Last year when I was about four months pregnant, I had to have surgery – as in, put me under, recover in the hospital for four days and go home still feeling miserable. The recovery was long and hard, especially with three children running about at home. One night, unexpectedly, a dear friend of mine showed up without calling first and brought me dinner. These hot hoagies, to be exact. Little did she know it was a “crisis” night – my husband was out of town, I was still recovering from surgery, I was pregnant, and my kids were going nuts-o. Throwing something together for dinner was loooow on my priority list, much to my children’s hunger and dismay. The meal my friend brought was simple and definitely not fussy – but it was delicious and filling and earned a special spot in my food-loving heart. These hoagies are creamy, cheesy and delightfully flavorful (thanks to the parsley, green onions and garlic). I’ve been making these ever since for a quick, weeknight meal that is faster than fast to put together and my kids eat it up without gagging or complaining. And if that isn’t a successful meal, I don’t know what is.

What To ServeAmazing Shrapnel Dip and chips
Apple slices and Honey-Yogurt Dip
Tomato and avocado slices
Hard Boiled Eggs

Hot Hoagies

Hot Hoagies


  • 1 loaf french bread, cut lengthwise
  • 2 cups cooked, shredded chicken (in a pinch, you can use two large cans chicken breast)
  • 1/2 cup light mayo
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat sour cream
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced (white and green parts)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped (or 2 tablespoons dried)
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I used a combo of monterey jack and sharp cheddar cheese)
  • Olives, chopped (0ptional – I omit these due to my kids’ preferences)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place french bread on large baking sheet. Mix all topping ingredients together in a bowl. Spread topping evenly on top of both lengths of french bread.
  2. Bake for 15-20 minutes until bubbly and edges are lightly browned. Slice into pieces and serve immediately.

Recipe Source: adapted from my friend, Tiffany M.

60 Responses to Hot Hoagies

  1. […] recipe adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe […]

  2. Sara says:

    Sounds great! Do you think I could sub Greek yogurt for the mayo, or use all sour cream?

  3. Laura giroux says:

    My grandmother was from Canada and made something similar to this but she used tuna fish. She called them bunsteads. She had a large family and was the master of throwing things together that she had on hand in the pantry.

  4. Sara says:

    Made these last week. They were a big hit! Thanks for another great recipe!

  5. Deb says:

    Made these for dinner tonight and they were a huge hit! I used the shredded chicken recipe on your blog – that’s actually how I found this recipe, from the collage on that page. I love how creamy the topping is and how much flavor it has. The bread gets crispy on the outside and stays soft on the inside and melty cheese…I could go on and on. This would make a great appetizer for a Super Bowl party!

  6. Tommie says:

    I just found your website last week! So far I’ve made the zucchini bread, shredded chicken, spaghetti sauce, pizza dough, pizza sauce (which my first pizza was an epic fail… not flavor wise, but shape and transferring it to the stone… I figured it out for the second one though!!), and now tonight these hot hoagies. Everything has been wonderful! My hubby and two girls have loved everything! I’m very thankful that I found your site! I plan on making a lot more of your recipes!!

  7. I made these last night, but I used tortillas instead of bread because that’s what I had. YUMMY!!! Thanks for a fabulous recipe. 🙂

  8. Mel says:

    Dana – I think as long as the hoagies will be baked within 24 hours, it would be fine to put the topping on the bread. Otherwise, bringing it in a separate container sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the comment – I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  9. Dana says:

    I want to take this to a new mom in addition to your Sweet and Sour Chicken (so amazing). But I want to take it unbaked should I keep the topping separate and she can put it on the bread when she wants to bake it or should I make them up ahead? I am thinking they will be a great lunch for them the next day.

    And thank for your awesome blog. So far I have made the Red Chili Enchiladas, Chocolate Chip Cake, Sugar Gems and Sweet and Sour Chicken. They have all been soooo good.

  10. Erika says:

    This was delish! My kids especially loved it 🙂 I found this recipe after making a bunch of your make ahead shredded chicken & needing a quick meal tonight I thought about my chicken in the freezer & did a search for a recipe under your shredded chicken link. It was perfect. Came topping came together in a few minutes & while it was baking I made a quick salad & dinner was ready to eat in less than 1/2hr. Thank you Mel!

  11. This met a lot of my ideals: yummy, quick, easy, common ingredients, not a lot of dishes, and inexpensive! It was perfect for having friends over for lunch today!

  12. Mel says:

    Michelle – full fat would be absolutely fine – I just always have the low fat on hand so that’s why I listed it in the recipe. I’d say that depending on the size of the loaf of bread, it could probably feed 4-6 adults pretty easily.

  13. Michelle Watabe says:

    How crucial is the reduced fat mayo and sour cream? Would full fat be a problem? That’s what I have. And how many adults would it serve? Want to make it for between conferences on Sunday with some friends coming over.

  14. Karen says:

    You just solved my dinner dilemma. I was surfing around looking for a quick and simple recipe using boneless, skinless chicken thighs. These sound easy and delicious and I have everything in the pantry. Love when that happens. 😉

  15. Alisha says:

    Absolutely loved these! Totally reminded us of Papa Murphy’s Garlic Chicken Pizza. So yummy! My brother had four pieces!!

  16. Catherine says:

    This has become one of our family favorites! Here’s my silly little question: When your friend brought them over, did she bring them prepared but not baked, or had she already baked them? I wanted to take a meal to a friend tomorrow night, but I wasn’t sure if I should cook them or not! Thanks for all the great recipes!

    • Mel says:

      Catherine – that’s actually a great question! My friend brought them to me unbaked so that I could bake them when I needed (she brought them earlier in the day). I would suggest leaving them unbaked since they only take a matter of minutes to bake up.

  17. Patricia says:

    I started reading your blog a little over a year ago and I loved the story you told to go along with these sandwiches. I have made these twice in the past month and it is a great Friday night dinner when I don’t have the energy to prepare another meal. I always have cooked chicken in my freezer and all the ingredients are cheap and always on hand at my house. Also, other than the bowl to mix the ingredients and one foil lined pan, there is no clean-up. We love them with french fries and a vegetable.

  18. Jenni says:

    I made these and absolutely loved them! My bread got a little crispy so we put it in the microwave and it was perfect! Your blog is really making me love to cook 🙂 Thanks!!

  19. Melanie says:

    Beth – I love the addition of diced yellow pepper. Glad these were a hit!

  20. Beth says:

    We tried these out for dinner tonight and they were a big hit! I left out the green onions and included a diced yellow pepper. My hubby and kids all loved it!

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Um… wow. This looks like something I would make one day and then want every subsequent day for about a week.

  22. Melanie says:

    Jan – SO glad you liked these. Isn’t is such a fantastically easy meal? I’m glad you are looking forward to the leftovers, just like I did!

  23. truelifeofjess says:

    These look yummy and would go great with potato salad and coleslaw. Will defintley be trying!!

  24. Melanie says:

    Cindy – thanks for letting me know your whole family loved these! I agree they taste great the next day, too.

  25. Tami says:

    Thanks Mel. I know what’s for dinner now. (Assuming it’s not hospital food.) 🙂

  26. Denise says:

    I tried these and they were super yummy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!


  27. grace says:

    that’s a good friend indeed. cheese-laden bread is always welcome in my belly. 🙂

  28. Cathryn says:

    In the oven right now and they smell fantastic!

  29. Melanie says:

    Tai – I’m glad to see a comment from you again! It’s been a while and it’s fun for me to see familiar names pop up. Anyway, I’m glad the hoagies scored big. They are made often at my house for those days when dinner is low on the priority list.

  30. Melanie says:

    Jschmalle and Mom – yay! Double yay!! So glad when the kiddos love the meal. Seriously, that is always such a success at our house. Thanks for trying out this recipe, both of you, and letting me know you liked it!

    P.S. The hot hoagies actually warm up quite well the next day – and I have to admit, I’ve eaten them cold and they taste fantastic, in my opinion.

  31. Delectable Dining says:

    These look wonderful… and like something my little boy would eat as well! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Laura says:

    This sounds fabulous! A must try here! I also am loving the raspberry lime rickey too. I absolutely love a good lime rickey and with raspberry, it sounds even better! Love the new look of the blog too.

  33. Melanie says:

    Cathryn – how did these turn out for you??

  34. Kathy says:

    These look delicious! Can’t wait to try them!!!

  35. Jschmalle says:

    Holy Smokes! These are so stinckin’ easy to make….and eat:) They are soooo good. I made them last night and my husband asked when I was making them again. What made me even happier was that my anti-meat eater 16 month old gobbled them right up, no food on my floor last night. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  36. Abby says:

    This would be a HUGE hit in my house. It’d be great after a long day at the beach or pool, too. Easy, peasy, cheesy.

  37. Christy says:

    Girl…these are right up my alley, especially with our schedule lately!! 🙂 Can’t wait to try these out SOON!!

  38. Melanie says:

    JoAnn – glad you liked the simplicity of this meal! Thanks for letting me know.

  39. Heidi says:

    This sounds so good! You are fortunate to have gotten this meal when you did. It looks like a great one to boot! I always loved my neighbor who brought me dinner after the birth of my girls… to bad she moved before my son was born. She made a mean lasagna.

  40. Melanie says:

    Denise – thanks for checking back in to let me know you made these and liked them!

  41. Colleen says:

    Looks like a great idea for a busy weeknight!

  42. Joi says:

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. That looked absolutely delicious.

    I am going to have to try this.

  43. Tai Christensen says:

    After a long day of running errands in the rain with my 6 and 3 year old, the first question they ask as soon as my hand is on the front door was,”Whats for dinner??”. Boy was I glad it was this!! This hoagie was easy, cheesy and total comfort food! I love a good sandwhich and this was soooooo yummy! Thanks for another easy and delightfully delicious recipe that my family loves!

  44. SJ says:

    Trying this tonight!

  45. Mom :) says:

    I made these last night and my kids LOVED them! They asked if there would be leftovers to take for lunch today (not sure how tasty they would be cold but they were willing to try).

    Easy easy to make and yummy!!

  46. Jan says:

    Holy moly deliciousness!!! I made these for dinner tonight (so easy!) and they were awesome! And filling! My dh and I split one half, and I cannot (and I mean I’m literally already thinking about it) wait to eat the other half for lunch tomorrow. Speaking of lunch – these would be so perfect for when you have a girlfriend over too – YUM! Thank you for another fantastic recipe!!!

  47. Natalie aka Aussiemuminthekitchen says:

    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog about my friend. She really was something of a miracle. I can’t have my own children so I can only imagine what it would be like to be pregnant but to find out you have a brain tumor while pregnant would be so hard. Did you happen to see my post beneath that for chocolate icebox cake? Have you ever had one? They don’t seem to common here.

  48. JoAnn says:

    This was so good, and simple too! I’ve never used canned chicken before, but I think I’ll try to keep it on hand from now on!

  49. Cindy says:

    This was so good and easy. The WHOLE family loved it! It is also very good the next day, cold. The kids took a slice in their lunch. Thanks for another great recipe. I can’t wait for your recipe book.

  50. melanee says:

    Made these tonight after work! Fast and delicious!

  51. Melanie says:

    Melanee – isn’t this such a great meal for after work? Glad you liked it!

  52. Amanda says:

    Made these last night and they were super yummy! It was a last-minute-throw-something-togher night and so we didn’t have all the ingredients so we substituted. We used yellow cooked yellow onion instead of green and we didn’t have french bread so we used hamburger buns instead. They turned out fantastic. I have a 3yr old who won’t eat anything but pb&j, mac & cheese, and chicken nuggets but he ate these. They were a huge hit and I can’t wait to try them with the proper ingredients.

    P.S. I think I’m going to add artichoke hearts next time too.

  53. Melanie says:

    Amanda – I love when last-minute-throw-something-together nights work out. And I think the addition of artichoke hearts would be delicious in this meal. Thanks for letting me know your changes – it always helps when other people look at the comments and might not have the same things on hand. Thanks!

  54. Kelli says:

    These were great! Even my picky kids ate them and have already requested I make them again. And so easy. I usually have a really difficult time finding recipes that come together so quickly yet taste so good. Thanks.

  55. Melanie says:

    Kelli – glad you liked these! I agree that it is difficult to find quick and easy meals that still taste good (and not overly processed). Thanks for letting me know!

  56. Jessica says:

    I just wanted to say Thank you for saving my bacon tonight. I made these and OMG it was SOOOOOOO good!

  57. Melanie says:

    Jessica – big hip-hip-hooray for your bacon being saved! I’m so glad when meals come together quickly…glad you liked this simple dish!

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