Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw

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Discover the flavors of this Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw, blending fiery buffalo sauce with refreshing slaw in a buttery toasted hoagie. This recipe not only satisfies the palate with its dynamic taste but also delights with its texture, making it a standout dish for any gathering or a cozy dinner at home.

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Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw

Why Choose This Spicy Meatball Hoagie?

Forget about mundane frozen veggies or side dishes when you can serve something as vibrant and flavorful as this! It’s a fresh take on traditional meatball subs, and it’s likely to convert anyone into a veggie lover when paired with the right flavors.

Overview of Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie

This dish consists of juicy, spicy chicken meatballs tucked into hoagie rolls, slathered with a homemade creamy dressing, and topped with a crunchy celery slaw that cuts through the richness with its tangy notes.

Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw

Ingredient Insights

  • Ground Chicken: Ideal for these meatballs, providing a perfect base for the strong flavors of the buffalo sauce and ranch seasoning. Alternatively, ground turkey or beef can be used.
  • Panko Breadcrumbs: These Japanese-style breadcrumbs keep the meatballs light and crispy. If unavailable, substitute with regular breadcrumbs, adjusting for a denser texture.
  • Buffalo Sauce: Central to this recipe, it’s used both within the meatballs and as a basting sauce for the rolls. No buffalo sauce? Whip up a homemade version or substitute with another hot sauce mixed with a little melted butter.
  • Celery Slaw: This isn’t just any slaw; it’s a crisp, refreshing topping that perfectly complements the spicy meatballs. It’s simple to make and adds a necessary crunch.
  • Hoagie Rolls: The sturdy yet soft hoagie rolls are perfect for holding all the ingredients together without getting soggy.

Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw

Preparation Tips

Prepare the meatballs and slaw ahead of time if needed. The meatballs can be refrigerated or even frozen before cooking to make assembly quick and easy on busy days. The slaw, while best fresh, can be made a day in advance and kept chilled.

Freezing and Baking Options

Meatballs can be frozen either pre or post-cooking for convenience. They can also be baked instead of pan-fried if you’re looking for a lighter option.

Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw


For the Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds (907g) ground chicken
  • 1 cup (108g) plain panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup (56 g) sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons dry ranch seasoning
  • ½ cup (120ml) buffalo sauce, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) canola oil, for frying
  • 1 tablespoon (14g) unsalted butter, for frying

For the Celery Slaw:

  • 4 celery ribs, finely diced
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup (45g) green cabbage, shredded
  • ½ cup (56g) crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) lemon juice
  • ¼ cup (60ml) blue cheese dressing
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

For the Rolls:

  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ cup (60ml) buffalo sauce


  1. Preheat your oven to 450°F (232°C). Prepare a baking sheet with parchment.
  2. Mix the meatball ingredients: In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, panko, eggs, cheese, ranch seasoning, half the buffalo sauce, and garlic powder. Form into meatballs and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Cook the meatballs: In a skillet, heat the oil and butter. Add meatballs, browning all sides, then finish with the remaining buffalo sauce.
  4. Prepare the celery slaw: Mix celery, onions, cabbage, blue cheese, chives, lemon juice, blue cheese dressing, and salt.
  5. Prepare the hoagie rolls: Mix melted butter with buffalo sauce. Brush inside and outside of rolls. Bake until toasted.
  6. Assemble the hoagies: Layer slaw, meatballs, and additional slaw and sauce on each roll. Serve immediately.

Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie with Crunchy Celery Slaw

This Spicy Chicken Meatball Hoagie offers a delicious twist on classic flavors, proving that a little spice and freshness can elevate any meal.

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