Chicken for Dogs – Harvest Chicken Soup
I absolutely LOVE the flavours of fall.
It seems like so many of my favourite foods are plentiful. I love all the fantastic fall colours and rich spicy foods served piping hot. I already admitted that I have a huge love of soup. I was so excited to combine some tasty fall flavours and soup ‘em up.
I’m calling it Harvest Chicken Soup
It has a rich full flavour with butternut squash, sweet potato and chicken, plus some yummy herbs to offset the slight sweetness of apple. This is a great soup to toss in the crock pot and forget about. By the time dinner rolls around, it will have a nice yummy flavour. That’s right chicken for dogs. Chicken is a very bland food meaning it is not going to upset your dog’s stomach. In fact it is a calming food and often prescribed for dogs with stomach upsets or dogs recovering from surgery and even older dogs who are no longer interested in eating their kibble. The rest of the ingredients are also easy on your dogs stomach just like they are on your stomach and the added vitamins and minerals from the fall harvest vegetables will do both you and your dog good.
Here’s what you need:
2 bone in chicken breast
2 bone in chicken thighs
(You could use boneless, but I find the bone in makes a more flavourful soup and it’s really easy to pull the chicken out, flake off the meat and discard the bones.)
1 sweet potato
1 small butternut squash
1 MacIntosh Apple
3 c. onion-free chicken stock
1 tbsp. fresh parsley
1 tbsp. fresh basil
3 stalks celery
Optional: ¼ tsp. garlic paste
Peel the skin off of all but 1 piece of chicken and place in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour stock over the chicken pieces.
Peel and chop the carrots and celery. Toss them in the pot along with the chicken.
Peel and chop the butternut squash, sweet potato and apple into small chunks. Place in pot.
Add basil, parsley and garlic (if desired).
Simmer for 4 – 6 hours. The squash and the apple should cook down completely with no remaining chunks leaving you with a nice broth, just a little thicker than your usual soup base. Pull your chicken pieces out of the pot. Discard the skin. Use a fork to pull the chicken meat off the bones, carefully ensuring that all the bones are removed. Place the chicken meat back in the soup.
Serve in a bowl for humans or over your regular kibbles for pups.
I just love a nice fall soup. What’s your favourite fall flavour?
Meet our Cooking for Dogs Editor Jodi and her dogs Kolchak and Felix
Jodi is a canine nutrition and small animal naturopathy student hailing from beautiful Vancouver, BC. (That’s in Canada, eh?) She loves to experiment in the kitchen, creating tasty (and healthy) treats for her two dogs, Felix & Kolchak and the rest of her family. Jodi’s blog, Kol’s Notes follows the antics of the irrepressible Kolchak as he celebrates good food, good friends and the good life.