Monday, 25 February 2019
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{RECIPE} Cream Cheese Chicken Dog Treats

Dalmatian dog staring at a bone shaped green dog treat

These treats combine the irresistible flavours of grilled chicken and tangy cream cheese with tasty herbs, and use healthy add-ins to make a naturally green treat - just because! They are perfectly yummy au natural, but cream cheese dough is great for tinting and I felt like playing. As we were pre-prepping our St. Patrick's Day posts at the time, I went for green, but this dough would also make a great base for other tints. I may try a pretty pink beetroot powder adaptation next time!

Green four leaf clover shaped St.Patrick's day dog treat

Cream cheese also works beautifully in many roll-and-cut recipes, but beware that chunky add-ins like chicken and herbs make it more difficult to cut neat edges or complex shapes.  If the fringe pieces really bother you, they are usually easy to rubbed away after baking but I usually leave mine as-is since it's all yummy goodness to the dogs. :)  For the easiest option, simply hand form into balls and press gently with a fork to flatten. easy peasy, no rolling or cutting muss or fuss required.

Step-by-step instructions for making green St. Patrick's Day dog treats

Cream Cheese Chicken Dog Treats

🥄 Treat Ingredients:

1 egg
1/4 cup of water or low-sodium stock
1/3 cup cream cheese, well-softened
1/3 cup of finely chopped dry cooked and cooled chicken
1 tbsp ground flax or LSA (optional)
1 tbsp dried rosemary (optional) and/or other dog-friendly herbs of your preference
Small sprinkle of ground black pepper (optional)
1 tbsp wheatgrass or kale powder (optional for tint)
1 tsp spirulina powder (optional for tint)
Approximately 1 to 1 +1/4 cups of brown rice flour (plus extra for rolling)

🥄 Making the Treats: 

Preheat your oven to 180C (or local equivalent) and gather together your baking ingredients and materials.

Combine all ingredients except flour in a bowl, then incrementally add flour until the dough has a nice firm pliable consistency. Flour quantity may vary with your specific ingredients and optional add-ins, so work incrementally. If it isn't firm enough, add a touch more flour. If your mixture is looking a bit dry, you can add a little bit of water or olive oil to adjust.

Rest dough (optional but recommended) and then knead lightly before rolling. On a lightly floured surface, roll and then cut into desired shapes or simply roll into bite-sized balls and flatten gently with a fork. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes depending on size. Cool before serving and storage.

Tips and Tricks: 
  • Variations in measurements, individual ingredient types, and options/substitutions as well as variations in egg size, temperatures, etc. are all  part of why we work incrementally when mixing. 
  • Finely chopped cooled cooked dry chicken (or similar) is a delicious treat add-in ingredient. You can defrost from frozen and/or freeze chopped for later use.  I often use a food processor to try and chop mine as small as possible so that it isn't super chunky to help mix, handle, and hold well in the treat.
  • Resting the dough is optional as this is a low fat dough, helps with the texture/handling of gluten-free baking dough, like rice flour. 
  • The treats can be broken for smaller dogs, or made bigger/smaller - just keep an eye on your cooking time - the smaller the cookie, the shorter the baking time.
  • Any baked treat can be left in the cooling oven for a slightly crisper texture or, if you want to get things extra crunchy without overbaking/burning, you can place the baked treats in the dehydrator (fresh from the oven or later) and dry them out.  These will be a little less like a homebaked cookie and a bit more like a crunchy biscuit.  Totally optional, of course!
  • Different powders will have different tint strengths, so use more/less if you wish to customise your green. There will be a slight colour shift during baking, and for the best colour results avoid overbaking and browning the edges. I like to bake lightly then dehydrate my treats.
  • These treats  are best consumed within a couple of days from baking or frozen for longer storage.

🦴 Hungry for more tasty treats?  You can explore from our treat navigation page, hop straight into our homemade dog treat ideas in the blog archives, search the blog from our sidebar, or use the labels below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas here from treats that we make ourselves for our pets, but different animals will have different preferences (likes/dislikes) and dietary needs. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what's suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.

Dalmatian dog eating a bone shaped green dog treat


  1. Great Recipe! Thanks a lot for this idea <3 I will try to bake them for my dog this weekend. Hopefully I can get that :D

  2. Can I use regular white flour for this?

    1. Hi Diana. Regular flour (whether white or whole wheat) isn't a one-for-one substitute for rice flour. I don't use it for baking dog treats, so I can't be much help unfortunately, but you're welcome to experiment, of course. :) If you do, as a heads up, rice flour is more absorbent (you will need to use more plain flour) and the consistency will be very different. Plain flour has gluten, so will have a different consistency both in the dough and the baked treats. Sorry, but I hope that helps a little!


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