Homemade Chicken Gizzard Dog Treats

Homemade chicken gizzard dog treats are nutritious and economical. They are also super easy to make. In addition, a variety of healthy herbs can be used to add flavors and nutrients to the treats. This page will show you how.

Puppy Sleeping in a Bowl In some parts of Asia, chicken (and duck) gizzards are exotic delicacies and there are different ways of cooking them.

But what are chicken gizzards?

A gizzard is a part of the chicken's digestive system, a second stomach if you may, that grinds the food for easy digestion.

Chicken gizzards are small but because of all the grinding work they do, they are tough muscles. They are also packed with nutrients, in particular, protein and a considerable amount of fat. They are also rich in iron and zinc, so they are good for dogs who are anemic. In addition, they provide a good source of vitamin B12, which is essential for a healthy immune system and a properly functioning neurological system.

Gizzards can be made into something like "jerky chips", and are perfect for training.

For Dogs with Allergies...

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

Duck is a protein source that most dogs have not been exposed to, and is often used in making hypoallergenic dog foods. Similarly, duck organ meats are uncommon protein sources for dogs; therefore, duck gizzards and hearts can be used to make treats for dogs with allergies. It's worth a try!

Recipe: Chicken Gizzard Dog Treats

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound chicken gizzards
  • Water, about 4-5 cups (enough to cover the gizzards)
  • Fresh ginger root, 2 slices
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Boil the water in a saucepan.
  2. Add the ginger root slices and gizzards to the water and return it to a boil.
  3. Then lower the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes, uncovered.
  4. Discard the ginger, and drain the gizzards. Allow them to cool.
  5. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Cut the gizzards into thin slices (about 1/4") and toss them with olive oil.
  7. Arrange the gizzard slices in one layer on the baking sheet.
  8. Bake for 60 minutes, turning them over half way through.
  9. Turn off the oven and let the gizzard slices to dry further inside the oven for another hour or so.
  10. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • The ginger slices are optional, but they make the food (and the kitchen) more aromatic.
  • After boiling the gizzards, you can save the stock (freeze it in an ice cube tray) and use it to make treats or add it to your dog's food. We dogs really love tasty chicken stock!
  • A variety of herbs can be added to the gizzard slices before baking. See this page (Recipe 2) for herb choices.

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