How to Make Chicken & Rice Ball Treats for Dogs

by Vivian Gomez
 

Chicken and rice ball treats make a healthy alternative to store-bought treats.

Chicken and rice ball treats are healthy snacks for your dog, whether you feed your dog homemade food exclusively or give him a break from commercial food from time to time. Because doggie digestive systems are different from ours, and can be sensitive to diets high in animal-based fats, it's important to use lean, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, brown or basmati rice and vegetables such as green beans, peas or carrots. Skip the salt, too, because it can make your dog excessively thirsty and may even lead to sodium ion poisoning.

Step 1

Boil the chicken breasts in water until they are cooked all the way through, making sure they are no longer pink on the inside.

Step 2

Remove the chicken breasts from the pot, and do not dump that water. That's chicken broth, and you will need it to form the chicken and rice balls later on. If you do dump the water, you can buy unsalted chicken broth at your grocery store.

Step 3

Chop the chicken into small pieces. Those who prefer a finer texture can also use a food processor.

Step 4

Boil the green beans or the peas in carrots in the reserved chicken broth.

Step 5

Combine the chopped chicken, boiled vegetables and a cup of brown or basmati rice together in a large bowl with the olive oil, stirring until everything is blended. Set aside to cool.

Step 6

Add the cottage cheese to the mixture once it is sufficiently cool, stirring until everything is well blended. The cheese will help the chicken and rice balls hold their shape.

Step 7

Add a few tablespoons of chicken as you begin forming the chicken and rice balls, again to help everything stick together and hold its shape. The treats are ready to eat.

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