Cooking up Change at Home: Chicken Philly Sandwich

May 20, 2016

Ever wish you could try the winning dishes from Cooking up Change? Well, here’s your chance. Each month, we’ll share a Cooking up Change recipe so you can try the meal at home and taste firsthand how these students are changing the future of school food.

Healthy Schools Campaign’s Cooking up Change contest challenges high school culinary students to create a healthy and delicious school meal that can be served in a school cafeteria. Cooking up Change is not only fun and educational, but it also adds student voices to the national conversation about school food. Through Cooking up Change, these young chefs do more than sharpen their culinary skills; they develop leadership, public speaking and team building skills and create relationships and networks that will last a lifetime.

Today, we present the main dish of the menu that won the 2016 Cooking up Change Houston competition: Chicken Philly Sandwich with Sautéed Onion, Peppers and Cheese. The culinary team from Houston won the 2015 national finals last year, and we’re excited to see how the team from Houston does this year.

Chicken Philly Sandwich

Serves 4.

  • 8 ounces diced chicken, fully cooked
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ small yellow onion
  • ½ green bell pepper
  • 4 whole grain sub rolls
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Toss chicken and Worcestershire sauce together in a medium bowl; place in refrigerator until needed.
  2. Slice onion and green pepper. Lightly spray with pan coating and toss together.
  3. Sauté onions and peppers in skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add chicken to skillet with onions and peppers and cook until internal temperature reaches 165° F.
  5. Meanwhile, toast sub rolls in oven for 3-5 minutes or until golden and toasty.
  6. Divide chicken and vegetables between the sub rolls. Top with cheese and return to oven until cheese is melted. Serve warm.