If you’re looking for something new and exciting to eat for dinner, you have to make Chicken Parmesan Meatballs made with ground chicken! Serve them as is or as a chicken parm meatball sub with spaghetti sauce and melted cheese.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs with a quick homemade tomato sauce

I’ve been in a menu planning slump lately.

Each week, I struggle to figure out what I want to eat for the week and end up resorting to the same meals over and over, which usually involves too much pasta.

I’m not very good at buying groceries on a whim and hoping that I can come up with something; I’m a planner who needs to make a list.

I also tend to buy the same proteins over and over: bone-in chicken breasts, chicken quarters, shrimp, ground beef.

Sometimes when I don’t know what I want to make, I’ll pick a protein for inspiration and roll with it. I haven’t had ground chicken in a long time, so I thought about what I could make.

Meatballs immediately came to mind. Rather than making spaghetti and meatballs, I opted for Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs, the cousin to traditional beef meatball subs with tomato sauce and of course topped with lots of cheese.

No need to pound out or bread chicken breast – just mix everything together and go.

This recipe can easily be made in an hour.

The meatballs make great leftovers too as I usually have a sub or two for lunch or dinner again the next day.

Take that, menu planning slump.

Meatballs need a ton of flavor as they can get pretty bland pretty quickly, so I made sure to use plenty of onion, garlic, Parmesan cheese, basil, and parsley.

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs with a quick homemade tomato sauce

I prefer to bake my meatballs rather than frying, not only because it’s healthier but mainly because the cooking process becomes hands off. You can use that time to make a side dish or even clean up.

Even though the meatballs may not be perfectly round, I find that baking them on a rack inside a baking pan helps keep them as round as possible while also letting the fat drip down into the pan.

Besides, the slightly flat sides helps keep them from rolling off of the buns, right?

Chicken Parmesan Meatball Subs with a quick homemade tomato sauce
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Yield: 12 meatballs
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

If you're looking for something new and exciting for dinner, you have to make Chicken Parmesan Meatballs! Serve as is or as a meatball sub.


  • 1/2 pound ground chicken, thawed
  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (fresh, not the green can)
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise, sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste or 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or 1 tablespoon freshly chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley or 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup prepared spaghetti sauce, warmed up
  • 2 tablespoons finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 sub rolls


  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Line a rimmed baking sheet or roasting pan with foil and set a wire rack on top. Lightly grease rack with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together chicken, breadcrumbs, 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, mayo, onion, garlic, basil, parsley, and salt.
  3. Roll the meat mixture into 1-1/2 inch meatballs (roughly 12 meatballs) and place on the wire rack.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until brown and the internal temperature reaches 165F. If making subs, leave the oven on.
  5. Roll the cooked meatballs in the sauce then place 3-4 meatballs onto each sub roll. Top with remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
  6. Bake for 5-8 minutes or until buns are toasted and cheese has melted. Spoon more sauce on top and serve.

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