Cricket’s Chicken Jerky Treats

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Cricket is a picky pooch with a refined palate! She turns her nose up at many kinds treats that any other dog would wolf down in one second flat!

Beggin Stips? Cricket gives it a weary sniff and  says “no thanks.”

Pupperoni? “I’m not hungry!”

Milk Bone? “No way Jose!”

Greenies????? “What the heck is that and WHY is it green!?”

After much trial and failure, I finally did come across a treat Cricket does love and they cost $9.99 for a bag of 6! It’s basically just dried chicken, or chicken jerky. So I decided to get smart and protect my wallet and make my own of course! These treats are so easy and simple to make and if Cricket loves them then your furry family members will love them too!

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Cricket's Chicken Jerky Treats

Easy Chicken Jerky treats
Course Dog Treat
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 24
Author Kelley

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt is a good choice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. Cut the chicken breasts into long thin strips about 1/4" wide. (You can partially freeze the chicken for a hour to make it easier to slice.)
  3. Place the chicken in a ziplock bag with the oil, apple cider vinegar and salt, and give it a shake.
  4. Allow to marinate overnight or for a few hours at least.
  5. Lay the chicken strips (not touching!) on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
  6. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until dry (if browning too much turn tempature down) and then turn the oven off and allow them to cool and fully dry out in the oven for an additional 1/2 hour.

 

7 Comments

  1. Hi Kelley,
    Cricket is Absolutely ADORABLE! LOVE THIS RECIPE…CANNOT WAIT TO TRY IT!!
    Question: Can these be frozen? And, freezer life? Really looking for treat recipes I can freeze. :\
    I work in ANIMAL RESCUE…and would love to give these out as Christmas Gifts!!!
    Thank you & Happy Holidays!
    I sure hope I can find more recover from you!!! 😉

    1. Hi Ann! Thank you, she is a cutie 🙂 I think you could freeze them as long as you wrap them up tight in a airtight container. I haven’t tried it myself… let me know how it works out! K

  2. Question. Recipe looks easy and delicious. I like to use chicken tenders. Since they’re wider and can be ‘pounded ‘ the size is better (I think) for fur babies. My question for you: how long can I keep these. Will this recipe work on large amounts of chick/Turkey? How do you suggest mailing these for Xmas gifts. Thanks! Look forward to your reply. rileysrammy@yahoo.com

    1. Hi Trish,
      They will keep for several weeks. Just make sure they are fully dehydrated, because if any moisture is left then they will not keep as long. I put them in a clear cellophane gifs bag and tie with a ribbon to give as a gift:) K

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