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.
Cook Time: 4-6 hours
Nutrition facts: 145 calories, 51 from fat
- 1 bag boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons rosemary, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
- Thaw chicken then rinse well under cool water.
- Cut away all of the fat. Using kitchen shears, cut the breasts in half longways.
- 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.
- 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.
- Using your hands, toss the chicken to thoroughly coat with the seasonings.
- Place the chicken in the dehydrator on wax paper to avoid sticking.
- Let dry on high until the top side has dried to the touch, roughly an hour.
- 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.
- 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.