Bite-Sized Chicken Treat Recipe For Cats

Your cat will thank you for adding fresh, lean protein to his diet with this easy recipe.

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Fancy chicken treats!  Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan
Fancy chicken treats! Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan
Jen R. Duncan

Ah, the wonders of chicken — it’s easy to prepare, versatile and healthy. It’s no surprise chicken is a dietary staple for so many people. However, it’s also a healthy treat for cats (as long as it is fully cooked). There is a reason cartoons always show cats eyeing birds as their next meal: Cooked, lean poultry can be a healthy occasional addition to your cat’s diet, and they love it!

This super simple recipe is an easy way to prepare chicken so that your cat can safely enjoy this human treat while reaping all the healthy benefits. Remember, if your cat has any dietary restrictions, consult your veterinarian before deviating from his regular diet.

Ingredients:
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast

Instructions:
1. Remove the chicken breast from packaging and place on cutting board to prepare for cooking.

Start with a boneless, skinless chicken breast.

Start with a boneless, skinless chicken breast. Do not add salt or other seasonings. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

2. Slice the chicken in half horizontally to make it thinner.

Make a cut through the center of the breast.

Make a cut through the center of the breast. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

 

Spread the chicken apart where you sliced it, as shown.

Spread the chicken apart where you sliced it, as shown. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

 

Then cut it completely in half.

Then cut it completely in half. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

3. Spray a frying pan with cooking spray and set burner to medium high heat.

4. Place chicken breasts in pan. Cook on medium heat, about 5 minutes (depending on thickness) each side.

Now it's time to cook the chicken!

You can use cooking spray (canola oil spray) or a small amount of olive oil to grease the pan. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

5. When chicken is cooked completely (you can test this by slicing through the middle to see that it is no longer pink), remove from heat.

6. Cut chicken into kitty-sized little bites.

Be sure to cut it small enough so that your pet can enjoy it easily.

Be sure to cut it small enough so that your pet can enjoy it easily. Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

7. Allow to cool completely before serving.

Now it's all ready to serve! (Be sure to remove toothpicks before serving).

Now it’s all ready to serve! (Be sure to remove toothpicks before serving). Photo Courtesy of Jen R. Duncan

This recipe was reviewed by a veterinarian. It is intended as a treat or snack and should only be a small percentage of your pet’s daily food. If your pet has any health issues or if you have any concerns, consult your pet’s veterinarian before offering this food item.

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