Chicken Dog Treat Recipes

with Chicken Hearts

These chicken hearts dog treats are very easy to make. Dogs, who love giblets and offals, will definitely go crazy about them.

Puppy Chicken hearts are nutritious. They are high in protein; they provide all the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein.

Chicken hearts are also high in fat. Therefore, this chicken dog treat should only be given sparingly as a special reward. If you are giving hearts to your dog for the first time, give a little to see how your dog can tolerate them. If your dog is prone to digestive problems such as IBD, or pancreatitis, you need to be extra careful.

If your dog is anemic or has a weak immune system, this chicken treat can help because they are rich in zinc and iron.

For Dogs with Allergies...

If your dog has food allergy, you may want to consider using duck hearts for this recipe.

Duck is a novel protein source - many dogs have not been exposed to this protein, so very often you can find duck meat as an ingredient in hypoallergenic dog foods. Similarly, duck organ meats are uncommon protein sources for dogs; therefore, duck hearts can be used to make treats for dogs with allergies. You may be able to get duck hearts from your local butcher.

Recipe 1: Baked Chicken Hearts Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken hearts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (not sure if garlic is safe for dogs? Read this page to find out.)
  • 1 tablespoon of any or a combination of dried rosemary, parsley, thyme, oregano, basil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F (160°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Clean the chicken hearts and remove any fat. Pat dry with kitchen paper.
  3. Mix the hearts, garlic powder and the herbs in a bowl.
  4. Arrange the hearts on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Bake for 75-90 minutes, tossing the hearts every 30 minutes or so.
  6. Let cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • If you have an old dog, or a dog with dental problems, you may not want the chicken hearts to be too dry or chewy. For softer hearts, bake for 45 minutes. Since the hearts are not as dry, their shelf life will be shorter - about 2 weeks in the fridge.

Recipe 2: Saute Chicken Hearts Dog Treats

Ingredients:

Same as in Recipe 1

Instructions:

  1. Clean the chicken hearts and remove any fat. Pat dry with kitchen paper.
  2. Add oil to a hot frying pan.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the chicken hearts to the pan. Sear both sides a bit on high heat.
  4. Turn the heat down to medium high, cover the pan with a lid, and let the hearts cook for about 30 minutes. Saute the hearts once or twice half way through.
  5. Add the mixed herbs, toss the hearts so they are covered with the herbs, and turn off the heat.
  6. Let cool and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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