Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwiches

I heard a weather report not long ago that offered some pretty strong advice for how to handle these insane drought conditions. I did.

Yeah, the guy basically said the only solution right now for this national crisis is massive consumption of loaded Italian chicken sub sandwiches. But he laid it out very simply, so not to confuse and frighten us viewers. It goes like this. The less rain we continue to get, the more pepperoni we add to the sub. And then the browner your yards become with each mother-loving lava fest of a day, the more bacon goes on the sub.


And oh, he encouraged this part too. The more weeds that appear in your garden due to being holed up inside your home for what feels like months on end because the cicada killers (there are two now) have clearly discovered pure satisfaction foaming at the mouth as they poisonously gape into your sobbing eyes and slowly dig a deep, dark hole in your crumbling spirit, the more cheese you melt on the grilled chicken.


It’s like the frickin’ NeverEnding Story out there.

But supposedly these subs are guaranteed to help remedy the predicament AT LARGE. I mean, the guy had a tie on, soooo….

I’m starting to feel better already.

Oh, by the way – look at our bacon. It’s GRILLED. Isn’t that hilarious? It was the only heat source active at the time, so we went for it. We like to walk on the wild side. Before 9:30pm, that is.

It’s basically our only hope.

OOOOR, I could get dressed up in a hot pink tutu, a ladybug sports bra and aluminum foil on my head and record a rain dance for the YouTubes!

Oh my gosh I kind of want to now.

Someone talk me into it. OUT OF IT. I MEAN OUT OF IT.


Oh! This just in, and I swear I’m not making it up.

“Due to severe heat conditions across the land, we’re now being advised to heed caution during the consumption of the loaded Italian chicken sub sandwiches. Reports show that once a human takes its first bite of said subs, a ravenous zombie-like urge floods the cranium, thus resulting in mammoth pandemonium in kitchens and dinner tables alike. They’re like, that delicious.”

I mean, the guy had a tie on, soooo……

Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwiches:

What it took for 2:

* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 (10 oz) can tomato sauce
* 2 slices bacon, halved
* 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
* 2 Tbs. caesar salad dressing
* 2 hoagie or submarine buns
* 2 tsp Dijon mustard
* 2 pepperoncinis, stems removed and sliced
* 8 – 10 pepperonis
* a few slices of provolone cheese (or cheddar)
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Heat 1 Tbs. oil in a small saucepan. Add the garlic and bloom 30 seconds. Add the tomato sauce and simmer on low while you prepare the rest of the meal.

In another small skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Heat the remaining oil (or you can use the leftover bacon fat if ya want!) on an indoor or outdoor grill. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides and grill, brushing with with the caesar dressing, until cooked through and browned all over, about 12 minutes. Remove and let rest 5 minutes. Slice.

Lightly toast the buns on the grill or in a toaster oven. (I drizzled a little oil on both halves and sprinkled a little garlic salt over them. You should too.)

Spread the Dijon on the bottom bun. Spread the marinara on the top one.

Arrange the sliced pepperoncinis along the bottom half. Arrange the pepperonis on the top half.

Arrange the sliced chicken breast along the bottom half. Then goes the sliced cheese. Then the bacon. Oh, my.

Close her shut, press, slice, and live the good life.


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27 Responses to Loaded Italian Chicken Sub Sandwiches

  1. Monet July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am #
    These look just about perfect. A wonderfullly delicious antidote to a hot summer day. Thank you for sharing it with me!
  2. marla July 24, 2012 at 8:34 am #
    Loaded indeed!! Love these Bev!
  3. Ashley July 24, 2012 at 8:35 am #
    Oh how I miss hoagies!!! Must make myself one of these beauties ASAP!!!
  4. Elizabeth@ Food Ramblings July 24, 2012 at 8:54 am #
    I'm glad the news gives such great advice- I'll be using it this weekend :) But here in VA- we are having too much rain with a little bit of flooding :(
  5. Kathryn July 24, 2012 at 9:17 am #
    Well that sounds like very sensible advice to me.
  6. Annamaria July 24, 2012 at 9:22 am #
    You can never go wrong with an italian hero.
  7. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen July 24, 2012 at 9:22 am #
    I'm ready for anything to break the drought, it's killing us in Wyoming but I know these subs would make the guys forget all about the hay field!
  8. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite July 24, 2012 at 9:31 am #
    I wish I could send some rain. We had intense flooding in my area for the past two weeks. The sandwich loooookkkssss delish Bev!
  9. claire @ the realistic nutritionist July 24, 2012 at 9:32 am #
    SO MEATY. ;) hahahh.
  10. Heather @ Heather's Dish July 24, 2012 at 10:48 am #
    so these subs are incredible, but i just have to say i'm making chicken taco pasta tonight and can hardly stand my excitement!
  11. Lisa July 24, 2012 at 11:02 am #
    Well, I made your corn chowder last night and got a "holy sh** this is good soup!" response from my family. So tonight I have no choice but to wow them with these sandwiches. I knew I took that chicken out for something this morning!
  12. Kara July 24, 2012 at 11:30 am #
    These look fab!
  13. Angie@Angie's Recipes July 24, 2012 at 12:01 pm #
    A delish and satisfying sandwich!
  14. Averie @ Averie Cooks July 24, 2012 at 12:08 pm #
    Love how loaded up it is and I can't get enough dijon on anything!
  15. Katie July 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm #
    Ahaha...the guy had a tie on. I like your logic and your subs.
  16. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven July 24, 2012 at 3:14 pm #
    Holy MOLY, these look good!!!
  17. Deanna B. July 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm #
    I need to see this rain dance. I've also found that offering the rain gods shots of alcohol works too.
  18. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. July 24, 2012 at 9:59 pm #
    Oh no, I am going to have nightmares of cicada killers now!! Ahhhh!! These subs might be the only cure!
  19. Vita @ Juicer Depot July 24, 2012 at 11:07 pm #
    I almost took a bite of my ipad just now. Wow! Now that looks so good.
  20. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel July 25, 2012 at 8:44 pm #
    Seriously perfect! Who needs Subway when I've got you to make recipes :)
  21. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids July 25, 2012 at 9:48 pm #
    Oh, I so need to get back on the Bev Cooks menu planning, starting with this sandwich this weekend. You are hilarious, beautiful, and brilliant. Seriously.
  22. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious July 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm #
    Oh man there's a whole lot of goodness in here!


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