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How to Cook Chicken & Rice for Dogs: Vet Approved Bland Diet


Jun 19, 2023
Woman Coocking In A Kitchen Beside a Dog


Woman Coocking In A Kitchen Beside a Dog

For dogs recovering from illness, veterinarians often recommend bland food sources like homemade chicken and rice 1. It’s an easy-to-digest, low-fat, single-protein diet that is great for gastrointestinal upset situations. When a dog is sick, this protein and carbohydrate mix can also help increase appetite. It’s not really suitable for long-term use, but chicken and rice are still nutritious enough to get your dog back on track.

But how much chicken and rice should you give them? How do you prepare it? With some simple tips and recipes for making chicken and rice for dogs, we’ll help you figure out the best way. Your furry friend will wag their tail when they smell this delicious food!

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Before You Get Started

You should choose the highest-grade chicken you can afford. The easiest option is boneless chicken breasts since you won’t need to trim the fat or remove bones. If at all feasible, try to find chicken that was raised without the use of hormones. Short- or long-grain white rice should be used to prepare chicken and rice for your dog since it is easier to digest than its long-cooking counterpart.


Step-By-Step Guide for Cooking Chicken and Rice for Dogs

1. Place the Chicken in a Large Pot

First, put the chicken in the pot, then pour in enough water to cover it and bring it to a boil. Then, reduce the heat. Depending on the size of the chicken pieces you choose, cooking time will range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Note that chicken with bones tends to take longer. Your pets may be at risk of vomiting and diarrhea if the chicken is not fully cooked, so be careful.

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2. Take the Chicken Out of the Water, Then Let It Cool

Spreading the chicken out on a baking sheet or submerging it in cool water while it’s in a colander can help the chicken cool more rapidly. Save the broth for later use.

3. Remove Bones

You will now remove the bones and separate the meat and cut the chicken into small pieces. The recommended size is 1 inch or less for medium and large breeds or half an inch or smaller for small canines.

Be very careful to remove all the bones and keep all the removed bones away from your pooch. Your dog’s esophagus, stomach, or intestines might be pierced by bone fragments. Therefore, always ensure they can’t get to the cooked chicken bones whether in the chicken or the trash can.

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4. Skim off the Fat from the Broth and Boil Again

After skimming off the fat from the leftover broth, pour the remaining liquid into a container, and refill the pot with the chicken broth. If you cut off the chicken fat first, there may not be much fat to skim off. Start preparing the rice that will be cooked in the broth while you wait for the water in the pot to boil.

5. Use Chicken Broth to Cook the Rice

Rice can be rinsed in a bowl, a pan, or a rice cooker insert. Use a lot of water and stir it with your fingers while the rice is soaked. Remember to rinse it multiple times until the water is clear.

Put the cup of rice in the chicken broth after the water has boiled for a while. Then bring it back to a boil before reducing the heat. Cook for 20-25 minutes with a tight-fitting cover on (brown rice may require 40 to 45 minutes). When it’s done cooking, the rice will be mushy and a bit soggy, and the water should have been absorbed.

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Chicken and Rice for Dogs: Dos and Don’ts


  • Use homemade broth rather than store-bought broth that may contain additives. The latter will usually include meat and vegetables, which means it might have spices like garlic and onions. Neither of those are be safe for your dog to consume.
  • Call your veterinarian if you have any concerns if, after a couple of days on a chicken and rice diet, your pet seems to be getting worse or they still have diarrhea.
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  • Although some veterinarians advise brown rice, its extra fiber can make food more difficult to digest, so don’t use it if your pooch has stomach issues. Long-grain white rice works best for calming an upset stomach.
  • If your pet has any medical issues, you should not substitute their regular food for chicken and rice unless your veterinarian recommends it.
  • The chicken and rice recipe’s goal is to ease your dog’s stomach with straightforward, easy-to-digest foods, so don’t add any additional ingredients.



Chicken and rice should not replace regular dog food as it’s not nutritionally complete. It’s simply a short-term alternative, and it would be better to start with a small amount first and see if it works. Then you can gradually increase the amount when your furry friend gets used to it.

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