Chicken Parmesan Bird Dogs

Chicken Parmesan Bird Dogs  – my FAVORITE sandwich! Crispy chicken fingers, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and melty mozzarella cheese served in a warm garlicky hot dog bun. Great for a quick lunch, dinner, and parties! Serve with some pasta and a green salad for a meal the whole family will enjoy!

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Chicken Parmesan Sandwich

Stop what you are doing and add these Chicken Parmesan Bird Dog Sandwiches to your menu. O-M-YUM! Loaded with chicken, marinara sauce, and melty cheese. SO good! Now, you might be asking, what is a bird dog? It is like a hot dog but with chicken tenders. YUM! These easy chicken sandwiches are great for lunch, dinner, and parties. Everyone gobbles these up! Serve with some pasta and a green salad and you are set!

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How to Make Chicken Parm Sandwiches

These chicken tender subs are SUPER easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Heat the marinara sauce in the microwave or simmer it on the stovetop over medium heat. Set aside. Brush the inside of the hot dog buns with melted garlic butter. Layer chicken fingers, marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, and grated parmesan cheese. Place the sandwiches on a baking sheet. Place the pan in the oven to melt the cheese. Sprinkle the sandwiches with parsley or fresh basil leaves.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • My favorite store-bought chicken tenders are from the deli section at Publix.
  • I like to chop up the chicken meat before adding it to the buns. Sometimes the chicken strips are too big for the hot dog buns. You can leave them whole if you prefer. 
  • I use mozzarella cheese slices. You can substitute provolone cheese.
  • Our favorite store-bought spaghetti sauces are Trader Joe’s Roasted Garlic Marinara (green label), Rao’s, Carbone, and La Famiglia DelGrosso.
    • You can make your own marinara sauce with a can of tomato sauce, garlic, kosher salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  • Can Bird Dogs be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the sandwiches and cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake.
    • Bake the sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil until heated through.
  • Can Bird Dogs be frozen? Yes! Assemble the sandwiches. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
    • When ready to eat, thaw and bake coved in aluminum foil until heated through.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Chicken Finger Bird Dog Sandwiches

These chicken parmesan bird dogs have been on repeat at our house. We like to serve these for lunch or dinner with Creamy Garlic Noodles and an Italian Salad. They are equally delicious with pasta salad or Italian Green Beans. They would also make a good party snack! Add this recipe to your menu. It is sure to become a family favorite!

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Chicken Parmesan Bird Dogs

Yield: 8 sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Chicken Parmesan Bird Dogs  – my FAVORITE sandwich! Crispy chicken fingers, marinara sauce, parmesan cheese, and melty mozzarella cheese served in a warm garlicy hot dog bun. Great for a quick lunch, dinner, and parties! Serve with some pasta and a green salad for a meal the whole family will enjoy!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  • Heat spaghetti sauce in the microwave for 45 seconds, or until warm.
  • Brush the inside of the hot dog buns with melted garlic butter.
  • Place chicken fingers in hot dog buns.
  • Top each chicken finger with 2 Tbsp spaghetti sauce.
  • Add a layer of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with grated parmesan cheese.
  • Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and cook until the cheese has melted, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with fresh basil.

Notes:

  • I baked the sandwiches for a few minutes until the cheese melted. You can also place the sandwiches under the broiler.
  • My favorite store-bought chicken tenders are in the deli section at Publix.
  • I like to chop up the chicken meat before adding it to the buns. Sometimes the chicken strips are too big for the hot dog buns. You can leave them whole if you prefer. 
  • Can Bird Dogs be made in advance? Yes! Assemble the sandwiches and cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to bake. 
    • Bake the sandwiches wrapped in aluminum foil until heated through.
  • Can Bird Dogs be frozen? Yes! Assemble the sandwiches. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. 
    • When ready to eat, thaw and bake coved in aluminum foil until heated through.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Steph

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  1. I plan to make these, because they sound super easy and yummy! However, I think I will toast the buns with the garlic spread, then fill! I’ll let you know how they come out!

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