Carbonara Chicken Meatball Subs


December 10, 2017

Creamy chicken carbonara meatballs! Perfect to serve on subs or alternatively with the vegetables of your choice. Kids can even help you make them!

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 3 hrs
  • Yields: 20 meatballs


500g chicken mince

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp minced garlic

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 bottle of your favourited pre made carbonara sauce


1Combine all ingredients (except the carbonara sauce) in a large bowl to make the meatballs

2After washing hands leave them wet as it makes rolling easier and less messy for your hands

3Roll into small gold ball sized meatballs - approx 20

4Pour the carbonara sauce into your slow cooker

5Gently place meatballs in sauce

6Cover usingThe Tea Towel Trick and cook on low for 3hrs

7Do NOT stir or move the meatballs until the last hour to be ensure they are firm and formed to be sure they do not fall apart. Disturbing them before before they are cooked will break them.

8Serve on sub bread rolls for an easy meatball sub dinner

9Alternatively serve with fresh vegetables of your choice

Submitted by Paulene Christie


16 Reviews

Joe Bosley

August 17, 2020

A regular at my house,
We serve it with fettuccine pasta. Kids absoulelty love it


August 17, 2020

Had this for a “Friday night movie night – Fake takeaways” (family tradition lockdown edition) and even fussy miss 2 loved it! Such a good meal!

Yep you could 🙂

Jason Armstrong

May 15, 2020

Can I use a masterfoods sauce with this meal

Trish Oostendarp

February 18, 2019

I made this tonight served on pasta delicious and devoured by entire family even mister fussy went back for seconds. Next time I’ll add two jars of carbonara just for more sauce 10/10

Any one your prefer or find on special is what I do 🙂 I think I used Leggos?


July 18, 2018

Which carbonara sauce did you use or would recommend?

Rachel Gregory

May 13, 2018

Easy & popular dinner in our house, my teenage boys can not get enough of this! Thank you

Jodie Leemhuis

May 10, 2018

Yum, yum and yum! This is my new favourite meatball recipe. The meatballs are so delicious in the carbonara sauce. I doubled all recipe ingredients and added some onion flakes to the meatball mix which made 40 meatball and cooked on high for 2hrs then put a tea towel under sc lid and cooked for another 30 mins on high, We served on hotdog rolls for a quick and tasty weekday dinner. Thanks for another brilliant recipe Paulene 🙂


February 26, 2018

Just a little update for anyone interested… I did cook it on low in my K Mart triple station slow cooker today for 6 hours, and despite the sauce being a little burned around edges, they still tasted great and made amazing rolls. Very, very fast dinner..! Will definitely try again; I might leave tea towel off next time though as my sauce was almost gone after 6 hours and I added a little boiling water back in to make it saucy again. Served on rolls with baby spinach and cheese 👌👍


February 19, 2018

Oh my Lordy lord! Yummy! When my toddler likes it then it deserves 6 ⭐️!!!! I didn’t have the specific dried herbs but used whatever I had in the spice rack ( mixed Italian herbs). I see this as a regular meal.


January 16, 2018

So yummy! I followed the exact recipe, but next time I’d love to add some grated carrot and zucchini for that hidden veg. Served on rolls, would be perfect over pasta also!

Cathryn Pawley

January 13, 2018

Assembled meatballs Christmas eve and had as entree for the non seafood lovers for Christmas lunch and everyone loved it even 20 month old.Definately on favourites list

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

December 20, 2017

Hi Arthur
You can brown them if you wish to but I never brown my meatballs and they never fall apart 🙂


December 17, 2017

Would browning the meatballs help them stay together

Ann McConnon

December 13, 2017

Yummiest Meatball recipe ever Will definitely be added to me cook again list

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