Chicken and Veggie Stew


I don't have exact measurements on this recipe since I made it up, but I will give you approximates. I have 4 large dogs, so this makes a large pot of stew.

 Ingredients can be adjusted as needed.


1 whole chicken, or mix of legs, thighs, or leg quarters (about 4 or 5 lbs or so)

1 or 2 lbs ground turkey or chicken

1 lb or so gizzards and/or hearts. Add a small container of chicken livers to every other batch of stew (too much is not good for dogs).

2 lb or so of mixed vegetables, fresh or frozen (I typically use the frozen mixed veggies, plus fresh chopped squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, sprouts, etc.) NO onions!

2 cups uncooked pearled barley or whole brown rice

16 oz cottage cheese or plain yogurt

1/2 cup powdered milk

1/2 cup ground flax seed

1/4  cup vitamin supplement (Missing Link, Solid Gold Sea Meal, Udo's Choice Pet Essentials, Pet Tabs granules, etc.)




Place chicken, all other meats, and vegetables in a large stock pot. Add just enough water to cover*. Cook on medium heat for about an hour, until chicken is falling off the bone.  Remove chicken from pot and let cool. While chicken is cooling, add barley or rice to the pot and cook another 45 minutes. Pull all chicken meat and cartlidge from the bones, shred or chop into bite sized pieces and return to pot. Discard the bones. Turn off heat. Stir in cottage cheese or yogurt, powdered milk, flax seed and vitamin supplement. Allow stew to cool completely. Spoon into various containers and freeze all but what you will use in a few days.

Stew can be fed alone, or mixed with a small amount of high quality kibble.


*If stew is too thick, add more water. If it is too soupy, add a bit more barley or rice.