DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe

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Every mother wants the best for her children, and it’s no different when those kids happen to be fur babies. That’s why we use human-grade food in all of our healthy homemade dog food recipes! Our DIY homemade dog food recipe  is not only great for your dog’s health, but it also contains ingredients that most dogs love. We’ve chosen foods that are packed with antioxidants and provide complex carbohydrates for energy.

For example, in this DIY homemade dog food recipe, we use skinless, boneless chicken thighs to provide your dog with lean protein and a flavor they’ll love. After all, everyone loves chicken! Then, we add in carrots, green beans, and apples to provide them with a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Note: Always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. Also, please be aware that you pet may have allergies to specific ingredients. You should always avoid including any foods that have caused reactions in your pets in the past. If you are unsure about a specific ingredient found in one of our recipes, introduce the food to your pets in small amounts first.

Proper Serving Sizes

You may notice that the DIY homemade dog food recipe below doesn’t contain any serving sizes. That’s because each dog is different. Larger dogs require more feed than smaller dogs, and certain breeds of dog eat more than others. We don’t want to make any assumptions that could harm your pet!

If you’re unsure of how much to feed your dog, check with your vet first. You can even bring in the recipe to make sure that it falls in line with his or her recommendations for your pet.

Homemade Dog Food Recipe

DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe

DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs (skinless and boneless)
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup canned green beans, diced
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped


  1. Rinse chicken, place in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a low-boil. Cook until chicken is done, approximately 35 minutes. Pour off all but 1 cup broth.
  2. Chop chicken into bite size pieces. Add remaining ingredients, stir to combine.
  3. After cooled, store in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze for later use.

MAKE-AHEAD: This DIY homemade dog food recipe can be divided up into individual portions. Simply create a freezer-safe bag with a portion for each day of the week. Refrigerate or freeze the mixture until you’re ready to use it. For best results, defrost any frozen baggies in the fridge overnight.

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13 Comments on "DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe"

  1. veronica ledesma  January 27, 2015

    how much would u feed according to weight?

    • SkinnyMs  January 27, 2015

      Veronica Ledesma, You will have to check with your veterinarian. That is different according to different dogs.

  2. Tammy  June 7, 2015

    I confused on when to add the carrots. the receipe say to add carrots along with other items and cook for 35 minutes. Then it says to add carrots and continue cooking for another 10 minutes.

    • SkinnyMs  June 8, 2015

      The second paragraph should have read to "add the peas", not the carrots. It's been updated. Thanks!

  3. Angela  June 7, 2015

    On the second paragraph I think you mean "add the peas". 🙂

    • SkinnyMs  June 8, 2015

      Yes, add the peas. Thanks!

  4. Julie  February 3, 2016

    I make something similar except I keep and cool the excess broth then pour it into large sized ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, I put the cubes in a freezer bag. It makes a wonderful treat that my lab, Annie, loves. I call them “pupcicles”.

  5. Raven  April 13, 2016

    Will the peas give them gas or loose bowels?

    • Gale Compton  April 13, 2016

      Raven, Please check with your vet before introducing any new recipe to your pet. If you’re going to make this recipe for your dog, be sure to introduce a little at a time. 🙂

  6. Sherrie  January 5, 2017

    Why do you remove the broth?

    • Gale Compton  January 6, 2017

      Sherrie, You can leave all the broth if your dog likes a more soup consistency. 🙂

  7. Vanessa Cohen  May 1, 2019

    Do you use any supplements? I’ve been making my own dog food for a couple years and I’ve been using Azestfor. It’s a powdered formula that you can just mix right into the food. Just curious if you use any vitamins in your dog food.

    • Gale Compton  May 3, 2019

      Vanessa, I’m still looking for the perfect vitamin supplement. Here’s some things to think about before purchasing any supplements for your dog:

      – Does it contain all the necessary vitamins plus calcium?
      – Check for any recalls from the company.
      – This dog food recipe book, Real Food by Dr. Becker, contains info on how to make your own daily vitamin and recipes. It’s a lot of work.
      – Vegedog is worth checking out.

      Hope this helps! 🙂


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