Homemade Dog Food Recipes: Chicken Basil Broccoli

A homemade dog food recipe using ground chicken, basil and broccoli that you can make ahead and double easily.

Homemade Dog Food Recipes

Napa is a super picky eater. When the vet tells you that dogs will always eat eventually, that logic doesn’t apply to Mr. Napa. For that reason, we find the best course is to make food for him. He’ll eat most dog foods once, maybe a week, but then it’s full-on boycott.

We started making homemade dog food recipes out of necessity, because without switching it up, Napa would rather go hungry. What a foodie, am I right?

This recipe uses lean ground chicken, because most dogs are not overweight, so more protein and less fat is the way to go. We’re also using broccoli

Can dogs eat basil?

According to Rover.com, basil is healthy for your dog to eat. They say “it’s anti-inflammatory and contains a high level of antioxidants that help prevent many types of illness including cancer. Basil also helps prevent cellular damage, calms your anxious dog, and eases arthritis pain.”

Can dogs eat broccoli?

According to the American Kennel Club, “Broccoli is high in fiber and vitamin C and low in fat. It is safe for dogs to eat, raw or cooked.” AKC Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Jerry Klein warns that in some dogs it can cause indigestion, and for that reason, it should be less than 10% of their daily intake. The 6oz broccoli in this recipe is 10% of the recipe volume, which means if your dog consumes treats and other snacks throughout the day, the broccoli will make up even less.

Chicken Basil Broccoli Homemade Dog Food Recipe

Makes: 8 cups
Cost: About $15


  • 6 oz frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 lbs lean ground chicken
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil


In a skillet over medium heat, add 1/4 cup water and all the broccoli. Cook for about 10 minutes. Drain broccoli, then set aside and roughly chop.

In the same skillet, add olive oil until hot, then add chicken and cook though until all meat is at least 165F.

Turn off heat, add broccoli and chopped basil, toss and cool before serving.

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