The chicken was moist and the sub was super cheesy. Back then, calories didn’t matter and I’m pretty sure I had one almost every Friday night that summer. (What a good use of my babysitting money…)
I’ve never tried to make a chicken cheesesteak at home before, which is a real shame. I wish I would have found this recipe sooner. Actually, I’m glad I found it when I did since I was able to choose and make it for this month’s Secret Recipe Club.
I was assigned to Biting Life. Miranda has a lot of healthy recipes and I almost debated on making a smoothie as my recipe for this month, but the ooey gooey-ness of a cheesesteak just won me over. Calories be damned! 🙂
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1/2 tbsp. all purpose flour
- 2/3 cup half and half
- 8 oz. white cheddar cheese, shredded or grated, divided
- 6 sub rolls
- lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Cut 6 sheets of foil and place on a baking sheet.
2. Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil.
3. Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the chicken in the skillet and sear for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden.
4. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven. Reduce the temperature to 300.
5. Meanwhile, heat butter in a small saucepan. Whisk in flour until the mixture is golden. Slowly pour in the half and half and stir until bubbling. Reduce the heat to low and stir half in the cheddar cheese until melted.
6. Once the chicken has slightly cooled, shred it.
7. Assemble the sandwich by spreading the cheese sauce on both sides of the roll. Top with shredded chicken, lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise, caramelized onions, and then divide the remaining shredded cheese between the subs.
8. Wrap each sub up in the piece of foil, place on the baking sheet, and bake for 5 minutes.
I know most people eat cheesesteaks with peppers and onions, which I do enjoy, but here they are most commonly served with lettuce, tomato, caramelized/fried onions and hots. I skipped the hots but went the lettuce and mayo route.
I really enjoyed these subs as they were similar to the ones I had as a teenager, but next time I want to try the peppers and onions version. I also didn’t bake my subs for as long as directed in the recipe because baked lettuce and tomato just isn’t that tasty.