How to make Home Made Dog Food

Home Made Dog Food
Chef Chaza’s dog jumps for joy knowing Chef’s about to make dog food!

Have you ever wondered how to make home made dog food?  Making your own dog food is easy, and saves money too!  Plus, your pooch will love it!


Time to Prepare:  30 Minutes (15 mins prep / 15 mins process) + Cook time (60-90 Mins)


Ingredients for Homemade Dogfood with Chicken:

5 lbs x Chicken Thighs and Legs on the bone

1 Cup x Brown Lentils (rinsed, picked-through and cleaned)

1 Cup x White Rice (rinsed)

1 Sprig x Rosemary

½ Cup x Olive Oil

4 Cups x Water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Arrange Chicken flat in a cooking tray.  Drizzle Olive Oil over the Chicken.  Pour rice over chicken, add Rosemary, Lentils, and water, fully submerging the ingredients.  Cover tray with aluminum foil and place in oven.  Check after 1 hour (be careful of hot steam when opening foil!), rice and chicken should be fully cooked; continue cooking if needed to assure chicken and rice are fully cooked.

Remove from oven, carefully open foil (be careful of hot steam when opening foil) all the Chicken pieces, and allow to cool for a few minutes.  Remove meat and cartilage from the bone, discard the bones.  Combine Chicken meat and cartilage with remaining ingredients and blend to a pre-chewed consistency (immersion blender recommended, but regular blender works too).

Cool to body temperature (or less) and it’s ready-to-serve.  Save unused portion in the refrigerator, avoid allowing food to stay warm longer than needed.

Home Made Dog Food ready to serve
Chef Chaza Smith’s home made dog food has cooled and been pureed, so it’s ready to serve!