This homemade dog food recipe uses organic ingredients like chicken breast, zucchini, red pepper, quinoa, and pumpkin. If your dog has an upset stomach, this is a great recipe that will make them feel better.

If you love cooking for your dog as much as I do, be sure to check out some of John John’s other favorite recipes like my Chicken Dinner Recipe for Dogs, Dog Food Recipe for Upset Stomach, or my Homemade Turkey Meatloaf for Dogs.

chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs
chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs

Why You'll Love This Recipe

You and your dog with both love this Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs! This easy recipe uses clean organic ingredients that are healthy and nutritious for your pup. Not only that, but your dog will go nuts for this incredibly simple and healthy dinner.

It starts with boiled chicken breasts, quinoa, cooked zucchini, raw red pepper, and a little pumpkin. I even will share all these ingredients with John John, making dinner really easy! I will use the boiled chicken, quinoa, zucchini, and red pepper to use in a salad for me, making this recipe even easier for you both to have dinner!

chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs

Ingredients for Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs

Organic Prairie Chicken Breasts

Organic Zucchini

Nummy Tum-Tum Organic Pumpkin Puree

Organic Red Pepper (or any color bell pepper is fine!)

Organic Quinoa

chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs

How to Make Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs

Step 1

Fill a large pot three-quarters with water and add the chicken breasts. Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked completely. You can test it by cutting into it. Once cooked, slice into small cubes and set aside.

Step 2

Cook the quinoa according to package directions.

Step 3

Slice the zucchini into thin slices, about 1/4-inch and then slice in half from there. If your dog is on the small side (like John John, I cut into quarters as well). Cook over medium heat with a little extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil) until cooked completely, about 5 minutes.

Step 4

Dice the red pepper or you can roughly chop if your dog is larger.

Step 5

To prepare the dog food: Add the cooked chicken, quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and pumpkin. I always reheat this for John John if he’s having leftovers, just about 30 seconds in the microwave is enough to make it warm for him to enjoy!

chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs
chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs

FAQ's

Is pumpkin good for dogs?

Yes! Pumpkin is not only a super food for you, but it’s also a super food for your dog! It has vitamin A, C, and E as well as iron and potassium. Organic pumpkin is also great for digestion, which makes it a great addition to your dogs diet. If your dog has any sort of GI upset, this is a great recipe to feed them as it’s very light and easy on the tummy.

How much pumpkin can a dog eat per day?

A little goes a long way with pumpkin! Small dogs that are about 10 to 20 pounds (like John John) can have about 1 to 2 teaspoons per day. Medium dogs that are about 20 to 40 pounds, can have 1 to 2 tablespoons per day. And large dogs that are over 40 pounds can have up to 4 tablespoons per day. This is according to the AKC and other sources I found about pumpkin for dogs. Always start with a small amount if pumpkin is new to your dog as it does have fiber. And then you can increase it slowly from there to enjoy the full benefits!  

Can I use different veggies?

Absolutely! If your dog has certain veggies they like, then feel free to use those instead or even add in! Other veggies that are great for dogs include carrots, other colors of bell pepper, green beans, celery, cabbage and more!

Can I use a different protein?

Absolutely! If your dog doesn’t do well with chicken, then sub that out for turkey, beef, pork, or lamb.

How much homemade food should I feed my dog?

This all depends on your dog’s size, current weight, and activity level. Always check with your vet to make sure you are feeding your dog the appropriate amount of food for their size and age.

But a general rule is you should be feeding your dog 2% to 5% of their body weight in fresh food. And small dogs weighing about 20 pounds or less can even get up to 10%! I have an entire article dedicated to How Much Homemade Dog Food Should I Feed My Dog? with a formula you can use for your dog's weight.

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chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs
chicken and pumpkin dinner for dogs

Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs

Mimi Council
Cook your dog homemade chicken dog food with this easy recipe for Chicken and Pumpkin Dinner for Dogs! Your pup will love this fresh homemade food and you'll feel good about sharing quality ingredients with them.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dog Food
Cuisine American
Makes 2 pounds
Calories 621 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup quinoa (cooked)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • pumpkin puree

Instructions
 

  • Fill a large pot three-quarters with water and add the chicken breasts. Bring to a boil and boil for about 10 to 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked completely. You can test it by cutting into it. Once cooked, slice into small cubes and set aside.
  • Cook the quinoa according to package directions.
  • Slice the zucchini into thin slices, about 1/4-inch and then slice in half from there. If your dog is on the small side (like John John, I cut into quarters as well). Cook over medium heat with a little extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil) until cooked completely, about 5 minutes.
  • Dice the red pepper or you can roughly chop if your dog is larger.
  • To prepare the dog food: Add the cooked chicken, quinoa, zucchini, red pepper, and pumpkin.
  • I always reheat this for John John if he’s having leftovers, just about 30 seconds in the microwave is enough to make it warm for him to enjoy!
  • Store extras in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Notes

High Altitude – Follow the recipe as noted.
Serving Size – You can double or triple this recipe if you have a larger dog.
Tip – You can also share many of these ingredients with your dog! I do this all the time, where I cook up a batch of this and keep all the ingredients separate in the fridge. I’ll steal some of John John’s chicken or quinoa if I need to for salad, and then make more as needed.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 621kcalCarbohydrates: 61gProtein: 62gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 278mgPotassium: 1699mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2139IUVitamin C: 96mgCalcium: 71mgIron: 5mg
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