Homemade chicken treats for cats and dogs

Homemade chicken treats for cats and dogs

Recipe makes about 100 really small treats.


  • 140g (1 1/2 cups) cooked chicken breast, shredded (equals about 350g of raw chicken breast)
  • 15g (1 tablespoon) margarine (or sunflower oil)
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) chicken stock (the water you cooked your chicken in)
  • 120g (1 cup) whole wheat flour
  • 50g (1/3 cup) polenta/cornmeal (dry)


  1. Cook the chicken breast first
    First cut away any fat/skin. Put it in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil, lower the temperature to medium-high and let cook until it’s fork-tender. Remove the pot from heat and let chicken cool to warm temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). Cover a baking sheet with baking paper.
  3. Take the chicken out of the pot (but save the soup!) and shred it with a knife and a fork (or any other method that you like).
  4. In a bowl, mix together the chicken, water and margarine (you can warm it up in the microwave to make things easier). You don’t need a mixer for this, just use a fork. In a separate bowl mix together the cornmeal and flour.
  5. Add the dry mixture to the wet one in three additions. (You can shorten the process and just throw it all together, but I like to do it slowly, to make sure I don’t end up with a dough that is too dry.)
  6. Once you’ve formed the dough, slightly flour your working surface, then knead dough for a few seconds. Roll it out to about 0,5 – 1 cm (1/4 inch) thick. Cut out your treats in any desired shape and place them on the baking sheet. They can be placed close together, as they won’t get bigger during baking. Bake for 20 minutes in the center of the oven. Let them cool for about 10-15 minutes before your kitty or pooch try them!


These treats are chewy and easily breakable. Keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

While this recipe uses chicken breast, you could experiment with darker meat such as chicken thighs. Use more than 140g though (because of the bones). Cook thighs as you would the chicken breast. Once the meat starts falling off the bone, it’s ready to be used. Take out the amount of liquid necessary for the recipe, then cook the bones for another 1-2 hours to make a really great stock for your pet.