Chicken and Kibble Cupcakes Recipe

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Last week’s recipe featured cupcakes (which our dogs loved) made from kibble, flour, and cheese. We received a good question about using alternative flours in the recipe from one of our readers and Facebook friends whose dog is on a wheat/grain-free diet. That got me thinking: could these cupcakes be made without any added flour of any kind?

I’m happy to say yes! Our kitchen became a little test kitchen this afternoon and I tried a couple of slightly different takes on this recipe which is nothing but crushed grain-free kibble, chicken, and chicken broth.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked chicken
  • 3 cups dry dog food (kibble) of your choice
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 eggs

You’ll notice that my ingredients photo has no eggs…and only 1 cup of chicken broth. After a little trial and error (and I found out the cupcakes bake just fine without the egg, too, although they’re a little crumblier), I decided this was the best ingredients list. You might not need 1-1/2 cups of chicken broth if your chicken isn’t very dry but I found that I couldn’t get the ingredients mixed without that extra half cup.

To make these very simple cupcakes, first grind the kibble. I used the blender, grinding just a cup of dog food at a time. (If you have a clean coffee grinder, that will work, too.)

Once the kibble is crushed (and don’t worry if there are some larger bits mixed in), pour all the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Next, put the chicken and the chicken broth in the blender and mix.

Add the chicken and chicken broth mixture to the dry ingredients and mix. The mix is heavy; you won’t be able to pour it in the cupcake pans.

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I used three mini-cupcake pans for this recipe (it will make 36 treats). Grease the cupcake pans (I used a no-stick spray) and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Using a teaspoon, scoop a large spoonful of mixture into your hands, compressing and shaping it like you would to make meatballs. Drop the “meatball” into the cupcake tray, slightly press it into position, and repeat until you’re done.

Pop the cupcakes in the top tray of your oven and bake for 20 minutes. Allow the treats to cool completely before you either serve some to your dog or you refrigerate (or freeze). Our dogs loved these!!

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  • Donna (PrimaDonna)

    Very creative!!!! I am going to have to give these a try! Thank you for going to all this trouble for Lilly and other dogs with similar health issues (hate the “C” word). We both appreciate it very much!
    Lilly Belle and Mom

    • You’re very welcome…I’m so glad your question gave me the idea to see if it could be done! I know we have some readers whose dogs have allergies so I think this will be a good option for a lot of people (and it was fun to experiment with recipes!!)

  • Thanks!! I’m so glad he liked them!! I’ve been collecting all the recipes and that’s our next book! After Barkonomics: Tips for Frugal Fidos comes out (in November), we’re doing a cookbook of dog treat recipes…I can’t wait!! Paris

  • You are awesome. I can sense that you definitely love and has passion to care for your pet. I copied the recipe and hopefully my dog will love it too. Thanks!
    .-= Dog Training in Denver´s last blog ..Sample Board &amp Train =-.