Philly Cheesesteaks and The Secret Recipe Club:
Chicken Philly Sandwich Recipe
It’s another “reveal day” for the Secret Recipe Club, of which I am a member; this is how it works – you are assigned a “blog” in secret, you visit your assigned blog and choose ANY recipe to bake/cook and blog by the deadline, which is today the 29th July. You don’t tell them you have their blog, it’s a secret (hence the name) until the reveal date above. You can adapt or change the recipe to fit your own tastes and lifestyle (make it healthier, gluten free, substitute ingredients, etc), just be sure to note your adaptations. Simple, and LOTS of fun, as you get to discover new on-line friends and new blogs too. My assigned blog this month was Making Miracles, which is written by the lovely and remarkable Rebekah. It’s a blog about “food, family and making memories” and had some wonderful recipes to choose from. I was very taken with Beautiful Breakfast Sandwiches, Super Easy Breakfast Casserole, Cheddar Bacon Hamburgers, Anniversary Chicken and General Tso’s Chicken; but, it was the Chicken Philly Sandwiches that I chose to make in the end, as I LOVE Philly Cheesesteaks and wanted to try out a chicken version.
My love of the Philly Cheesesteak started many years ago when I lived and worked in PA (Pennsylvania) in the States. It was love at first bite and I have tried to replicate them many times at home in France and the UK. According the Wikipedia, the Philadelphia Cheesesteak was developed in the early 20th century “by combining frizzled beef, onions, and cheese in a small loaf of bread,” according to a 1987 exhibition catalogue published by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Philadelphians Pat and Harry Olivieri are often credited with inventing the sandwich by serving chopped steak on hoagie rolls in the early 1930s. They began selling this variation of steak sandwiches at their hot dog stand near south Philadelphia’s Italian Market. They became so popular that Pat opened up his own restaurant which still operates today as Pat’s King of Steaks. The sandwich was originally prepared without cheese; Olivieri claims provolone cheese was first added by Joe “Cocky Joe” Lorenza, a manager at the Ridge Avenue location.
A cheesesteak, also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteak, Philly cheesesteak, cheese steak, or steak and cheese, is a sandwich made from thinly-sliced pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. A popular regional fast food, it has its roots in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Rebekah’s recipe for a chicken version of a cheesesteak immediately appealed to me as I had some lovely organic chicken breast in the freezer and some plump green peppers. I made her recipe exactly as she posted it, with two major exceptions; as I don’t live in the USA, I have no access to “hoagie rolls” , so I used some baguette instead; and, I also cannot buy Provolone cheese in France either, so I used mozzarella instead, which worked a treat! I have shared Rebekah’s recipe below, but the original recipe for her delicious Chicken Philly Sandwiches is here: Chicken Philly Sandwiches. We both thought that the amounts were huge for two people, even two hungry people, and as you can see from the photos, we had lots of filling left – so, if you do make this recipe, then I think it will easily serve three to four people.
Once again, I have discovered a wonderful new blog to follow and it has been great to participate in Group D’s July Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. You will be able to see all of the other fabulous “secret recipes” at the bottom of this post, so if you have time why not visit a few! That’s all for today, I will be back later with more new recipes as well as the round-ups for Tea Time Treats and Cooking with Herbs, have a brilliant start to the week, and see you soon, Karen Chicken Philly Sandwiches Recipe
(By Rebekah of Making Miracles Blog)
2 large chicken breasts,cut into thin strips (about 1-1 1/2 lbs)
2 green bell peppers, cut into long thin strips 2 onions, sliced into thin strips
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon olive oil salt and pepper to taste
4-5 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise and toasted (I used baguette)
4-5 slices provologne cheese (I used Mozzarella Cheese)
1 TBS Worcestershire (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute chicken until lightly browned (about 10 minutes). Stir in green pepper and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper. Saute until vegetables are tender, and remove from heat (about 15-20 more minutes). Add some Worcestershire if desired for additional flavor.
- Toast buns for about 5 minutes in preheated oven. While buns are toasting, spread cheese slices on top of meat mixture (turn off heat, and make sure meat mixture is even distributed in pan before adding cheese). Allow cheese to melt onto meat.
- Once buns are toasted, evenly distribute meat and cheese between them. Serve immediately.
What a lovely idea, this “Secret Blog” thing! I’d love to have somebody tweak and alter my recipes and get a second opinion on seasonings etc.
These sandwiches look great, would be a perfect mid-week dinner.
Thanks so much Riitta! You can join the SRC, just go here: http://secretrecipeclub.com/ and sign up, there is a waiting list, but it would be great to see you there! Karen 🙂
Lisa Williams says
beautiful so delicious looking I really could sink my teeth into one of these right now 🙂
Thanks Lisa, this was a VERY tasty sandwich!
i’ve never actually eaten a Philly cheesesteak but i’ve always loved the look of them and always wanted to give them a go… and I know from how glorious yours looks that I will adore them… making me hungry for my lunch now Karen xxx
You MUST try a Philly Cheesesteak when you are next in the States Dom, or make one at home, they are delicious! I actually preferred this chicken one to the steak ones I have had in the US! Karen
Hello there! Love the chicken variation on a classic! Mouthwatering photos, I would love to have some for my dinner tonight! 😉
Hi Sally! Lovely to see you here and thanks for your comments, it was a truly amazing recipe and so full of tasty flavours! Karen
Rebekah @ Making Miracles says
Thank you for the lovely comments and your photos are beautiful!!! Happy reveal day Karen! 🙂
Thanks for a BRILLIANT recipe Rebekah and I am so pleased you like the photos too! Karen
I never would have thought to swap out the steak with chicken. What a delicious weeknight meal! As always, your pictures are beautiful! Great pick this month 🙂
Thanks so much Melissa! Curiously enough, the chicken REALLY works in this cheesesteak and we both loved it, as a mid-week treat, we are both on diets! Karen
JJ - 84thand3rd says
Growing up in Philly I’ve eaten my fare share of cheesesteaks and chicken cheesesteaks – your look better than all of them! Great pick 🙂
Thanks so much for that, from a Philly gal I take that as a great compliment! Karen
Great pick this month! My husband would go crazy for this. Going to put it on his steak bucket list. 🙂
LOL! I hope he enjoys it as much as we did Traci! Karen
Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel says
Yum! I love the idea of the mozzarella cheese…. so stringy and delicious!
Thanks so much Jess! I thought it was a good sub for Provolone cheese too, and as you say, all melty and stringy!
I love stretching boundaries in the kitchen. Great new take on a beloved classic. Happy SRC Reveal Day!
Thanks Fran! I was unsure how chicken would work in place of steak, but it really was lovely!
looks delicious – i’ll try it tomorrow!
You will love it I am sure!
Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious says
Fabulous tweak on a classic! Great SRC pick!
Thanks so much Dorothy! 🙂
These look amazing! I love Philly cheesesteak sandwiches
Me too Kirsten and these were really tasty!
amy @ fearless homemaker says
I love the twist on these with chicken – they look and sound absolutely wonderful! Great pick for the SRC.
Thanks Amy, they were truly delicious and we loved the chicken as much as the steak.
Janie E. says
I love chicken cheesesteaks! I didn’t think I would, but they are delicious 🙂 Yours turned out looking amazing 🙂 Happy Reveal Day!
Thanks Janie! I always love Reveal Day, it’s fun to see who had your blog and what they made!
This recipes looks great! I love how you used chicken instead of the traditional beef! Great SRC Pick!
Thanks Christine, the chicken worked just as well as steak, we both thought!
Asiya @ Chocolate and Chillies says
That looks delicious! Love philly cheesesteaks but have never made them at home. Great SRC pick!
Thanks Asiya, they were surprisingly easy to make at home!
Tracy Nixon says
Shared via G+ thanks!
Looks amazing! I made chicken cheesesteaks a few months ago for SRC but from a different blog. So delicious!
That’s great, they work so well with chicken don’t you think Susan?
Lisa Williams says
tweeting to share
Maya Russell says
Have shared on Twitter, @maisietoo
Thanks for the Philly Chicken recipe (and for your alternatives to the unusual ingredients). Looks delicious.
April @ Angel's Homestead says
I love Philly Cheesesteak, I bet this chicken version was just as good. Pinned it to try soon.
Man… now I am hungry.. gonna stop off for ingredients on the way home tonight 🙂
I think you will enjoy this!
Maya Russell says
Tweeted to share,
clair downham says
these look delicious my kids would love these .they would make a fantastic supper
Irene Wright says
I like the look of this one but would swap the green peppers with mushroom.
Mushrooms would also be great!