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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Squash Chicken Jerky

Giving the chicken jerky a lil sumtin sumtin....The squash gives the jerky a dark color and it looks more "smoked" if you will. It also smelled amazing. I took it out of the oven and I almost wanted to eat it myself but I'm not even a fan of human jerky. Oh gosh, I did it again. When I was talking about chicken jerky for Mochi at work I told a coworker "making the chicken jerky for dogs is the same process as human jerky" Totally came out wrong.... I meant "making the chicken jerky for dogs is the same process making jerky for humans" Be careful of wording or you'll come off as Hannibal Lecter. Probs not the best reputation at work.

Regardless... Mochi loooooved these treats. She couldn't get her mind off of it even when I showed her the new toy from amazon that I got her - a 16 squeaker alligator. She usually loves anything that squeaks so I thought she would love this times 16 but no response. Her eyes were glued to the chicken. It's all about the jerky. You know what they say... bitches love them jerk(y)s. Get it? Mochi is a female dog. Oh nevermind.

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 jar of squash baby food
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted chicken broth
1. Rinse chicken and remove fat. Fat causes the jerky to spoil faster.
2. Slice chicken breast into thin 1/8'' to 1/4'' slices. Slice with the grain.
3. Combine squash baby food, olive oil, and unsalted chicken broth. Stir.

4. Place the chicken slices in the squash marinade and turn to evenly coat.

5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
6. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
7. Place chicken on wire racks, keep slices separated. Use baking sheets if you do not have wire racks and turn every hour.
8. Place chicken on racks in oven for 3 or more hours.*
* Due to difference in meat size and ovens baking time may vary. Your jerky treats should be firm and dry. If in doubt, it is safer to go a little more dry and firm than underdone.

Store your chicken jerky treats in the refrigerator for 2 weeks. Freeze for up to 8 months. Write date on the plastic bag to ensure treats are eaten in a timely matter.

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