If you ever watched The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air growing up, you might remember the scene where Uncle Phil tries to give Will a taste of home and surprises him with a Philly cheesesteak from a nearby restaurant. You know Will is touched by the gesture, but he’s still a bit disappointed.
“Nice try, Uncle Phil, but this is not a Philadelphia cheesesteak. See, look at the bag. No grease stain. If this was authentic, you could see right through the bag by now.”
I’ll admit, this cheesesteak recipe is probably closer to the Bel-Air version than it is to an authentic Philly cheesesteak. You won’t be able to see straight through a paper bag with this sandwich inside, but there’s still plenty to enjoy with this version. The mushrooms add a hearty touch to the classic pepper-and-onion mix, and the chicken provides a light counterbalance to the cheese that gets loaded into these sandwiches.
These come together in about 30 minutes, so they make a perfect weeknight dinner! If you want a taste of Philly (or Bel-Air 😉), you’ll love these sandwiches!
Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
1/2 large yellow onion, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 green bell pepper, julienned
8 oz mushrooms, sliced
1 lb chicken thighs, sliced thin
Salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Hoagie rolls to serve
In a large saucepan on medium heat, cook and stir the onions until translucent. Add in the peppers and mushrooms, and cook together until the peppers are tender and the mushrooms are browned. Add in the chicken, salt, and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken no longer has any pink, about 8-10 minutes. Stir the cheese in, then cover for a minute to let it evenly melt.
Remove the pan from the heat, and immediately serve in the hoagie rolls.
Serves about 4.