Since chicken has 10 essential amino acids required to keep your dog healthy, according to the Dog Food Advisor website, it makes sense to cook it for him as a meal or treat. Also, baking chicken at home for your dog gives him the benefit of no added preservatives often found in commercial dog food brands.
Preheat your oven. The ideal temperature for cooking chicken breasts is 350 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature it cooks slowly and doesn’t dry out.
Chop the chicken breasts into 1/4-inch thick slices or cutlets. This helps the chicken cook faster and evenly.
Coat the cutlets with olive oil to help keep them from sticking and burning. Place them on a cooking/baking sheet about 2 inches apart.
Bake the chicken on the top shelf of the oven until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. The time it takes varies based on the thickness of the chicken. Check the temperature after about 20 minutes by inserting the cooking thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken.
Remove the cooking pan from the stove and set it on a heat-safe surface. Place the chicken on a dish and allow it to cool.
Allow the chicken to cool completely before feeding it to your dog. Remember, he needs vegetables and carbohydrates in his diet too, so avoid feeding an all-meat diet 100 percent of the time.
Covering your cooking sheet in aluminum foil allows for easy clean-up.
Items You Will Need
- Boneless chicken breasts
- Olive oil
- Baking pan
- Cooking thermometer
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