DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe

DIY Homemade Dog Food Recipe 

Human-grade food makes excellent, healthful dog food. Our DIY recipe contains ingredients that most dogs love. We’ve chosen foods that are packed with antioxidants and provide complex carbohydrates for energy. The chicken provides lean protein and the vegetables antioxidants.

Note: Check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet.   Also, please be aware of any allergies your pet may have to specific ingredients and avoid ingredients which 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.


2 1/2 pounds chicken thighs (skinless and boneless)
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (frozen) green beans
1 apple (peeled, cored, and coarsely chopped)
1/2 cup peas (no salt added)


Rinse chicken, place in a large pot and cover with water. Add a steam basket to the top of the pot and add carrot slices, green beans, and apple pieces. Cover with a lid, bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a low-boil and cook until chicken is done and carrots are tender, approximately 35 minutes.

Add peas and continue cooking just until heated through, approximately 10 minutes. Allow to cool slightly then remove chicken and cut into small pieces or shred with a fork. Remove vegetables and apple pieces with a slotted spoon and add to a mixing bowl. Mash with a fork, potato masher, or mix in a food processor.

Combine chicken and vegetable mixture. Discard remaining broth. After cooled, store in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator for up to three days or freeze for later use. See freezer note below.

MAKE-AHEAD: The dog food mixture can be divided up for each day of the week and stored in individual freezer safe ziplock bags. Refrigerate or freeze until ready to use. Frozen baggies should be defrosted in the fridge overnight. The serving size will depend on the size and breed of your dog. If you’re unsure of how much to feed your dog, check with your vet first.

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11 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. 🙂


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