Sheepie Snack Sunday – Slow-Cooked Chicken & Barley

Slow-Cooked Chicken & Barley – R. Woodford

It’s the perfect time of year to pull out the slow cookers!

Your dog will love how the chicken flavour has a chance to blend into all the other ingredients while everything cooks together in a slow cooker. Approximately 10 minutes of prep, just set your slow cooker on low and carry on! Keep curious noses away. Cooking the barley for a long period of time will make it plump and soft, which allows for a generous serving size. This is a low-fat, high-fibre meal that is great for dogs on a diet!


  • 2 ½ cups pearl barley
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, diced
  • 2 cups finely chopped beans
  • 2 large carrots, diced or shredded
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or safflower oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder (I always say optional)


  • Combine all of the ingredients in the pot of a 6-quart slow cooker and stir well to combine and evenly distribute the ingredients.
  • Set the temperature to low and cook for 8 hours.
  • Turn off the cooker and allow the stew to cool prior to mixing in any supplements.

Yield: 14 cups; 240 calories per cup

Daily Portion

Divide into two meals, or serve one-half the daily portion per day with one-half the normal amount of dry food.

10-Pound Dog:

1 to 1 1/3 cups

20-Pound Dog

1 2/3 to 2 1/3 cups

40-Pound Dog

3 to 3 ¾ Cups

60-Pound Dog

4 to 5 ¼ cups

80-Pound Dog

5 to 6 1/3 cups



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Making the fur fly,

Danielle & Riggs

The Pet Professionals: Cert. Vet Assist, Professional Pet Stylist, Canine Nutritionist, Feline Nutritionist

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