Cooking for Dogs Chicken and Broccoli Soup

Cooking for Dogs! It’s starting to get chilly here in Vancouver.

There aren’t many things I look forward to in the fall. I’m really one of those people who prefer summer. There is one part of fall I embrace wholeheartedly: It’s soup season! I never feel cozier than when I am snuggled up with a hot bowl of soup and two cuddly dogs. It’s one of the very few things I love about the colder weather and the 8 months of oppressive rain we’re expecting: I can eat soup every day.

The dogs like soup too.
If your dogs are anything like mine, they want a bite of anything I’m having. There is almost always left over soup, so making dog friendly soups mean they can have a taste over their regular dinner or kibble.

Chicken and Broccoli Soup
This is our dog-friendly twist on an old favourite. My Grandma’s recipe has more than three cups of heavy cream in it which is not exactly dog friendly. My secret? I use potatoes and coconut milk to get a creamy soup that is much more dog friendly.



Cooking for Dogs Chicken and Broccoli Soup


Here’s what you need:

4 c. onion-free chicken broth
5 medium potatoes (I like yellow finn potatoes because they get really creamy)
2 carrots
3 celery stalks
1 c. dark meat chicken, cooked & chopped
1 c. broccoli
2 tbsp. olive oil + 1 clove garlic (optional)
2 tbsp. each finely chopped fresh oregano, sage & parsley
½ cup coconut milk
1 squeeze fresh lemon

In a soup pot, heat the olive oil and sauté the minced garlic. Add the chicken stock and bring it to a boil. Make sure you choose a plain stock that is not seasoned with onion.

Peel carrots and potatoes and chop them into small chunks. Dice the celery and toss it all into the pot with the herbs. Boil until potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes. Don’t overcook them or the potatoes might get gritty and the soup will have an icky texture. Add the coconut milk and broccoli. Squeeze in the lemon juice and stir. Cook for 5 – 7 minutes.

In a blender or food processor, puree soup until creamy & smooth. Stir in chicken and serve. If desired, top with sharp cheddar cheese and a slice of crumbled turkey bacon. For the dogs, pour a generous spoonful over their regular food or kibbles.

Do you have a favourite soup?




Jodi, Kolchak, and Felix

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.


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Comments

  1. This sounds delicious!
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  2. That sounds fantastic. It’s really starting to get cool here in Vermont too.
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  3. That soup looks delicious, and probably more healthy for everyone!
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  4. Oh this sounds amazing! Looks so good 🙂 I can’t eat broccoli anymore- and broccoli soup is something I miss so much!! This looks yum!
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  5. I love broccoli soup… what a comfort food! I also love the idea of making it dog-friendly and adding a little extra to Trixie’s food like you’ve shown! Oh she’d LOVELOVELOVE that!! Thanks for the idea… pinning!
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  6. Cooking for dogs? I barely cook for my family! But my dogs would love this… maybe I should spoil them once or twice!
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  7. I’m pretty sure your dogs are the luckiest dogs in all the land 🙂
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  8. I had no idea that coconut milk can be used for cooking. Duh! Food looks great as usual and I want some BARK BARK!
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  9. Your dogs are so lucky to have you! My dad would spoil our dogs with a little broth over their dry food; they loved it!

  10. I went for a long walk yesterday and kept thinking how soup would be the perfect end to the day. This looks amazing. I never would have thought about giving dogs soup, but I can see them liking it. – Katy
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  11. looks yummy …
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  12. Can’t tell…which bowl is mine? Surprised dogs like broccoli!
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  13. That looks so yummy!
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  14. Jenna Wood says:

    Those do look delicious, and our pup loves broccoli!

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