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Recipe: Chicken Jerky for Dogs

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We all remember the chicken jerky dog treat concerns several years ago–one reason that I prefer to make this popular treat for our dogs rather than purchasing chicken jerky for dogs. It’s quick and easy to make at home in your oven and requires only one ingredient: chicken!

Chicken Jerky is made from thin strips of chicken slow baked to almost the point of crispness.

The most time-consuming part is the slicing of the chicken; after that, just allow a few hours to bake the chicken to jerky chewiness. If your dog loves jerky, don’t miss our turkey jerky recipe!)

Why Make Your Own Chews?

Homemade jerky chews also have the advantage of letting you customize the thickness and chewiness of the chew based on your own dog!

If you have a senior who might be missing some teeth, you can create a softer chew.

Are you sharing your home with a young chewing machine? You can create a tougher chew, all for a fraction of the price you’d pay for chews in the store.

How to Make Chicken Jerky for Dogs

All you’ll need to make chicken jerky treats for your dog is:

  • chicken breasts (I like the deboned chicken tenderloins to make things easier)
  • a cookie sheet
  • a knife
  • an oven

Tips for making jerky dog treats

It’s easier to slice the chicken when it’s semi-frozen rather than completely thawed; you can use the heel of your hand on the knife to “chop” the slices rather than trying to saw through thawed meat.

chicken jerky

Slice with the grain of the chicken, rather than against it; this will make the treats a little chewier and make them last a LITTLE bit longer when you give them to your dogs.

slicing chicken for chicken jerky

You don’t want the chicken to be crispy to the point of snapping but you do want the pieces to be very chewy.

If you cook more than a pound of chicken, you’ll need to add extra baking time .

chicken jerky treats for dogs

If you don’t have a drying rack, just flip over a dish drainer and drape with a dish towel. Put your treats on the towel to cool. The object is to get the treats up off the metal cookie sheets so they’ll cool crispier. A wicker basket flipped over and draped with a dish towel work work great, too.

chicken jerky dog treats drying

Be warned, though: these are VERY popular treats…they’ll go fast! (Cats also love them!)

Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs

Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs

Make healthy chicken jerky for your dog right in your kitchen!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breasts, deboned

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 170-180 degrees Fahrenheit or lowest temperature setting.
  2. Lightly grease a cookie sheet, using one with a slight edge because there will be water and juices from the chicken during the first hour of cooking.
  3. Slice chicken breasts in strips no more than ¼-inch thick.
  4. Place slices on a greased cookie sheet, leaving at least a ½-inch between slices.
  5. Bake for two hours. After two hours, check the slices and see if they’re dry.
  6. Continue baking until slices appear very dried.
  7. When done, remove the treats from the oven and cool on a drying rack.
  8. When the treats are completely cool, bag in zippered bags or place in an airtight container and refrigerate.

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This article was first published in May 2010.

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Tammy Taylor

Saturday 17th of July 2021

Awesome idea … my issue is the time shortage.

Tom Thumb Deli sometimes has their organic baked chicken - no seasoning … they have already pulled the chicken breasts strips that can be used in salads or fajitas. Since these are already baked … what amount of time might it take to finish baking these to crispy? Having the chicken already cut would save a lot of prep time.

Angie

Monday 24th of May 2021

This was so easy! I had some slightly freezer-burned turkey tenderloin so this was a great way to use it. Pup is obsessed and gobbles these. I used silicone mats and they needed some elbow grease to get them clean, so maybe I’ll use foil or parchment next time. Thanks for the easy and healthy treat idea!

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Thursday 20th of May 2021

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Jolene Shelton

Sunday 4th of October 2020

I have a dehydrator but it’s max temp is 165° is this safe to use with chicken only cooked longer

DT

Monday 19th of April 2021

The FDA calls for cooking chicken to sn internal temoerature of 165 deg Fahrenheit . So, YES, a dehydrator temperature of 165 deg. F is safe for chicken strips.

Elliesmom

Sunday 23rd of August 2020

I bake the chicken strips on an olive oil greased rack placed on the cookie sheet. Flip them over when baking is complete so they don't stick, and let cool on the same rack.

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