Make your own jerky treats for pets

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Mike Tanaka


If you’re a pet owner, you know that buying jerky treats for your pets can get expensive over time.

But did you know that you can save big bucks by making your own homemade jerky treats? This recipe only takes 10 minutes to prep with just chicken breasts and a dehydrator.

Plus, it’s much healthier than store-bought jerky that are often full of preservatives and sugar.

We just need 2 items

  • Chicken Breast
  • Dehydrator

10 minutes prep, 6 hours of dehydration

  • 5 minutes – Cutting chicken breast
  • 5 minutes – Placing chicken strips onto the dehydrator tray
  • 6 hours – Dehydrating chicken strips into chicken jerky

Cutting the chicken breast and placing onto dehydrator tray

Cut the chicken into strips about 1/4 inches thick then place each strip onto the dehydrator tray. Try to keep the strips from touching or overlapping as it may cause those parts of the chicken to not dehydrate properly.

Turn on the dehydrator

We like to use the COSORI Food Dehydrator because of its ease of use, affordability and dishwasher friendly trays. It has 7 stack able large trays that can hold up to 9 pounds of chicken breast strips.

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Simple to use

Dishwasher safe trays

If you are using Cosori Food Dehydrator, just turn on your dehydrator and press start. The default settings is 165 degrees fahrenheit and cook time is 6 hours by default which is perfect setting for chicken jerkies. If you are using another type of dehydrator, simply set your temperature and cooking time as above.

6 hours later – Chicken jerky is ready

After 6 hours of dehydrating, you have a fresh batch of chicken jerky ready for your little guy.

If you’re looking for a way to keep your jerky treats fresh for longer, airtight containers are a great option. These containers keep your treats fresh for 2-3 weeks.


Making your own chicken jerky at home is a great way to save money and give your pet healthy, homemade treat that is devoid of preservatives. We hope you found this article helpful and feel free to leave any comments below.

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