Whiz witout: Philly chicken ‘cheesesteak’

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The Philly cheesesteak is the most glorious of all meat and cheese sandwich combinations beside the noble cheeseburger.

I used to go with a ‘Whiz Wit’ at Philly’s Best: Crisp slivers of steak smothered in onions, peppers and melted cheese. I also used to add a ginger ale, split an order of fries and get Tastykake’s for dessert. Gah.

Here’s a way to lighten things up and still enjoy the flavors of a cheesesteak without the guilt.

First. Out with the beef. Also, no bread. There are enough veggies,however, that you’ll be full without needing the carbs.

Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees.

In a saute pan, heat 1/2 t of canola oil and sear a salted chicken breast,¬†skin side down first, so it develops a nice crust–about 3 minutes on medium-high. Flip it over and do the same thing for another 3 minutes.

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Remove the chicken and set aside. Add another 1/2 t of canola oil to the pan and throw in the onions and peppers. For one serving, I used 1 green bell pepper and 1/4 red onion, both sliced thin. Salt them in the pan and cook over medium-high, deglazing the pan with water as needed if the veggies start to stick. Season with salt and pepper.

Cook for 5-7 minutes, until the onions become slightly translucent. Spread the veggies out and add the chicken back into the pan. Toss in the oven for 10 minutes.

Using a thick towel or mitt, and taking care to avoid burning yourself, remove the pan from the oven. You can either use the broiler or the oven to melt the cheese on top, so if you decide to broil, now is the time to turn it on.

fatdude_chickencheeseteak_3Scoop up the veggies with tongs and mound them on the chicken. Top the pile with 1 oz. of cheese. I had muenster, so I used muenster. It turned out to be an excellent choice.

Broil until the cheese is bubbly and golden, about 2 minutes, or roast the chicken again until the cheese has melted. If you broil it, the cheese creates a crust and you don’t miss the bread.

Slice it thin, sprinkle with a little dried oregano and dig in.

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3 thoughts on “Whiz witout: Philly chicken ‘cheesesteak’”

  1. Why not butterfly the chicken breast to increase surface area to ‘crust’? Im not a big fan of green peppers so I would mix in some red bell peppers. Still, I am gonna give this recipe a try

  2. @Dennis: The reason I didn’t butterfly the chicken breast was because I roasted the whole thing in the oven with the onions and peppers and the meat would have been too thin to get the peppers and onions where I wanted them to be without drying out a much thinner piece of chicken.

    I like using the butterflied breast with a salad right on top. Or a fried egg. Or a fried egg salad.

    Plus, in this case, if you nail the skin right, you won’t need the “crust” on the meat cause you’ll already have one perfect little chicken chip.

    And, in general, red bell peppers have an added health benefit over green peppers, so I would have gone with them too, but the greens were on sale, so I went for the deal.

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. Oops, I missed the pop in the oven part. Eggs YUK! Like Guy Fietti, I cant stand eggs! I like most foods and will try anything new but I do not like eggs or white milk!

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