Oven-Baked Sweet Potato Garlic Fries - A Healthy Treat For your Chickens


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)

Ingredients

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!

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10 comments:

  1. Just bought sweet potatoes so I will try today! Thanks did simple recipes...

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    1. I know you're the coconut oil queen Becky...do you think you could brush the sheet with coconut oil instead? I wasn't sure about baking with it...

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    2. Absolutely! Please try baking with it!

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    3. Okay good! I mean I know you can use it in muffins and breads etc. just not sure about tossing the fries in it or brushing a sheet. Will do next time. I wonder if I rolled them in coconut afterwards....hmmmm. Tropical fries.

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  3. I have a question totally off of the subject. I do not have chickens yet but am trying to learn all about them for when I do have them. In a different article you talked of wintertime deep floor material. Then in spring you clean the coop and add DE to the floor before the other materials. Somewhere you said not to add DE to your compost pile because it is not good for the soil. What do you do with the floor material then? Thanks in advance CJ

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    1. Hi there yes, actually DE shouldn't be added in the winter because it kills the good microbes that grow to help with the composting over the winter as well as bugs - which aren't an issue in the winter. I do sprinkle DE on the floor of the coop in the warmer months before putting down new straw AND in between cleanings to control parasites and bugs in the warm months. When I clean the coop out, the straw and old floor material goes in a pile outside where it decomposes quite nicely. I don't garden with that, although I am sure after being out in the elements the DE washes away eventually. Also I've read once it gets wet it doesn't 'work' anymore anyway.

      The big reason to be careful with DE is that it kills good bugs too so you want to be careful using it around your garden area, by that I mean sprinkling it, but in composted soil I'm sure its fine. Hope that helps.

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  4. Just a note: onions are toxic to dogs, garlic is too but to a lesser extent. http://www.deltacommunityanimalshelter.ca/EN/main/learning/dogs_poisonousfood.html

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    1. Yes I'm aware of that. These are for chickens but yes our dog did try some. Garlic has 1/15th of the toxin that onion does and baking or cooking does lessen the toxicity. The health benefits of garlic far outweigh any potential risk and I have been feeding our flock raw minced, dried and whole garlic cloves for years, as recommended by experts. We also add garlic powder to our dog's diet on occasion as a health booster and natural parasitic. Thanks!

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