Chicken-Zucchini Meatball Subs


Pop a batch of chicken meatballs in the freezer so you're never more than minutes away from a hearty Italian dinner.

Chicken-Zucchini Meatball Subs
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 4 hoagie rolls, split

  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, (4 oz.)

  • 12 Chicken-Zucchini Meatballs

  • 2 cup purchased marinara sauce

  • ¼ cup shredded fresh basil

Chicken-Zucchini Meatballs

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 cup finely shredded zucchini

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound ground chicken

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • ½ cup panko

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoon dried basil, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Place rolls on a baking sheet. Sprinkle insides with 2 Tbsp. cheese each. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted.

  2. Meanwhile, place meatballs and sauce in a medium saucepan. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 3 to 5 minutes (10 minutes if frozen) or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.

  3. Spoon meatballs and sauce onto toasted rolls. Top with remaining cheese. Bake 3 minutes more or until cheese melts. Top with basil.

Chicken-Zucchini Meatballs

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 15×10-inch baking pan with foil; coat with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. Line a colander with paper towels; add zucchini. Sprinkle 1/8 tsp. of the salt over zucchini. Let stand 20 minutes, pressing occasionally to remove moisture.

  3. In a large bowl combine zucchini, chicken, egg, panko, cheese, garlic, parsley, basil, crushed red pepper, remaining 1/8 tsp. of the salt. Shape rounded tablespoons of mixture into 20 meatballs; place in prepared pan. Bake 25 minutes or until cooked through (165°F).

Double this recipe and freeze one batch for speedy 20-minute dinners like the meatball subs.

Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 5 days or freeze up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

574 Calories
17g Fat
74g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 574
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 108mg 36%
Sodium 1528mg 66%
Total Carbohydrate 74g 27%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 7.4mg 37%
Calcium 361mg 28%
Iron 4.7mg 26%
Potassium 880mg 19%
Folate, total 34.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.7mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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