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Canned Chicken?

In the US we can purchase canned chicken, it's for human consumption but we use it to feed our dogs, often mixed with plain rice, when they're not feeling well.

However if you ask a Swiss where to buy canned chicken, they look at you like you just asked where to buy three-headed kittens.

Does canned chicken even exist in Switzerland (except for the last can I have in my cellar)? Can it be purchased here or in Germany?

We've not found it at Coop, Migros, Lidl, or Aldi (at least around Aarau).
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Re: Canned Chicken?

I've not seen it here.

However, when I need to do a bland diet I often use fresh ground chicken, boiled with rice.

I ask my local butcher to grind it for me from a mix of chicken breast, tenders, or thigh meat. Depending on what is used, sometimes fresh ground from the butcher turns out to be less expensive than ground chicken from the supermarket.

FYI, at the local Coop ground chicken is in the aisle with the ground beef rather than with the chicken.

Given my history of dodgy tummy'd mutts I usually keep some ground chicken on hand, cooked up and frozen, just in case.

Hope your pup feels better soon.


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ETA, with perhaps another idea.

Terra Canis makes a Metzger's Best line of foods that are (mostly) pure meat, including a chicken:

The ingredients:
Huhn pur:
Hühnerherz (51%), Hühnermagen (28%), Muskelfleisch vom Huhn (11%), Hühnerleber (7%), Leinöl, Eierschalenpulver, Seealge, Bierhefe, Mineralerde.

Available in Switzerland from Zooplus,
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...idefrei/574175

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Do you need a whole canned chicken (unlikely, but had to ask) or a canned chicken meat?

You can find a lot of canned chicken or other birds meat, which is meant specifically for pets (dogs and cats mostly), but it will be will some additives. Both in local pet shops and online.

It also exists here for human consumption, I had just recently bought hähnchenfleisch (Dulano brand) in Lidl, also saw the similar product in Aldi and in Alnatura (but that one was Bio and pricey). The cans are usually small (300g or so), but still very inexpensive per weight. It is very much the same as I tried in the US.
Also, in any Eastern European shop some sort of canned chicken meat can be found.
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... a mix of chicken breast, tenders, or thigh meat.
What's a "tender"? I've seen it used to refer, I thought, to some sort of fast food item, like a chicken nugget, but you're referring to a specific part of the chicken, I assume?
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What's a "tender"? I've seen it used to refer, I thought, to some sort of fast food item, like a chicken nugget, but you're referring to a specific part of the chicken, I assume?

It's butcher-speak (or at least Hoosier butcher speak) for that strip on the side of a chicken breast when you debone a whole chicken, often sold separately.
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Do you need a whole canned chicken (unlikely, but had to ask) or a canned chicken meat?
I probably should have been more specific, we're hoping to find cooked canned chicken meat (breast I suppose) - just open and go.

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You can find a lot of canned chicken or other birds meat, which is meant specifically for pets (dogs and cats mostly), but it will be will some additives. Both in local pet shops and online.
I've not seen that at Fressnapf, will take a look. It may be good enough.

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It also exists here for human consumption, I had just recently bought hähnchenfleisch (Dulano brand) in Lidl, also saw the similar product in Aldi and in Alnatura (but that one was Bio and pricey). The cans are usually small (300g or so), but still very inexpensive per weight. It is very much the same as I tried in the US.
Also, in any Eastern European some sort of canned chicken meat can be found.
Okay, good tips. And maybe we missed the cans in Aldi and Lidl.
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I've not seen it here.

However, when I need to do a bland diet I often use fresh ground chicken, boiled with rice.

I ask my local butcher to grind it for me from a mix of chicken breast, tenders, or thigh meat. Depending on what is used, sometimes fresh ground from the butcher turns out to be less expensive than ground chicken from the supermarket.

FYI, at the local Coop ground chicken is in the aisle with the ground beef rather than with the chicken.
Part of the issue is time, we barely have time to cook for ourselves. Cooked canned chicken gives us a good option for the dogs but without adding significant extra effort. But a good suggestion nonetheless.

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Hope your pup feels better soon.
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ETA, with perhaps another idea.

Terra Canis makes a Metzger's Best line of foods that are (mostly) pure meat, including a chicken:

The ingredients:
Huhn pur:
Hühnerherz (51%), Hühnermagen (28%), Muskelfleisch vom Huhn (11%), Hühnerleber (7%), Leinöl, Eierschalenpulver, Seealge, Bierhefe, Mineralerde.

Available in Switzerland from Zooplus,
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...idefrei/574175

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And thank you for the extra suggestion. Will definitely check it out.
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I've not seen that at Fressnapf, will take a look. It may be good enough.
Somehow it may be really hard to find in brick-and-mortar stores. Here is one from the online shop:

https://www.myluckydog.ch/hundefutte...aenzungsfutter
It is 85% breasts and has no salt. The price is ~12.5 CHF/kg, which I would call reasonable.
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Re: Canned Chicken?

I've never seen it here, nor in USA for that matter.

About the closest thing I can think of is "vol au vent" (not sure of English name) which probably has too much other stuff in there, but nevertheless, here's a link.

https://www.coop.ch/fr/nourriture/ga...vent/p/4959758
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It's butcher-speak (or at least Hoosier butcher speak) for that strip on the side of a chicken breast when you debone a whole chicken, often sold separately.
Ta. Never seen it sold separately, maybe more a US thing. Over here that little bit is still attached to the rest of the breast, which, at least with normal free-range chickens, wouldn't really be big enough without it.

I can imagine that more factory-produced meat would separate it to avoid the additional work of more skilful and careful deboning, and with bigger birds it might make sense, I guess.

EDIT: Wrong! I never really thought about it, but in fact this is exactly what "aiguillettes de poulet" are, common enough in French supermarkets.

I recall when I was a kid that chicken-in-a-can was a thing, but as I recall it was all disgustingly soft and jelly-like, very unappetising. I can see it would be great as animal food though.

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Re: Canned Chicken?

Both the Migros and Coop have aiguillettes on the shelves. Maybe it’s only this side of the ditch.
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Re: Canned Chicken?

A few more pure chicken dog food products:

Hermann’s makes a pure chicken, mostly chicken breast:
Bio Huhn Pur:
100% Bio-Huhn (davon 90% Brustfleisch, 5% Hälse, 5% Karkasse), im eigenen Saft gegart.
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/futter_v...protein/432204

Belcando also makes a pure chicken, albeit mixed chicken meats:
Huhn:
Hühnerfleisch, -herz, -leber, -muskelmagen, (73%), Fleischbrühe vom Huhn (27%).
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/futter_v...protein/394047


Almo Nature makes a Huhnerfilet, ingredients are:
Hühnerfilet:
Hühnerfilet (55%), Hühnchenbrühe (42%), Reis (3%).
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...re/dose/436237


As does Schesir, ingredients:
Hühnerfilet:
Hühnerfilet (68%), Reis (1,5%).
https://www.zooplus.ch/shop/hunde/hu...schesir/269874

(Hmmmm…. what’s the other 31%? Likely broth, but why is it not listed?)



I’ve not fed any of these although I have fed other Hermann’s products - their pouches were a doGsend when Haifisch and the Belltie each turned finicky towards the end. Good quality.

FYI, the pouched foods were very finely ground, unlike the canned chicken you are looking for, so if texture is important when your pup isn't feeling well, that may be an issue. Perhaps the canned will have a different texture, though.


I know all too well how difficult it can be to coax a poorly pup into eating - best wishes to you all.
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Both the Migros and Coop have aiguillettes on the shelves. Maybe it’s only this side of the ditch.
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OP also wrote, however, of tinned chicken for human consumption, in a can. Could anyone post a photo or link to some?
Here you go:https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf=...h=592&dpr=1.67
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Ta. Never seen it sold separately, maybe more a US thing. Over here that little bit is still attached to the rest of the breast, which, at least with normal free-range chickens, wouldn't really be big enough without it.

I can imagine that more factory-produced meat would separate it to avoid the additional work of more skilful and careful deboning, and with bigger birds it might make sense, I guess.

EDIT: Wrong! I never really thought about it, but in fact this is exactly what "aiguillettes de poulet" are, common enough in French supermarkets.

I recall when I was a kid that chicken-in-a-can was a thing, but as I recall it was all disgustingly soft and jelly-like, very unappetising. I can see it would be great as animal food though.
Migros sells them too. Poulet Minifilet or Coop Poulet Innenfilet Mignon.
Have not bought them, kind of worries me how many chickens need to die just for me to have a bunch of same-size bits.

As to canned chicken never heard of or saw it. Can't explain why but it would be suspect to me. I'm not surprised to read it's not very tasty.
As dog food it makes sense to me as it's safer than handling fresh chicken and it would lack all the crap they mix into general dog food.

Sorry, no help in this post, OP. Unless you want to start your own production. Then you know where to get it and what it's called here now.
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Re: Canned Chicken?

There you go, OP. Feed your dog in style at Swiss prices.

Myluckydog (fitting website name). Pure meat - any kind you want from chicken to lamb all the way to kangaroo. Can't let your pet live like a dog, gotta give it some variety.
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There you go, OP. Feed your dog in style at Swiss prices.

Myluckydog (fitting website name). Pure meat - any kind you want from chicken to lamb all the way to kangaroo. Can't let your pet live like a dog, gotta give it some variety.
17 SFR for a tiny can of chicken.
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Spot on there.

I had it once, on a sailing boat, after a long, rough three day crossing from Scheveningen.

I don't know what we were expecting but were imagining something akin to roast chicken - especially after three days without a proper meal.

The pale, jelly 'thing' that slid out of the can, and landed on a plare with a plop was memorable, for all the wrong reasons.

Once was definitely enough.
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17 sfr for a tiny can of chicken.
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You see, what keeps stunning me again and again is when I see dog-food called barf.
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