Chicken Gumbo

The majority of Kirby’s meals are homemade so I like to change it up to give him a variety of foods.  This one has a lot of ingredients for their different healthy benefits but it’s so easy to make.  Granted it’s not very pretty but the aroma while it’s cooking is divine.  Even out of the freezer, once thawed it has such a fresh smell.  I barely warm it in the microwave for roughly 20 seconds. Kirby scarfs this one down every time so I’m placing it on his monthly list of meals.  

Chicken Gumbo

This meal has a lot of ingredients for their different healthy benefits but it’s so easy to make

Yields: 14 cups
Prep Time:
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Nutrition facts:
396 Calories, 103 Calories from fat:
Total fat: 11.5g or 18% (3.1 saturated fat, 0.0 trans fat)

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs chicken breasts
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth*
  • 16 oz bag frozen green beans, chopped
  • 2 cups yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 cup dried lentils or 19 oz can lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground eggshell
  • 1 cup barley, soaked**

Directions

  1. Boil the chicken breasts in water until cooked. Once cooled, discard the skin and bones. Save 2 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Shred or chop the meat and set aside.
  2. Place the remaining ingredients in a large dutch oven or pot and cover with the reserved chicken broth. Heat over medium heat just until it begins to boil, then simmer covered on low heat for 2 to 3 hours until the veggies are soft.
  3. Thoroughly mix in the shredded chicken.
  4. Let cool and serve.

*This is the broth, or juices, left from boiling the chicken. If you want to make this with leftover chicken use a dog safe chicken stock. (Make your own following the directions found in my Tips & Tricks section)

*** Dogs have a harder time digesting grains which provide needed carbs so I soak the grains in water for at least several hours but preferably overnight.  For this recipe I measured 1 cup barley into a large glass container with lid.  Then I added roughly 3 cups water and placed the lid on. It does not need to be refrigerated. Drain the water when ready to use. You can leave the barley out of the recipe if you want a grain free meal.

If you use dry lentils, add about 1/2 cup more chicken stock or water. You may need to simmer a little longer so taste one to be sure it's well cooked.

This should last in the refrigerator for a week and the freezer for several months. 

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chicken gumbo
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Originally shared on Entirely Pets Blog 9/12/13