If you are a dog owner, you know how important it is to feed your furry friend healthy and nutritious food. We humans love to have chicken in our diet cooked in a variety of ways, like roasted or fried, but can our furry friends eat chicken? The answer is yes, however, there are certain guidelines we must follow to prepare this delicious chicken meal providing a natural meaty taste to our canine companions.

  • Boiled chicken is good for dogs with upset stomachs and food allergies.
  • Avoid feeding dogs chicken skin, bones, or seasonings; use boneless, skinless breasts.
  • Boil chicken for 12 mins and serve with rice for an easy, nutritious meal.
  • Consult a vet for portion sizes; avoid chicken bones due to choking hazard.

Chicken is a popular choice for many dog owners, but it is crucial to prepare it in a way that is safe and healthy to feed it to your dog. In this section, we will discuss various cooking techniques and recipes that will ensure your dog’s well-being, these methods will help you provide a safe, nutritious and tasty meal for your furry friend.

Can you feed boiled chicken to your dog?

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Boiling chicken is one of the best ways to serve it to your furry friend and is safe to feed your dog, especially if they have an upset stomach or food allergies. Bonelessskinless chicken breasts are the best option, as they contain less fat and are easier to digest. Chicken can be added in the diet of your growing pup along with the commercial starter dry food to boost bone and muscle growth.

Boiled chicken offers many health benefits for your pooch, Boiled chicken is a rich source of energy derived from protein, as dogs need protein as their fuel to generate energy and build lean muscle mass. For instance, chicken breast provides 31 grams of protein per 100g serving. Chicken is not only a good source of energy but it also provides omega 6 fatty acids and glucosamine for your dog, this help keep the coat shiny and support the cartilage in their joints.


Boiled chicken provides amino acids, the building blocks of protein in the body, the essential amino acids are used for a number of physiological and metabolic functions and these amino acids are found in animal protein source like chicken.

Lastly, feeding your dog boiled chicken can help prevent stomach upset, dogs with sensitive stomach can be maintained on chicken which is easy for dogs to digest and keeps their tummy healthy.

How to boil Chicken for Dogs?

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To boil the chicken, follow these simple steps:

1. Take clean boneless chicken breast and remove any visible fat or skin.

2. Bring water to a boil in a pot and add the chicken.

3. Cover and reduce heat, allowing the chicken to simmer for 12 minutes until it is fully cooked.

4. Check the meat if its properly cooked or not by cutting a piece of meat look for pinkish tinge, it indicates that chicken needs to be boiled for a bit more.

5. Once cooked ,remove the meat from the pot and let the chicken to cool.

6. Once cooled, shred the chicken into small, bite-sized pieces for your dog.

7. Put any left over chicken in the refrigerator, freeze it to use later.

You can serve the plain boiled chicken to your dog with a side of white rice for a simple and nutritious meal. Alternatively, you can mix the shredded chicken with cooked white rice to create a chicken and rice meal. This bland combination is especially helpful for dogs with upset stomachs, as it is easy to digest.


Remember to let the chicken cool before serving it to your dog. Hot food can burn their mouth and throat, causing discomfort or injury. Avoid skin of the chicken and organ meat as it may contain harmful bacteria, always use a piece of chicken that is skinned and boneless.

Cooked bones can cause gastric perforation causing Gastrointestinal ulcers and their is a risk of choking. Dogs love the natural meat texture and taste and therefore seasonings are not needed. Do not add any spice because dogs can’t digest and metabolize spices like we do, this can cause toxicity and Gastric upset in dogs.

If you plan to serve boiled chicken for your dog frequently, make sure to mix up their diet with boiled vegies to ensure they are receiving a variety of nutrients.

Is it Ok to Feed my Dog Boiled Chicken Everyday?

Boiled chicken is high in protein but unlike balanced commercial food it doesn’t fulfil the dietary requirements of providing all the nutrients like vitamins and minerals in a balanced proportion. Therefore, it is recommended to either add chicken occasionally like once or twice a week and stick to commercial food or consult with a Veterinary professional to formulate a natural homemade dog food recipe containing chicken, rice and vegies that fulfill the dietary requirement of your dog.

For instance, adding rice and canned pumpkin provides fiber, carbs and vitamin A to your dog’s diet. Veggies should not make more than 10% of the diet.  Moreover, avoid feeding chicken thighs regularly as it contains high amount of fat that can increase the risk of developing pancreatitis in dogs. A better option is to feed plain chicken breast which is low in fat.


What is the Best Way to Cook Chicken for Dogs?

There are a number of ways to cook the chicken for your dog, you can either go for boiling the chicken or you can steam the meat and offer it to your pouch. You can also consider baking , place the chicken in the oven and cook in the preheated oven at 350 to 400 degree Fahrenheit, wait for 20 minutes till the chicken is cooked, let it cool and its ready to be served.

Both the methods boiling and baking are good when it comes to thoroughly cooking the meat and eliminating harmful bacteria. Boiling chicken is considered best because it preserves the meaty essence that your dog loves and it also suits sensitive stomachs. Boiling chicken is also easy and we don’t need any fat or oil to avoid sticking to baking plates unlike in baking. These oils and fats can cause stomach upset in dogs and it is best avoid it.

Whatever way is chosen, remember to cook the chicken properly and avoid adding seasonings like spices like salt, black pepper or herbs like onion or garlic etc. as they are toxic for your dog and can cause serious health concerns.

What is Better to Boil or Bake Chicken for Dogs?

Both the methods boiling and baking has their benefits and drawbacks, as far as hygiene is concerned , baking is a better option as the high temp of close to 400 degree Fahrenheit kills all life forms and bacteria like Salmonella that can cause food poisoning or gastritis to your dog. Moreover, more nutrients are preserved. Baked meat contains more preserved nutrients compared to boiled chicken.


However, boiling is a better option as it gives the access to supervise cooking, cooked in water without any  fat layer.

Moreover, boiled chicken is best for dogs with an upset stomach/sensitive tummy, boiled chicken with added white rice will help soothe the stomach and expedite recovery. In conclusion, Boiling chicken is a better option for your dog considering the health aspect, taste and ease of preparation.

Preparing Homemade Dog Food: Chicken and Rice for Dogs

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Chicken and rice recipe offers a great combination that your dog will love. In this section, we will discuss how to prepare white boiled rice infused with chicken broth, creating a nutritious and tasty meal for your furry friend.


  • 1 cup plain white rice
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 skinless chicken breast


  1. Combine the white rice to chicken broth evenly in a pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low.
  3. Cover the pot and simmer for 40-45 minutes or until the rice is fully cooked.
  4. While the rice is cooking, boil the chicken for 12 minutes in a separate pot until fully cooked.
  5. Shred the cooked chicken and set aside.
  6. Once the rice is fully cooked, add the shredded chicken to the pot and mix well.
  7. Serve a portion of the chicken and rice meal to your dog and store the remaining in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

This chicken and rice meal is not only delicious but also provides essential nutrients for your dog. White rice is an excellent source of fiber, while chicken is a good source of protein. Together, they make a healthy and balanced meal.

It’s important to note that while chicken is generally good for dogs, feeding your dog the right amount is crucial. Overfeeding can lead to obesity and other health problems. Always consult with your veterinarian to determine the right portion size for your dog’s breed and size.

Homemade Chicken Dog Food: A Nutritious Choice

If you’re considering a homemade diet for your dog, incorporating chicken can provide excellent nutrition. However, it’s essential to ensure that you’re using quality ingredients and preparing the chicken correctly to avoid any adverse health effects.


Portion Sizes and Homemade Food Guidelines

The amount of chicken you should include in your dog’s homemade diet depends on their age, size, and activity level. As a general rule of thumb, dogs should consume at least 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. Chicken makes 60 to 70% of the diet, rice 20 to 30% and lastly, 10% green vegetables.

It’s also essential to include other ingredients in your dog’s diet to ensure that they receive a balanced and complete meal. This includes carbohydrates, such as white rice or sweet potato, and vegetables, such as green beans or carrots.


In conclusion, chicken is safe and nutritious food for the dogs when prepared properly maintaining the hygiene. Cooked chicken can provide essential nutrients for your furry friend, and homemade dog food incorporating chicken can offer a well-balanced diet. However, it is crucial to keep in mind that chicken bones can be toxic to dogs and pose a choking hazard. Therefore, it is essential to avoid feeding chicken bones to your dog.

If your dog has an upset stomach, plain boiled chicken and white rice can be bland but effective in settling the stomach of a sick dog. However, it is always best to consult with your veterinarian before making any significant changes to your dog’s diet other than the regular dog food.