Chicken Gumbo

Logan and Tayla have been on a hunger strike lately, ever since Tayla ate that plastic container. Apparently she assumed it was her biscuits that made her tummy hurt, not all of the plastic. To remedy this we’ve started making their food ourselves. First up, we have Chicken Gummmmboooo! I made this up tonight and I think it’s safe to say that they both like it (another way of saying that is that they freaking lost it they were so excited).

Before we start, a few notes;

  • When cooking for dogs, with all of the crazy good smells in the air, you’ll likely find that your dog(s) will be sitting by your feet the whole time. If this is the case you have to be extra careful not to drop anything, not trip over anyone. And also (much like when there are children present) make sure that no pot handles are facing out over the edge.
  • Allergies to wheat is quite common in dogs, so it’s best to use gluten free ingredients whenever possible. This includes pasta, flour, etc.
  • When cooking for dogs it is important to remember that dogs are unable to digest hot food. Warm is fine, hot is not. Hot food will sit in your dogs stomach until it cools enough, which damages the stomach lining. Before serving to your dog make sure it has cooled enough.


1 cup of white rice
1 tbsp veg oil
225gm chicken breast, sliced into bite sized pieces
115gm chopped ham
1lt chicken broth
1 can diced tomatoes
4 carrots peeled sliced
4 celery stalks sliced
1 zuchini peeled grated
300gm small shell pasta

Here we go:

  1. It’s easier and quicker if you have all of the ingredients chopped, grated and sliced before starting, so go do that now.
  2. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, and add the 1 cup of rice. Once the rice is soft and the water has been soaked in remove from the heat and set aside for now.
  3. Heat the oil in a large pot (about 8 lt). Add the chicken and the ham. Keep the chicken moving until it’s just cooked, just enough to loose the pink colour inside and out.
  4. Add the can of tomatoes, chicken stock and 3 cups of water. Increase the heat until the pot is boiling. Boil for 5 minutes.
  5. Add celery, carrot and zucchini. Reduce heat and leave for 5 minutes.
  6. Add maccaroni and cook for ten minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and stir rice in.

We have mixed some ProPlan biscuits in before giving to the dogs.

This can be refrigerated (and/or frozen). Before serving to your dog put it in the microwave for 30 to 40 seconds.

5 thoughts on “Chicken Gumbo

  1. hello!

    i’ve been watching this space for a while now (but not on a daily basis though), and i must say, i’m impressed with how devoted you guys are in investing time and energy in raising your two huskies the right way! and also the fact that you guys are willing to put everything you know into this site, to keep this site running (undead)!

    and uh, in reply to this entry, can i just say that i wish i were your husky? that chicken gumbo looks so yummy, AND healthy! πŸ˜€

    1. Haha thanks. We do our best to maintain the balance between putting info up here and looking like crazy dog people πŸ˜›

      And to be honest those dogs generally eat much better than we do. It’s easy to get distracted cooking food for them, and once it’s finished I’m left thinking “ok, now what can I have for dinner?”.

  2. hello there my name is stephanie and i just recently adopted a 2 and half year old male husky ( hes adorable and funny ) i would like to fee him “our food ” is there anything i should stay away from ?

  3. I have a 4 months old husky. She got to the point that she kinna not eating the same food (puppy chow) in every meal. So I search for help and come across your homemake recipe. I will try this recipe. It looks so delicious.

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