Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe

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Make-Ahead Dog Food is made with protein rich ingredients. This recipe includes both chicken and organ meat. Look for chicken that’s on sale and freeze it for making this and other favorite dog food recipes. Other vegetables that work well in this recipe: cauliflower, sweet potatoes, and butternut squash. We chose vegetables that aren’t overly starchy but are packed with antioxidants.

All of  our dog food and treat recipes are made without: additives, coloring, by-products, fillers, sweeteners, sodium, or other unhealthy ingredients.

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.

Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe

Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe


  • 3 pounds (boneless and skinless) chicken thighs, or about 10-12 thighs
  • 1/4 cup chicken livers
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • 1 apple, core and seeds removed and discarded (cut into 4 pieces)
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1 handful fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Slow cooker method: Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, to the slow cooker. Use just enough water to cover ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or high 4 to 5 hours. About 15 minutes before turning off the slow cooker, add peas and parsley.
  2. Stove top method: Add all ingredients, except peas, parsley, and olive oil, in a large pot. Use enough water to cover ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Cover and cook on low 1 hour or until carrots are tender and chicken cook through. About 15 minutes before turning off, add peas and parsley.
  3. Allow ingredients to cool slightly. Using a slotted spoon, add ingredients, and olive oil to a  mixing bowl and either, mash with a fork, potato masher, or use a food processor, depending on the consistency preferred. I like to use a food processor and pulse about 3 to 4 times so that it's the consistency of canned dog food. Allow to cool completely before dividing into freezer safe ziplock bags or containers.
  4. MAKE-AHEAD: The dog food mixture can be divided up and stored in individual freezer safe ziplock bags. 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.

52 Comments on "Make-Ahead Doggie Stew Recipe"

  1. Diane  January 26, 2017

    Do u not add brown rice to the recipes?

    • Gale Compton  January 27, 2017

      Diane, Our meal recipes don’t include brown rice.

  2. Debra  February 16, 2017

    What about canning? I do a lot of canning. Can this dog food be canned in small jars

    • Gale Compton  February 16, 2017

      Debra, I’m not too sure about canning but it can be frozen in mason jars. I do this all the time and defrost in the fridge the night before using. 🙂

  3. Lisa  February 20, 2017

    This is a good recipe but What do you use as calcium and do you need a multi vitamin?

    • Gale Compton  February 20, 2017

      Lisa, If you make homemade recipes on an ongoing basis, a good source of calcium is Bone Meal Powder. I use NOW Bone Meal Powder. My dog gets 1/4 teaspoon for every 1/2 cup food. You can also make egg shell powder but I prefer the bone meal powder.

      I make a multi-vitamin mixture which is sprinkled on at each meal, 1/8 teaspoon per 1/2 cup of food. The recipes I use for the vitamin mixture are from this holistic book, Dr. Becker’s Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. It’s important to know how much bone meal and vitamin mixture to add. Be sure to check with you vet before making any changes to your dog’s diet. 🙂

  4. Karen  March 25, 2017

    Can u use beef or pork liver and organ meats in this receipe?

    • Gale Compton  March 25, 2017

      Karen, Definitely! Sometimes I’ll use both chicken (ground) gizzards and hearts. I prefer to use the same type of organ meat as the main meat. For example, I’ll use beef liver when using beef. I’ve started using ground turkey, chicken thighs (grind it myself), and ground beef since our dog is a senior and can’t chew so well. 🙂

  5. Stacey  March 29, 2017

    How much does this make? I have a newly dx Siberian Husky with juvenile diabetes and i’m looking to make her food. Right now she is only 15 pounds, but I’m expecting her to reach around 40 pounds. Do you make every week?

    • Gale Compton  March 29, 2017

      Stacey, I don’t make this weekly, it’s just one of our many doggie recipes. My dog is also on a 100% homemade diet.

      Your Husky will likely eat a lot. 🙂 This recipe makes about 2 quarts.

  6. Soojung  May 2, 2017

    How long should I cook it if I prefer to use a pressure cooker?

    • Nichole Furlong  May 2, 2017

      Great question! In a pressure cooker this will take about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Chicken livers are pretty tough, to make them tender they need a little more cooking time! If you’re using an Instant Pot, use the “Poultry” setting with high pressure!

  7. Evan  May 7, 2017

    This is great to make your own dog food. It is better if it is all left raw as dogs in the wild do not cook. You can also add RAW chicken or turkey bones for calcium

    • Nancy  June 16, 2018

      Dogs are domesticated and should be fed COOKED food, NOT raw. The foods on the market now sold as “raw” are cooked, but only enough to kill harmful bacteria. Also, please do not give your dog bones, which can become lodged in their throat or intestinal track (requiring major painful and expensive surgery). Consult with your veterinarian on the nutrients your pet needs if you intend to feed a homemade diet.

  8. Kaye  May 16, 2017

    Where to get a good quality meat grinder?

  9. Norma Cardwell  July 17, 2017

    Liver is not tough and doesn’t need to be cooked very long, especially chicken livers.
    Most of the recipes could be looked in a pressure cooker for about 30 minutes.
    You can grind meet in a food processor. Chicken, beef, turkey, pork are easily ground in food processors.

  10. Kate tron  September 28, 2017

    How much of this do you feed a 90 lb golden retriever per day? Thank you.

    • Gale Compton  September 28, 2017

      Kate, All dogs have different dietary needs, calories, fat, carbs, etc.. It also depends on if your dog eats once or twice daily, age, and activity level.
      I recommend adding a little to what you normally feed your dog, rather than all at once. Our dog eats 100% human grade food but was introduced to this diet by adding a little at a time. I recommend this book for specifics on how much homemade food dogs need, Real Food for Healthy Dogs & Cats, by Karen Becker, DVM.

  11. Elizabeth  October 7, 2017

    You mentioned egg shell powder. How about real egg shell that is cleaned before hand?

    • Gale Compton  October 9, 2017

      Elizabeth, I wouldn’t recommend egg shells, only the powder. Egg shells tend to stay in their solid form and could be a choking hazard. There are
      other forms of calcium that also work. NOW bone meal is a powder and a good source of calcium.

      • Sue  December 25, 2017

        Hi Gale,
        You grind the egg shells into a powder using a coffee grinder. This provides the calcium needed and is not an added expense. Also less wasteful.

        • Gale Compton  December 26, 2017

          Sue, Thank you Sue, much appreciated. 🙂

        • Patt rygh  January 16, 2018

          It depends on the type off eggs you buy usually store bought eggs are treated with an antibiotic which is absorbed into the shell local or organic would be the way to go

  12. Lana  November 21, 2017

    How much does this make?

    • Gale Compton  November 25, 2017

      Lana, Depending on the size of the carrots, thighs, etc., approximately 12 cups.

  13. Melissa  December 30, 2017

    If you make this in a pressure cooker the chicken bones should crumble once cooked.

    I have a diabetic German Shepherd (he was born with it) that came to our rescue 5 years ago as a 3 month old, very sick puppy. He eats raw (whole chicken thighs, ground turkey, necks, backs, venison, heart, liver, gizzards, cleaned pork stomach along with other things). He can not eat any veggies or fruits. I am going to try this with only squash added and see if his numbers go up.

  14. Connie  January 23, 2018

    How many calories are in a serving (1cup) of the homemade dog food?

    • Gale Compton  January 24, 2018

      Connie, We don’t have the calorie count. There are lots of online sites where you can plugin the ingredients and get the exact calories. 🙂

  15. Holly  February 26, 2018

    Can I use bone broth instead of water in the recipe?

    • Gale Compton  February 26, 2018

      Holly, Sure that’s fine. Please make sure the broth doesn’t contain garlic or onion, or similar. 🙂

  16. Terez  March 27, 2018

    My two little yorkies loved it, I finally found fresh and not frozen livers in the HEB. Made me craving livers with rice. Another recipe I can make and freeze it. Thank you

  17. Paul Langley  May 14, 2018

    Would this recipe be any good for a 14 year old Bearded Collie with Renal Failure?
    I have tried everything to get him to eat.
    Paul Langley
    South Wales

    • Gale Compton  May 15, 2018

      Paul, I’m not sure. Please check with your vet to make sure. Best to you and your Collie. 🙂

  18. shaun  May 26, 2018

    my daughter and i want to start to make homemade dog food for her aging puggle. can we bake it like a meatloaf then slice and freeze it?

    • Gale Compton  May 28, 2018

      Shaun, Good for you and your daughter. I make 100% homemade food for my dog too. Make sure the recipe is ground well, then it can be baked and frozen.
      If there’s too much liquid, just drain the excess first. Best to you, your daughter, and her pups. 🙂

  19. Jenny  June 4, 2018

    Can I use sweet potatoes instead of carrots?

    • Gale Compton  June 5, 2018

      Jenny, Sure, they will work fine. I sometimes switch them out as well. 🙂

      • Emma Cook  December 2, 2018

        Great recipe. You have great patience answering everyone’s questions, too XD

  20. Lloyd  January 4, 2019

    Hi – you say to use a slotted spoon to put the cooked prep into the food processor. What do you do with the excess liquor? I have 4 cups of broth left.
    Thanks – Lloyd

    • Gale Compton  January 6, 2019

      Lloyd, I keep the liquid and add a little to each meal, around 1/4 cup. My dog loves it even more with a little broth. You can freeze the leftover in mason jars and use later. It’s even yummy over dry food…so I’ve been told with a tail wag. lol

  21. Rebekah  February 24, 2019

    My little yorkie refuses to eat any store bought dog food. I tried just about every brand and type. So, this recipe, was my first try at making it myself and he loves it! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • Chef Sallie  February 25, 2019

      Great! Our fur babies deserve delicious healthy food too!

  22. kathie  March 2, 2019

    Hi, Loved reading everyone’s posts. Learning so much! I have two senior cockers and a 1 year old cocker. Everyone was on dry Fromm and doing fine until one of my seniors became dehydrated. Our vet said to add wet food to her dry. I tried several brands, but she’s not diggin’ it and it’s so expensive. She loves her dry food as she’s been eating this for 15 years. My question is, if I feed them half dry and half wet (your recipe) will they get the nutrients they need? I just put together a batch in the crock pot. We’ll see if they like it tonight. Looks
    delish and I’m sure they’ll love it! Fingers crossed! 🙂
    Thanks! Kathie

    • Gale Compton  March 4, 2019

      Kathie, Please let us know how they liked the stew.: ) I’m guessing the dry food has added vitamins and minerals.
      With that said, please check with your vet if you plan to continue making their food on an ongoing basis. The vet may
      recommend a multi-vitamin to be sure they are getting the right amount for their ages.

  23. belinda  April 30, 2019

    How much is a serving? I have a golden doodle puppy and she loves this recipe, but I’m not sure how much to give. She gobbles it right up and then hops around with pure happiness. Thanks for sharing!

    • Nichole Furlong  April 30, 2019

      Hi Belinda, there are a lot of factors that go into serving sizes for your pets such as breed, weight, and any special diet needs. You can consult your vet for how much your dog would need.

  24. Chantal Wesson  October 16, 2019

    ive started making homemade stews for my lab/shephard. since she kept having issues with store bought dog foods. now she has no issues with gas or upset stomach and no more reflux. she is happier and spunkier and has stopped her whinning.. im totally for the homemade foods for dogs. less expensiive and i know exactly what my dog is getting ..

  25. James Clayton  November 28, 2019

    Rather than chicken livers, I think you mean that chicken gizzards are tough.

    • Gale Compton  December 1, 2019

      James, Where is the mention of “tough” located? I scanned the recipe and introduction but couldn’t find it. Thanks.


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