Homemade chicken strips for your pets

If you're sick of all the recalls on pet treats, these homemade chicken strips might be just what you're looking for.  They take a little bit of work, but it's mainly just slicing the chicken, and you'll be sure the treats you're giving your dogs (or cats) are safe.

These chicken strips can be dried either in a food dehydrator or your oven on low heat.  They will remain fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or in the freezer indefinitely.  I keep a small bag of them in the refrigerator and the rest in the freezer.

Start out with boneless, skinless chicken breasts, removing as much fat as possible.  Slice the chicken with the grain into 1/8 to 1/4 inch strips (the thinner they are, the faster they will dry). 

In a food dehydrator:  lay the strips on the trays, and try to keep them from touching.  Run the dehydrator for about 6 to 8 hours.  They are done when they are dry and hard to the touch.

In the oven:  Lightly spray a baking sheet and lay the chicken pieces out flat, keeping them from touching.  Cook for approximately 2 hours at 200 degrees, or until they are dry and hard, with no soft spots.

I hope your dogs (or cats) love these chicken strips as much as our Rosie and Lucy.  I don't dare run out of them, or we have 2 very sad and disappointed dogs at treat time.  Your cats may or may not like them. Over the years,  I've had 2 cats that do, and 2 that do not.  Cat lovers know how finicky they can be!