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Homemade Chicken Jerky Treats

Avoid potentially dangerous store-bought brands by following this recipe by Leslie May.

As many of you know, there are some very dangerous treats still on pet store shelves that have been making dogs sick and, in some cases, have reportedly caused death in some dogs.

So, what's a dog to do when they love, love, love jerky treats? Have your Mum make them at home with safe, healthy ingredients, and you know you'll be healthier and safer for it!

Here is our favorite recipe for making chicken and turkey jerky at home. It's easy!

Preheat your oven to 200° F.

Lightly oil (olive oil is best) a baking sheet; a stainless steel one is best for healthier cooking!

Select organic chicken breast (or turkey breast if you'd like) and remove any fat.

Slice the chicken (or turkey) with the grain in very thin slices, about 1/8" to 1/4" inch thick.

Place the strips on your stainless steel baking sheet.

Bake for about 2 hours. (Baking times will vary due to difference in ovens, temperatures, and meat size. When baked at two hours the treats should be firm and dry, not soft. It's best to increase the time to be sure they are dry and firm, if needed).

When cooled, you can cut the strips into appropriate feeding pieces, or take a full strip and break off for a nice rapid reward treat!

These treats will last for about two weeks if stored in a nice air tight container and they can be frozen for up to six months if needed.

For additional flavor, you can sprinkle the chicken breasts (or turkey) before baking with just a little organic parsley, sage, or ginger.


Leslie May enjoys competing in USDAA with her two dogs, Johann and Gracie. Leslie is founder of Pawsible Marketing, a pet business marketing consulting firm, which grew out of several other endeavors including (an online portal offering products for active, sporting, and agility dogs), (presenting tips and products for raising environmentally friendly and healthy dogs), and Rescue Me (helping lost pets find their furever home), each focused on a different aspect of serving those beloved furry friends.

This article was excerpted from and was reposted with permission.


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