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.
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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.
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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- Sprinkle ground oats over the mixture and use a sturdy rubber spatula to combine everything into a dough.
- 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)
- 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.
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
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.
Absolutely. Small quantities of oats are great for dogs.
If properly stored, in an airtight container in the refrigerator, they will last up to 2 weeks.
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.
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.
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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- 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 🙂
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 58mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 5g
Nutrition information calculated by a third-party company as a courtesy. It is intended as a guideline only.
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