Chicken Chompers

I make these every month so I can't believe I've never posted the recipe.  In fact I only realized that fact when some of Kirby's Facebook fans requested the recipe. I went to the blog to copy the link and discovered there was no link to copy! My only excuse is since I make them all the time it just didn't occur to me to post it.

The dangerous recalls, the inexpensive cost of chicken, the fact most dogs enjoy a good chew.  There are plenty of reasons to make this your go to recipe.

Chicken Chompers

Chicken Chompers

The dangerous recalls, the inexpensive cost of chicken, the fact most dogs enjoy a good chew. There are plenty of reasons to make this your go to dog treat recipe.

Yields: 6 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4-6 hours

Nutrition facts: 145 calories, 51 from fat

Ingredients

  • 1 bag boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. Thaw chicken then rinse well under cool water.
  2. Cut away all of the fat. Using kitchen shears, cut the breasts in half longways.
  3. Lay the pieces on wax paper and lightly pound with a meat tenderizer. You can use a rolling pin but I like how the meat tenderizer pierces the meat allowing the seasonings to seep into the meat while drying.
  4. Place the pounded pieces in a medium size bowl and add the seasonings. Over time I have learned these are Kirby's favorite combo for his chicken chompers but you can use any combination of dog safe herbs your dog may prefer.
  5. Using your hands, toss the chicken to thoroughly coat with the seasonings.
  6. Place the chicken in the dehydrator on wax paper to avoid sticking.
  7. Let dry on high until the top side has dried to the touch, roughly an hour.
  8. Turn pieces over and discard the wax paper. Let them dehydrate until thoroughly dried which will take several hours. I like to start these early Saturday morning so they are ready by Sunday. It does take a very long time but it's healthy protein with no worry of recalls.
  9. When done you can store them in an air tight container in a dark, cool place. They can be frozen for several months but Kirby and our foster usually finish them off in about a week.

Warning: You will have a captive audience underfoot until the first one is tested! Kirby always seems to know the difference when I'm making human foods or his meals and treats.

I find it easiest to use my dehydrator but these can also be made in the oven.  Place chicken on a baking sheet lined with lightly oiled aluminum foil and use the lowest setting.

Beware of salmonella which means washing everything the raw chicken touches with hot, soapy water.

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