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Dog Food Recipes: Easy Crockpot Chicken & Brown Rice
A family favorite, served to three generations of dogs

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water

1/2 lb. green beans, broken into segments
1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium-sized chunks (leave skin on)
3 carrots, sliced into about 1" thick rounds

2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin)

1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).
2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.
3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.
4. Let cool and serve; can be used with a quality kibble or by itself, in a serving size appropriate for your dog’s weight and activity level.
Refrigerate unused portion; keeps up to three days.

Substitutions are allowed! For vegetables, try broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach or any of several types of squash. For the protein source, beef cubes, turkey or lamb also work. Use organic ingredients if possible.


P.S. A reader let us know that she put the recipe into a nutritional analysis site and using 1 lb boneless skinless thighs, it comes out at 200 calories per 1 cup. Hope this helps in determining how much your dog needs.


Photograph by Donald Erickson

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Submitted by GreyhoundMom | August 17 2011 |

I LOVE this recipe! I started making a batch every week, and adding it to my greyhound's dinner bowl, and lessening their kibble. Our expensive kibble lasts longer, and they love eating it. I use smaller tupperware containers, keep one in the fridge, and stick the other 3 or 4 in the freezer. When I use one up with dinner, I pull one out of the freezer, and its thawed by the next day. I have happy pups, with easy to pick up poo. I've not noticed any gas or stomach upset at all with this.

Submitted by Cindy | September 21 2011 |

Dear The Bark,

Can you provide us with a feeding chart that explains how much of this we should give our dog according to weight? What do you think about throwing a couple eggs in the mixture?

Submitted by Sandra A. Lucia | May 16 2013 |

I was wondering the same thing I like the recipes but I was wondering if there was a feeding chart. I have a German shepherd that is 8 and a golden that is 3. Their activity level is average they get to run free when we are home. The Golden weighs 62 and the German weighs 72.
Please Help so I can use these recipes.

Submitted by Kathie | March 1 2014 |

Try this link - it asks for the dogs ideal weight and activity level, then gives you the total calorie requirement. It also has another field to enter the calories per cup of your dog food so you can easily calculate how much to feed them :)


Submitted by cheryl allen | March 19 2014 |

would like a feeding chart 2 see how to feed my dog. i was told to use just brown rice and chicken no dog food and that it was the best thing to feed a dog. Do you know if that is enough nutrition?

Submitted by Anonymous | February 8 2012 |

I did the individual servings in Tupperware for quite a while. I realized today that a cupcake tin makes perfect 1/2 c servings without dirtying a bunch of dishes. We make quite large batches so I freeze the "pawds" (pun intended) and put them in a ziplock bag after they're frozen.

Submitted by Dolores | September 26 2012 |

Love seeing real food recipes for our beloved pets! We need less processed food in our lives, and our pets'; they live that much "faster" and may even be more susceptible to processed junk. Don't shorten their already short lives by feeding garbage from a fancy looking bag.

Submitted by Tina D. | September 27 2012 |

This is exactly, well one of the numerous reasons, why I LOVE this magazine! I do all my own homemade treats, turkey hearts, beef jerky, cookies, and many others, including K-9 Crack which Won Fetch Dogs National Dog Treat Contest and I make my dogs dinners. I can always use another suggestion to get my mind reeling to make something new. I love the versatility of this receipt and will be trying this out over the weekend. Thank you for publishing receipts on homemade foods and treats. I agree with all the comments regarding feeding less processed foods

Submitted by Denise | June 22 2013 |

Do you have the recipe for the K-9 Crack? I did the google search and came up with nothing. Thanks for your time!

Submitted by Janet Blatti | April 19 2014 |

Hi Tina - We have had our puppy for a couple months so I am very new at this. But we love her so much and want healthy eating for her. I wondered if you would be willing to share your recipes. They sound wonderful too.

Submitted by Sandi | November 21 2012 |

I started doing this years ago when our Sasha had a tumor on her jaw and wouldn't eat anything else. I use chicken thighs with the bone in, but I remove the fatty skin. When it's all finished I just pick the meat off the bones, it pretty much falls off actually. Sometimes I use barley instead of rice. I had not included sweet potatoes, but I'll try that.

Submitted by Frances | November 22 2012 |

Should there not be a calcium source included in the recipe, too? My understanding is that if more than 25% of the diet is home cooked it is important to ensure the phosphorus/calcium balance is correct, either by feeding RMBs or including sufficient calcium in the cooked food.

Submitted by brit | May 19 2013 |

you are right, where is the calcium? This is what causes problems, poor advice given for homemade diet and yet its so simple to make your own dog food. A good source of calcium is Animal Essentials Calcium. Plus a small amount (up to 10%) of organ meat should be given at least a few times a week (I buy organic organ meat).

Submitted by Shana | January 29 2013 |

My dogs love this and it is so easy to make! I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. It would be really nice to have the nutritional breakdown, especially calories per a sized serving so I knew how much to feed my dogs. Thanks

Submitted by Shana | January 31 2013 |

I put the recipe into a nutritional analysis site and using 1 lb boneless skinless thighs, it comes out at 200 calories per 1 cup. Hope this helps in determining how much your dog needs.

Submitted by Beth | March 27 2013 |

Sounds great. Would the carbs be too high for my diabetic dog?

Submitted by Deborah | March 24 2013 |

Hi! I have been making this since December, when my Labrador, Miles, was diagnosed with a stomach mass. It was removed along with his spleen and thankfully the tumor was benign! I discussed the how and why of how this 11 lb., bigger than a soccer ball mass, grew inside my dog. The vet and I discussed processed dog food vs homemade, and of course I made the decision to cook for both dogs. Miles has a brother named Winston (chocolate) and Miles is black. These are my 1st dogs and I am crazy in love with them.

P.S. The vet suggested I use Organic Brown Rice. I buy mine at Sprouts, Trader Joe's, and of course there are a few markets that carry organic.

Thanks for this great recipe!

Shana...thanks for the calorie count, too.

Submitted by Duffy's Mom | March 27 2013 |

I've been making my cockapoo's food for several months now. So many of the recipes I have seen are made with chicken. My dog loves chicken but it has always given him diarrhea. Has anyone else run into this?
I have to make his food with beef, pork or liver.

Submitted by GreyhoundMom | March 27 2013 |

This is very common. Dogs had food allergies and food sensitivities just like humans. Chicken and pork are too of the highest allergy meats for dogs. Turkey might be an option for your dog as well, since it does not have the same makeup as chicken. You could also try a whitefish like cod or tilapia.

Submitted by terriermom | March 28 2013 |

My terrier is also allergic to chicken (as well as many other things) poultry allergy is a common thing. It usually also means no duck, no turkey and with mine, no eggs either. and no feather or down blankets etc. As long as he does fine with beef or pork or liver you still have options. You migh want to try pink salmon...(make sure the can has just salmon and salt and water) or any other white fish except cod. My girl likes the fish and is fine with it.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 28 2013 |

You could also try canned mackerel. This was recommended by my pug's accupuncture vet. She also does nutritional work and said that the mackerel was very good.

Submitted by Anonymous | March 28 2013 |

Try mackerel. My pug's alternative vet recommended it and he loves it!

Submitted by Anonymous | April 1 2013 |

My dog is a diabetic. Does anyone have diabetic recipes they can share?

Submitted by Claudia Kawczynska | April 1 2013 |

You might want to check out Dr. Donald Strombeck's Home-Prepared Diets for Dogs and Cats, he has a chapter on diabetes. http://www.dogcathomeprepareddiet.com/diet_and_endocrine_diseases.html#dog
But be sure to check with your vet before changing your dog's food! Also note that Strombeck's book is now available online for FREE. It is a wonderful resource.

Submitted by dottie casper | July 6 2013 |

Thank you so much for this recipe. I just recently learned of the commercial dog food and was desperately looking for recipe for my baby :)

Submitted by Kathy | October 28 2013 |

I have 2 crock pots,I cook chicken or 8 pounds of ground beef frozen in one along with 4 cups of water,in the other one I put 8cups of short grain organic brown rice with 16 cups 0f water. I cook both for 6 hours on low.then put in 2 cup freezer bags, put enough for 3 days in frig and the rest in freezer. when i feed , I add black beans, raw sweetpotatoes or raw carrot instead of sweet potato, I also add freah spinach or kale or cabbage raw not cooked I give him rtwa apple a day I give blueberry my dog likes them frozen. if you go on to Mary janes Farm you could get the recipe or get the magazine for Oct /Nov. 2013.You can also cook up a batch using 8 lb. pork loin. all the info is in the magazine with other good inf

Submitted by Debbie | November 13 2013 |

Crushed or powdered egg shells are a great source of calcium for dogs. Lots of home made dog food recipes calls for this.

Submitted by Betty | November 27 2013 |

I heard that brown rice is harder to digest than white. Which is best to use. Also do you keep the skin in the meal or remove it after cooking? My dog is so picky most dogs would gobble up a meal like this in a blink. He is a 18# Rat Terrier and will eat the home made meal when 1st made then the days after he will let it sit until the next day. Any suggestions?

Submitted by Claire | May 4 2014 |

Please send me puppy recipes for the crock pot. Canned dog food smells like ashes. I'd like to give him something fresh, like chicken, brown rice, veggies.
Any ideas?

Submitted by Doreen | June 5 2014 |

I take roasted chickens without the skins $4.99 chop them up,with brown rice organic veggies some 4 eggs yogurt garlic Purée it and make patties Bake in oven to firm up and 4 chickens make over 72 patties my dogs love them I feed with some kibble grain free happy happy dogs a lot of work 3 hrs to prepare but lasts 2 weeks ! I freeze some and take out whayt I need

Submitted by Melanie B. | July 22 2014 |

Just be careful, as I have read that garlic and onions are very bad for dogs!

Submitted by Carole | August 6 2014 |

I have read that because of dogs have a short digestive system that they cannot digest brown rice. What do you think?

Submitted by Caroline Breeden | August 7 2014 |

I am curious as to whether this recipe been evaluated by a board certified veterinary nutritionist to determine if it meets AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards. In addition, why would you have chicken as the primary protein source when it is one of the most common food allergens for dogs.

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