Dog Food Recipes: Puppy Stew

Make this easy chicken stew for dogs recipe.
By Roschelle Heuberger PhD, June 2009, Updated July 2021
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It is easy to learn how to provide our dogs with nutritious, delicious homemade meals that are reliably safe and made with little or no fuss. You’ll find that dogs love this recipe for homemade dog food stew, and it is easy to make with basic ingredients that you have at home.

Directions for this incredible stew recipe include mixing your favorite chicken meat, some brown rice, or barley, then add in your dog’s favorite vegetables. Browse our list of dog-friendly superfoods and vegetables to inspire your inner chef.

Go beyond Puppy Stew with three more recipes that are sure to please your pup’s taste buds and keep them healthy.
Fishy (or Chicken) Dog Food Recipe
Puppy Brunch
Fido’s Fricassee

This homemade stew recipe for dogs comes from pet nutritionist Roschelle Heuberger, PhD’s article on how to save money with homemade dog food. Learn about the nutritional and financial benefits of feeding your dog home-cooked meals in addition to, or in lieu of, commercial dog food. 

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Homemade meals may even make it possible to feed your dog well for less. A 15-pound bag of high-end dry dog food costs approximately $42, and a 5.5 oz. can of high-end wet food runs approximately $2. Feeding a medium-sized dog two cans of wet mixed with two cups of dry food costs about $5 per day. That doesn’t include the treats, bones and tidbits that inevitably make their way into her tummy! Compare that with four cups of Puppy Stew at $2.25 per day. 

Homemade Dog Food: Puppy Stew

Home cooking helps you feed ’em well for less.

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. boneless chicken meat with skin (white or dark; skin may be too rich for some dogs, and its inclusion is optional)
  • 2 cups brown rice or barley
  • 6 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium package (24 oz.) frozen peas or lima beans
  • 56 fl. oz. diced tomatoes with juice*
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh parsley or oregano
  • 1⁄2 cup fish, safflower or olive oil
  • 1 tsp. iodized salt Water

Directions

1. Place all ingredients in a 3-gallon stockpot and add enough water to well cover.

2. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cover.

3. Cook for two hours until all ingredients are soft and liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally. If needed, add small amounts of additional water to keep the mixture from going dry.

Yield
Approximately 32 cups, which feeds a medium-size dog for 8 days at 4 cups per day.
Serving size: 2 cups
Total cost: $18
Cost per serving: $1.12
Daily cost: $2.25

Per Serving
Energy: 342 calories
Protein: 23 grams
Carbohydrates: 31 grams
Fat: 14 grams
Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 gram
Dietary fiber: 7 grams
Calcium: 65 mg

Important: Many veterinarians, while acknowledging that pet food recalls and the poor quality of some pet foods are causes for concern, still feel that homemade dog food diets, when fed exclusively, may result in nutritional imbalances and vitamin/mineral deficiencies that may pose threats to canine health. Therefore, if you choose to feed your dog homemade dog food, it is important that you understand and provide what your dog needs to stay healthy; veterinary nutritionists can assist in developing suitable homemade diets. While caution was taken to give safe recommendations and accurate instructions in this article, it is impossible to predict an individual dog’s reaction to any food or ingredient. Readers should consult their vets and use personal judgment when applying this information to their own dogs’ diets.

*While tomatoes have been listed in some places as toxic, the toxicity actually comes from unripened (green) tomatoes, tomato leaves, and tomatoes stems not fully ripe tomatoes. Learn why tomatoes are safe for dogs.

Article first appeared in The Bark, Issue 54: May/Jun 2009

Photo by jules / CC

Roschelle Heuberger, PhD, is a Registered Dietitian, an Associate Professor of Nutrition and director of the Clinical Nutrition graduate program at Central Michigan University.

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