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How to Boil Chicken for Dogs - A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Boil Chicken for Dogs |woof Blankets

For many of us, chicken is an important part of our meals on a regular basis, and as a dog owner, if you ever wondered whether we can give some to our furry friends, then the answer is an absolute YES!

Just like us, our dogs need a balanced diet for their overall well-being. And when it comes to providing them with a nutritional meal, thoughts of chicken crosses our mind. Boiled chicken can be a great source of protein and an excellent option if your dog is suffering from some stomach disorder like diarrhoea. It can also be used as a treat instead of the salty dog treats available commercially.

Is Chicken Healthy for Dogs?

Unlike some human food like onions, garlic, etc., which can be harmful to dogs, chicken is a comparatively safe choice. Chicken can be a great source of high-quality protein which will help in your dog’s muscle growth and repair. It is also an excellent source of other nutrients like omega-6 fatty acids, essential amino acids, and glucosamine. Chicken is also rich in immunity-boosting vitamins and minerals like vitamins B6 and B12, Zinc, Iron, and so on. Besides Chicken being a healthy choice as a meal, it is also a great treat that almost all dogs love. So we can use chunks of boiled chicken as an alternative to salty and additive mixed doggie treats. But, always be mindful of cooking the chicken thoroughly to avoid potential foodborne illnesses like salmonella infection.

How Do We Cook Chicken for Dogs?

Cooking chicken for dogs is a simple process that all of us can easily do for our furry friends. To get started, we need a few things. They are as follows:

  • Get some boneless and skinless chicken breasts or thighs. 
  • A deep enough pot
  • Some amount of water to boil the chicken in.
  • A fork and a knife.
  • A big dish
  • Meat thermometer(optional).

It is important that you avoid all kinds of seasoning that we use for human consumption, as those spices may contain onions, garlic, and other ingredients that might upset our pooch’s stomach. If at all you want to use some, try to get pet-friendly seasonings like Spearmint but seeking experts’  opinion is advisable. Now let us get started with the process.

1. If you are using freshly cut chicken, rinse it thoroughly in cold water, preferably running water, to remove any impurities. Handling it with proper hygiene is important, especially if you are cooking for a dog with a sensitive or upset stomach. If you are using frozen chicken, then it is advisable to defrost it properly before putting it to boil. Otherwise, it will result in uneven cooking. And if your chicken is off-the-shelf frozen meat, make sure to use it within the expiry date and has been stored as per instruction. Choosing a reputed brand is also important as the quality of bird feed, amounts of antibiotics and hormones used, etc., will directly affect the quality of meat that you are giving to your beloved pet.

2. If you are using a smaller pot, cut the chicken into manageable sizes. Cutting the chicken will also speed up the cooking.

3. Place the pieces of chicken in the pot and make sure they do not overlap each other. Otherwise, it will result in uneven cooking.

4. Pour water into the pot and make sure all the pieces submerge completely. But be careful not to fill the pot so high that there is a risk of hot water bubbling over. Keeping a 2-inch gap from the top will be a safe choice. If needed, use a bigger pot.

5. Now place the pot over a stove, cover it, and bring it to a boil. Initially, use high heat. Once it starts boiling, lower the flame and let the chicken simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked. The chicken should take a whitish look. Make sure the water in the pan doesn’t run out at any point. 

6. To ensure it is fully cooked, you can take out a piece from the pot and cut it in half and look for any pinkish texture or a soft or gooey feeling at the core. If these signs are present, continue the cooking for a few more minutes or until it is done.

7. If you have a meat thermometer available, check if the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165°F (74°C) to make sure it is safe for consumption.

8. When you feel that the chicken has been thoroughly cooked, remove the pot from the stove, strain the water, and spread it on a clean dish for it to cool. 

9. If you are planning to give it to the dog as a quick treat right away, make sure it is cool to touch so as to avoid any thermal burns.

10. When it is cool to touch, shred the chicken to bite size pieces, or you can cut them into desired sizes depending on the size of the dog. Remember, dogs are not great chewers, so making it the right size is important, but again, If you shred the chicken into tiny bits for a big breed of dog, it will be frustrating for him.

11. If you plan to store the chicken for future use, you can either keep the meat in a sealed container in the refrigerator section for use within 3 to 4 days. But if you plan to store it for longer periods, use a sealed container or a ziplock bag and keep it inside a freezer. Just defrost it before serving it again.

How Long to Boil Chicken for Dogs?

The time required to boil chicken for your dog will vary depending on the thickness and size of the chicken pieces. If you are using small to medium pieces, it will usually be cooked in under 15 mins, but for large chunks, it may take around 20-30 minutes if you simmer over low heat. But above all, it is important to make sure that the chicken is thoroughly cooked from within. And as per recommendation by the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, it is important to ensure the internal temperature of the meat has reached 165°F (74°C) to make it pathogen free.

Things to Know Before You Feed Chicken To Your Dog

Almost all dogs love chicken, and it is a healthy choice for your pet. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when you boil chicken for your dog:

1. Allergies and Risks:

If you are feeding chicken to your dog for the first time, introduce it gradually and watch out for any adverse reactions. Some dogs might be sensitive to chicken. If you see any abnormality, contact your veterinarian.

2. Choosing The Right Piece:

It is recommended to use boneless, skinless, and preferably lean meat. Chicken breasts and thighs are ideal choices. Low-fat meat is especially important if you are cooking for a dog with a sensitive stomach. If you are cooking with the bones, remember to remove them from the meat, as bones can form splinters and puncture the GI tract. It can also be a choking hazard.

3. Keep It Simple:

When it comes to us humans, bland meat can be an issue, but for our furry friends, it is an excellent choice. Make sure to avoid all kinds of seasoning, like oil, salt, ginger, etc. These things can worsen the stomach condition.

4. Count It:  

Unless you want to make your dog picky about food, make sure you don’t give chicken meals too often. If you are using it as a treat, remember to control the proportion as it will make them full and hamper normal meal consumption.

How Much Chicken and Rice Should I Give My Dog?

When it comes to feeding bodied chicken to your dog, the portion size will depend on the purpose you are going for and also the size, weight, and dietary needs of your dog. 

1. If you are introducing it for the first time, start small and increase gradually.

2. If you are using it to treat an upset stomach, it is recommended to use little portions to get the digestion started. You can combine boiled rice with meat in a 2:1 proportion, i.e., ⅓ cup of chicken for ⅔ cup of boiled rice. Your goal is to slowly move towards a normal diet over time.

When Can We Feed Boiled Chicken to Our Dogs?

Boiled chicken can be fed to our dogs for different reasons. Some of these can be:

1. If your dog is suffering from stomach issues, bland boiled chicken can be a great transition food as they get fit.

2. Boiled chicken is also a great source of protein and different nutrients, so you can use it a couple of times every week or even more if that is the requirement. But remember, chicken isn’t enough to provide an all-around nutritional diet that your dog needs.

3. Lastly, you can use it as a treat to reward your dog for positive reinforcement and those training sessions. It will be rewarding as well as nutritional for your dog.

4. When in doubt, or if you need any specific nutritional issue to be addressed, it is best to consult a veterinarian.


As you can see, making bodied chicken for dogs is a simple process, and it can serve several purposes, from using it as a transitional food to being an important source of lean protein and vitamins to be used as a doggie treat that is not only healthy but also free from preservatives and salts. It is advisable to stick to the cooking instructions and consult the veterinarian for any specific diet-related issues. With the right approach and little effort, it can be a great food for your dog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I feed my dog boiled chicken every day? 

Yes, if it is cooked, you can give it to your dog every day. This will give your dog a lot of energy and nutrition, as chicken is a healthy and easily digestible source of protein. But consider the health and activity level of your dog before making a decision.

Can a dog drink boiled chicken water?

Yes, the dog can drink boiled chicken water but try to mix it with dog food if you are giving him a liquid diet and make sure to use it within 3 days. To prepare a liquid diet for your dog, blend the dog food in the blender along with the chicken broth.

How many whistles are for boiling chicken for dogs?

You should pressure cook the chicken in 1-2 whistles.

Can dogs eat chicken skin?

High-fat meats, chicken skin, and fat from steaks and roasts may lead dogs to gastrointestinal diseases. This can even cause pancreatitis.

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