Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Homemade Chicken And Carrot Meatball Dog Treat Recipe

Last February I created a recipe for homemade Bodacious Turkey Veggie Meatball Dog Treats. It was the first meaty treat that made it to the Our Dog Treat Recipes page. In addition to lean ground turkey, I added shredded carrots, sweet potatoes, cheese, and herbs. I have no shame in admitting that I ate a couple. Of course, that involved dodging the "Mom, those are for us" glares from the kids.

This week, I decided to create another homemade meaty dog treat. One of our local grocery stores had ground chicken breasts on sale. We stocked up. Not only do I use lean ground turkey and chicken breasts to make burgers, tacos and meatballs for us, I wanted to have extra on hand to create more homemade dog treat recipes that included meat.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the following...

1 pound of ground chicken breasts
1 egg
1 medium carrot shredded
1/2 cup of cooked rice
1/2 cup of flour
1/2 teaspoon of basil
1/2 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Mix well by hand. The mixture will be sticky.

Roll the mixture into balls. Mine were the size of golf balls. To make this process a little easier, flour your hands while rolling into balls. I used an older cookie sheet and lightly greased it with a little olive oil.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Your bake time will depend on your oven. When the meatballs are fully cooked, they'll be firm to the touch.

Our kids and fur-nephew gobbled up these treats. I tried one with a little sprinkle of salt and pepper. They're delicious!

Make sure to store these meaty gems in the refrigerator. If you're not going to use the entire batch within a few days, freeze some. They freeze well and defrost in a relatively short period of time.

These meatball treats are very easy to make and don't require a lot of time. And, you can switch up a few of the ingredients. Instead of ground chicken breasts, you can use lean ground turkey or beef. You can add a shredded apple or sweet potato too or a little shredded cheese. Get creative!

Enjoy and happy baking!

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