The scent of cooking chicken wafting through your kitchen is maddeningly delicious, especially for your dog. You want to know how to boil chicken for dogs? Good question because you can’t just boil it. For your dog to get the best benefits from the chicken, there are some special things you can do. And we’re going to fill you in right now!

How to Cook Chicken for Dogs & Knowing What Is Organic Chicken

Knowing how to boil chicken for dogs starts with knowing how to choose the chicken. You always hear about “quality meats,” but what does that really mean? The canine appetite is pretty open to suggestions, but domesticated animals rely on humans to provide them with the best possible choices.

Choose a USDA (US Department of Agriculture) Organic chicken. In general, the definition of “organic” refers to raising animals or plants without artificial chemical additives. But a food label can claim to be organic even when it only contains a small percentage of organic ingredients. On the other hand, when certified by accredited agencies such as the USDA, it means that the farm adheres to strict guidelines for the entire lives of the chickens and submits to annual inspections.

The poultry must have access to the outdoors and have been raised without antibiotics or hormones. Certified feeds contain no animal by-products, genetically engineered grains, or plants grown with chemical fertilizers or pesticides.

Take advantage of local sources for chicken and produce whenever possible. Not only are you supporting your community’s businesses, but your food is fresher. The birds don’t need to be injected with solutions made of salt and preservatives to increase their market weight. You can physically see your chickens’ living conditions.

Raw vs. Cooked Food for Dogs

Because you love your furkids, you want the best for them. Provide them with a combination of nutrient-dense foods in the right balance and IT will make a big difference in their health. One of the most important goals for Happy Tails is teaching you how to prepare fresh ingredients in the right proportions.

An increasing number of pet lovers are discovering the benefits of a balanced raw diet. One type is the BARF diet: Biologically Appropriate Raw Food. Give pets what they would seek out in the wild in its freshest and most natural form.

Other people feel more comfortable cooking their pets’ dietary elements. Cooking causes changes, as you know. Boiling changes the texture of meat by breaking down protein bonds when allowed to continue cooking for 10 minutes. Cooking also makes some nutrients more easily digested and absorbed by elderly dogs or dogs with gut issues.

It’s okay to offer both raw and cooked foods when you follow USDA food safety rules. It’s not a matter of raw VERSUS cooked, but rather a matter of knowing how to use both methods of food preparation to feed your pooch a variety of healthful homemade meals. Your dog will love you for all of it!

How Long To Boil Chicken Breast For Dogs

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Check out our recipes below! The most accurate answer has more to do with the chicken than the timer, though. Locally sourced organic chicken meat is safe to give raw. Chain-store chickens, however, have usually been raised in factory-type conditions, fed antibiotics and hormones, processed with salty preservative injections, and transported long distances.

That kind of chicken meat should be boiled at least 10 minutes, longer if necessary, to fully cook it so no pink color remains and so the internal temperature measured with a meat thermometer measures 165F.

Is Chicken Good for Dogs?

Yes, chicken is really good for dogs. It’s a rich source of protein, vitamins, and minerals. Birds have been natural prey for canines for tens of thousands of years. White meat, found in the breast and wing meat, has more protein and less fat than dark meat. Dark meat, found in the thighs and drumsticks, has more fat but also contains more zinc and iron.

Chicken skin carries a lot of extra fat. If you offer clean raw chicken, white meat contains niacin (vitamin B3) and pyridoxine (vitamin B6). Knowing how to boil chicken for dogs is a valuable skill because you learn that you can add other foods rich in B vitamins like garbanzos (chickpeas), lentils, and other edible legumes. Chicken livers and gizzards are also great for your furry buddies.

Processed poultry is not good for dogs. Hot dogs, sausage, canned meats, baloney, and other lunchmeats, as well as breaded frozen nuggets and strips, are made with unsafe amounts of fat, salt, preservatives, even sugar, fillers, and artificial coloring agents. You don’t know how old they are or what poultry parts were used during manufacture. See our post on Can Dogs Eat Pepperoni for more information.

Basic Canine Nutrition

Each species has its own nutritional needs. However, each individual has its own nutritional needs as well, depending on age, activity level, and health status. Canines are natural omnivores, adapted to eating a wide selection of meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and grasses.

In the wild, the pups’ first solid food after their mother’s milk is her regurgitated stomach contents. The pack also consumes the stomach contents of its prey, along with eggs and small game such as rabbits, fish, lizards, amphibians, insects, grubs, and worms.

Here’s a run-down on general canine adult maintenance nutritional needs:

  • Protein: 10-20% of calories
  • Fat: 5.5% of calories
  • Carbohydrates: 30-60% of calories including soluble and insoluble fiber

Protein, fat, and carbs are the main groupings of nutrients. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, and other essential ingredients in smaller proportions. In general, a varied diet of fresh nutrient-dense ingredients will benefit your dog.

Homemade raw diets recommend the following:
– 50% raw muscle meat
– 10% organ meat
– 40% plant material with sweet potatoes and legumes.
+ Raw meaty bones

A variation suggests a slightly different ratio of 40% meat, 40% vegetables, and 30% grains. Quinoa, buckwheat, and barley are more nutritious and better tolerated than some other grains. Many include a digestible, clean-sourced vitamin/mineral supplement to ensure their pets get all nutrients in a balanced ratio. Adding a clean-sourced Omega oil is also very beneficial for coat, skin, brain and joint health.

As you can see, there’s a lot more in knowing how to boil chicken for your dog than just boiling water. It’s good practice to introduce changes slowly in small amounts at first to monitor for allergies.

Can Dogs Eat Boiled Chicken Bones?


You may wonder how our furkids’ ancestors survived for all those thousands of years eating bones. Today we hear warnings all the time about the dangers of giving them bones. The answer lies in what bones are made of. Bones are living tissue covered with a membrane and nourished with a blood supply like any other tissue.

To absorb shock better, bones are flexible. Wolf-dog ancestors in the wild didn’t hunt half-ton Angus bulls. They ate whatever they could catch. The bones were soft and wet and easy to chew. What’s more, the wolf-dog ancestors had jaw muscles and specialized teeth for crushing those bones.

Today our dogs’ jaw muscles aren’t accustomed to heavy-duty chewing. The problem with cooked bones is that the fat and collagen melt out of the mineral tissue, leaving brittle structures that splinter when chewed.

The answer to your question about how to boil chicken for dogs and feed them the bones is NO. Cooked bones are a big risk. Just because your dog ate some without consequences once doesn’t mean the next time will be the same. You can give your pooch raw bones with supervision. Read our Happy Tails post about raw chicken bones.

Is Bone Broth Medicinal for Dogs?

Benefits Of Bone Broth For Dogs

If you need to know how to boil chicken for dogs, consider making bone broth. You simply simmer bones for hours to extract the nutrients. Why make bone broth? Because it’s concentrated, it’s tasty and makes other foods more appetizing. The boiling kills extracts nutrients and it’s easily digestible.

When you make it yourself, you know exactly what goes into it. Bone broths can be made from the bony carcasses of chicken, turkey, duck, beef, bison, goat, lamb, or fish. Homemade is recommended over commercial.

If you opt for commercial bone broth, get in the habit of reading the labels and looking up unfamiliar ingredients. You want to avoid unnecessary salt, MSG, artificial coloring, preservatives or onions, garlic, and mysterious ingredients such as “meat meal” or “meat by-products.” Choose human-grade instead of animal-grade for cleaner ingredients. The most healthful broth comes from organically raised animals.

How To Make Your Own Bone Broth/Stock

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To make your own bone broth/stock:

  • 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of bones
  • 2 quarts (2 liters) of water to make a thick broth with lots of gelatin.
  • Fewer bones make a thinner stock
  • Denser bones such as those from cattle and bison need to cook longer
  • Bring to a boil
  • Lower the heat to a rolling simmer
  • Cook for 12-48 hours.

For your pets, don’t skim off the foam because it’s made from different proteins, fat, and other good things. In fact, vitamins A, D, E, and K cannot be absorbed by the body without the presence of fat. Unless you’re making gourmet dishes for humans, don’t worry about the liquid being cloudy.

Add whatever dog-friendly veggies 3 hours before finishing. Some people like to puree raw vegetables and add them at the end. To increase the nutritional value, add an omega fatty acid supplement such as salmon oil. Strain and store in the fridge or freezer. Be sure it isn’t too hot when you add it to your dog’s meal.

Nutrients in bone broth include the following:

  • Gelatin: Collagen cooked down into smaller molecules; supports joint mobility, immune system function, and gut health
  • Glucosamine: Supports joint mobility, immune system function, gut health
  • Chondroitin: Supports joint mobility and immune system function
  • Hyaluronic acid: Supports joint mobility and immune system function
  • Glutamine: Amino acid used for making proteins and other amino acids, and immune system support
  • Calcium: Maintenance of bones, teeth, muscles, nerves, heart
  • Magnesium: Aids in cellular energy production
  • Phosphorus: Maintenance of bones, teeth, metabolism
  • Potassium: Involved in electrical conduction in the nerves, heart, and muscles
  • Fat: Provides energy, insulation, and enables absorption of several vitamins
  • Water: Makes up 80% of your pooch
  • Collagen: Most common protein in the body, a component of connective tissue; made up of amino acids glycine, arginine, proline, and hydroxyproline; supports joint mobility, immune system function, and gut health

Can I Feed My Dog Boiled Chicken Every Day?

Yes, properly prepared chicken is fine for your canine buddies every day as long as it’s
part of a balanced and varied diet that includes different vegetables and other ingredients such as canned pumpkin, plain yogurt, and salmon oil.

One way of testing how to boil chicken for dogs is to cook the meat first, then add different chopped or pureed vegetables near the end of the cooking time as we mentioned above. You can serve this stew as a snack or as gravy with your dog’s other food.

How Much Chicken For Dog By Weight

Learning how to boil chicken for dogs is learning how much to feed. Before deciding to switch to homemade food, start out slowly by introducing different ingredients one at a time. A warning: your beloved pal is at high risk of turning bratty and spoiled when offered too much of your delicious boiled chicken!

Little dogs with their tiny stomachs are especially prone to gaining weight. One reason that boiled chicken is a good choice for a supplement or snack is that it is a clean food without additives or excess fat. The recipes below explain how to boil chicken breast for dogs.

Boiled Chicken Recipes for Dogs

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Boiled Chicken And Rice For Dogs

Many veterinarians suggest boiled chicken and rice temporarily when a dog has stomach or intestinal upsets because the mixture is easily digestible. When learning how to boil chicken for dogs, remove the bones either before or after cooking the chicken so you can make bone broth/stock later.

Remember that cooked bones are dangerous for pets because they can splinter! Boneless chicken breasts are quick and easy to prepare but you can cut up a whole chicken into pieces and freeze what you don’t need.

As described above, choose fresh, locally sourced, organically raised poultry to avoid toxins and artificial additives. Use long-cooking rice (short or long grain or brown rice) because quick-cooking rice has fewer nutrients due to processing.

  • Chicken
  • Rice
  • Water


  1. Remove fat and any bones. Although deboning is easier after cooking, deboning beforehand will shorten cooking time.
  2. Place chicken in stockpot and cover with water.
  3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat. Simmer 10-30 minutes until meat is fully cooked.
  4. Saving broth, allow to cool, then ensure all bones are removed.
  5. Cube into 1/2-1 inch pieces depending on size of dog.
  6. Pour 2-1/2 cups broth back into pot; refrigerate remainder for another purpose.
  7. While bringing broth to a boil, rinse 1 cup rice several times until water is clear.
  8. Pour rice into boiling broth and bring back to a boil.
  9. Turn down to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes (40-45 minutes for brown rice).
  10. Rice should be soft and slightly soggy. Allow to cool thoroughly.
  11. Mix rice and chicken with fork in ratio of 2 or 3 parts rice to 1 part chicken.

Introduce in usual dog dish in small portions. Follow veterinarian’s directions regarding returning to usual feeding.

Debbie’s Homecooked Stew for Dogs


  • 2 1/2 cups water, broth, stock, or bone broth
  • 2 cups cubed sweet potato
  • 2 large chicken breasts or beef equivalent, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 pounds frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, carrots, kale, spinach, and/or collard greens – any of the leafy cooked greens are an excellent source of vitamins/minerals)


  1. Place ingredients in slow cooker in order listed, covering completely with vegetables.
  2. Cook 5 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
  3. Remove from slow cooker, shred chicken, and stir into sweet potato/veggie mixture until evenly distributed.
  4. Store covered in fridge for up to three days or freeze in single-serve portions.
  5. Double or triple the recipe for large dogs.
  6. Stir Nutritional Supplement into each individual meal before serving.

FAQ — Frequently Asked Questions

Can dogs eat grilled chicken?
This is one of those “yes, but” questions. Yes, your dog can eat grilled chicken and other meats but without bones or sauces. Moreover, grilling dog-safe vegetables without added fat will make healthful additions to their meal. Remove hard-to-chew skins and charred bits.

Can dogs have burned meat?
Can dogs have boiled chicken? Yes, but it’ll burn if you don’t watch the pot. Burned chicken and other meats not only lose their nutritional value but also undergo chemical changes into toxic substances. Acrylamide is the main culprit. If you cut away the charred portions and remove all the bones, it should be safe.

What’s the difference between broth, stock, bouillon, consommé, and soup?
“Broth” and “stock” are commonly used interchangeably, and commonly argued about. Don’t sweat it.


  • Broth is made from simmered meat and/or vegetables, then clarified.
  • Stock is simmered bones and/or vegetables. Stock is usually strained and cooked down and used as the base for soups and sauces.
  • Bouillon is a highly flavored paste or cube used to enhance the taste of other foods.
  • Consommé is concentrated and clarified broth or stock served as a side dish or entree.
  • Soup is liquid food in many forms.

Can dogs eat the foam on bone broth?
The foam from simmered or boiled bones and meat is protein, fat, and other nourishing ingredients. It’s very nutritious but chefs don’t like it because it makes the bone broth cloudy and lumpy.

Final Thoughts

Now you not only know to boil chicken for dogs, but you know how to boil water, too! With emotional support from your furry buddy backing you up all the way, you can’t go wrong. Dogs know when you’re doing things to help them, so all your efforts help strengthen the bond you share with your beloved canine friend. The next thing is to train your dog to howl in joy with you when you holler out loud, “I KNOW HOW TO BOIL CHICKEN FOR DOGS!”

Happy Tips: Holistic Thoughts

Prana, The Life Force In Home Prepared Food

It’s a thing for animals as well as people. If you’ve heard of chi energy in Chinese medicine or the chakra energy centers first described in India thousands of years ago, then you already know a little about integrative healing. In Ayurvedic thought, prana refers to the lifeforce and vital energy within each individual being. One of the ways to promote it is to focus on intention, gratitude, and love, pausing to appreciate what’s happening when we prepare food for our loved ones. Dogs, horses, humans, everyone.


Safe poultry practices from the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service:

Learn more about the B.A.R.F. (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food) diet for dogs:

Finding a vet that practices integrative medicine:

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