Monday, 10 July 2017

{RECIPE} Cheesy Chicken and Rosemary Dog Treats

Cheese, chicken, and doggone delicious rosemary? Irresistible! These easy-bake treats are a snap to make and the versatile dough can be hand-formed or cut to shape depending on your baking preferences.

Cheesy Chicken and Rosemary Dog Treats (Full/Large Batch)

1/2 cup of homemade (or ready-made unsalted unseasoned) chicken stock*
1 egg
3 tbsp ground flax
Finely chopped rosemary (optional) and/or other dog-friendly herbs of your choice
1/2 cup wheat germ
Approximately 1 and 1/2 cups of rice flour
1/4 cup firm cheese very finely grated  

Preheat over to 180C. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the stock, egg, flax, rosemary/herbs, and wheat germ to combine. Incrementally add flour to the mixture until the dough has a nice workable consistency. Flour quantity will depending on the wet ingredients and your add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of additional water/stock to adjust. Add cheese and knead through the dough to combine. Roll into bite sized balls,  place on a prepared baking tray, and press gently with a fork to flatten. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes.  Cooking time will vary with size and thickness, so keep an eye on the oven.  Cool before storage and serving.

Tips and Tricks:
  • My chicken stock is simple unseasoned broth saved from preparing homemade food. It can be VERY hard to source ready-made unsalted and unseasoned stock.  
  • This dough is suitable for roll-and-cut treats, if you prefer. If you are using this dough for shapes instead of simple pressed treats as pictured, it helps to work with finely grated cheese to avoid accidentally creating melty deformed shapes from baking. :)  
  • These treats can be frozen for longer storage. 

Hungry for more tasty treats?  See all of our recipes hereRemember, 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 or have questions about your dog's diet and health, have a chat with your vet.


  1. Do these need to be kept refrigerated?

    1. Our homemade dog treats don't contain any preservatives, so they are best treated like homemade human cookies/biscuits and stored briefly in a sealed container at room temperate (or in the fridge as per your comment) and/or frozen for longer storage.

      Personally, I like to freeze my treats for fresh defrosting in small quantities. It's very convenient for keeping a variety of treats on hand. :)

      Hot or humid ambient conditions will shorten shelf life. Similarly, drier treats will typically last a little longer at room temperature, so dehydrating a little in the oven after baking or in a dehydrator can not only help make thing a little crispier, but extend shelf life a bit as well.

      Hope that helps!


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