Part of the fun about having a dog is finding new ways to spoil them! We decided to create our own dog treat recipe inspired by a traditional dumpling recipe. The results are a chicken dumpling that smells tasty and keeps ingredients to a minimum! You can also change the ingredients easily to suit your pup’s tastes, and the pups who tried them all approved.
Make your own dog treat at home with the recipe included here. These turn out as a cross between a dumpling and a biscuit. This recipe makes about two dozen treats and can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. Enjoy!
- 1 cup rice flour
- 1/4 cup + 1 tbs of Greek yogurt (about half a single serving, 5.3 oz container)
- 1 cup shredded chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup water (possibly more, depending on the flour)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line a baking tray or cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat and spray with a nonstick cooking spray like canola oil, coconut oil or olive oil
- Whisk egg and yogurt together in a bowl, then add shredded chicken and flour. Mix together. You will end up with a pasty, dry mix at this point with the chicken shreds coats in the flour, yogurt, and egg
- Now add water and mix. Let sit for a minute so the flour absorbs the water. You should end up with a slightly clumpy, doughy mixture that holds its shape. If your mixture seems too dry, add more water, a tablespoon at a time
- Drop small spoonfuls of mixture in rows onto the tray. You don’t need to leave much space between as these will not rise. These should be about the size of two grapes
- Bake at 350 for 13-15 minutes then allow to cool before offering one to your pup! You’ll know they’re done when the outside turns slightly golden and has formed a crust
- Best to use plain chicken and not seasoned or sauced. Also, dispose of any chicken bones and skin
- Substitute the egg for ¼ cup canned pumpkin, mashed banana, or baked sweet potato, but the dumplings will turn out flatter and softer
- For extras flavor, substitute water for chicken or beef broth
- Other flours like wheat or oat flour also work well in place of rice flour
- Avoid using avocado or nut oils to coat your baking tray as these can be harmful to your pup
- Make smaller treats (single-grape sized) and cut baking time to 10-12 minutes
- Remember, it’s not necessary to add any spices, salt, or baking soda to these as the dogs love them plain and they’re healthier for them that way!