A dog's gotta snack, right? And sometimes pup parents get a bit hungry while out enjoying long walks, too. Homemade chicken jerky is a tasty and healthy snack, and this recipe is irresistible to pups — and humans. Lightly marinated with dog-safe peanut butter and a touch of soy sauce, these crisp morsels are the perfect small bite for your favorite furry friend.
Chicken is a healthy protein for pups and gives the jerky a nice chew without being too dry. For chewier jerky, cut the chicken with the grain.
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon soy sauce
- Preheat your oven to 170˚ F.
- Remove any excess fat or bits of bone from the chicken breasts and pat dry.
- Mix together the peanut butter and soy sauce, which creates the marinade for the jerky. Stir and thin with up to 1 tablespoon of additional water to create a smooth paste. Coat the chicken with the peanut butter mixture, and place in the freezer for 1 hour. Slightly freezing the chicken makes it easier to thinly slice.
- Remove the chicken from the freezer, and cut as thinly as possible.
- Cover a sheet tray with parchment paper, and arrange the thin slices in a single layer. Place in the oven, set the timer for 2 hours, and hang out with your pup while the jerky cooks.
- Your jerky is ready! Once cool, cut with scissors into smaller bits, or leave as is for big mouthfuls of chewiness. Store in a sealable container, and your homemade chicken jerky is good for up to 30 days — if it lasts that long. And the jerky is totally human-tasty, too. It's low in fat and sodium while being a high-in-protein pick-me-up.
- Dog Food, Pet Treats
- About 30 strips
- Cook Time
- 2 hours