Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken, Rice and Veggie Meal

slow cooker chicken dog food

Preparing dog food in a slow cooker is simple and fast. You can add the ingredients in the morning, leave for work, and your pup will have a delicious, fresh meal by the time you come home. This chicken, rice and veggie recipe is sure to please even the most picky palate.


  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 pound green beans
  • 1 medium sweet potato (cubed)
  • 3 carrots (cubbed)
  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 bag frozen spinach


Layer the ingredients in the crockpot as listed above, except for the spinach. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken, add the spinach, and allow the food to cool completely.

If you work outside the home, this recipe is a great alternative to meals that you have to fix daily. You can put the ingredients in the slow cooker before you leave for work, and by the time you get home Fido’s food will be ready. Plus, you can make the food in bulk so you only have to cook once a week or so.

You can serve this food to your dog as soon as it has cooled. I recommend feeding about 1/2 cup of food for every 20-25 pounds of body weight. This recommendation is for 2 servings per day. So, a 25-pound dog would eat about 1/2 cup in the morning and 1/2 cup in the evening.

This is just a guideline. Some dogs, like working dogs and very active breeds, will need more calories than this. Lazier pets and senior dogs may not need as many.

It’s best to consult your veterinarian about the appropriate serving size for you dog. They will also help you evaluate meal to make sure it will meet your pet’s unique nutritional needs. If necessary, they will assist you in choosing the best supplements and/or multivitamins to add.