Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs

by Heather on August 21, 2012

And just like that wouldn’t you know that Summer is no longer the “it” season and all things Fall are taking over my life, my thoughts, my wardrobe and my conversation choices.


Fall is:

  • The season of back-to-school supplies shopping, where even though I’m no longer in school I still stare dreamily at the backpacks and all of those pockets I could organize my life in.  Newsflash Heather:  your life is too big for a backpack now.
  • The season of leaves changing.  It may be a while, but they’re changing goshdarnit.
  • The season of cooler weather and likewise way cooler clothes.  I dream of fall fashion all summer long and then never buy anything awesome.  I think this needs to change this year.
  • The season of remembering that I still live my life in “semesters” even though I’ve been out of college for, oh I don’t know, 6 WHOLE YEARS OHMYGOSH.  I can’t change, won’t change.
  • The season of pretending like I still need to train for volleyball 2-a-days.  Yeah.  Apparently it was so fun I had to live it again in my late 20′s…?  I don’t even know who I am anymore.
  • The season of football.  I never liked football til I learned how to play it and now I listen to Mike & Mike in the Morning and discuss the sport to no end with my husband.  I’m weird, I know, but I just can’t help it.  I could totally be the next Erin Andrews but better and maybe edgier?  Most definitely edgier!
  • The season of football FOOOOOOOOOOOOD!  You guys know what I’m talking about here.  The good spicy delicious football food that you eat any given Sunday from August through the Super Bowl.  It’s awesome and if you don’t admit that then I’m going to tell you you’re lying.  Sorry friend, it’s said in love :)

But about that football food thing…it’s usually not healthy.  And for me that’s OK because it’s likely going to be the day all week that I don’t eat super healthy and I’m down with that.  But these meatballs?  They taste like a heavenly football-packed Super Bowl party tucked neatly into a roll and smothered with love and goodness.  And quite frankly that’s all you need to know until you make them yourself and find out :)


  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 2 medium carrots, washed, peeled and finely shredded
  • 2 stalks celery, washed and finely chopped (I used a food processor for this)
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely minced
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1/3 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce (or your favorite wing sauce)
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • bleu cheese, ranch, lettuce, tomato, etc – whatever you want on your sub!

Preheat oven to 400.  In a large bowl mix together the chicken, shredded carrots, chopped celery, minced garlic, egg, breadcrumbs, milk, salt and pepper.  Form into meatballs that are about 1-1/2 inches in diameter.  Place the rolled meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment or sprayed liberally with cooking spray.  Bake at 400 for 20 minutes.  Meanwhile melt the butter and Frank’s Red Hot sauce in a large pan.  When the meatballs are finished baking toss them with the hot sauce mixture to coat.  Let them sit in the sauce until ready to serve!  For a sub, cut a hoagie in half, scoop out a little bit of the interior bread, and add your favorite sandwich fixings.  Top with meatballs.  Devour.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Blog is the New Black August 21, 2012

Supper yummy!!


2 Sarah (The Social Eater) August 21, 2012

Heather, you are one talented cook. These look AMAZING. Also, I am in love with Fall AND Franks Red Hot, so I’m officially sold on these sandwiches. Also, I think my husband might love me more if I make these;-).


3 Miranda @ Living One Bite at a Time August 21, 2012

Yumm!! These look AMAZING. I just know my boyfriend will go crazy over them. I’m still in college, but I think I’ll probably live my life in semesters for a longggg time afterwards. It’s just how I’ve been raised since forever!


4 Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic August 21, 2012

I can’t wait for fall. And football food and everything with buffalo sauce :)


5 Kim in MD August 21, 2012

Goodbye Summer, hello Fall! :-) These subs look so delicious, and you are right…perfect football party grub!


6 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) August 21, 2012

These look delicious!
I’m not sure why everyone is saying bye bye summer, we still technically have 1 whole month left of summer weather.


7 Heather August 21, 2012

i know i’m saying bye bye to summer because even though it will still feel like summer, i’m too excited about fall!


8 Megan (Braise The Roof) August 21, 2012

I am SO EXCITED for football food. Thank you for reminding me and taking my mind off the fact that summer is winding down. :) I practically have an IV of buffalo sauce going all football season, so these sound perfect!


9 Julia {The Roasted Root} August 21, 2012

All the back-to-school stuff is making me feel like fall is almost here too….I could really hold on to summer a few months longer despite how much I love fall though. Your sub looks so delicious! I’m ready for lunch!


10 sara August 21, 2012

What a great sandwich idea! Totally in love. :)


11 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 21, 2012

This looks amazing!!! I am seriously considering making it tonight :D


12 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 21, 2012

As you know from today, Fall is my absolute favorite too!!! love the crispness!


13 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} August 21, 2012

Is there anything better than a sub sandwich. I’ll tell you… nope! These look so tasty and I don’t even eat chicken.


14 Heather @ Fit Mama Real Food August 21, 2012

I can’t wait for fall! These look so yummy Heather :)


15 Meghan August 22, 2012

I’m all about fall and all about these subs!!


16 Rachel - A Southern Fairytale August 23, 2012


Fall is months away (well, not on the calendar.. but in weather)



17 Heather August 24, 2012

i know, that’s the ONE THING that i don’t always miss about Texas!


18 rylee September 7, 2012

These were AMAZING! Seriously, my boyfriend actually said the next night, as he insisted on having the leftover meatball with his dinner ” I have been thinking about these all day” LOL


19 Heather September 7, 2012

i’m so glad y’all liked them! they’re probably the best meatballs i’ve ever made…so good!


20 Smitten Foodie January 17, 2013

I love the idea of this recipe. We like things spicy, and adjusted the hot sauce to 1 cup….big mistake!! Anyways after the second time around, I stuck with the 1/2 cup and cooked in the slow cooker and made a blue cheese/yogurt sauce. We all loved it! I’m posting my version on my site today (with a link back of course) Thanks for the recipe=)



21 Heather January 17, 2013

WHOA you really do like it spicy! I like the idea of a blue cheese and yogurt sauce though – sounds like a perfect combo!


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