This easy Chicken Dinner Recipe for Dogs is a homemade dog food recipe that you can feel good about serving to your fur baby! Try my easy homemade food for dogs and let your dog reap the benefits of eating homemade food.
John John is now 7 months old now, which means we can give him more people food for his meals and not just all puppy food. When we got him, I knew I’d be making a homemade dog food recipe as opposed to buying it as I believe food is a big deal for dogs as well as humans. Our breeder and vet both told us not to feed him solely fresh human food until he was at least 6 months as puppy food has essential nutrients for their growth.
So, we found the only USDA Organic kibble on the market, Castor & Pollux Organix Puppy Food, and he’s been eating that. He likes it just fine, as it’s all he’s known. Obviously, he’s gotten human food like chicken, apples, veggies and things as treats but we’ve only fed him the kibble for his meals thus far.
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So, I was really excited when he turned 6 months in December as I know we could start feeding him fresh food! While I was making him this homemade dog food recipe, I also thought if someone was making one that was good enough it would be great to buy some for when we were tight on time. So, of course I found the only organic fresh dog food on the market, Wag Tantrum, and I ordered a bunch.
When we defrosted it and gave it to him eagerly, he refused to eat it! He sniffed it and walked away! We tried multiple different times, opening multiple different packages of the food. We tried it cold and warm and each time he says no thank you, and walked away.
I have no idea why as the ingredients are all really good, but he won’t eat it! I gave some to our neighbors Bug who is also a very picky eater and she apparently loves it. So, then I made John John an easy homemade chicken dinner recipe for dogs with all our ingredients that we’d make dinner with, and he gobbled it right up. Go figure! This Chicken Dinner recipe for dogs is easy homemade food for dogs you can feel good about feeding to your fur baby.
So today I’m sharing my easy Chicken Dinner recipe for dogs! If you want to give your dog better food or even if you have a picky eater, I bet your dog will love this recipe! I make a batch of this each week and I give it to John John mixed in with kibble. He’s still going to eat some puppy food until he’s a year, but we’re mixing in organic fresh food as well now. And there’s some meals when all he eats is the fresh food, and some where all he eats is kibble, but I feel better knowing he’s also getting some fresh food along with his kibble even if it is organic kibble.
Can dogs eat sweet potatoes?
Yes, sweet potatoes are safe for dogs so long as the skin is removed and they are fully cooked. Sweet potatoes provide vitamin A, which promotes healthy skin, coat, eyes, nerves, and muscles in dogs! Sweet potatoes are also rich in vitamin C, B6, potassium, calcium, and iron.
Always be sure to remove skin from sweet potatoes and cook them fully. Do not let dogs eat raw potatoes or skin as it may cause digestive issues and upset stomach.
Can dogs eat carrots?
Yes, carrots – raw or cooked – are a great vegetable to give to dogs! Just be sure to cut carrots into small pieces so it’s easy for dogs to eat. Carrots provide fiber and beta-carotene and they are low in calories, so even better to keep your dog in shape.
Can dogs eat bell peppers?
Yes, bell peppers are a great vegetable for dogs! You can feed them any color of bell pepper, but red bell peppers actually contain the highest amounts of vitamins and antioxidants for your furry friend. Health benefits to bell peppers include vitamins A, E, B6, C, and beta-carotene.
Can I use another kind of meat in this recipe?
Yes! I used organic ground chicken as it’s less expensive than chicken breasts. But you can use chicken breasts if you prefer. You could also use organic beef as well. And, you can even add in organic beef liver, which is really good for dogs.
Can I use a different carb?
Yes! I used sweet potatoes for the carb as John John loves them and he doesn’t care so much for rice or quinoa. But, you could use rice, quinoa, or oats as well.
Can I use different vegetables?
Yes! I used carrots and bell peppers as John John loves those veggies. But you could also use green beans, peas, or celery as these vegetables are all safe for dogs.
How much homemade dog food should I feed my dog?
This all depends on your dogs size and current weight. Always check with your vet to make sure you are feeding your dog the appropriate amount of food for their size and age.
You should be feeding your dog 2% to 5% of their body weight in fresh food. So, for example, if your dog is 18 pounds (like John John), and he’s a puppy who isn’t overweight, I will go at 4% that’s about 3/4 pound per day. Split that up between meals.
Another easy way to easily see how much food your dog needs is to just look at the back of a bag of dog food. Look online, if you don’t have one! If your dog eats 2 cups of food per day, and they eat 2 meals per day, then give them 1 cup of homemade food per meal. But, make sure to watch your dogs weight as some dog food brands are known for recommending overfeeding. So, always pay attention to how your dog looks and weigh them often to keep them on track, just like you’d do with yourself!
Ingredients for Chicken Dinner for Dogs Recipe
Organic Bell Peppers
Organic Sweet Potatoes
Why Organic for Your Dog?
You may be wondering why you should buy organic food for your dog. It's the same reasons that you should buy organic food for yourself. Your dog's health is important, just like yours. So, treating them right with organic ingredients will benefit their long term health.
And organic ingredients are much healthier for your dog to eat in general as they do not contain GMOs or anything artificial. Plus, you are being environmentally friendly when you choose organic ingredients! And that counts for your pup too!
Chicken Dinner Recipe for DogsDifficulty: Easy
Try this easy Chicken Dinner recipe for dogs! This homemade dog food recipe is an easy homemade food for dogs that is healthy and your dog will love it! This is one of John John's favorite meals!
1 organic sweet potato
2 organic bell peppers, any color
1 organic large carrot
1 1/2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
12 ounces Organic Prairie Ground Chicken
- Peel the sweet potato and chop into 1-inch cubes. Add the sweet potatoes to a medium saucepan, and fill with water. Put over high heat and cover. Boil until they are soft when poked with a fork.
- Slice the bell peppers into small pieces, making sure to remove all seeds. Slice the carrot into thins slices. Place into a bowl and set aside.
- In a large skillet, put over medium/high heat. Melt the coconut oil and then add in the ground chicken. Break it up with a spatula and continue to cook until it’s fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Once the sweet potatoes are done, add in the carrots and peppers and continue to boil for 2 to 3 minutes until they are soft and tender as well. Remove vegetables from the heat.
- You can mix in the ground chicken and veggies together or keep them separate. I keep them separate as I also chop the potatoes and veggies more for John John as he’s so little, he needs smaller bites. But a large dog would probably be fine to leave the way they are.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 7 days.
- To serve, add chicken and veggies to a bowl and warm in microwave if desired (make sure to only serve the amount your dog needs, go off of normal kibble serving size or use a meal topper with kibble!). When I serve to John John I will cut up the veggies more, add the chicken, and microwave it for 15 to 20 seconds to make it warm. Sometimes he eats this alone, and sometimes I mix in kibble with it as well.
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