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Homemade chicken dog treats

These 4 ingredient homemade chicken dog treats are a quick and easy way to spoil your pup. Made with only a handful of ingredients, these tasty treats will become your dog’s favorite biscuit. They are less expensive than store-bought and so much better for your furry best friend.

I’ll give you variations and substitutions where I can, plus helpful tips and tricks for success. Read on for this info as well as the recipe. If you’d like to skip straight to the recipe, use the jump to recipe button at the top of the post.

You may also be interested in my banana dog treats and my banana pumpkin dog treats recipes. For ease of browsing, you can find all of my dog treat recipes in one place.

Homemade chicken dog treats on white  marble stacked on top of each other.

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Why you should make this recipe

Does your dog love chicken? If so, these may be the perfect snack for them.

  • Quick & Easy – Ready from start to finish in about 40 minutes.
  • Inexpensive – The ingredients for this chicken dog treats recipe total less than a package of store-bought treats.
  • Make ahead – You can make the dough ahead of time and bake the next day. You can also bake these treats and store them in the fridge or freezer.

Homemade chicken dog treats

Make a batch of these soft chicken dog treats for you pup with just 4 common ingredients. Not only are they a tasty snack for your pooch, they have 5 grams of protein per biscuit.

Homemade chicken dog treats in container with purple towel on the side.

This DIY chicken dog treats recipe is made in one bowl for easy cleanup. No mixer required! Just a bowl, a whisk and a sturdy spatula are all you need to make the dough.

I’ve rolled them out and cut shapes, but you can simply cut them into squares with a knife, if you prefer.


These easy homemade chicken dog treats without flour are perfect for pups who have certain dietary restrictions, like wheat intolerance.

Ingredients for soft chicken dog treats on marble background.
  • Canned chicken – Look for plain chicken, no flavored varieties. Remember that onions and garlic are toxic for your dog, so look at the label before you buy.
  • Egg – One large egg.
  • Coconut oil – Solid at room temperature, melt coconut oil in the microwave.
  • Ground oats – I ground up old-fashioned oats in the food processor for this recipe. You can also use oat flour, if you have some.

How to make them

Here’s a quick summary of how to make homemade chicken dog treats. Please see the recipe card at the bottom of this post for the full recipe. 

Grinding oats in food processor.

First, grind oats in a food processor until they are fairly fine. It’s ok if there are a few whole pieces, and it doesn’t have to be as fine as flour, but try to avoid too many large pieces of oats.

Step by step images showing how to make homemade chicken dog treats.
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together egg with melted and cooled coconut oil. Then, add the canned chicken, with liquid, and break up chicken with a fork. Mix it together.
  2. Sprinkle ground oats over the mixture and use a sturdy rubber spatula to combine everything into a dough.
  3. Roll out dough between sheets of parchment paper to about 1/8″ thickness. (You can roll it out on the counter with flour if prefer)
  4. Cut out treats with cookie cutter of your choice and place dog biscuits on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown.
Baked chicken dog treats on sheet pan.

Let the treats cool completely on the sheet pan. Once they are no longer warm, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

If you have a food dehydrator, you can use it to make the dog biscuits extra crunchy for your pup, if they prefer hard treats.

Homemade chicken dog treats FAQ’s

How do I store homemade dog treats?

Because homemade treats do not contain additives to prolong shelf life, it is best to store them in the refrigerator. To store for longer, freeze them in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Can dogs eat oatmeal?

Absolutely. Small quantities of oats are great for dogs.

How long do homemade chicken dog treats stay fresh?

If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.

Stacked dog treats with chicken and oats with blue towel in background.

Variations and substitutions

  • Need a grain-free version? Swap out the oats for a grain free option like chickpea, almond, coconut, or brown rice flour.
  • Add 1/4 cup of grated apple to make homemade apple chicken dog treats.
  • Swap out canned chicken for canned salmon to make a seafood version.
Baked chicken dog treats on sheet pan with blue towel in background.

Serving suggestions

Treats are just that – a treat. One or two per day is suggested. Your pup should get the bulk of their nutrition and calories from good-quality food.

For a fun, wintertime treat, make a batch of cranberry dog treats. Your fur-baby will love these special treats, and they are great for sharing.

Stacked treats on parchment-lined baking sheet.

Helpful tools and equipment

To make these baked chicken dog treats, you’ll need a few tools and some equipment. You likely already have most of it, but this is what you will need:

  • Baking sheets – These are heavy duty baking sheets that I use. They will not warp in the oven and they will last nearly forever.
  • Parchment paper sheets – Say goodbye to parchment paper that curls up on you! These sheets are cut to fit perfectly inside your sheet pans.
  • Bone-shaped cookie cutters – This is the same set I use.

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Stacked chicken dog treats with cookie cutter in background.

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Homemade chicken dog treats

Cheryl Bennett
These 4 ingredient homemade chicken dog treats are the perfect way to spoil your pup.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Dog Treats
Cuisine Dog
Servings 25 medium-sized treats
Calories 76 kcal


  • 2 1/2 cups ground oats *see note! // 270g
  • 1 – 10 oz. can chicken do not drain
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted and cooled


  • Preheat oven to 350°F / 180°C / Gas mark 4.
  • Grind oats, then measure out 2 1/2 cups. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine egg with melted and cooled coconut oil. Whisk to combine.
  • Add a 10 oz. can of chicken, with the liquid, to the bowl with the egg. Use a fork to break up the chunks of chicken (if necessary) until it looks shredded. Use the fork to combine the egg mixture and chicken until it looks fairly uniform.
  • Sprinkle the 2 1/2 cups of ground oats into the bowl. Using a sturdy rubber spatula, stir the mixture until it forms a soft dough.
  • Place the dough between 2 sheets of parchment paper (or on a lightly floured surface) and roll out until dough is roughly 1/8" thick.
  • Use a cookie cutter to cut out shapes, then place them on a parchment-lined baking sheet. (I used a medium-sized cookie cutter. Yield may vary depending on the size of your cookie cutter)
  • Bake for 25 minutes, or until golden brown and baked through. Remove from oven and let cool completely on baking sheet.
  • Once completely cooled, store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.


* Grind oats in food processor until fairly fine. Once oats are almost a flour consistency, remove them from the bowl of the processor and measure out 2 1/2 cups for recipe. Do not measure whole oats and then grind, the amounts will not be the same. 3 cups of whole oats yielded me the 2 1/2 cups I needed for the recipe.
Store treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Homemade treats also make an excellent gift 🙂


Serving: 1gCalories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 5gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 58mgFiber: 1g
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  1. Hi Cheryl, another great recipe from you for my pups! Thank you so much! I saved a lot of money by using your peanut butter and apple treats recipes! My pups absolutely love them!
    For this recipe, I have a question: what would it be the best substitute for the coconut oil and how much? Thank you again!

    1. Hi Mihaela! I’m so glad your pups love the treats! And I’m happy you’ve saved some money!! Substitute coconut oil with light olive oil – same amount.

  2. Hello,

    Would it be possible to know how much your 2 amd 1/2 cups of oat flour weighs in grams?

    I weigh my ingredients and I think that I’m missing the mark here because I always seem to need either more oat flour then your recipe calls for

    1. Hi Ashke, I just updated the recipe card. It weighed 270 grams. I measured out 3 cups of whole oats, then ground them in the food processor and that gave me the 2 1/2 cups // 270g needed for the recipe. I hope that helps!

  3. Question on the coconut oil… does it have to be solid coconut oil, or can I use the liquid version? Are the measurements still the same?

  4. The canned chicken I found at the store today had one or two sodium ingredients – likely one being a preservative. Is there a cleaner brand w/o these additives?

    1. That might be the best you’ll find at the store. You could always finely dice up cooked chicken breast, if you wanted to. 🙂 I hope that helps!

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