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  • Gale

    Just a thought – chicken is much easier to slice thinly if partially frozen.

    Also, I have a gorgeous German Shepherd with a special condition called EPI, and he needs enzymes added to all his foods. I am developing treats for him with my dehydrator, it is really fun. But I have to puree everything so I have the correct ratio of enzymes to food. But I make them with a cookie press, so they look extra fun!! :)

    November 01, 2013
    • Hi Gale,

      You could even use a cookie cutter then fill it with your ingredients to make more fun shapes.

      November 01, 2013
  • john k

    The Japanese version is softer. Not rock hard.
    Is there a safe way to make it?

    Plus the USDA says the chicken should be cooked to at least 140
    degs before dehydration.

    Thank you!!!

    February 14, 2013
    • Hi John,

      The only way to make the treats softer is to cut down on the time in the dehydrator. I, personally, do not do this when making poultry jerky for my pet. The risk of food borne illness to both her, and the possible transmission to us through touching the undercooked meat, isn’t something I feel comfortable doing. Now, when I make beef jerky, I will sometimes make a softer batch by not drying it as long. Beef, while there is still some risk, is not as ‘delicate’ as poultry meat. But I then also store that softer beef jerky in the refrigerator instead of at room temperature.

      I believe this is the USDA information you are referring to (for others who may be interested): http://www.fsis.usda.gov/FactSheets/Jerky_and_Food_Safety/index.asp.

      The dehydrators that I use have settings for meat dehydration that go up to 165 degrees Farenheit (the recommended temps by the USDA) and that is the setting I use.

      I hope this helps.

      February 14, 2013
  • Molly

    Is there another way to make these without a dehydrater? :)

    February 11, 2013
    • Hi Molly,

      Yes, you can dehydrate them in the oven.

      Line your oven floor with foil. Lay the chicken strips onto the oven grates. If they are too short, you can lay the chicken on metal cooling racks. Slide the slices into the oven that has been preheated to 140 – 170 degrees Farenheit. (The temperature range is given because you are looking for a low temp, but lots of ovens don’t go lower than 170. Don’t use your oven if it can’t go that low…you’ll just end up cooking the meat rather than drying it and at that point, you might as well just cook the chicken like you normally would. ;) )

      Lot’s of people recommend venting the oven door, once the meat has been put in there. Use the handle of a wooden spoon to slightly hold the oven door open near the top of the door. Don’t use plastic, it will melt.

      The timing ranges from 2 hours to 9 hours. The time really depends on how thick the meat strips are that you are trying to dehydrate. Test them after 2 hours by bending them and seeing when they break. If it bends easily or there’s still juices evident in the meat, it needs more time. You’re looking for it to break when you bend it. The finished product will look just like the store bought chicken jerky, so you’ve already got a good idea of what the finished product should look like.

      Make sure you clean your oven grates, or cooling rack really well after making the jerky.

      I have not made jerky outside of the dehydrator, so I can not attest to actual timing. But this is how many, if not most, people make jerky at home without a dehydrator.

      You’re dog is going to love you for this treat. I promise you!

      February 11, 2013
  • Melanie

    Any particular reason you use chicken breasts rather than thighs? Or, better yet–any reason one should NOT use thighs?

    December 18, 2012
    • Hi Melanie,

      Great question! Thighs are perfectly good to use. I use the breast because that’s what the store bought brands use and they are already pretty much free of extra fat that needs to be removed. The thighs tend to have a bit more fat on them that needs to be cut off before dehydrating. If you’re just making a small batch of the treats, that will be gone through rather quickly, the fat removal isn’t quite as important (although make sure you keep the treats in the refrigerator as the fat will make the treats got rancid more quickly). Happy treat making!

      December 18, 2012
  • maureen

    I love the idea of making the treats at home. I have been buying something similar for my 4lb yorkie that has a slice of chicken breast wrapped around a slice of sweet potato. She loves them but they are expensive and they are made in china…do you think I could add a slice of sweet potato to your recipe and cook them in the oven or I could buy a dehydrator?

    May 28, 2012
    • Hi Maureen. I know the treats you’re talking about. You could make them in the oven, although you’d probably have to cook the sweet potato and chicken separately because I’m not too sure that they would finish drying at the same time. The dehydrator would be easier, although I’m biased because I really like using the dehydrator more than the oven for dehydrating things. I would still dry the potato separate from the chicken (just because I would really want to be sure that the chicken is dry all the way through, which might be hard if it’s wrapped around the potato). But in the dehydrator, you could line the top racks with potato and the bottom racks with chicken. If the potatoes are done first, you can remove those racks and continue drying the chicken. If you use the dehydrator for this, use the higher meat temp for the drying…the potatoes will just be done a little quicker.

      Trust me, once you start using the dehydrator for these treats, you’ll start using for other things like making your own dried fruit, drying fresh herbs, drying gourmet mushrooms, etc. It does get a bit addicting and the fact that you can dry things when they’re in season saves you a lot of money in the long run.

      I hope you and your little yorkie enjoy these treats!

      May 28, 2012
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    March 05, 2012
  • WendyPinNJ

    Looking for a good, homemade, “high value” treat for training, and these seem like just the ticket. Problem is, I don’t have a dehydrator. Can I make them in the oven?

    February 21, 2012
    • Yes, you can dry these in the oven. Lay them on a baking sheet and put them in a 200 degree oven. I can’t tell you the exact amount of time, but it take at least 6 hours for them to dry this way. You need to make sure that they are brittle and break easily when done.

      February 21, 2012
  • this is such a great idea. I cannot wait to make these for my new puppy!

    February 19, 2012
  • Lauren

    I’d love to make these for one of my friend’s dogs because unfortunately i’m not allowed to have a canine friend where i live. How long do these keep? Do they need to be refrigerated when done or are they good to go once they’re tucked away in their zip lock bag?

    December 01, 2011
    • Hi Lauren,
      These keep for a long time by just keeping them in a zip top bag. They don’t need to be refrigerated. Make sure you remove virtually all of the fat from the chicken pieces before dehydrating. If you have some pieces that look a bit shiny, after dehydrating, those still have fat on them. Store them separately and use them quickly. The fat will get rancid. Your friend’s dog is going to LOVE you.

      December 01, 2011
  • I have 2 dogs that would love these treats, I just bought one of these and would love to make my dogs some treats, most chicken treats on the market are made in china and about $1 an ounce so it would be a lot cheaper to make these treats. Think you could add parsley or other spices/herbs ?

    November 22, 2011
    • My dog can sniff out the difference between the 2 kinds almost instantly and goes for the homemade. ;) You could add hebs or other flavorings. Just make sure that you don’t add any oil to the chicken. Just sprinkle the herbs/flavoring directly onto the chicken. These are so easy to make, and when chicken is on sale it’s definitely cheaper than the pre-packaged stuff. If you buy breasts that are bone in, you can use the leftover breast bones to make a great chicken stock for yourself too.

      November 22, 2011
  • Louise Ducote

    Oh, now I want a dehydrator! Gorgeous dog, by the way. And I don’t feel crazy when I talk to my dogs, especially when they answer me.

    October 13, 2011
  • WOW! Do I wish I lived in the US! .99 cents a lb! NO chicken here comes in under 3.99 a lb unless it’s on sale, and even then never below 2.99 for breasts by themselves. Even buying the dog treats already made the bags are $10! Darn…my dog loves these things too. We used to buy them at Costco all the time, but then we had two real kids. Guess who gets the shaft? Well, we still buy the premium, organic, no grain, wild animals only, each ingredients was picked by virgins alone on a desert island dog food though…;)

    July 28, 2011
  • I’m curious – what’s the price point you came to for buying chicken breasts?

    July 28, 2011
    • At 99 cents/lb. I was able to beat the best pricing on the chicken treats I had been buying. It could probably go a little higher, considering I’m getting the chicken stock out of the deal too (and not having to buy that either), but to keep it simple I just used the pricing for her treats.

      July 28, 2011
      • Thanks! I’m going to start watching the sale ads!!

        July 28, 2011
  • Charlie loves chicken treats but I always buy them. I have a dehydrator so I’m going to give this a try. EVERY meat at our house is chicken because that’s what we taught him meat was. Dumb I know. Cats are not allowed chicken as he thinks meat is only for him. :)

    July 27, 2011
  • My dog, Lucy, does the same thing when i’m in the kitchen. She actually wedges herself between me and the stove and inevitably ends up with oil drippings on her coat. It’s adorable. These treats look great and I love that shot of Rizzo waiting patiently for you to take the picture while she drools over those awesome treats.

    July 27, 2011
    • LOL – the funnier thing about Rizzo is that even if something falls on the floor she leaves it there until I give it to her. Once dropped an entire filet mignon on the floor and she looked at it, looked up at me and just laid down.

      July 27, 2011
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  • I’d eat those great looking chewy chicken treats!

    July 27, 2011
    • Hi Dorothy, They do smell really good – like real food. The dog goes crazy when I’m making them and when given a choice between mine and store bought chooses mine. Such a smart dog. LOL

      July 27, 2011

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