A few weeks ago, I decided to make jerky treats for the dogs using my dehydrator and the oven.  I was curious which worked better and found that both methods worked great.

DIY Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs

DIY chicken jerky treats made with chicken thighs; these were made in the oven.

 

DIY Chicken Jerky Treats for Dogs

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts (I used chicken thighs, but it took longer to cook them)
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried basil

Cooking Instructions

  1. Preheat over to 200 degrees F.
  2. Trim excess fat from the chicken and dry.  Place chicken in the freezer for an hour; this will make it easy to slice.  After that hour, slice the chicken along the grain as thin as possible – no big deal if you have big pieces.
  3. Lay chicken slices on a non-stick baking sheet, and if you'd like more flavor, you can sprinkle dog-safe spices on the chicken slices; I chose parsley and basil for my jerky.
  4. Bake at 200 degrees F for two hours.  You may need to bake the chicken longer depending on your oven so check after the first two hours.
  5. Once ready, allow to cool then store in a Rubbermaid container after everyone (humans too) tests the jerky.  I make enough to store in the fridge for two weeks; if I make more, then I freeze half the batch.

What I love about making chicken jerky treats for dogs is that it's a healthy, low fat, low sodium treat that the dogs enjoy.  I know the sourcing, I control the ingredients (when using spices), and I know that they're safe for my dogs.

But aren't your dogs allergic to chicken?

Yep! Cooking the chicken makes it easier for them to tolerate and because this is a snack and not a meal, my dogs don't have an issue.

 

DIY Jerky Treats for Dogs

DIY beef and chicken jerky treats for dogs – made in a dehydrator

 

DIY Beef Jerky Treats for Dogs

I found this recipe on HealthyDogWorkshop.com.

Ingredients

  • Lean ground beef
  • Dried parsley
  • Dried basil
  • Fresh rosemary

Cooking Instructions

1 – Mix ground beef with spices and place the mix between wax or parchment paper.  Using a rolling pin, roll the ground beef until it's flat.  Remove the top wax/parchment paper and using a knife or pizza cutter, slice the meat into jerky strips.

 

2 – Lay jerky strips on the dehydrator trays and cook based on your dehydrator's instructions.

3 – Once ready, allow to cool then store in a Rubbermaid container after everyone (humans too) tests the jerky – I loved the chicken jerky treats, I didn't like the beef ones – the dogs LOVED them.  I make enough to store in the fridge for two weeks; if I make more, then I freeze half the batch.

Making Jerky Treats in the Oven vs. Dehydrator

To be honest, I love both methods of making treats, and because I make so many in one batch, it's nice to have both the oven and the dehydrator working.  The oven is faster than the dehydrator, and the dehydrator gives me treats with the true jerky feel while the oven just dries the meat.  Either way, the dogs love what I made for them.

I use the Excalibur Top Down Airflow Square 5 Tray Stackable Versatile Dehydrator and Jerky Machine.

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