I created these dog treats as a homage to my Hungarian roots. They feature chicken and paprika, the flavors of the famous Hungarian stew Chicken Paprikash. Paprika is such a strong spice that you don’t want to use too much or it can become irritating to more sensitive digestive systems, so I only put about 1 teaspoon in this recipe. The paprika can easily be omitted all together if you are concerned, or you could get creative and substitute a teaspoon of another dried herb, like parsley or sage. If you are including the paprika, take care that you’re using “sweet” paprika only, not “smoked” or “hot” paprika.
Chicken Dog Biscuits
Makes about 40
2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons chicken broth
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
2. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, and knead by hand to form a smooth dough.
3. Continue kneading until the dough is elastic enough to roll out, 2 to 3 minutes. The kneaded dough will be easiest to roll if you allow it to rest (uncovered at room temperature) for a couple minutes before rolling it out.
4. Generously flour the countertop, and roll the dough out to about 1/4-inch thick. Cut into pieces using your desired cookie cutter.
5. Arrange the treats on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake until firm to the touch, about 12 minutes.
NOTE: If your dog prefers crunchier treats, turn off the oven, crack the oven door, and leave the treats to dry out for at least 2 hours and up to overnight.
These biscuits are best stored in the refrigerator.