I’ve made these Spicy Chicken Meatball Subs countless times over the past few months and they are comforting, full of flavor and don’t require a ton of specialty ingredients. While traditionally meatball subs are made with beef, I wanted to create a version that used chicken and amp up the flavors by using spices like coriander, and garam masala. You’ll find more traditional ingredients in these like parmesan, parsley and oregano as well which strikes the perfect balance in this Indian Italian fusion recipe! Before you make these, read a few of my tips below and if you have any questions drop them in the comments! And once you’ve made them, be sure to tag me on @thechutneylife so I can see all of your hard work!
Few bits of advice before making these:
- This recipe makes 5 subs, using about 9 inch rolls. I highly suggest using the freshest baked rolls you can find. Usually you can pick loose rolls from the bakery section of your local grocery store. These work best as the interior is fluffy and the exterior will be nice and crisp without being overly hard!
- Try to get good sliced cheese, like the one from behind the deli counter. Ive used pepper jack slices here but Cooper’s Sharp works very well too.
- You can skip the garlic butter step to save some time- although its delicious- its not terribly necessary!
- Use a a high quality marinara like Rao’s Arrabiatta Sauce! Its fresh and has a nice kick of spice!
- I’ve left instructions on how to assemble these subs in the oven but once the meatballs are baked, you can assemble and pop these in the air fryer all at once to help melt the cheese and toast up the rolls as well- I find this method to be much quicker!
How to prepare these in advance:
- The garlic butter for the bread can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the fridge. Just bring it to room temperature before spreading on the rolls.
- Peeling and mincing your garlic in a small food processor a day or two in advance will speed things up!
- The ground chicken mixture can be made and kept in the fridge one day in advance.
Hope you enjoy this recipe! Happy Eating ?