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Mini Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs

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These mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

These mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

Apparently, college basketball is about to happen. I mean, I’m guessing it’s been going on for awhile but the whole “March Madness” thing is about to descend upon my house. Here is the thing about sports – I don’t care. BUT I don’t care for really good reasons. When I get into sports I get psycho. I can have zero money on the line but if I decided to root for a team and they lose I get angry. Hulkish angry rage spews from my mouth and I go around the house muttering “whyyyyyy couldn’t they just win? How can you miss that shot?!”

Then 20 minutes later I start a movie and I’m over it. HOWEVER in that moments before I calm down it’s so exhausting. Seriously, dealing with myself some days is straight up work. 

These mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

So instead of dealing with brackets and picking teams that won’t crush my heart, I’m going to just stick to cooking. I’m gonna make all the food my husband craves and I’ll sit on the couch watching re-runs of The People’s Court on YouTube while shoveling mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs into my face.

Dreams coming true people!

These mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

These mini subs aren’t just your ordinary meatball subs they are made with homemade chicken parm meatballs and stuffed into garlicky rolls – YASSSSSSS! The main reason I made these subs is because I hate ordering meatball subs because they are usually like giant meatballs on a bread monster of a roll. Soooooooo that’s why I pulled out most the bread center so you’re left with the perfect ratio of bread to meatballs.

It’s all about balance people!

These mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

{Are you looking for even more game day food? Try my Charred Triple Onion DipBaked Spinach Bacon DipHoney Sriracha Chicken WingsBaked Apple Butter Ham and Cheese SandwichesSteak Fajita Phyllo Bites or my Baked Turkey Bacon Onion Sandwiches}

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Mini Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs

These mini chicken Parmesan meatball subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

Yield: 12 mini subs

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup finely minced parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar tomato basil tomato sauce
  • 12 mini dinner rolls (about 4 inches long)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl add ground chicken, egg, garlic, panko crumbs, grated Parmesan, parsley, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Using your hands mix it all together until just combined.

Roll meat mixture into 1 tablespoon-sized balls. You should get about 22-24 meatballs from your mixture.

In a large 12-inch skillet add 2 tablespoons olive oil and set over medium-high heat. Once your oil is hot add in your meatballs and brown on all sides, about 10 minutes. Add your tomato sauce to the meatballs and simmer for about 15 minutes to help cook through the meatballs and cook down the sauce slightly.

At this point preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Using a knife cut out an oval/lens shape out of the top of the dinner roll. Pull out the cut part of the roll and remove most of the insides from the roll. Set the rolls on a rimmed baking sheet.

In a small bowl mix together your remaining olive oil and garlic powder. Brush the insides and edges of your rolls with the olive oil mixture. Add to the oven and bake for 5 minutes to just help toast up the rolls.

Add 2 cooked meatballs into each roll and top with a little extra tomato sauce and the mozzarella cheese.

Add to the oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is fully melted and lightly browned.

Serve hot with extra marinara for dipping. If desired, you can also sprinkle with a little fresh parsley.

These mini chicken Parmesan meatballs subs totally step up your game day food! Stuffed with homemade chicken Parmesan meatballs, tomato sauce and topped with lots of melty mozzarella cheese. Crazy delicious and ready in under an hour!

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Jessica | The Novice Chef

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

What a perfect appetizer! So great for a party, or a random wednesday afternoon!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

You have no idea how happy these make me! When I was growing up I use to LOVE meatball subs but I stopped eating them because well..because I COULDN'T stop eating them when I did haha. But these mini ones are perfect!

Lora @savoringitaly

Wednesday 15th of March 2017

I'm all about any thing mini! What a fun idea to make mini meatball subs...bring a tray to a party and they'll be the hit!!

Melanie | Melanie Makes

Tuesday 14th of March 2017

These look insanely amazing, Brandi - total comfort food!

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