By Jessica DiPaola
Posted in News, on December 14, 2017
A couple of weeks ago we highlighted some budget-friendly ideas to have fun with your pets. One of them was making a ‘gourmet’ meal for your dog. And well, tada! Today we’re disclosing our favorite recipe. It’s an easy and affordable treat your pet will love!
Our pups love chicken, and our secret is in the preparation. So let’s get started! Here’s what you need:
- 4 chicken breasts or legs (more if you’re making a large batch). Legs tend to have the most flavor, which Dixon & Dobby love (Figaro isn’t as picky)
- Large pot
- Blender or food processor
- Plastic container(s) or a glass bowl with a lid
Fill the pot with enough water to thoroughly cover the chicken. Once boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer while covered. After about 30-40 minutes the meat should be very tender. Next remove the chicken and keep the water -- we store a container of the chicken stock, which comes in handy later.
Cut the chicken into large chunks and place in a blender or food processor. We like the Ninja Kitchen System which is fast and super easy to use. (If cooking drumsticks, discard the bones first). Shred the chicken for ~10 seconds (the Ninja only needs a few ‘pumps’). The chicken should be roughly shredded, with some bigger chunks, yet small enough to easily divide and mix in with other food.
Our pups know the process well by now and at this point they are ‘hanging out’ in the kitchen soaking up the smells.
We usually make a big batch – about 4 Tupperware container’s worth. You can freeze three of them and put one in the fridge for immediate use. Next time you want to give your pup a chicken meal, just take it out of the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge overnight.
The first serving is easy. As soon as the chicken is warm to the touch, mix your desired amount in with his regular kibble. Our dogs lick their bowls so clean, that sometimes we wonder whether we fed them at all!
And once the stock has cooled to room temperature, we like to offer ½ cup to our little pup, Dobby, and about 1 ½ cups to our big pup, Dixon. They LOVE the chicken stock!
Since our dogs love warm chicken, we heat the refrigerated chicken before adding it to their kibble. Place some chicken in your dog’s (microwavable) bowl, add a tablespoon of the chicken stock you saved, and heat for about 10 seconds. This adds a delicious moisture to the chicken.
Microwave strengths vary so test the chicken before serving it to your pets. It should be warm, not hot. Mix in the kibble and voila! A ‘gourmet’ meal is ready to be served!