Dog Food Recipes: Easy Crockpot Chicken & Brown Rice

A homemade family favorite.
By Susan Tasaki, November 2008, Updated November 2020
homemade dog food crockpot

This great homemade dog food dish has all the best ingredients cooked in one pot. It’s a bit of an industry secret that it is amazingly easy and very nutritious to make dog food at home. Similar to our homemade dog kibble recipe, this chicken and rice dog food recipe uses a blend of healthy veggies and chicken protein to create a wonderful supplement to your dog’s diet that saves money.

When putting together this crockpot dog food, substitutions are allowed! For vegetables, try broccoli florets, zucchini, spinach, or any of several types of squash. For the protein source, beef cubes, turkey, eggs or lamb also work. Use organic ingredients if possible.

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

Crockpot Chicken & Brown Rice Dog Food

Homemade healthy dog food in a crockpot is easier to make than you would guess!

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INGREDIENTS

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

Directions

1. Put all ingredients into the crockpot in the order given (layer, don’t mix).
2. Cook on low for about 8 hours, on high for about 5 hours.
3. When done, stir, breaking up the chicken into small pieces. Everything will be quite soft.
4. Let cool and serve; can be used with a quality kibble or by itself, in a serving size appropriate for your dog’s weight and activity level.

Refrigerate unused portion; keeps up to three days.

For additional recipes for homemade dog food, check out these that feature meat and fish by Barbara Laino.

P.S. A reader let us know that she put the recipe into a nutritional analysis site and using 1 lb boneless skinless thighs, it comes out at 200 calories per 1 cup. Hope this helps in determining how much your dog needs.