The biggest factor in the overall cost of homemade dog food is the protein source you choose. I’m happy to add this recipe to my repertoire of homemade dog meals because it’s easy to make and very affordable. With just four ingredients, that Dog food with chicken and broccoli can be made for less than $1 per cup.
Chicken is affordable and easy to find at most grocery stores. Depending on the time of year and the region you live in, there may be cheaper meat options at your local grocer. You can substitute another protein source to reduce meal costs or just add a little more variety to your dog’s diet.
Making homemade dog food has many benefits, the most important being that it is healthier for your pet. As you shop for ingredients and prepare meals, you’ll know exactly what’s in the food you’re feeding your dog.
Unfortunately, making homemade dog food takes a lot longer than just scooping out dry food or opening a can of wet food. If you plan ahead, you can prepare a lot of dog food ahead of time. You can keep it in the fridge for about 5 days, or you can freeze it extra and serve it on the days you don’t have time to cook.
Easy chicken and broccoli dog food recipe
This dog food recipe is easy to make and most dogs find it appetizing. Did you know that most homemade dog foods are nutritionally unbalanced for most dogs? A dog’s nutritional needs are unique and will vary based on age, weight, breed, activity level and general health.
The only person who can tell you if this chicken and broccoli dog food is appropriate nutrition for your dog is your veterinarian or a trained canine nutritionist. They will likely recommend adding additional supplements to the recipe to ensure it meets all of your dog’s nutritional needs.
You do not have to feed this recipe as your pet’s main diet. You can also use it as a feed attachment to attract fussy eaters or to add extra nutrients to your pet’s standard dry food.
Recipe: Easy Chicken Broccoli Dog Food with Rice
This recipe uses only four ingredients, making it an excellent choice for dogs with digestive issues or food allergies. It’s also a good choice for picky eaters as the whole ingredients are very tempting.
- Preparation time: 10 mins
- Cooking time: 25 minutes
- Total time: 35 minutes
- Yield: Around 8 cups from eating 1x
- Category: cooked food
- Method: stovetop
- Kitchen: Dog Food
- 2.5 pound chicken (diced)
- 2.5 cups cooked brown rice
- 1.5 cups chopped broccoli
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Cook the chicken until fully cooked (about 25 minutes). Cook the broccoli until fully cooked (about 10 minutes). Cook the rice according to the package directions.
Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until the ingredients are evenly combined. Once the chicken and broccoli dog food has cooled, you can feed it to your pet.
- Serving size: 1/2 cup
- Calories: 232
- Sugar: 0.2g
- Sodium: 49mg
- Fat: 4.7g
- Carbohydrates: 23.2g
- Fiber: 1.2g
- Protein: 23 g
- Cholesterol: 55mg
How much to feed: I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food per 20 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. This is only a guideline. Lazy pets and older dogs may not need as many. It is extremely important to consult your veterinarian regarding the best portion size for your dog.
How to store: You can store leftover chicken and broccoli dog food in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days or freeze it and it will keep for up to 3 months. Keep in mind that this recipe doesn’t contain any preservatives, so it won’t last nearly as long as commercial dog food.
For more informations
We post many recipes for homemade dog food and treats each month. For more recipes, cooking tips and pet food advice, visit our Recipes section. If you’re new to the subject of homemade dog food, I recommend reading more about How Much to Feed to understand portion sizes, What Supplements to Use to make balanced meals, and Storage for tips about the simple and easy way to store homemade dog food in the fridge or freezer.