Can Dogs Eat Cooked Chicken? (Solved!)

Yes, dogs can eat cooked chicken as long as it is unseasoned, because it is low-fat and high in protein. Dogs can eat chicken daily, however they will need additional food for nutrients. If you are unsure how much chicken to feed your dog, or how to create a balanced diet that includes chicken, you should consult your vet.

The rest of the article will explain the benefits of feeding your dog chicken, dangers of feeding your dog chicken, the types of chicken your dog can and cannot eat, and how to make chicken for your dog.

What Are The Benefits of Feeding My Dog Cooked Chicken?

Chicken is a high source of protein and Omega-6s. Protein is a dog’s main energy source, which is why chicken is a main ingredient in most dog foods. Omega-6s help give your dog healthy skin and fur. 

The protein consists of amino acids, which are important for your dog’s energy and muscle development. Dogs can only produce about half of the amino acids they need, which is why they require such high-protein diets.

Can a Dog Live on Chicken Alone?

Dogs are omnivores (they eat meat and plants), so they cannot live on chicken alone. While chicken is a nutritious addition, dog food is produced with the intention of fulfilling all of a dog’s nutritional needs. Therefore, it’s best to combine chicken with their normal dog food.

What Can I Feed My Dog Besides Dog Food?

There are many benefits of cooking more natural meals for your dog, instead of sticking with dog food. If your pet has a hard to identify allergy, this could be a way to control allergen exposure. This also removes any unnecessary fillers from their diet.

According to Pet WebMD some foods you can regularly combine with chicken are:

  • Frozen or fresh vegetable blends (peas, carrots, green beans)
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Brown rice
  • Bananas 
  • Apples (remove the seeds and core)
  • Oranges (remove the seeds)

Make sure to do some research to make sure you get the right nutrient blend and portions for your dog. Before making any major changes to your dog’s diet, consult a veterinarian. Food changes for dogs should be done gradually over time to avoid digestive upset.

When Should I Feed My Dog Chicken?

The best time to give a dog chicken is with their dinner, or as a high-value treat during training. You should avoid feeding dogs chicken while cooking or from the plate, as it can encourage jumping and stealing food.

Jumping and stealing food puts your dog at risk for injuring you or someone else, accidentally burning themselves, or eating food that is toxic to them. If your dog is already trained, inconsistently feeding them food from the table can also ruin their training.

What Are the Dangers of Feeding My Dog Cooked Chicken?

The potential dangers of feeding your dog cooked chicken are allergic reactions and irritation of the digestive system or pancreas, all of which can be deadly. This is explained in more detail below.

Can Dogs be Allergic to Chicken?

According to VCA Animal Hospital, the most common allergens for dogs are proteins, such as chicken. If your dog experiences itching or diarrhea after eating chicken, they may be allergic. If those symptoms persist or include difficulty breathing, your dog should be taken to the vet immediately.

Risks Feeding of Undercooked, Seasoned, or Fatty Chicken to Dogs

You shouldn’t feed your dog chicken that is undercooked, seasoned, or excessively oily/fatty because:

  • Undercooked and seasoned chicken can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, fevers, and seizures according to Pet WebMD. 
  • Excessive consumption of oils and fats for canines can cause pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas), according to the Pet Poison Helpline.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

Dogs should not eat chicken bones, regardless of whether they are cooked or raw. Chicken bones are prone to splintering which can pierce and cause infection and major bleeding in a dog’s gums, stomach, and intestines. Untreated, these can lead to death. 

Can Dogs Eat Rotisserie Chicken?

Dogs can eat rotisserie chicken in moderation. Rotisserie chicken tends to be high in sodium, so portion control and giving your dog access to plenty of water is important. Dogs should not eat the skin of rotisserie chicken because it is almost entirely fat, has low nutritional value, and usually contains a majority of the seasoning.

Can Dogs Eat Cooked Eggs?

Good news – dogs can eat eggs as long as they are not oily or seasoned! Cooked eggs are a great, low-fat source of protein and nutrients. Scrambled and boiled eggs are delicious additions to meals or as snacks.

Risks of Feeding Eggs to Dogs

Just like regular chicken meat, eggs should be cooked before being given to dogs to avoid illness. Eggs carry the same allergen risk as chicken meat, so keep an eye out for vomiting, diarrhea, and difficult breathing.

How do I Boil Chicken for My Dog?

The best way to cook chicken for your dog is by removing fatty pieces, and boiling boneless chicken in unsalted water all the way through (at least 165℉). Let the chicken cool and break into smaller pieces before feeding it to your dog to prevent burns and choking.

How to Make Chicken and White Rice for My Dog

If your dog has an upset stomach, chicken and white rice is a highly recommended meal. First, you boil the chicken in unsalted water until fully cooked. Then, you use the leftover water from the chicken to cook the rice. This creates a highly nutritious, easy-to-digest meal for ill dogs.

If your dog’s stomach problems continue beyond 24-48 hours, you should bring them to a vet.

Chicken Broth to Soften Dog Food

For dogs having trouble chewing their food due to dental problems or age, leftover water from boiling chicken is an excellent way to soften the food and add a few more extra nutrients. This is also good for introducing puppies to dry food.

If you don’t have leftover water from boiling chicken, or you want to do this more regularly, watering down boxed chicken broth can work as well. Make sure to discontinue and consult a vet if this causes an upset stomach or if dental problems persist.