Chicken Jerky Dog Treats | Healthy Pet Recipes

We are proud parents of two 11 year old Shih Tzu fur-babies that are like our children. Obsessed. Fully.

We take great care in watching what goes into their bellies. Our boy, Mango, has tummy issues and a list of foods he’s sensitive to. Our girl, Pandie, has a stomach of steel…usually. When they started showing strange signs of illness last year, we took a step back and reevaluated their diet. That’s when we heard about the FDA cautioning pet owners about chicken jerky dog treats. Complaints and concerns from consumers are still popping up on the regular, along with petitions to ban foreign made treats from shelves. Very scary stuff! Even though we thought we were buying a good product, we realized the treats are made in China and quite possibly making our dogs sick. We started purchasing only American made products for our dogs at our local specialty pet food stores. Since the switch we have not had any more severe bouts with vomiting or diarrhea.

While making room in the freezer we came across some left-over chicken breasts. That’s when Jvee decided to make homemade chicken jerky. I don’t eat chicken but Jvee does. So, whenever there is any left over, it goes straight to the dogs.

Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

We use good quality chicken breasts. Remove any extra fat. Cut VERY thinly with a sharp knife.

Grease a baking sheet with a small amount of olive oil to prevent sticking. Line the sheet with the raw chicken pieces. Don’t worry, small amounts of olive oil is safe for dogs.

Set your oven to 170 degrees fahrenheit and bake the chicken for about 8 hours until all the moisture is removed and it is dry. Be patient. Just let it hang out in there. Let the jerkey pieces cool completely. You can store these in airtight containers.

Mango and Pan are so obsessed. They wait by the oven every time we make them. Not only are they feeling better, but we can bribe them to do just about anything now. Worth it.

If your pups prefer biscuits, check out our Cheddar Peanut Butter Biscuit recipe.

Dog Treats | Cheddar Peanut Butter | Pets

The combination of cheddar and peanut butter is a must have for puppy palates. I recently made these for our furry neighbors and, like always, they were a BIG hit.

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Look at that cheesy goodness! They’re like those delicious cheddar bay biscuits from Red Lobster! God, I love those things…

Anyway! Back to the dogs. Here’s how you make these fresh and natural dog treats.

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oat flour
1 tbsp baking powder
2/3 cup chunky peanut butter
1 cup milk
1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Sift or whisk together the whole wheat, oat flour, and baking powder. Set aside. In a separate bowl whisk together peanut butter and milk. Warm a bit in the microwave if you need to. Add the peanut butter mixture to the flour mixture and blend well. Add in cheese. Dough will be stiff. Knead dough into a ball and roll out onto a very lightly floured surface until about 1/4 inch thickness. Use a cookie cutter or use a knife to cut out shapes. Knead and roll out scraps until all the dough is gone. Put cut outs onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Top treats with more cheddar cheese and bake for 20-25 minutes. Treats should be crispy and tops should be browned. Let cool completely. Store these in an airtight container lined with parchment paper for up to 1 week or freeze.

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As always, please check with your vet before introducing new foods to your pet’s diet.