Philly Chicken Sandwich

If I don’t plan dinner for the week and grocery shop on Sundays, I inevitably suffer through five days of thrown together meals and/or dinners out. Each weekday I tell myself I’m going to find a quick recipe that will allow me to run to the store to buy the ingredients, make the dinner, AND eat at a decent time. What often ends up happening is the day gets away from me, nothing is planned, and we pick up dinner at a restaurant down the street. On the rare occasions when I can actually pull it together last-minute, we end up happy to be eating at home with a good, satisfying meal. I just wish I had a stack of 20-minute meal ideas for these weeks when I’m not able plan ahead!

One night recently, I was able to come up with a quick dinner of Philly Chicken Sandwiches. Although I’d never made them before, I concocted a simple recipe that I will gladly refer back to in the future. Just like the famous Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, my version is loaded with bell peppers, onions and melty cheese piled atop a toasted hoagie roll. I’ve never had an authentic Philly Cheese Steak, so I have no basis for comparison, but I was quite pleased with my quick and easy (and surely healthier!) homemade rendition.
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Chicken Sandwich

Philly Chicken Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches

What You Need

  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 small onion, cut into strips
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced or 1 teaspoon jarred minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 slices provolone cheese
  • 2 6-inch hoagie rolls, sliced in half but not all the way through

What To Do

  1. Preheat oven broiler.
  2. Heat a saute pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high heat. Add chicken and garlic and saute for 5 minutes, or until chicken is almost cooked through. Sprinkle chicken with oregano, salt, and pepper. Stir to coat.
  3. Add green peppers, onions, and white balsamic vinegar. Saute vegetables until cooked through. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired.
  4. Place buns on a baking sheet covered in foil. Distribute half of the chicken, peppers, and onions on top of the hoagie rolls. Top sandwiches with cheese. Place sandwiches in the oven on broil for 3 minutes, or until bread is browned and cheese is melted.
  5. Remove sandwiches from the oven, slice in half and enjoy hot.

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