Could I interest you in a “chicken soup” cookie?

I guess it was really two things that made these cookies come to be:

1) I had some leftover chicken noodle soup that I was just plain tired of eating. It had been reheated one too many times but it was full of chicken and seemed too good to toss.

2) I was reading an article in the March 2013 issue of Clean Eating magazine on how to make Mango Chicken Cookies for your dog.

It got me thinking that maybe the best use of the remainder of that soup, might be a nice treat for Duchess and Buddy, (my two dogs). One other time, I considered making homemade treats for my dogs, but I didn’t do it. But< I have to admit that I did have a sick dog earlier this year and I made hamburger and brown rice “casserole” for him for several meals.

Anyway, back to the cookies. I didn’t taste them (honest!) but they smelled pretty good — like chicken. The dogs, even Buddy who can be kind of a picky eater, liked them. I have a nice stash of them in the freezer now for them. (I think this recipe could easily be adapted for other meats that you have leftover.)

Chicken Cookies (for dogs)

Leftover chicken noodle soup or 1 cup canned chicken

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup oatmeal (not steel cut)

1 egg

Sprinkle of water, as needed


Strain the soup to get all the liquid out of it. Measure about a cup of the solid part; mine included lots of chicken, some carrots, onions and some noodles that were very limp.  Mix this chicken with the remaining ingredients and mix until a dough forms. Sprinkle in a bit of water if you need it to some together.

Scoop onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Flatten into cookie shapes and bake in 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Cool before serving to your pooches.