Can Goldendoodles Eat Chicken?

By Jeffrey Cheek
September 27, 2022

a goldendoodle eating a bone on a couch

Quick Answer

Yes, your Goldendoodle can safely eat chicken. Chicken is low in fat, but high in protein (especially chicken breast) so it makes a very healthy addition to your dog's food.

There are a few things to look out for though, for example, you should make sure the chicken you feed to your dog is boneless and it is was not given antibiotics.

If your goldendoodle food allergies prohibit it from eating chicken, you shouldn't feed it chicken.

The Nutritional Value of Chicken for Goldendoodles

You see all the bodybuilders eating it, why wouldn't it be healthy for your Goldendoodle? 

Well, feeding your dog chicken won't make it a super dog with huge muscles, but it still has a lot of benefits.

Chicken is a low-calorie, high-energy, high-protein food that you can mix into your dogs' food, to make it healthier. As it is low in fat, it builds muscle mass without giving your Goldendoodle a dad bod.

You will find that almost all dry dog food and puppy food has chicken in them a certain percentage. This chicken meal is made from ground chicken, and it's perfect for your dog.

Do you remember, when you had stomach problems and could only eat chicken and potatoes to calm your stomach? Well, it is because chicken is very lean and it doesn't cause stomach upset.

If your puppy has a sensitive stomach, chicken might be a good option to feed as it is low in fat and high in protein.

Here are some of the nutritional values of chicken:

Protein: Chicken is full of protein, especially chicken breasts. This helps your dog build muscle mass. Your Goldendoodle needs to build all those muscles to do zoomies around the house!

Omega 6 Fatty Acids: These help to keep your dogs skin and fur healthy. Goldendoodles require frequent grooming, so it's important to give them everything their fur needs.

Essential Amino Acids: Chicken breasts have a high content of fatty and amino acids, like leucine, arginine, methionine and phenylalanine. All of these are essential nutrients for your dog, which help them to build muscle.

Glucosamine: It is a mild anti-inflammatory and helps protect your Goldendoodles joints. As Goldendoodles are prone to joint related diseases, it is crucial to give them everything they need to prevent these symptoms from appearing.

Phosphorus: This makes your dog's bones and teeth strong. There is a certain amount of phosphorus that your Goldendoodle can take a day, but feeding it chicken won't cross that threshold, so you don't have to worry.

Selenium: For your dogs' metabolism to function properly, it needs selenium. It also has an essential role in cancer prevention and treatment. It has great antioxidant functions.

Vitamin B3 and B6: Both of these vitamins and minerals are needed to make sure your dog has healthy skin, plus it also helps with blood circulation. 

How to introduce Chicken Into Your Goldendoodle's Diet

Just like with any food, you should introduce chicken int your Goldendoodles' diet slowly.

You don't know if your dog has any food allergy at first, so unfortunately it is a testing game.

Most Goldendoodles don't have a problem with digesting chicken, but you should be careful with your dog.

What I did is I made sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly. 

I don't feed raw food to my dog at all (I'm not a big fan of raw diet) and you should be wary of giving your dog raw chicken as well.

Raw chicken can contain bacteria, which will cause digestive upset and will make your dog sick.

I started mixing Baileys' kibble with small pieces of chicken to see how he reacts to it, but it was all fine.

I don't give chicken to Bailey all the time, but do use it as a healthy treat in training sessions. I mean, you don't really get a healthier treat from anywhere else really!

However, if you notice any allergic reaction in your dog after giving it chicken, then stop giving it as it indicates food allergy.

How Often Can I Feed My Goldendoodle Chicken?

chicken treats for goldendoodles

As long as your Goldendoodle has a balanced diet and chicken is not the only thing they are eating, there is no problem with feeding them chicken every day.

You can use it as a treat just like I do, or mix it in your dog food. Just make sure you don't overdo it, although there is no such thing as too much protein (especially if you have a puppy), if they get full with only chicken meal, then they won't eat anything else which means they will miss out on other important nutrients.

Just make sure to offer a variety of other foods so they get all the nutrients they need.

How Much Chicken Can My Goldendoodle Safely Eat per Day?

The amount of chicken you can feed your Goldendoodle will depend on its weight.

For example, Goldendoodle puppies need much more protein than an adult dog does.

A good rule of thumb is for every 20 lbs, they can have 1/4 to 1/3 cup of boiled chicken.

Remember that even though chicken is a healthy protein, your pup still needs a diet that includes the right amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber.

A diet consisting of only chicken will not provide everything they need to stay healthy.

A good way of using chicken is to top your pup's kibble with it or use it as a treat during training.

What is the Best Way to Feed Chicken to Goldendoodles?

chicken meat for dogs

The best way of feeding chicken to Goldendoodles is to cook it thoroughly and then offer small pieces to them.

Although raw feeding is more and more popular among dog owners, it’s not the best way to go when it comes to chicken.

Based on studies [1], feeding raw chicken to dogs (or any other animal) can lead to health problems not just for them, but also for the people around them.

The main reason is that chicken (and any other kind of poultry) can be contaminated with bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter.

These bacteria can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death in severe cases – both in animals and humans.

Where Can I Find safe, High-quality Chicken to Feed my Goldendoodle?

There are a ton of places where you can find safe, high-quality chicken to feed your Goldendoodle.

The best place to start is your local market. If you buy it from your local market, you can almost make sure that the chickens were well fed and weren't pumped with antibiotics and hormones.

If you buy it from a grocery store or a hypermarket, you have to look out for labels, as some brands do use antibiotics to mass produce chicken.

Look for chicken that is labelled:

  • USDA Organic

  • American Grassfed

These labels mean that the chickens were raised in a more natural environment and were not given antibiotics or growth hormones.

By the way, this is important for your own healthy life as well.

Can Chicken be a Part of a Goldendoodle's Regular Diet?

Yes, chicken can definitely be a part of a goldendoodle's regular diet and it is most dog foods already.

If you are giving your Goldendoodle chicken on the side, just make sure you factor in how much their dog food has.

As long as it is cooked thoroughly and you offer a variety of other foods, chicken can be fed to goldendoodles every day.

Can Goldendoodles be Allergic to Chicken?

Yes, just like humans, goldendoodles can be allergic to chicken. Common symptoms of a chicken allergy in goldendoodles are itchy skin, hives, fur loss, and gastrointestinal upset.

If your goldendoodle has any of these symptoms, it's important to take them to the vet to get properly diagnosed.

There are studies that show [2] that some of the same allergens that are in chicken are also in other meats, like fish. So dogs who are allergic to chicken might also be allergic to other meats.

Good alternatives for dogs with food intolerance could be turkey or tofu, however always check with your vet, to set up a proper well balanced diet.

Can Goldendoodles Eat Chicken Bones?

No, goldendoodles cannot eat chicken bones as it is a choking hazard.

Chicken bones can also splinter and cause internal injuries. If your dog does eat chicken bones, watch for signs of gastrointestinal distress and contact your veterinarian immediately.

Can Goldendoodles Eat Chicken Nuggets?

chicken nuggets on a table

No, goldendoodles shouldn't eat chicken nuggets as they are typically high in sodium and fat.

Plus, many chicken nuggets also contain additives and preservatives that can be harmful to your dog.

If you're looking for a safe and healthy chicken treat for your goldendoodle, try making homemade chicken jerky instead.

Can Goldendoodles eat Chicken Feet?

Yes, your pupper can eat chicken feet as long as they are dehydrated or puffed!

In fact, chicken feet are a great source of collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin, which can help support healthy joints. At the same time, they also help with dental health by scraping away plaque and tartar.

Can Goldendoodles Eat Chicken Liver?

liver on a cutting board

Yes, Goldendoodles can eat cooked chicken liver.

Liver is an excellent source of nutrients like iron, copper, niacin, and vitamin A.

Can Goldendoodles eat Chicken Skin?

chicken skin on a table

No, your goldendoodle shouldn't eat chicken skin. Chicken skin is surprisingly high in fat and calories.

Can Goldendoodles eat Chicken Broth?

a bowl of chicken broth on a table with carrots

Yes, goldendoodles can eat chicken broth as long as it is homemade with no added salt.

Chicken broth is a great way to add extra hydration to your dog's diet, especially during hot weather or if they are sick.

Can Goldendoodles eat chicken Necks?

Yes, goldendoodles can eat chicken necks. These are a fairly healthy treat, although they are high in fat. It can be used a crunchy treat to help with dental health.

Can Goldendoodles eat chicken Gizzards?

Yes, goldendoodles can eat chicken gizzards as long as they are cooked.

Can Goldendoodles eat chicken Wings?

Yes, goldendoodles can eat chicken wings, but they are a chocking hazard, even cooked. So, it is best to remove the small bones before feeding them to your dog.


So, chicken can be a healthy and delicious part of your goldendoodle's diet. Just make sure it is cooked thoroughly and offer a variety of other foods to ensure a balanced diet.

If you have any concerns about your dog's health, always consult with your veterinarian. 

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Jeffrey Cheek

Jeffrey Cheek is the proud owner of a funny goldendoodle named Bailey. Jeffrey loves spending time with his family and friends, and he enjoys being active outdoors. He is a successful business owner, and he takes great pride in providing for his loved ones. Bailey is always by Jeffrey's side, and the two of them make everyone around them laugh with their silly antics.

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