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Mexican Chicken Meatball Subs

Mexican Chicken Meatball Subs

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Bake 12 mins to 14 mins
  • Bake 10 mins

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Although this recipe looks long, the sandwiches are actually quite efficient to make, even on a weeknight, because you saute the veggies while the meatballs bake.


  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound uncooked ground chicken
  • Vegetable Filling
  • 1 medium green sweet pepper, seeded and cut into thin strips
  • 1 medium onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded if desired and thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Sandwiches
  • 4 hoagie rolls, or similar long sandwich rolls
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream and/or guacamole
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves
  • Lime wedges (optional)


  1. For Meatballs: In a medium bowl, lightly beat egg with a fork. Stir in cornmeal, paprika, oregano, salt, cumin and black pepper. Add chicken; mix well. Shape mixture into sixteen 1 1/2-inch meatballs or twelve 1 3/4-inch meatballs*. (Depending on the length of your rolls, you might fit three or four meatballs in each, so use your best guess for how many meatballs will fit in your rolls.) Place meatballs on a foil-lined 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake in a 375 degrees for 12 to 14 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (165 degrees ). Remove from oven; keep warm. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees .
  3. Meanwhile, prepare vegetables. In a large skillet, cook sweet pepper, onion, and, if you like, jalapeno pepper, in hot oil over medium heat for 7 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Add tomatoes and garlic; cook for 2 minutes more or until tomatoes are just softened, stirring occasionally.
  4. To assemble sandwiches, place open hoagie rolls on a baking sheet. Bake 5 minutes or until toasted. Divide meatballs among toasted hoagie rolls. Top evenly with warm vegetables. Sprinkle with cheese. Place filled hoagies on the baking sheet and bake 5 minutes more or until cheese is melted.
  5. To serve, top sandwiches with sour cream and/or guacamole and cilantro. If you like, pass lime wedges to squeeze over sandwiches.


  • *If desired, use a #40 scoop to shape meatballs.

Nutrition Facts

(Mexican Chicken Meatball Subs)

Servings Per Recipe 4, carb. (g) 50, Thiamin (mg) 1, chol. (mg) 186, Riboflavin (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 13, Niacin (mg) 11, cal. (kcal) 610, vit. A (IU) 1338, iron (mg) 5, Fat, total (g) 31, vit. C (mg) 33, sugar (g) 8, Potassium (mg) 905, pro. (g) 38, calcium (mg) 327, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 1, fiber (g) 4, sodium (mg) 917, Monounsaturated fat (g) 11, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 5, Folate (µg) 92

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