Homemade Chicken Jerky Dog Treats

homemade chicken jerky dog treatsSome people think that making your own dog treats is labor intensive and time-consuming. But what if I told you that it’s as easy as chop and bake? Anyone can dice up some chicken and place it in the oven, right? It’s so easy! And with only 1 ingredient, no preservatives, no added-anything, and no mystery meats… your dog will thrive on these tasty treats! And dehydrated treats are the least labor-intensive creation imaginable. You barely have to lift a finger! And with claims that even jerky treats made in the USA aren’t safe, it’s so important that we can rest-assured that we are feeding our dogs non-toxic treats.

Step 1: Prepare Your Checklist of Ingredients

DSC06781Ingredients:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken

That’s it! Just 1 ingredient. You can buy whatever is on sale, but I used the chicken breasts that our family eats. These will be ready in no time, so preheat the oven to 250 degrees.

Step 2: Slice The Chicken

DSC06783A lot of people slice the chicken into thin, 1/8-3/8″ jerky slices. The thinner they are, the less time they will need to cook in the oven. However, I found it was much easier to just cube the chicken into thin, square-shaped pieces. I began by cutting the chicken into long jerky strips, but it was kind of difficult, and the cubes ended up cooking better in the oven. 

DSC06788Step 3: Place & Bake

DSC06789Place the chicken pieces on baking sheets. You can use non-stick spray if you wish. 

DSC06792Place in the oven and bake for about 2 hours at 250 degrees. The amount of time will vary depending on the thickness and size of the treats you cut.

Jem’s trusty nose tells her there’s something in the oven…

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Step 4: Eat Up!

DSC06793Make sure your jerky treats are a golden color with some crisp to them. If they’re still soft and very white, you should cook them for longer. Your treats may take more or less time than mine did depending on the size you cut them. 

Zoey smells something coming out of the oven…

DSC06800And Jem is quick to investigate…DSC06816“Are all of these for me?!” 

DSC06850Jem can’t believe her eyes!

DSC06844OH my gosh they really ARE for me…

DSC06841And soon enough Jem couldn’t get enough…

DSC06843But Zoey’s height doesn’t keep her from taking a whiff…

DSC06857And she loves what she tastes!

DSC06861These jerky treats were so easy to make and healthy for the dogs. Based on their reactions, these seemed to be their favorite dog treats that I’ve ever made! I had to put them away in the refrigerator and spray Febreeze to get Jem to stop sniffing around the kitchen for more! 

Other favorite homemade treat recipes:

 

Yummy Homemade Banana Dog Treats

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comWhat’s better than homemade dog treats? When they’re only 1 ingredient! These banana dog treats are super easy to make and much cheaper than store-bought treats. You can’t go wrong! And your doggy is going to love them.

Step 1: Prepare Your Ingredients

All you need for this recipe is bananas! I chose to use 5 bananas because I have 3 hungry doggies to treat this week. 

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI chose bananas that still had some green color. This made them stay in tact better when I cut them rather than soft, ripe bananas. 

Step 2: Peel and Cut The Bananas

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homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comI sliced my bananas into bite-sized pieces since my dogs are small. When I give them treats, I like them to be bite-size rewards after a walk, trick, or good behavior. Over-treating can lead to obesity and other health problems. 

banana dog treats from radiofence.comYou can also slice the bananas long-ways into three pieces for a chewy treat for bigger dogs. This shape is also great if you want your dog to have a treat that will last longer.  Don’t worry if you can’t cut them perfectly, as you can see mine broke!

Step 3: Place & Bake

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comPlace the bananas on a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper, but I didn’t have any in stock! I heard that squeezing lemon on the treats will keep them from browning, but I don’t know if it made much of a difference. I’d say that this step of adding lemon isn’t necessary. 

homemade banana dog treats from RadioFence.comBake in the oven at 200 degrees for 1 hour & 30 minutes. They will come out of the oven still a little bit soft. Let them sit and cool for about 30 minutes, then remove from the baking sheet. You can cook them for longer if your dogs prefer a crispier treat. 

Step 4: Go Bananas!

Yep, that’s right. My pups went absolutely bananas over these treats! It was so much fun to watch them freaking out over the taste. 

Zoey and Laci were the first ones out of the gate…

zoey and laci homemade dehydrated banana dog treats from radiofence.comI wasn’t sure which one of them would get the first bite…

homemade banana dog treats from radiofence.comBut before they could get a taste…

radiofence.com banana dog treats INCOMING! Jem swooped in for the prize! And with one sniff of the banana…

banana dog treats from radiofence.comShe was hooked!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsZoey had to see what all the fuss was about…

radiofence.com banana dog treatsAnd she was in love!

radiofence.com banana dog treatsIt was Laci’s turn to fight for a taste…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsShe wasn’t about to let Jem steal her bite…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsOut of the way, Jem… this bite is mine!

laci radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsSuccess! Laci got her bite, and she went crazy for it…

radiofence.com homemade banana dog treatsThe girls loved their treats so much that they wished their Uncle Buddy there to try them. But since they didn’t have a big dog to share the big pieces with, they would just have to split it in three…

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Health Benefits Of Bananas For Dogs 

Bananas are beneficial to dogs when given in moderation, so a treat is the perfect solution. They’re one of the most nutritious fruits you can feed your dog. They have high levels of vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium that your dog may not be getting from her dog food.

Large/Medium sized dogs can eat up to half of a banana a few times per week. Smaller breeds should have smaller slices. It is recommended to feed your dog bananas in moderation since they can cause constipation in humans and dogs when consumed heavily. If your dog struggles with constipation on a regular basis, it may be wise to avoid banana treats. 

Dogs that suffer with colitis, which is inflammation of the colon, benefit greatly from eating bananas because the enzymes soothe irritations in the intestines. Always consult your veterinarian to make sure any nutritional additives to your dogs diet coincide with her treatment regimen. 

 

If you love how easy dehydrated dog treats are to make, check out our other recipe:

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat Recipe

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treat RecipeAll of our homemade treat recipes are human-tested, dog approved! As you’ve probably read in my other posts, we believe whole-heartedly in homemade organic dog treats. And the dogs love them too! Zoey, Jem, and Laci can hardly keep their composure when they see me making dough and smell it baking in the oven. They know it’s treat-time and can’t believe their fortune!

There’s nothing better than knowing the quality and source of the ingredients in your dog’s treats. They love the freshness and you can sleep well at night knowing there are no preservatives or toxic ingredients in your pup’s belly. The icing on the pupcake? They’re so much cheaper than store bought!

Step 1: Find Your Ingredients

Homemade Organic Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comWhat you’ll need:

  • Honey
  • Flour (wheat or gluten free)
  • Oats
  • 3.5 oz container of sweet potato baby food
  • 1 egg 
  • Optional: cookie cutters

You may also already know that we purchase all organic ingredients (when they’re available to us), but you certainly don’t have to. Non-organic ingredients will work also. The 3.5 oz jar of baby food is bigger than the ordinary sized jars, so you have to look for it. 

Step 2: Measure & Mix Your Ingredients

Homemade organic sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comYour measurements:

  • 3.5 oz sweet potato baby food
  • 3/4 C flour
  • 1 tb honey
  • 1/4 C oats

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine the baby food, flour, honey, and oats in a mixing bowl until combined. Crack the egg in a separate dish and beat – this will be brushed on top of the treats before they go in the oven.  The dough will be semi-dry and a little tough to mix together. 

Zoey and Laci Sniffing Out The Homemade Dog Treats from RadioFence.comI hadn’t even mixed the ingredients with a spoon yet when Zoey and Laci sniffed out what I was doing and came running over to give their seal of pre-approval. They were already so excited!

Homemade sweet potato dog treats from RadioFence.comThis is what your dough should look like after you mix the ingredients. At this point I realized that with 3 dogs I wanted to make more, so I doubled the recipe. Without doubling the recipe, you will get about 24 small cookie-cutter sized treats. 

Step 3: Roll Dough & Cut Shapes

RadioFence.com Homemade Sweet Potato Dog TreatsYou’ll want to flour your surface area, roll the dough out with a rolling pin until it’s about 1/4″ thick. The thickness of your dough isn’t that important – it’ll just depend on how crunchy or soft your dog like his treats!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats Recipe from RadioFence.comThe next step is using a cookie cutter to create the shape of your treats. This part was my favorite because I just ordered customized cookie cutters from HomePrint3D on Etsy and got to use them for the first time! 

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comI’m so in love with these cookie cutters! You don’t have to take the time to cut shapes into your dough if you don’t want to. After cutting these shapes, I decided to roll the rest of the dough out and just rip misshapen pieces off of it. After all, your dog isn’t going to appreciate the shape but the taste instead! This is the only semi-time consuming part of this recipe and can easily be avoided in a time-crunch. 

Step 4: Brush With Egg Wash

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comTime to use that beaten egg we set aside that we almost forgot about. Lightly brush the treats with a little bit of egg wash so they’ll get a beautiful golden brown in the oven. 

Step 5: Bake and Enjoy!

Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats from RadioFence.comBake on a cookie sheet (using parchment paper if you’d like) for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees. You can bake for less time if your dog prefers a softer treat, or longer for a crunchier treat. Twenty minutes will give you a pretty good crunch to this treat. 

Bone Appetit!

Bone Appetit!

It’s munchin’ time!

Jem from RadioFence.com Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats RecipeI love how patient they try to pretend they are. Jem can’t hide her enthusiasm… that tongue always gives it away!

Jem Laci Zoey RadioFence.com homemade dog treats recipeJem says “I’m ready for one – just toss it in my mouth!”

Laci and Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsThe anticipation is killing them!

Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treat recipeZoey got to try her first cookie with her name on it!

Zoey from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsAnd she absolutely loved it!

Jem from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsJem was so excited to take her cookie she became a blur!

Laci from RadioFence.com homemade sweet potato dog treatsAlthough Laci was a little left out because her cookie cutter hasn’t come in the mail yet… she was still super excited about this recipe and loved them just the same!

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Homemade Sweet Potato Dog Treats
Yields 24
Homemade, preservative-free, inexpensive, and easy to make!
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 3.5 oz jar of sweet potato baby food
  2. 3/4 C flour
  3. 1/4 C oats
  4. 1 tb honey
  5. 1 large egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Combine baby food, flour, oats, and honey and mix until blended together
  3. Crack egg in separate bowl, beat, and set aside for later to be brushed onto treats
  4. Roll dough out to 1/4" thick onto floured surface and create treat shapes with cookie cutter: rip misshapen pieces from the dough if you don't want to use a cookie cutter
  5. Bake for 20 minutes
Notes
  1. You can bake these treats for less time if your dog prefers a softer treat. This treat will be crunchy when baked for 20 minutes.
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Quick & Easy No-Bake Dog Treats

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.comHomemade dog treats are awesome for so many reasons! Our dogs prefer them, they’re cheaper than store-bought, they’re healthier than the mystery-meat treats on the shelves, and you can make most of the recipes in less time than it takes to drive to the store. 

When I found these no-bake treats on “Jo and Sue’s” blog, I was really excited to give them a try because they sounded so easy and simple to make. Not to mention there’s only a  few ingredients in them that we always have on hand, so if I’m ever in a bind and need a quick treat for the pups I can whip these up in no time! 

Ingredients:

  • Peanut butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Water
  • Oats

Step 1: Find Your Ingredients

DSC05321As you’ve read in my other posts, we use organic ingredients in our house. You can use regular or organic ingredients in your treats. All you need is peanut butter, cinnamon, water, and oats. But never forget the human foods that are poisonous to dogs.

Step 2: Combine Your Ingredients 

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine and stir the peanut butter, cinnamon, and water until combined.

  • 3/4 C peanut butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 C water

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.comSlowly add the oats to the mixture until they are thoroughly mixed in.

  • 1  1/4 C oats

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Step 3: Create Ball-Shaped Treats

Once your ingredients are mixed together, scoop the mixture out of the bowl with a spoon and form ball shapes in the palm of your hand. The peanut butter will help the oats stick together once you form the balls.

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.comYou can make any sized balls you want depending on the size of your dog and her appetite. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet or plate to be chilled in the refrigerator. 

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Step 4: Chill In Refrigerator 

Rather than baking these treats, they just need to be placed in the refrigerator before feeding them to your pup. You can even freeze them if you dog likes harder treats to chew on.

No Bake Dog Treats from RadioFence.comYou can chill them for 1-3 hours depending on how anxious your dog is to try the tasty snack! 

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Step 5: Enjoy!

No Bake Dogs Treats from RadioFence.comThe best part of all – devour! Watching your dog enjoy treats that you made yourself is the most rewarding part of the whole process. It’s so worth the little bit of effort it took to make these!

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.comJem and Zoey both LOVED these!

No Bake Dog Treats From RadioFence.comIf I bought treats at the store for my dog, I can’t say that I would eat them with her. But we all tried these homemade treats and loved them just as much as the dogs did! 

Check out our dogs’ other favorite treat recipes:

Quick & Easy No-Bake Dog Treats
Yields 35
Yummy, simple, and healthy dog treats you can make in minutes - no baking required! Your dog is going to flip for these.
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 3/4 C peanut butter
  2. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  3. 1/4 C water
  4. 1 1/4 C oats
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine and stir the peanut butter, cinnamon, and water until combined.
  2. Slowly add the oats to the mixture until they are thoroughly mixed
  3. Once your ingredients are mixed together, scoop the mixture out of the bowl with a spoon and create ball shapes. You can make any sized balls you want depending on the size of your dog and her appetite. Place the balls onto a cookie sheet or plate to be chilled in the refrigerator.
  4. Rather than baking these treats, they just need to be chilled in the refrigerator before feeding them to your pup. You can chill them for 1-3 hours depending on how anxious your dog is to try the tasty snack!
Notes
  1. We use all organic ingredients in our dog treats - but you can use any brand you like.
Adapted from Jo and Sue
Adapted from Jo and Sue
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