If you like making your own dog treats than you’re going to want to learn how to make chicken jerky for dogs. And actually the recipe I will be showing you will work for making beef jerky, salmon jerky, and basically any other protein jerky you want!
This recipe is super simple, although it will take a really long time because you have to slowly cook the meat at a low temp to dry it out.
But it will be worth it because your dog will love eating it and you will love feeding it to them because it's healthy and you know exactly what went into making them!
And don't worry if you don't have a dehydrator, you can use your oven too and it will work just the same!
If you prefer to watch a video instead of reading, check out our video making salmon jerky right here!
Homemade Chicken Jerky for Dogs
If you're using your oven you will need a rack that you can place on top of a baking pan and some parchment paper to cover the pan.
If you're using a dehydrator then just do so as you normally would use it, placing the meat on the trays.
Your choice of lean protein - chicken, salmon, beef, lamb, or duck
Olive oil (to grease your rack if you're using your oven)
Preheat your oven to 250 F
Grease the rack with olive oil and place on the lined baking pan (if using your oven)
Prep your meat by removing all visible fat
Slice the meat into whatever shape and size you want and try to make them all the same size but keep in mind that thinner slices will dehydrate faster and will be easier to break apart (⅛ to ¼ inch thickness is best)
Place the slices on the rack or dehydrator trays making sure to keep space between them so there's enough airflow
Cook them for 1 hour before checking on them
Then check them every 30-45 minutes until they are done. Cooking time will vary based on the meat option, the thickness of the meat, and the oven or dehydrator. (Mine took about 4 hours in the dehydrator)
You'll know the meat is done when it doesn't feel moist anymore and isn't too rubbery feeling. While the meat is still hot it will feel a little more rubbery than expected but once it cools it will harden more like the jerky you would eat.
When the meat is completely cooled you can store them in an airtight container. Because you aren't using any preservatives in these, it's best to store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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