Even if a chicken cooked without seasoning doesn't look appetizing to you, it will be delicious for your dog. Chicken is packed with protein, vitamins and minerals needed to maintain a balanced dog diet, and it's light enough for dogs that have sensitive stomachs or are often sick with different foods. Start by buying three boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Then take a medium pot and enough water to cover the meat. Once the chicken is cooked, give it as a snack or mix it with other foods for the dog to make a meal.
- Three boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
- Enough water to cover the chicken.
Part 1 of 2: Cooking Chicken Breasts
Step 1. Place three boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a medium pan
Spread the meat on the bottom of the pan so it doesn't pile up. If you don't have a pot big enough for all three breasts, use a deep skillet with a lid.
See if the chicken is completely thawed, if at all. Frozen meat will change the preparation time and may cook unevenly. If the chicken is still frozen, wait by leaving it in the fridge before cooking
Step 2. Fill the pan with water until the chicken breasts are submerged
Put about 10 cm of water in the pan (or more if necessary) to cover the chicken breasts. Just be careful not to overfill to the point of overflowing during cooking. Leave about 5 cm without water to avoid this.
Do not add any type of seasoning to the chicken so that the dog does not have an upset stomach. Leave the chicken to natural and mix it with other foods later, if you like
Step 3. Cover the pan and cook the chicken for 12 minutes over high heat
Boil water over high heat. Then let the chicken cook for another 12 minutes.
Take one of the breasts out of the pan and cut it to make sure it's cooked through. If the meat inside is still pink or sticky, put the chicken back in the pan and cook for another minute or two
Step 4. Place the cooked chicken breasts on a plate and shred
Take a knife and fork, or two forks, to easily separate the fibers. Cut the pieces to a size that the dog can safely chew and swallow.
Think about the size of your dog when shredding the meat. Small dogs need the meat to be well shredded, while large dogs don't need such small pieces
Step 5. Allow the chicken to cool for 10 to 15 minutes
Put the chicken on the counter and let it cool until it's cool to the touch. Now you can give it to the dog as a treat or mix it with other foods to make a meal.
Speed up cooling by placing the chicken in the refrigerator for five minutes
Step 6. Store leftover chicken in a sealed container in the refrigerator for three to four days
Place the remaining chicken in a glass or plastic pot that has a lid that seals well. Then store the pot in the fridge and give it to the dog for the next three or four days.
Alternatively, freeze the cooked chicken in a sealed container for two to six months to feed the dog the next time he gets an upset stomach. Simply defrost the chicken in the fridge before serving it to your pet
Part 2 of 2: Giving the Dog Cooked Chicken
Step 1. Give a good portion of unseasoned cooked chicken as a special dog snack
You can give the chicken as a supplement if the dog is training or simply feed it to the puppy. Just be careful not to add too much chicken, because the dog will eat everything you put in it.
- If using cooked chicken as an incentive to training, give loose chicken pieces or small portions of shredded chicken when the dog does the job right.
- When offering the chicken as a snack without other foods together, separate the portions and according to the size of your dog. Think about how much kibble you usually feed him at lunch or dinner and measure the amount of chicken based on that.
Step 2. Mix pieces of cooked chicken with feed to make the food more attractive
Your canine friend will like the different taste and the meal will have a lot more protein than usual. Just be careful not to overfeed the dog when doing this. Reduce the amount of feed you usually put in when adding chicken.
- The amount of food depends on the dog's weight alone and the amount of exercise he does.
- Try using a two-to-one or three-to-one ratio. If you usually add a cup of feed, give only 2/3 cup and add 1/3 of cooked chicken, or ¾ cup of feed and ¼ of chicken.
Step 3. Mix shredded chicken with white rice to improve stomach upset
Prepare a cup of white rice as usual (in a pot on the stove or using a rice cooker). Then mix some of the shredded chicken with the rice and let it cook and cool before feeding the dog.
- Use a ratio of two to one or three to one. For example, mix two cups of cooked rice with one of chicken or three cups of rice with one of chicken.
- Give the rice a mild flavor by preparing it with the chicken stock left over from cooking the chicken. Do not use commercially available chicken stock to make rice, as it contains ingredients, such as onions, that can be harmful to your puppy.
- You can substitute brown rice for white rice to increase the nutritional value of the meal, but it's important to say that brown rice is more difficult for the dog to digest. If he has a sensitive stomach or is often sick, just give him white rice.
Step 4. Supplement the classic chicken rice with pumpkin or yogurt
Add boiled pumpkin or unflavored low-fat yogurt to regulate your dog's digestive system. Pumpkin is high in fiber and yogurt has natural probiotics that won't upset the dog's stomach. Both leave the meal with a higher water content.
If your serving is ½ cup cooked white rice and ¼ cup chicken, add one or two tablespoons of yogurt or ¼ cup of boiled pumpkin. Mix well and separate the portion according to your puppy's weight
Step 5. Give your dog cooked chicken once or twice a week
Unless your canine friend has digestive problems, such as an irritated stomach, don't feed cooked chicken more than twice a week or the dog will get used to it and depend on the chicken.