My husband has been a Philly Cheese steak fan for years. I love making my man happy, but the beef here in Cambodia is a little, well…bleh. It’s super-tough and I literally have to cook it in the crockpot for at least 12 hours for it to become, in my opinion, tender. To say the least, a cheese steak during the week is not really possible unless I make it chicken cheese steak. Problem solved!
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I will be the first to admit that cheese steak is not the healthiest of choices. However, there are those times in which I believe my family needs some hearty, comfy, oh-so-yummy meals to help them enjoy the end of a so-so or bad day. Quite honestly, if I can perceive that my husband or kids are having a pretty tough day, I quickly scour the pantry and fridge to find ingredients to make one of their favorite dishes. Just a few weeks ago it really changed my husband’s day.
I know many of you are thinking, “What? One meal is going to make someone’s day brighter?” Yep. It certainly will.
A few weeks ago my husband was having a stressful day. We had several things go wrong, and finances were tight. However, I still had enough ingredients to make one of his favorite side dishes — Parmesan french fries. As I was making them I told the kids, “We’re making Parmesan fries today to cheer up daddy!” No one said a word to him because we were busy setting the table while sprinkling and seasoning fries. My husband ate lunch in his office and came out smiling. He walked into the kitchen with a grin and said, “Well, wifey! You just turned bad day into a better one!” The kids all giggled as I gave them a wink. Yes, one side dish, not even an entire meal turned my husband’s day around. It’s the simple things!
If you love looking at these food pics, I need to tell you something. I did not take the pictures. “Whhhaaattt?” I can almost hear your response. It’s true. My husband did! Didn’t he do an amazing job? I was exhausted on the day I made these and quite frustrated, to say the least. I said, “Just forget taking food pics today.” I headed upstairs and put my kids down for their nap.
After the kids were asleep, my husband walked into the kid’s room and said, “Your food pics are ready, madame.” What? How could they be? He set up the food props, took the pics and then edited them to save me all the trouble. You see where good food will get you? I made his day happy a few weeks ago, and he returned the favor. Pretty talented guy, eh?
Back to the recipe!
Why toasted Philly Chicken Cheesesteak? Because when you toast the sandwich it gives you just one more excuse to add a little bit more cheese. Plus, it adds an amazing crunch! So go ahead, be different and enjoy your cheesesteak toasted!
One thing I love about chicken cheesesteak is how much leaner and cheaper the meat is. I am a fan of good, high-quality steak, but many times it just doesn’t fit in my monthly grocery budget. But, chicken always does! If you are short on time, you can start this recipe in the crock-pot, but I wouldn’t advise it. I love cooking in a crock-pot, but in this case, the crock-pot makes the chicken too tender. Instead, sauteing it in a skillet is a better choice and is super-quick too!
I was laughing the other day when we made this recipe. As I poured all the onions, peppers, chicken and ooey gooey cheese onto the serving platter my son chimed in, “Wow! I love this recipe and it doesn’t take long to make!” Yeah, he’s definitely a food blogger’s child. My daughter piped in and said, “I don’t like peppers, but the onions and peppers really give this chicken a good flavor.” Maybe we should start our own recipe commercials!
So you can guarantee if two kids love this recipe that’s full of onions and peppers that adults will love it too! The flavors and onions add so much natural flavor that I don’t even add seasonings — seriously! Just make sure you mayonnaise your bread thoroughly — and this is coming from a girl that doesn’t like mayo overload. But Chicken cheesesteaks need a little extra mayo and BAM! It’s like flavor explosion in your mouth!
Ready to try it? Get cooking!
Chicken Philly Cheesesteak
1 red bell pepper cut into thin strips
1 green pepper cut into thin strips
1 large onion cut into thin strips
6 boneless, skinless chicken breats cut into thin strips
2 cups shredded mozzerella cheese
Hoagie Buns or Baquette
Saute half of the onions and half of the chicken in four Tablespoons of olive oil in one large skillet. Once peppers and onions are tender and chicken is cooked through, remove from heat and add one cup of mozzerella cheese. Stir until melted. Repeat process for remaining peppers, onions and chicken. Once all the chicken and peppers are cooked, place on mayonnaised bread and enjoy! If you want to be extra sneaky, thinly slice some mozzerella and layer on top of philly cheesesteak. Then, toast in oven at 350 degrees until cheese is melted. That is my personal, crunchy bread preference! Yields: 6 loaded Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks.