Monday, 16 May 2016

{RECIPE} Chicken and Rice Snack Bite Dog Treats

Next up in our May collection of savory and meaty treats are our Chicken and Rice Snack Bites. Low-guilt and full of goodness, these tasty treat balls are savoury snacks with just a hint of indulgence. 

Chicken and Rice Snack Bite Dog Treats

~150g chicken, finely minced
1 egg
1/2 cup cooked brown rice
2-3 tbsp ground flax (optional)
handful of freshly chopped fresh parsley or a sprinkle of dried parsley (optional)
handful of dried unsweetened cranberries (optional)
1/3 cup rice flour
Additional flour or water if/as needed to adjust for consistency

Combine the chicken and egg.  Stir through the rice and optional add-ins, then incrementally add the flour to form a soft sticky dough. You can add a little bit of water or additional flour to adjust consistency if needed. This dough will be sticky due to the raw chicken, but firms up when cooked. Roll into small balls and place on a prepared baking sheet.  Bake at 180C for approximately 15 minutes until cooked thoroughly.  You can briefly broil for a little extra browning before removing from the oven, if you wish  Allow to cool before serving.

Tips and Tricks:
  • Rice flour is used for binding in this recipe. You can easily substitute another flour if you prefer.
  • Since these treats contain cooked rice, they are best kept refrigerated (short-term) or frozen (longer-term) - a food safety practice that we like to follow for all of our meaty treats anyway.
  • I added cranberries for a little extra flavour (great for Thanksgiving treats!), but you can omit or substitute with with another dog-friendly add-in if you (or your dog) prefer. 
  • I routinely cook brown rice as part of our mixed feeding plan; however, this works with human leftovers (unseasoned) or you can freeze rice in small batches for meals/snacks/treats. Remember that cooked rice is best cooled quickly after cooking for food safety.

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes here. Remember, treats are for spoiling your pup in moderation. Some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet.

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