Last Updated on March 18, 2021 by Pauline G. Carter
Do you know that chicken contains all the proteins and nutrients that a healthy dog need? Chicken is a rich source of lean protein, omega 6, and glucosamine.
If your dog has dental issues, sensitive digestive systems, a picky eater, or a special dietary need, a chicken-based diet should be your go-to food.
While chicken is highly nutritious and healthy, you need to prepare it the right way for your dog.
How to Cook Chicken for Dog
Boil the Chicken
One of the best ways to cook chicken for a dog is by boiling it. While humans will choose baked, grilled, or fried chicken over boiled one, dogs love boiled chicken.
Boiled chicken has all the proteins and nutrients that your dog needs. Here are a few steps on how to boil the chicken properly for your dog.
Get Boneless and SkinlessChicken Breast
Bones are a choking hazard and can also tear your dog’s intestine. Ensure the chicken you want to feed your dog is boneless. Also, opt for chicken breast because they are lenient.
They are also easy to prepare and low in fat which makes them healthier for your dog. While chicken wings and thighs are cheaper to buy, you will have to remove bones, skin, and fat, which makes preparation a lot of work.
Add the Chicken Breast to a Medium-Sized Pot
Use a large pot so that the chicken breast does not lay on one another lather; they lay across the bottom of the pot. Add water to your pot, make sure your chicken breasts are completely covered, and leave at least two inches at the top so as the water does not boil over.
Cover Your Pot and Bring the Water to Boil
Cover your pot, turn the stove on and let the water boil for 12 minutes on high heat until it is completely cooked. Don’t be tempted to add some seasoning to your pot. Dogs prefer the natural flavor of the chicken, and seasoning may upset their stomachs.
After the twelve minutes are over, check the chicken to see if it’s fully cooked. Never give your dog raw or undercooked chicken meat. If the chicken is still pink or gummy, it is not cooked yet. Let it boil for a few minutes until it’s completely cooked.
Remove the Chicken Breast and Let them Cool
Remove the chicken breast from the pot and allow them to cool for 10-15 minutes to prevent your dogs from burning their mouth.
If you plan to make rice, save the broth to cook the rice and enrich it with the chicken flavor. Alternatively, you can feed your dog with the chicken broth once it’s cooled down.
Shred the Cooked Chicken into Small Portions
Shred the chicken into smaller pieces that your dog can easily chew and swallow without the risk of choking. The size of the meat will also depend on the dog’s size because big dogs can handle larger pieces.
While there are other ways you can cook chicken for your dogs, like baking, grilling, and frying, boiling the chicken is one of the easiest and healthiest ways to prepare chicken for your dog.