If you follow the news closely, the US FDA has issued several warnings to pet owners about the possible association between the consumption of chicken jerky treats imported from China and illness in dogs. There has been no definitive cause as of yet, and a specific brand has not been pointed out.
So, instead of buying these treats, why not make them yourself? That way, you know they are perfectly safe for your dog, without the preservatives. You will also be able to save a lot of money since most dog treats tend to be overpriced. Surprisingly, this dog treat recipe is very easy to make. But be warned, they require patience as drying is a slow process. Don’t worry, you do not need to own a dehydrator. This chicken dog treat recipe requires only an oven, a very sharp knife, and patience. This is great to make when you’re stuck at home or on a weekend.
Boneless Chicken breast
- Preheat the oven at 140-160 degrees F or 60 to 70 degrees C. If your oven cannot go below 200 (Like mine, my oven is only until 80 degrees C), do not let the oven door to close. This would help lower the temperature in your oven. Above this temperature might scorch the chicken. Remember, the optimum dehydrating temperature is 120 to 140 degrees F.
- Cut your chicken breast into strips around 1/4 to 1/8 of an inch. Cut along the fibers of your chicken so it gets chewier for your dog.
- Lightly grease your drying trays or wire cooling racks so the chicken does not stick. You can also use a nylon netting or cheesecloth so you can remove the dehydrated jerky with ease. Do not use a cookie sheets.
- Place the tray into the oven and cook for 2 to 4 hours, turning them over every 45 minutes to ensure even dehydration. Once cooked, removed from the oven and allow to cool before serving to your dog or storing. If you want to cut your chicken jerky, use kitchen scissors. They are easier to use compared to using a knife.
Since this chicken dog treat recipe does not require any preservatives (aside from dehydrating) it is best to store them in a dry, cool place. They will last one to two weeks inside a dog treat jar and longer if kept in the refrigerator.