Monday, 25 February 2019

{RECIPE} Cream Cheese Chicken Dog Treats


These treats combine the irresistible flavours of grilled chicken and tangy cream cheese with tasty herbs, and use healthy add-ins to make a naturally green treat - just because! They are perfectly yummy au natural, but cream cheese dough is great for tinting and I felt like playing. As we were pre-prepping our St. Patrick's Day posts at the time, I went for green, but this dough would also make a great base for other tints. I may try a pretty pink beetroot powder adaptation next time!


Cream cheese also works beautifully in many roll-and-cut recipes, but beware that chunky add-ins like chicken and herbs make it more difficult to cut neat edges or complex shapes.  If the fringe pieces really bother you, they are usually easy to rubbed away after baking but I usually leave mine as-is since it's all yummy goodness to the dogs. :)  For the easiest option, simply hand form into balls and press gently with a fork to flatten. easy peasy, no rolling or cutting muss or fuss required.


Cream Cheese Chicken Dog Treats

1/3 cup cream cheese, well-softened
1 egg
1/4 cup of water or low-sodium stock
1/3 cup of finely chopped dry cooked and cooled chicken
1 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional)
1 tbsp dried rosemary (optional) and/or other dog-friendly herbs of your preference
Small sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1 tbsp wheatgrass or kale powder (optional for tint)
1 tsp spirulina powder (optional for tint)
Approximately 1 cup of rice flour plus extra for rolling

Preheat oven to 180C. Combine all ingredient except flour in a bowl, then incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity may vary with your specific ingredients and optional 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 water or olive oil to adjust.  Rest dough (optional but recommended) and then knead lightly before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll and then cut into desired shapes or simply roll into bite-sized balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 10-12 minutes depending on size. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Finely chopped cooled cooked dry chicken (or similar) is a delicious treat add-in ingredient. You can defrost from frozen and/or freeze chopped for later use.  I use a food processor to try and chop mine as small as possible so that it isn't super chunky to help mix, handle, and hold well in the treat.
  • Resting the dough is optional as this is a low fat dough, helps with the texture/handling of gluten-free baking dough, like rice flour. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!
  • Different powders will have different tint strengths, so use more/less if you wish to customise your green. There will be a slight colour shift during baking, and for the best colour results avoid overbaking and browning the edges. I like to bake lightly then dehydrate my treats.
  • 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. 

2 comments:

  1. Great Recipe! Thanks a lot for this idea <3 I will try to bake them for my dog this weekend. Hopefully I can get that :D

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