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Recipe: Dehydrated Chicken Liver Dog Treats

Dehydrated chicken liver dog treats are as easy to make as dog treats can get–and only involve one ingredient! These are great to break into small training treats and are a powerful motivator for your dog!

Some dog treat recipes are so cute and so fun to make and to photograph…with the little dog-shaped cookie cutters and all…

And then there are recipes like today’s that, well, are just plain ugly. Like dehydrated chicken liver dog treats!

dehydrated chicken liver dog treats

A while back, I purchased a dehydrator at the thrift store. (Surprisingly, this seems to be the kind of thing you can find quite often at a thrift store; since I bought mine, I’ve seen three others for sale! I guess people just don’t want give up that much room to store the dehydrator because it is fairly large.)

I’ve made dehydrated sweet potatoes and bananas for the dogs in the dehydrator but I’d never tried chicken livers until this week.

I’m not sure why I waited so long to try to make these because it’s super, super simple and the dogs absolutely loved them!

How to Make Dehydrated Chicken Liver Dog Treats

To make these treats in the dehydrator, first apply cooking oil to prevent sticking.

Space the livers at least an inch apart so there will be good air circulation throughout the trays…

If any chicken livers are too thick, use a fork to flatten the liver slightly.

The one-pound tub of chicken livers was divided between three trays. I put the trays in the dehydrator and cooked them for nearly four hours. Halfway through the cooking process, I switched the tray order. (Your own cooking time will vary with your dehydrator and the humidity level in your kitchen.)

NOTE: I now have mesh dehydrator trays I use for dehydrating liver; it make it much easier and the liver won’t “melt” down over the dehydrating trays!

How to Make Dehydrated Chicken Liver in the Oven

If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can make these in the oven on its lowest temperature setting–usually around 180 degrees F.

You’ll want to bake on a lightly greased cookie sheet or on parchment paper.

Halfway through cooking, flip the chicken livers for even dehydrating.

Storing Dehydrated Liver

Once done, allow the chicken livers to cool completely then pop them in the refrigerator. They’ll last up to two weeks (although they didn’t last anywhere near that long here….the dogs loved them!)

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Susan Jeffay

Thursday 7th of April 2022

Perfect! I always cook chicken livers for my dog as they are always marked down at the grocers and had seen some liver treats there too. My dehydrator is from the thrift store too, no temp control. Am going to try right now! Thanks

Kathleen

Sunday 20th of March 2022

What temp should your dehydrator be set at, and just to clarify, you do not need to pre-cook the chicken liver or hearts?

Nicole

Thursday 14th of January 2021

Hello! Can you freeze the liver jerky? And for how long? Thank you!

Dashie07 E.

Sunday 8th of November 2020

My oven starts at 170 so that's a good setting for dehydrated!

RavRob

Saturday 31st of October 2020

You are talking about the cooking time but not the temp. What temp setting are you using?

Paris Permenter & John Bigley

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Use the lowest temperature setting if you are dehydrating them in your oven. My dehydrator doesn't have temperature settings; if yours does, I'd set it about 160 degrees F.

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