Dog Food Recipes: Easy-Simmer Chicken and Brown Rice

This large dish of homemade dog food has all the best ingredients cooked in one pot. It’s a bit of an industry secret that it’s incredibly easy and very nutritious to make dog food at home. Similar to our homemade kibble dog food recipe, this chicken and rice dog food recipe uses a blend of healthy vegetables and chicken protein to create a wonderful, energy-saving addition to your dog’s diet. ‘money.

When making this slow cooker dog food, substitutions are allowed! For vegetables, try broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach, or one of the many types of squash. For the protein source, cubes of beef, turkey, eggs, or lamb also work. Use organic ingredients if possible.

It is important to research the ingredients of homemade dog food to ensure your pet’s safety. This dog food recipe is safe for the majority of dogs, but if you have any concerns, consult your veterinarian or pet nutritionist.

Crockpot Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food

Healthy homemade dog food in a slow cooker is easier to make than you think!


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  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 lb green beans, broken into segments
  • 1 medium sweet potato, raw, cut into medium sized pieces (leave skin on)
  • 3 carrots, cut into rounds about 1 inch thick
  • 2 boneless chicken breasts (with or without skin) or 4 to 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs


1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker in the order listed (layer, do not mix).
2. Cook on low heat for about 8 hours, on high heat for about 5 hours.
3. When finished, stir, breaking the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be very soft.
4. Cool and serve; can be used with quality kibble or on its own, in a portion adapted to your dog’s weight and activity level.

Refrigerate unused portion; keeps for up to three days.

For additional homemade dog food recipes, check out Meat and Fish Recipes from Barbara Laino.

PS A reader let us know that she put the recipe on a nutritional review site and that using 1lb boneless skinless thighs gives 200 calories for 1 cup. Hope this helps you determine how much your dog needs.