Is Honest Kitchen's Whole-Grain Chicken Dog Food Best for my Dog?

Published: 01/15/2021
Honest Kitchen Pet Food is a company that sells human-grade pet foods for cats and dogs, ranging from whole food dry clusters to herbal supplements. 

Available from stores and online retailers across the U.S., Honest Kitchen Pet Food is becoming increasingly popular with pet parents looking for a superior diet for their fur-babies. Among Honest Kitchen Pet Food's most popular products is their Dehydrated Whole Grain Chicken Dog Food. But is Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Whole Grain Chicken Dog Food right for your pup? Here's all you need to know.


Founded in 2002 in the San Diego Bay area, Honest Kitchen Pet Food's original mission was to create "human grade" pet food to challenge the "feed grade" pet foods commonly found on the market. 

The idea for Honest Kitchen Pet Food began with co-founder Lucy Postins, who started creating recipes to help rid her Rhodesian Ridgeback, Mosi, of ear infections and skin conditions. Today, Honest Kitchen Pet Food has over 20 different dog food variations and two different types of cat food to provide cats and dogs with food fit for humans. 

The Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Whole Grain Chicken Food for dogs is a dehydrated mix of organic ingredients that's 100% "human grade". For example, a 10-pound box makes 4 times as much dog food — pet parents just need to add water and serve it to their fur-baby. 

As well as traditional pet foods, Honest Pet Food also makes a range of other edible products for cats and dogs:

  • Treats: Honest Kitchen Pet Food has a wide variety of treat bags for dogs. Pet parents will be able to choose from jerkies, crunchy snacks, training treats, and more. Treats come in either a 4 oz or 8 oz bag.

  • Toppers: Toppers come in dry and wet form and can be used as a topper, a snack, or a meal. These toppers come in a range of flavors, including fish, beef, turkey, and chicken. All toppers come in 5.5 oz bags.

  • Supplements and Boosts: These supplements and boosts are designed to improve digestion, your pet's immune system, and general wellbeing. While most specifically for dogs, two varieties are suitable for cats. Supplements and boosts come in canisters and sachets, ranging from 3.2 oz to 5.2 oz.


The cost of Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Whole Grain Chicken Food for dogs differs depending on the product's size and the retailer. Whole Grain Chicken Dog Food comes in four different sizes: 1.75 oz, 2 lb, 4 lb, and 10 lb. 

  • 1.75 oz sachets come in packs of 12 and generally cost $20 to $30. 

  • 2 lb boxes cost approximately $20 to $35.

  • 4 lb boxes cost approximately $30 and $40.

  • 10 lb boxes cost approximately $60 to $80.


Due to its high protein and calorie levels, The Honest Kitchen Pet Food is best-suited for puppies and adult dogs that live an active lifestyle. However, due to its high-calorie levels, The Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Dehydrated Whole Grain Chicken Food may not be well-suited to inactive dogs or elderly dogs as it may cause obesity.

The Honest Kitchen Pet Food Dehydrated Whole Grain Chicken Food is suitable for all breeds.

Dehydrated chicken, organic barley, dehydrated potatoes, organic flaxseed, organic oats, dehydrated peas, dehydrated carrots, dried parsley, dried bananas, dehydrated celery, dehydrated organic kelp


Tricalcium phosphate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, potassium iodide, copper amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, taurine


Vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D3 supplement], eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)

Nutrition Facts

1 cup of Dehydrated Whole Grain Chicken Food for dogs contains:

  • Calories: 485

  • Protein: 24.5%

  • Fat: 14%

  • Fiber: 4%

  • Moisture: 8%


Reviews of Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Whole Grain Chicken Dog Food are generally positive, garnering around 4.5/5 stars on sites like Amazon and Chewy. Positive reviews stated that The Honest Kitchen Pet Food is great for improving your pup's overall health, especially with issues relating to digestion, and that it was overall of superior quality to other kibbles. 

Independent reviewer Dog Food Advisor states that The Honest Kitchen Dog Food's Whole Grain Chicken Food for dogs meets all of the Association of American Feed Control Officials' (AAFCO) requirements for all stages in a dog's life. The Dog Food Advisor website also says the ingredient list contains no controversial ingredients and appears to be a superior dog food to most kibbles on the market. The Dog Food Advisor rated Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Whole Grain Chicken Food 5 out of 5 stars.

However, Honest Kitchen Pet Food's Whole Grain Chicken Food for dogs has also received some negative feedback. Most negative reviewers on Amazon and Chewy claim this dog food made their pooch unwell or that their dog didn't like the food and refused to eat it. Most reviewers suggest buying a small amount of food and easing your dog into their new diet to ensure their dog takes to it.

Honest Kitchen Dog Food contains taurine — is it safe for dogs?

While most people would associate an ingredient like taurine with energy drinks, it's actually an amino acid that helps promote heart health. It's not an essential part of a dog's diet but is generally present in higher grade dog foods.

Will dehydrated dog food increase the risk of dental issues?

As dehydrated dog food doesn't have the same abrasive qualities as kibble, the chances are you will see an increase of plaque build up on your dog's teeth in the long term. This is normal in all dehydrated dog foods due to their moisture levels. Be sure to brush your pupper's pearly whites daily to prevent dental issues.

Is Honest Kitchen Dog Food available outside the U.S.?

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food is available primarily in the U.S. and Canada. However, it is possible to get The Honest Kitchen Dog Food shipped to other countries via independent retailers for an additional fee.

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