Making dehydrated chicken treats for dogs is very easy.
You can make the chicken treats any size you like. A small dog will need smaller pieces, a large dog equals larger pieces.
You can add these to your dog's food or simply use them as training treats.
Giving your dog a healthy treat is a simple way to show them you love them. Finding something that was semi-healthy and cheap for Callie, my Labrador Retriever puppy was challenging.
It seemed like I was at the Pet store every week buying a $10.00 bag of training treats. That adds up quickly! Plus, most commercial treats are full of artificial ingredients and sugar.
The good news is that you can make homemade dog chicken training treats with only a few ingredients at home. All you need is a little time and some ingredients.
Choosing the best meats to dehydrate as dog treats
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What I used to make dog treats
For this recipe, you can simply buy chicken breasts that are already cut up for stir-fry. If it's already sliced, how can you go wrong?
With the stir-fry chicken meat, you could simply take it out of the package and lay it on the dehydrator without having to do another thing.
I love to give these treats as small rewards.
What I used to make chicken dog treats
The quick, simple way is to buy pre-cut chicken breast meat for stir-fry. It's already cut up, how could I not buy that! The packages were anywhere from $3.00 to $5.00 for an entire package!
I could have simply laid them on the dehydrator straight out of the package, but I cut them up into bite-size pieces.
It took maybe 5 minutes to cut them all up and lay them on the dehydrator.
For this recipe, I choose not to use any spices. My dogs love meat, no spice necessary.
How to make dehydrated chicken treats
- Cut up your chicken into strips or bite-size pieces. * If you buy the chicken breasts for stir-fry, they'll already be sliced. You can lay them on the dehydrator as-is or cut them into smaller bite-size pieces. I like to cut them smaller before I place them into the dehydrator.
- Turn you dehydrator on and let them sit until firm, but not completely crispy.
- Dehydrate approximately 6 hours. More if needed.
- Place in the oven at 350° degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes to finish drying the meat.
- Store in an air-tight container.
Step 1: I like to buy the chicken strips for stir-fry packets. These packets come pre-sliced. You can place these directly onto your dehydrator or cut them into bite-size pieces.
Step 2: Cut your Chicken into bite-size pieces. This will help to give small rewards as treats.
Step 3: Place the cut up chicken slices or bite-size pieces onto the dehydrator racks. Keep them spread out so they can dry.
The chicken will look dry. Keep feeling the chicken.
The finished chicken pieces should feel like jerky on the outside and still be slightly soft on the inside.
Step 4: Place your chicken on a cookie sheet and finish in the oven at 350° degrees Fahrenheit for about 30 minutes.
Step 5: Place your dried chicken pieces into an air-tight container.
Your pets will love you!
How Do You Dehydrated Chicken for Dog Treats in the Oven?
Dehydrating chicken dog treats in the oven is quick and easy. Simply slice the chicken breasts into ¼-inch thick chicken pieces.
Place the slices onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving approximately ½-inch between chicken pieces.
Bake for 2 hours, then make sure they are dry before removing from the oven.
How to store your dog treats
I love these storage bins for all of my dogs treats. I keep them on the counter so they are easy to grab when potty training my puppy.
The chicken treats can last up to two weeks.
A $4.00 package of chicken stir-fry with two treat loving dogs can last just about 2 weeks. That's about ¼ of what I was spending at the pet store for training treats!
Printable Easy Dehydrated Chicken Treats for Dogs
- Chicken breasts
- Slice or cut into bite size pieces.
- Lay in the dehydrator.
- Dehydrate for 6 hours.
1. I like to buy the chicken breast for stir fry. It's already sliced to lay directly into the dehydrator or you can cut the strips into bite size pieces.
2. Check the chicken treats after about 5 hours. You'll want them hard on the outside, but still minimally soft on the inside.
3. Store them in an air-tight container.
ENJOY! Let me know how your puppies loved these treats.