Many of you have mentioned how much your chickens love being treated with leftover French fries. Of course, while they aren't the healthiest treat between the frying oil, salt and white potatoes, once in awhile won't kill them, but instead why not try making some super healthy Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Fries for your chickens to enjoy?
Unlike white potatoes which are in the nightshade family and can be toxic to your chickens in large enough amounts [read more HERE about toxic treats], sweet potatoes are part of the morning glory family and are not only far more nutritious but also perfectly safe as a chicken treat.
I love to bake sweet potato fries for our family to enjoy and have adapted my basic recipe for the chickens. They are inexpensive to make and only take about half an hour start to finish. In addition to the nutritious sweet potato, they also are made with fresh garlic [learn how to grow you own garlic HERE] which has some super health benefits for your chickens [read more about that HERE], and fresh parsley which in addition to being high in vitamins, also aids in blood vessel development and is a laying stimulant.
Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Garlic Fries
(feel free to double or even triple this recipe as desired)
One sweet potato
Three fresh garlic cloves, minced
2 egg whites, lightly whisked in a bowl
1 Tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil and brush lightly with olive oil. Set aside.
Cut sweet potato, skin and all, into sticks, no thicker than 1/2". Toss the sticks in the bowl of whisked egg white to coat, then arrange in a single layer on your baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with the minced garlic and chopped parsley.
Bake for 15 minutes, then flip the fries to other side and bake for an additional ten minutes or until lightly browned and soft. Let cool completely and serve up!
|Cut the potato, skin and all, into sticks|
|Toss potato sticks with whisked egg white|
Our girls are generally suspicious of any new treats but they were instantly enamored with these yummy sweet potato fries. Surprisingly, our ducks who generally only like green-colored treats, watermelon, corn or pasta also loved them!
Of course Winston had to sample them as I was putting on my barn boots. No surprise he gave them two paws up....sweet potatoes are his all-time favorite food! Bottom line, they were a big hit all around and super healthy for everyone.
Note: for the 'people' version, I toss the raw potato sticks in olive oil instead of egg white and then salt & pepper to taste after baking. Everything else is the same....and they're delicious!
BECAUSE LIFE IS JUST BETTER WITH CHICKENS!
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