How to Make Chicken & Rice Dog Food

by Lee Tea
Ingredients like chicken and rice come together to make an inexpensive and nourishing food for your dog.

Ingredients like chicken and rice come together to make an inexpensive and nourishing food for your dog.

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Homemade food for your pooch prepared with wholesome ingredients like skinless chicken, brown rice and vegetables is simple and cost-effective nourishment for your pet. Rich in protein, skinless chicken helps maintain your dog's muscle tone. Brown rice and vegetables provide key vitamins and minerals and an ample dose of fiber to keep his digestive tract healthy. The addition of a healthy fat like olive oil will also help to keep his fur shiny and his skin soft.

Step 1

Cut chicken breasts into 1-inch cubes. Saute the chicken over medium heat with olive oil in a large pot until it is cooked through; about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Add frozen vegetables and chicken broth into the pot and turn the heat to low. Allow the mixture to come to a weak boil for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are warmed thoroughly.

Step 3

Add the cooked rice into the chicken and vegetable mixture, and mix well so that the rice, chicken and vegetables are evenly distributed.

Step 4

Beat the eggs in a small bowl. Pour the eggs into the chicken, rice and vegetable mixture. Using a large spoon, stir the egg mixture so it gets dispersed throughout the food. Continue to mix the food on low heat until the eggs begin to cook and harden. The eggs help to hold together the chicken, rice and vegetable mixture. They also add necessary vitamins and extra protein into the food.

Step 5

Allow the food to cool completely before serving a portion to your dog. Store leftover food in a covered container in the refrigerator or portion it out into individual servings and store in the freezer to extend shelf life.

Items You Will Need

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables such as peas, green beans or carrots
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Tips

  • This recipe makes about 4 pounds of food. The amount of food you should feed your dog depends on your dog's size and activity level.
  • For convenience, large batches of food can be made ahead of time and then frozen for later use. This comes in handy if you plan to feed your dog homemade food on an ongoing basis.
  • You can also grind up an egg shell in the food processor and add it to the food. This adds valuable calcium content to your dog's food.
  • This food can also be mixed into your dog's usual kibble to make it extra appetizing and nutritious for him.

Warning

  • Check the ingredients lists on your frozen vegetables. If the vegetable mixture has onions, do not feed it to your dog. Onions are toxic to dogs.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Leeann Teagno has been writing professionally since 2006. An English major, she continues to study information systems management at American Public University. Teagno is an organic gardener, cook and technology buff with past employment in mobile communications. She also volunteers at an animal shelter and operates a home bakery.

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