This chicken and broccoli pizza for dogs is an indulgent treat for your puppies, made with plain cooked chicken, fresh broccoli, a whole wheat crust and a sweet potato sauce! Your babies will love this special treat alongside their regular healthy diets.
A Pizza For Dogs? What?
Isn't it cute?! This recipe makes an adorable mini pizza that looks just like the kind of pizza you'd eat yourself. The only difference is that this one is made from healthy, dog-safe ingredients that won't upset your dog's tummy*.
What Makes A Dog Friendly Pizza?
Instead of a typical pizza crust using white flours and yeast, I used whole wheat flour moistened with egg, chicken broth, and a little oil. It won't quite have the fluffiness factor of a traditional crust, but your pup will never know the difference.
The toppings include some dog-friendly items such as plain cooked chicken (no salt or seasonings), raw broccoli, and low-fat mozzarella cheese.
I recommend avoiding using pre-cooked chicken from the grocery store such as rotisserie chickens, etc. While these are delicious to us humans, the additional salt and seasonings aren't so great for doggies.
*I know some doggies have specific allergies or sensitive tummies, so please defer to your own knowledge and study the ingredients for this pizza before deciding to make it!
How To Serve Pizza To Your Dogs
This veggie-loaded and cheesy pizza for dogs is best served as a special treat for your doggo. Slice it up just like a regular people-pizza (make sure it's not hot!) and serve it as a reward or bedtime treat.
This pizza should not be used as a full meal or nutritional replacement in your dog's diet, as it is lacking in some key nutrients that your pup needs to be his/her most healthy self.
The serving size of this pizza should be scaled with the size of your dog. A tiny pup should only take a small sliver, while a big ol' Great Dane can handle larger slices.
Can Humans Eat Dog Pizza?
Technically, yes, a person could prepare and eat this pizza. However, it's not going to win any pizzeria awards when judged by a human palate, I'll just tell you that right now. Since salt and spices need to be kept to a minimum to keep this pizza as healthy and wholesome for dogs as possible, a person will find this pizza to be quite bland.
So, bottom line, go ahead and make (or order) your own favorite pizza and save this one for the pooch!
(But you can go ahead and sneak a bite out of curiosity... what happens in your kitchen, stays in your kitchen.)
Can I Use Different Toppings?
When baking a homemade pizza for your dogs, you can vary the toppings to include any pup-friendly items that you think your short little pal will love. Here are a few ideas for topping variations:
- Green beans
- Cooked carrots
- Cooked lean ground turkey
Can I Use Different Flour For The Crust?
Yes, you can! I typically bake with whole wheat flour when creating treats for my dog because it is budget-friendly and I always have some in my pantry. Here are some other flours you can use to make the crust for your dog friendly pizza.
Remember that when varying the flour type, you may need to alter the amount of chicken broth needed to get the appropriate texture. Bake times may change as well.
Alternate Flours To Use For Dog Friendly Pizza Crust:
- Oat Flour
- Almond Flour
- Chickpea Flour
- Brown Rice Flour
- Buckwheat Flour
- Coconut Flour
A Note About Dog Allergies
Just like people, dogs can be affected by a number of food allergies. Please be aware of any past issues with allergic reactions to any of the ingredients used in this recipe. Alter the ingredients using the tips in this post to make sure that your doggy won't have an uncomfortable reaction to his/her pizza.
Storage and Freezer Instructions
You can double or triple the recipe to make several pizzas at once to save on labor. Follow the instructions below for saving the extra pizzas so you can bake them up whenever needed! They would even make great gifts for your fellow dog owners.
How To Freeze Pizza For Dogs: I recommend freezing these pizzas before baking them for the final time. Assemble the pizza through the end of step 5 in the recipe card. Wrap pizza tightly in plastic wrap and place inside of a plastic zip top bag. Freeze.
How To Thaw and Bake: Don't thaw the pizza! Preheat oven to 375 and bake 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly - just like baking a pre frozen pizza from the grocery store. Just make sure that you let it cool before feeding to your doggies!Print
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Throwing a Dog Pizza Party?
Pizza and Cake are staples at any proper birthday party, and doggy birthday parties are no different! If you're serving up this recipe at your next puppy celebration, check out this dog-friendly birthday cake as well!