How to Make Chicken Nuggets for Dogs (3 Easy Steps)

To make chicken nuggets for dogs, you will need the following ingredients: chicken breasts, water, and wheat germ. It is also important that you stick to the recipe and do not add extra seasoning as your dog could be allergic.

Looking for fun and healthy options for your pooch is a great way to mix their diet up. Humans eat a variety of foods daily, so it makes sense why we want to give our pets a selection of meals too. 

If you are just starting to make your dog food, then making chicken nuggets for dogs is a great recipe, to begin with. These chicken nuggets contain all-natural ingredients (that humans can even eat!), are easy to make, and who doesn’t like chicken nuggets?

How do you make chicken nuggets for your dog?

Round up all your ingredients. For 30 chicken nuggets you will need:

  • 1/2 pound of chicken breast
  • 2 1/4 cups of wheat germ or ground flax
  • 3/4 cups of water
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. While you are waiting for the oven to warm up, boil the chicken in water and reserve the cooking water. 
  3. After you cook and cool the chicken, add it and the remaining water to a blender. Cover the blender with its lid and blend the mixture into a batter consistency. Put in the ground flax or wheat germ and pulse to combine all ingredients.
  4. Roll dough into small-medium balls and put on a baking sheet. Flatten with a back of a spoon and bake for 20-25 minutes.

How do you store the chicken nuggets for dogs?

Once you cool the chicken nuggets, place them into an airtight container. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

Can you fry the chicken nuggets?

Just like humans, dogs need to watch their fat intake. While chicken alone is good for dogs, frying it adds unnecessary fat, which can cause heart and weight issues with your pup. Baking the chicken nuggets helps get that crispy factor while still being healthy enough for your dog to eat.

Is chicken healthy for dogs?

As long as you cook the chicken first, it is okay for your dog to eat. According to the American Kennel Club, chicken is a great source of protein and can act as a substitute for your dog’s meal.

Pet MD advises that chicken builds lean muscle mass in dogs and provides them with Omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6 gives dogs their gleaming coats and healthy skin. Chicken also contains nutrients that promote healthy bones in dogs.

Are there any benefits of chicken for dogs?

Feeding your dog chicken provides them with vitamins and nutrients that they may not receive from their commercial food. Some additional benefits of giving your dog chicken include:

  • additional energy
  • strong teeth
  • stronger immune system
  • B3 and B6 vitamins, both of which help maintain a healthy brain and nervous system

Do not feed your dog raw chicken unless your vet authorizes it first.  As per the educational article, “Raw food diets in companion animals: A critical review”, a small study done on dogs show that 80% of diets containing raw chicken were positive for Salmonella.

Before you feed your dog chicken

Chicken can be very healthy for your dog, but without taking the proper precautions it could be dangerous or even fatal.

According to, food allergies are one of the most common issues with dogs. If you are not sure whether or not your dog is allergic to chicken, take it to a veterinarian first before trying this recipe.

Choose lean chicken breast when cooking it for your dog and stay away from dark meat. Since dark meat can be high in fat, it can lead to pancreatitis in your dog.

Make sure you are only using boneless chicken. If your chicken has bones in it, double-check to make sure that you remove each bone first. Chicken bones can break apart easily when your dog chews them and can splinter and puncture his or her intestines and stomach. When the bones splinter, they can also cause choking.

Can I give my dog fast food or frozen chicken nuggets?

No, you should not give your dog any kind of commercially made chicken nuggets. The best part about this recipe is that you know exactly which ingredients your dog will be ingesting. If getting frozen chicken nuggets or those from a fast-food restaurant, you do not always know what ingredients are in the nuggets.

Also, most of the time commercial nuggets are fried, have a heavy breading, and/or contain a large amount of sodium. If you want to feed your dog chicken nuggets, stick to this recipe and never fry the chicken. 

Is it healthier to buy dog food or make your own?

When you give your dog commercial dog food each day, it is similar to you eating fast food every day of your life. This is because store-bought dog food contains processed ingredients that are “feed grade”, meaning that it is not healthy enough for humans to eat.

Making your dog food is a good idea as it provides control over what goes into your dog’s food. Check with your vet before you start cooking for your dog and ask if a multi-vitamin is needed.

When making dog food, stay away from the following ingredients that could be harmful to dogs:

  • avocados
  • grapes
  • raisins
  • currants
  • macadamia nuts
  • chocolate
  • poultry bones (or any cooked bones)
  • onions/garlic

What are some tips when transitioning your dog to homemade food?

When transitioning your dog to a new food, it is best to do it slowly. Start with small portions and gradually mix the homemade food into the commercial food, increasing the amount of homemade food each day.

Monitor your dog’s actions for any signs of allergic reactions or sickness. Since commercial dog food has a lot of preservatives, you may see a difference in your dog’s bowel movements, but there should be no concern unless they have persistent diarrhea.

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