How to Cook Chicken Tenderloins for Dogs (Easy Steps & Complete Guide)

When you’re doing DIY meals for your precious furry friend, you want to ensure you use the best ingredients. What’s more you should know how to cook every kind of protein that your dog can consume. This includes things like chicken tenderloins.

There are several recipes below that will give suggestions on how to cook chicken tenderloins for dogs. You can always change up the ingredients to suit your dog’s needs, diet and the food you have available. These recipes have tons of nutrition for your pooch.

Fresh-Baked Chicken

This is a quick way to give your dog a little chicken for dinner tonight. Set the oven anywhere between 350°F and 375°F. Put a tenderloin or two in a glass baking dish and pour a little olive oil over them. This will provide a coating and barrier during baking. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Ensure it’s cool before serving it to your dog.

Gravy Chicken Dinner Topping

This particular recipe will give a nice gravy over your pooch’s kibble. This makes quite a lot, so you’ll want to freeze this into appropriate portions.

Items You’ll Need

  • Large Frying Pan
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Large Stirring Spoon
  • Freezer-Safe Containers

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Chicken Tenderloins (boneless, skinless and chopped into bite-sized cubes)
  • 1 Tbsp Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour  
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 16 oz Doggie-Friendly Chicken Broth
  • 8 oz Frozen Mixed Veggies (without shallots, onions, garlic or seasoning)
  • ¼ Cup Water

Instructions

  1. Heat the pan over medium-high and warm the oil.
  2. When the pan emits heat, throw on the cubes of chicken and cook all the way through.
  3. Stir in the vegetables and dog-friendly broth; simmer for five minutes.
  4. Add the gluten-free flour and stir until thick.
  5. Cook until a nice gravy forms for about 10 minutes or less.
  6. Take the pan off of the heat and allow it to cool down.
  7. Portion it out into freezer-safe containers.

Crockpot Chicken a la Canine

This is a good slow cooker recipe for busy professionals. You can let this cook all day or set it on a timer. By the time you return, you can finish cooking it and freeze the rest.

Items You’ll Need

  • Measuring Spoons & Cups  
  • Crockpot or Slow Cooker (six quarts or more)
  • Stirring Spoon  
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Freezer-Safe Containers

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Chicken Gizzards (chopped)
  • 2 lbs Chicken Tenderloin (organic, free range and chopped)
  • 1 Cup Carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 Cup Broccoli (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Turnips or Parsnips (chopped)
  • 1 Cup Asparagus (chopped)
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup White Rice

Instructions

  1. Clean the fresh veggies: peel the carrots and chop them along with the turnips/parsnips, broccoli and asparagus.
  2. Add the meat and veggies along with two cups of water into the Crockpot.
  3. Set on low heat for 2½ hours or until the veggies are tender and there’s no pink visible in the meat.
  4. Add the rice and the remaining amount of water. Allow this to cook for an additional 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Turn off the heat and allow the food to cool by removing the lid
  6. Portion out meals in freezer-safe containers.

Pooch’s Posh Chicken Porridge

This is an ideal recipe that’s good for summertime. It’s cool, refreshing and you could even eat some with your dog. Of course, you may want to add something to suit your tastes like pepper or salt. But, leave these out for your pooch.

Items You’ll Need

  • Large Stock Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons
  • Stirring Spoon
  • Freezer-Safe Containers

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs Chicken Tenderloins (boneless, skinless and fresh)
  • 2 Cups White Rice
  • 4 Cups Water (use this to cook chicken and then the rice)
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Cups Carrots
  • 2 Cups Peas
  • 2 Cups Spinach
  • 2 Cups Cabbage
  • 1 tsp Rosemary, dried
  • 1 tsp Turmeric, dried
  • 1 tsp Dill, dried

Instructions

  1. Put water into the large stock and set it on the stove.
  2. When the water begins to roll, place the chicken into and cook well.
  3. In the meantime, peel and chop the carrots along with the spinach, peas and cabbage. You could also shred it all if that’s an option for you.
  4. Remove the chicken and add the rice along with the chopped veggies and dried herbs. Cook until it’s in a mushy, saturated state.
  5. Shred the chicken or cut it down into bite-sized pieces that will be small enough for your dog’s mouth.
  6. Stir and cool the salad down on the counter. Once cool to the touch, put it in the refrigerator for an hour or two.
  7. Portion some out for your dog to eat now and then save the rest in freezer-safe containers.

Green & Leafy Grilled Chicken Tenderloin Salad

This is a single serving green salad that you can enjoy with your four-legged friend. But, don’t put any dressing on the one you make for your dog.

Items You’ll Need

  • Grill & Tongs
  • Large Bowl
  • Salad Mixing Spoons
  • Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Measuring Cups & Spoons

Ingredients

  • 1 or 2 Chicken Tenderloin Strips
  • 3 Lettuce Leaves (shredded or chopped)
  • 1 Baby Carrot (shredded or chopped)
  • 3 Kale Leaves (shredded or chopped)
  • ½ Tomato (deseeded and chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Olive Oil (to brush the chicken)

Instructions

  1. Turn the grill on and wait until it reaches a temperature in the ballpark of 400°F.
  2. In the meantime, prepare the lettuce, kale, carrots and tomato.
  3. Then, brush the chicken tenderloins with some olive oil.
  4. Cook the chicken on the grill, turning each piece with the tongs until it reaches an inner temperature of 170°F.
  5. Remove the chicken from the grill and allow it to cool completely.
  6. Chop or shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces your dog can safely handle.
  7. Mix the meat with the vegetables along with the apple cider vinegar in a large mixing bowl. You can add some oil to the salad as well, but this is optional.
  8. Stir well and serve it to your pup. Don’t freeze it.