Cheesy Chicken Dog Treats

When it comes to taste, these cheesy chicken dog treats are winners. 

Homemade cheesy chicken dog treats arranged on wood board

They're also packed full of healthy ingredients, including the sweet taste of natural applesauce and sharp cheddar cheese to add a little extra zing. This recipe makes everyone happy.

My two dogs have different tastes, but these super tasty cheese and chicken treats are on both of their 'all time favorites' dog treat lists!

Ready-to-use shredded chicken

This is a quick and easy recipe to whip up, especially if you have pre-cooked and shredded chicken on hand.

I always have bags with 1/2 cup of cooked, chopped/shredded, chicken breast in my freezer ready to go. These defrost FAST and save tons of time.

Cooked and shredded chicken breast for homemade dog treats, in a freezer bag

The ingredients in this simple recipe can be switched up a bit to allow for what you have available, and your dog's favorite flavors.

You can make this recipe using all whole wheat flour, or substitute 1/2 cup of oat flour for 1/2 cup of whole wheat. 

Oat flour is one of my favorites so I use it in lots of recipes, it adds some extra nutrients and gives a slightly different texture. 

If you want crunch, use whole wheat flour and, after turning off the oven, leave treats in there with the door cracked open for an hour or so.

Canned pumpkin works just fine as a 1:1 substitution for applesauce.

If you don't have bone broth in your larder/refrigerator, you can use bouillon, milk or water for the liquid.

Sometimes I throw in 1 tbsp of chopped parsley too.

Ingredients List

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped/shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 tbsp chicken bone broth
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed

* See above for possible ingredient variations


This recipe makes approximately sixteen, large (3 1/4" long) dog bone shaped treats.


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Line baking sheet with silicone baking mat
  • Grate cheese
  • Chop/shred cooked chicken breast
  • Put flour/s and ground flax seed into large bowl and stir to mix
  • Stir shredded cheese and chicken into flour mixture
  • Make well in center of dry ingredients and add applesauce and bone broth
  • Stir wet ingredients into dry until dough begins to form
  • Use hands to knead and work dough until all ingredients are incorporated
  • Turn dough out onto lightly floured wax paper
  • Use floured rolling pin to roll dough out to approx. 1/4" thickness
  • Cut treats to desired shapes using cookie cutter
  • Bake treats at 350F for 25 minutes
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool completely
  • Store your cheesy chicken dog treats in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week

Nutrition Facts Per Treat:

Servings: 16 (one treat per serving)

Serving size: 26 g

Calories per serving: 58

Total Fat: 1.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.5 g

Total Carbohydrates: 9.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.4 g
    Total Sugars 0.8 g

Protein: 2.9 g

Vitamin A: 30 IU
Vitamin B3: 0.8 mg
Vitamin C: 0.2 mg
Vitamin D: 1 IU
Vitamin E: 0.1 mg
Calcium: 20 mg
Folate: 6 ug
Iron: 0.5 mg
Magnesium: 19 mg
Manganese: 0.5 mg
Phosphorous: 58 mg 
Potassium: 59 mg
Selenium: 8.3 mg 
Zinc: 0.4 mg

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