Recently Barli had a bout of giardia so he spent a couple of days on a bland chicken and rice diet. To make it a little more flavorful, I used homemade chicken broth when cooking the rice–and even had enough left over to create some frozen treats for when he started feeling better a couple of days later. Learn how to boil chicken for your dogs to create flavorful, healthy broth at home (and enjoy some boiled chicken now or as a later treat)!
Homemade broth is super easy to make–and a better choice for your dog than commercial chicken broth, which often contains onion, of course a no-no for dogs.
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How to Use Home Cooked Chicken Broth for Your Dog
You’ll find many ways to use the homemade chicken broth in your dog’s meals!
If you have a picky eater, ladle some warm (not hot) broth over your dog’s normal meal to add a flavorful and alluring touch to an everyday meal. Using broth as “gravy” is far cheaper than the bottled toppings sold for picky dogs and you’ll know just what you’re feeding your dog.
Broth is also an excellent way to soften dry dog food, perfect for older dogs and dogs with dental issues.
Boiled chicken for dogs as well as the broth is also a great dog treat, frozen in a Kong® dog toy. Place the Kong upside down in a coffee mug, using a soft treat or bit of chicken to “plug” the small end of the toy.
Pour the boiled chicken and broth into the Kong then place it in your freezer for a long-lasting, healthy dog treat once frozen. (Always monitor your dog when giving any interactive toys to make sure your dog isn’t tearing off bits of the toy.)
Broth is also an excellent addition to chicken and rice, a dish recommended by many veterinarians when your dog is having tummy troubles.
How to Store Homemade Chicken Broth
Homemade broth can be stored in your refrigerator for three or four days but if you have extra broth, ice trays are a handy way to freeze broth.
Once frozen, store cubes in zippered plastic bags for easy use in future recipes–or even as a quick frozen dog treat by themselves.
Can’t Make Homemade?
Don’t have time for homemade? You can purchase chicken broth for your dog at the store–but take the time to read the label!
Look for preferably unsalted or at least low sodium broth–and don’t buy any broth that contains onions or garlic.
Boiling Chicken to Make Your Own Broth for Dogs
Don’t forget: if you are not using deboned chicken, be sure to remove ALL bones before serving to your dog! Cooked bones are a splintering risk and can lead to punctures in your dog’s digestive tract. Save the bones and make bone broth for dogs in your slow cooker!
- One 3-pound chicken
- Place chicken in a large stockpot and cover with three inches of water.
- Bring to a boil then simmer for 1 hour.
- Remove chicken from the water and reserve for another recipe.
- Discard all cooked chicken bones because cooked bones are a splintering and choking hazard for dogs.
- Refrigerate broth to skim off fat before freezing.
Want to Simplify the Recipe?
You can use frozen deboned, skinless chicken breasts to make this recipe even easier.
Chicken breasts are less fatty than thighs and other chicken parts, easier if your dog is experiencing tummy upsets. And by using deboned chicken, you won’t have the worry of trying to find stray chicken bones in the broth!