Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fido's Feast: Dinner for You to Share With Your Dog

Special thanks to my dear friend Berni for suggesting this
new category - a yummy dinner for you to share with your
canine companion(s).

All the ingredients are dog-friendly, and low in both fat & salt.
The tanginess of the dijon in the chicken bakes off, leaving the meat
moist & delicious.  The roasting of the yams & apples gives them a lot of
flavour without having to season them up.

My very-fussy dog, Misty, who also has a very sensitive stomach,
loves the yam/apple combo as much as the chicken, and gives this
meal 5 wags!

Dinner’s ready in 45 minutes!

Baked Chicken Fingers with Roasted Yams & Apples

2 boneless skinless chicken half-breasts
1/2 cup flour
¾ cup fine dry breadcrumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tsp Dijon mustard (not hot)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp Olive oil

1 large yam
2 apples
2 tbsp olive oil
1/8 tsp salt

Beat the egg with the mustard. Season the breadcrumbs
with the salt.

Cut the chicken into 4-5 fingers per half-breast.
Dust the chicken fingers with flour, then into the egg,
then into the breadcrumbs. (it helps to shake them in
a plastic bag with the flour, then roll them in the breadcrumbs
on a plate).

Peel the yam, slice into chunks, and pat dry.
Peel the apple, pat dry, and toss in the olive oil
along with the yam chunks.  Season with salt.

Put the chicken fingers and the yam/apple combination into
separate preheated lightly oiled pans and bake everything
at 400 for 35-40 minutes, turning once after 20 minutes.

Serve your yam/apple combo on a bed of baby greens with
the chicken fingers on the side. A lite dijon ranch dressing (see next post)
is a good accompaniment.

Your dog will appreciate these treats being mostly hand-fed so that they can be
savoured rather than gulped!  Half of this serving lasted my 80-lb dog
for 2 days. I cut up a bit to add to her kibble, then gave the rest by hand.

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