Italian Chicken Hoagies with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Quick and Easy Italian Sandwiches - Our Best BitesKate posted an easy no-cook dinner earlier this week as she was preparing to head out of town to start her summer travels.  Part of those travels include a visit all the way up here to Idaho to visit ME!  I’m so excited, and my kids can’t wait to see their Southern buddies.  When I’ve mentioned her upcoming visit to other people, often their first comment is, “Wow you guys must be planning on making the best food together!”  Um, no.  I mean, we love to eat good food, but the last thing we want to do on vacation is slave away in the kitchen!  We’re both about quick and easy, and with school ending (last day today for us, woo hoo!) and hot summer nights beginning, the no-cook easy meals are our faves.  My little brother and his wife mentioned these yummy sandwiches to me almost 2 years ago.  I kept hearing about how good they were and about how they’d make them sometime, so when we went over to their house for dinner this past weekend and I saw my cute sister-in-law blending up something bright red in the food processor, I knew immediately that I was finally tasting THE sandwiches!  They lived up to the hype as a delicious, flavorful, and super easy meal so I couldn’t wait to share them with you guys.   Thanks Drew and Emily!

Quick and Easy Italian Sandwiches from Our Best Bites

You’ll need a clove of garlic.  (And yes, I’m including this photo simply to show you that adorable garlic pot I got at Target the other day.)


and a 7-ounce jar of roasted red peppers.  Sometimes 7-ounce jars are hard to find, so if you grab a larger one, just use about 3/4 cup.  Drain them and then pat them dry with a paper towel.

roasted red pepper

Pop those in a food processor along with a little mayo,

red pepper mix in food processor

and blend ‘er up.  I also add a pinch of salt and a few cracks of black pepper, and a tiny squeeze of lemon juice.  I like the lemon because I think a little acidity helps bring out the flavors, but if you don’t have a lemon around, you could use red or white wine vinegar instead, or leave it out all together.  You can make this part ahead of time and put it in the fridge.  The flavors will just get better the longer it sits!

Processing Sauce

You can make this on any type of sandwich roll or buns, but I found it worked really well on a french baguette loaf.  You know those really long ones in the grocery store bakery that you bake at home?  They bake up in like, 8 minutes and are so soft and yummy.  I’m just showing half the loaf here, but it’s twice that long so it can easily make 4 large hoagies, or 8 smaller ones.  Brush the halves with a little olive oil or butter and then toast it in the oven until it’s golden brown.

Sliced French Bread

Spread some of the red pepper sauce you made on the bottom of the sandwich and then top with shredded chicken.  To make this meal super quick and easy, I’m using a rotisserie chicken from Costco, but you could also use some sliced grilled chicken.  That’s how my brother and sister-in-law made them and it was really good hot off the grill.

Layering Chicken on Sandwich

Top the chicken with mozarella cheese, either shredded like I’m doing, or slices, and then return it to the broiler just to melt it.  It will only take a second- DON’T WALK AWAY.  (I warned you.)

Melting Cheese

Remember my post about planting a garden a couple of weeks ago?  I had enough basil to use on my sandwich and it made me so happy!  We actually had a late frost last week so it got a little bit beat up, but it survived and tasted great.

Garden Basil

Just put the whole basil leaves right on top, like you would lettuce.

Basil Topped Sandwich

Then spread red pepper sauce on the other side of the bread and put it all together.

Italian Roasted Pepper Sandwich

I like doing this on the big baguette because you can slice it exactly the size you want it and make lots of small ones or a few big ones.

Cut Italian Sandwiches

Pair it with your favorite salad or some fresh summer fruit and it’s a super quick and easy summer dinner.

Italian Chicken Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce



Quick and Easy Italian Sandwiches from Our Best Bites


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Questions & Reviews

  1. Made this a few months ago and LOVED it!! Came back on today to get the ingredient list and thought I would leave a comment. I used a rotisserie chicken from the store and store bought bagette, which made for such a simple supper!

  2. My whole family LOVED (yes, kids included) these delicious sandwiches!! We could have eaten the roaster red pepper sauce with a spoon! 🙂

  3. Made these tonight and they were soooo yummy and so easy. Perfect for a quick dinner night! Even my hubby who doesn’t like sandwiches loved them and requested I make them again. Thank you!!!

  4. Well, that was might fine. I’d highly recommend, and I think the delicious red pepper sauce would be excellent on all sorts of dishes — roasted eggplant, grilled chicken, a spoon. 🙂

  5. These were delish! I made the sauce with 1/2 mayo, 1/2 plain nonfat greek yogurt. Turned out great! Thanks!

  6. I made these tonight and they were really good. I think I’ll add some spice to the sauce like maybe some red pepper flakes to give it some heat. A great sandwich!

  7. Made these tonight for dinner, everyone loved them! Thanks for always sharing such amazing recipes.

  8. I made this on Saturday night. It was a hit. The husband said I should make the sandwiches again. It was so easy too!

  9. Some of my favorite flavors! Love the red pepper sauce idea! I bet these sandwiches are really yummy!

  10. If you have a family member with egg allergies can you substitute something else for the Mayo?

    1. I’d use Greek yogurt or sour cream. You may want to use a bit of sugar then, since mayo is sweeter than either of those, but generally it works great.

  11. These sandwiches look delicious and I am sure they will turn out wonderfully, even with a kitchen disaster like myself in charge. I have not yet tried even one recipe from your website or cookbooks that was anything but delicious.

    1. I totally agree with Ashley’s comment–the ads really take over the screen (and none of your fans want any of that delicious food covered up with less-than-appetizing images). Can’t wait to try the recipe though.

  12. Thanks for the great recipe! These sandwiches are on the menu list for next week.

    By the way, I always admire the napkins/placemats/plates/etc. in your pictures. I especially love the striped napkin above and would love to find something just like it for our annual 4th of July party. Did you get it recently? And if so, where did you find it? 🙂

    1. Hi Carolyn, thanks! Those cute napkins are from Pier One, and I did buy them recently (Easter time, they were brand new in stores then) so I’m sure you can still find them. They come in some really cute colors, like red and turquoise, too!

  13. These hoagies look SO scrumptious and easy! Love this recipe! Have a great weekend. 🙂

  14. Maybe it’s the diet talking… but I am pretty sure I could drink that red pepper sauce. Looks DELICIOUS!

  15. Such a great looking sandwich! I don’t make sandwiches enough other than pb&j

  16. I just became obsessed with that adorable garlic pot thing!

    I also want to make this sandwich!

    Have a great trip!