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How to Make Homemade Chicken Jerky for Dogs

Posted by Keith on 15 May 2016

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Every day is special with Frankie. I just celebrated his birthday which makes that day, well, even a little more special. And for that it was obvious that he needed to have his very favorite treat, homemade chicken jerky! All of my dogs love this stuff, especially Frankie, it is definitely his favorite. It's very simple to prepare, completely nutritious, and probably better than any store bought treat you can find because it is absolutely fresh and made right in your own kitchen. You know right what's in it! It's kind of fun to watch the dogs start to go bonkers when they smell it cooking, they know what's up! So here is the recipe and what you need to make your very own homemade chicken jerky for dogs. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs boneless chicken breast
  • 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup (not that fake crud)
  • 1tbs natural peanut butter (again, not that fake crud)
  • 1tbs of blackstrap molasses
  • 1tbs soy sauce

 

So, a little bit about the ingredients. First of all, Frankie's chicken jerky is made with certified organic non GMO chicken and all other organic ingredients. He eats better than me as a rule. For the sauce I use pure maple syrup and blackstrap molasses which are perfectly safe for dogs in small amounts. In fact, they can be quite healthy. Maple syrup is a good source of minerals, especially manganese and zinc which are great for the immune system. Blackstrap molasses is a superfood with a wealth of nutrients including manganese, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, selenium and iron. Then I add one tablespoon of all natural organic peanut butter for a little taste and to thicken up the baste a bit.

Preparation:

The fresh chicken needs to be sliced extra thin in order to dehydrate and cook properly for a long time at a low temperature. So here's what you do: Rinse the chicken, pat dry, and place it into a ziplock freezer bag. Place the chicken in the freezer for about an hour and 1/2. This firms it up quite a bit to let you carefully cut thin slices.

Mix up the maple syrup, peanut butter, and molasses and set that aside, this will be your baste.

After the chicken comes out of the freezer, cut it carefully into thin medallions, around 1/4 thick or a little less. I use a meat cleaver which works quite well, letting you bare down on it with the palm of your hand if you have made your chicken a little too frozen!

Arrange the chicken on a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil and baste very lightly with the sauce.

Cooking:

Place it in the oven and cook for 2 hours at 190 degrees Fahrenheit, waiting patiently as your dogs start to go nuts at the smell of their fresh homemade treat! It's not completely necessary, but I've noticed the jerky turns out much better if you flip it half way through the cooking time and put a little of the baste on the other side.

Cooking times may vary :-) You might peek in on it every now and then to see how it is coming along. It might take a few times to get your temperature and slicing dialed in. For instance if you have sliced the chicken too thin, it will cook faster, and of course 190 degrees in one oven might not be the same 190 degrees in another oven!

Let the fresh yummy delicious jerky cool off a bit after it is done and then place in an airtight jar! Your dogs are going to love you for this :-)

 

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