Can dogs eat raw chicken?


Explore the truth about feeding your dog raw chicken, from nutritional benefits to safety precautions

Can dogs eat raw chicken?

Quick takeaways about raw chicken

  • Dogs can eat raw chicken, but it needs to be given as part of a balanced raw diet.
  • DIY raw dog food can work for some dog owners but it comes with a higher risk of cross-contamination.
  • Opt for a raw food brand that offers balanced meals and follows strict safety protocols.


Raw food diets are on the rise – and for good reason. It’s a great way to make sure your dog is getting a natural, balanced diet that’s high in protein and nutrients.

Some dog owners are opting for a DIY raw diet – where they buy and create homemade raw food recipes for their dogs. And, raw chicken can be a key ingredient in a dog’s raw diet.

However, it’s important to understand the dos and don’ts of handling and serving raw chicken, and why it needs to be part of a balanced raw diet – to help keep your dog happy and healthy.


Can dogs eat raw chicken?

Absolutely. Dogs can have raw chicken. It's a natural source of protein and essential nutrients.

However, it's important to ensure the chicken is fresh and handled properly to avoid the risk of bacterial contamination like Salmonella.

This is why it’s a good idea to buy raw dog food from a trusted source like Natures Menu. Our personalised raw food meal plans are tailored to your dog and undergo strict safety precautions.

If in doubt, check out our beginner’s guide to feeding a raw diet.


Is raw chicken good for dogs?

Yes, it can be good for most dogs. It provides high-quality protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair.

Raw chicken also contains beneficial nutrients like niacin and phosphorus.

However, a balanced diet is key; raw chicken should be part of a varied and nutritionally complete diet.


Can dogs eat raw chicken from the supermarket?

Dogs can eat raw chicken from the supermarket, but this might not be the best quality for your pooch.

It's a good idea to opt for a trusted commercial raw food brand. You could try our Ready to Mix raw chicken mince or our chicken Natures Menu raw nuggets. They're prepared with dogs' dietary needs in mind and can be the safer option. You might save money this way too.


Should raw chicken be frozen first before feeding to dogs?

Freezing raw chicken can help to reduce the risk of bacterial contamination.


Preparing and serving raw chicken safely

  • Always use fresh, high-quality chicken – like our Ready to Mix raw chicken mince.
  • Wash hands and surfaces thoroughly before and after handling.
  • Talk to your vet about the appropriate portion sizes and dietary balance – they may also recommend a raw food commercial brand.

Can dogs eat raw chicken breast?

Raw chicken breast is a lean and healthy option for dogs. It's low in fat and high in protein, making it an excellent choice for maintaining a healthy weight.

As with any raw meat, ensure it's fresh and properly prepared to avoid any health risks.

A recent University of Helsinki study found that the cross-contamination risk when feeding raw dog food can be low. However, this risk goes up when you’re preparing raw food yourself – otherwise known as DIY raw.

So, it can be safer and easier to opt for ready-made, balanced raw like our Natures Menu meal plan.


Can dogs eat raw chicken thighs?

Dogs can eat raw chicken thighs, but they are a bit fattier than chicken breasts, so don’t give them to dogs prone to weight gain.


Are there any risks associated with raw chicken in dogs' diets?

While raw chicken can be beneficial, there are risks. The main concern is the potential for bacterial contamination, which can cause illness in both dogs and humans.

Another risk is an unbalanced diet – this can happen if you feed raw chicken exclusively without the other necessary nutrients your dog needs.

Some dogs can also be allergic to chicken. If in doubt, opt for a complete and balanced raw diet. Our 80/20 raw range offers many Complete and Balanced meals, which are chicken-free.


FAQs about raw chicken for dogs

Can dogs eat raw chicken regularly?

Feeding raw chicken regularly can be part of a balanced diet, but it's important to combine it with other nutrient sources.

Natures Menu nuggets contain everything your dog needs including meat, bone, fruits and vegetables. 


Can puppies eat raw chicken?

Puppies can have raw chicken, but it's essential to introduce it slowly and in moderation. Their developing digestive systems are more sensitive. It's also vital that you don't add raw chicken to a prepared balanced diet – an imbalanced diet could be detrimental to their development. 

Read our puppy raw feeding guide for tips on how to transition to our balanced raw nuggets gradually.


Is raw chicken suitable for all dogs?

While many dogs can benefit from raw chicken, it's not ideal for every dog.

Dogs with certain health conditions or allergies may require a different diet. So, chat with your vet before making big dietary changes.

Remember that balance and safety are key when it comes to feeding your dog.

Try our personalised meal plans with high-quality raw ingredients. Our experts will create a bespoke plan and help with any feeding tips, plus you can pick the proteins that suit your dog.