Crispy Chicken Dog Treat Recipe
For a snack that’s paw-lickin’ good, you’ve got to try this Crispy Chicken Dog Treat. No dog can resist the temptation of chicken… and why would he? Chicken is a wonderful source of protein for your dog’s diet. And this recipe adds in a few more things your dog will love, such as sweet potato and egg. And there’s even a hint of garlic (in case you’re worried about feeding your dog garlic, please read The Shocking Truth About Dogs and Garlic article).
Why Is Chicken Good For My Dog?
Check out the main ingredient in tons of different dog foods out there. It’s chicken. Why is that? Well, chicken is a lean meat and high protein source that gives our dogs a big boost of energy and health without adding extra fats and calories they don’t need. It’s a great ingredient for treats for just that reason–lean protein that you don’t have to feel guilty about giving as a treat.
It’s a main ingredient because of how it gives dogs lean muscle mass. Poultry in general is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids that are good for your dog’s coat and skin and chicken helps promote bone health because it’s an incredible source of essential amino acids and glucosamine (yep, that stuff we give to dogs — and humans — who have bone and joint issues). All in a natural protein.
Dried and diced chicken makes an INCREDIBLE high-value treat if you’re going training with your best friend, and it’s a main ingredient in foods because dogs love the taste.
What About Sweet Potato For Dogs?
Dogs can eat sweet potatoes and they love these superfoods! They’re root vegetables and they’re full of health benefits for your dog. They’re high in magnesium and fiber, which add to your dog’s gut health (and overall immune health). Sweet potatoes as an ingredient will give your dogs additional Vitamins C and A, as well as antioxidants and carotenoids.
Crispy Chicken Dog Treat Recipe
Makes about 20 servings
1 lb ground chicken
1 large sweet potato (cooked and mashed)
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder or one large clove pressed
5 tablespoons large flake rolled oats
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine and mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Lightly grease a cookie sheet with olive oil. Transfer all of the ingredients in the bowl onto a cookie sheet and spread evenly so that the mixture lays flat to the sides of pan (about 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick). Bake for one hour at 350 degrees.
- After an hour, remove sheet from oven and score the baked mixture with a knife or pizza cutter into squares.
- Put squares into the oven and bake for about hour at 250 degrees. Keep an eye on the treats, making sure they don’t burn. The dog treats should be fairly dry and a little crispy, but not burned.
- Remove from oven and let cool for about an hour.
Whether you’re looking for a high-reward treat to give to your best friend, or you just love them so and want them to have the delicious (and healthy) treats you feel good giving them, this is the recipe for you. They’ll be drooling as you put all the ingredients together (so don’t feel bad about dropping some ingredients on the floor for them as you’re cooking!) and when they come out? They’ll remember why they love you so much.
Who are we kidding? They’re our best friends! THAT’s why they love us so much!
How did the Crispy Chicken Dog Treat Recipe turn out for you? Let us know in the comment section below and post pictures of your treats on our Facebook page for everyone to admire.
Amy Tokic, Editor of PetGuide.com, is a passionate animal lover and proud pet parent of Oscar, a Shih Tzu/Chihuahua cross, and Zed, a Japanese Chin. Her love of animals began in kindergarten, when she brought her stuffed dog Snoopy into class with her every day. Now, she writes about her adventures in pet ownership and tirelessly researches products, news and health related issues she can share with other animal enthusiasts. In her free time, Amy loves perusing used book and record stores, obsessing over the latest pet products available and chasing squirrels with wild abandon (a habit attributed to spending too much time with her pooches).
More by Amy Tokic