Since FDA warnings about chicken jerky treats have made many puppies unhappy missing their treats, I figured I’d share a really easy recipe to make chicken jerky treats at home. And when you buy chicken breast on sale these are actually quite cheap to make too. You could use a dehydrator but oven drying works just as well. My dogs love these, and I know they are getting healthy treats with no additives or chemicals.
Ingredients: 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or whatever quantity you want to prepare).
Remove any visible fat from chicken breasts, and wash them with cold water and dry with a paper towel. Slice them as thin as possible along grain. They are easier to slice when a little frozen but make sure the strips are completely defrosted before cooking them. Preheat oven to 200 F. Lightly grease a baking sheet and spread the chicken strips on it making sure they don’t overlap. Bake at 200 F for 2 hrs or so. The chicken strips need to be dry and firm when done, if they are at all soft or spongy keep them in the oven. In this case it’s fine to overcook as long as they don’t burn. Remove from oven when completely dry and dehydrated, and let cool on a wire rack. When strips are completely cooled down, use scissors to cut them into treat size bits.
These will keep in a fridge 2-3 weeks, and you can also freeze them for future use.