Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches ♡ Tender chicken, onions, bell peppers, and melty cheese piled high on a toasted hoagie roll.
If you’re a fan of the classic Philly cheesesteak, you’ll love this chicken cheesesteak recipe! Tender strips of seasoned chicken, sautéed onions, bell peppers, and gooey melted cheese are all piled high on a soft hoagie roll, making a sandwich that is savory, cheesy, and so delicious.
A tasty spin on the traditional beef cheesesteak, this sandwich uses chicken, a leaner protein. Not only is it a healthier option, but it is easy to make and takes just 30 minutes. It’s perfect for busy weeknights or when you need a quick and satisfying meal.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Easy to make: No complicated steps or techniques here! With simple ingredients and straightforward steps, this recipe is great even for beginners.
30-minute meal: That’s all you need to whip up this dish, making it perfect for busy weeknights.
Endlessly customizable: Add mushrooms, switch up the cheese, change the bread, or spice it up with hot peppers – make it your own! See our variation ideas.
Perfect for gatherings: This chicken Philly sandwich recipe is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for dinner parties, game nights, or BBQs.
Healthier twist: Opting for chicken instead of the traditional beef makes this Philly cheesesteak a leaner choice without compromising taste.
What You’ll Need
Grab these ingredients and supplies, and let’s get started. Here’s what you’ll need:
Chicken – boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced. You can also use chicken thighs if you prefer. Or, to save time, feel free to use pre-cut chicken or shredded rotisserie chicken.
Bell peppers – red and green peppers, thinly sliced or diced.
Onion – yellow or white onion, thinly sliced or diced.
Provolone cheese – sliced or shredded provolone. You can also use Cheez Whiz (a classic cheese used on traditional Philly cheesesteaks), American, Pepper Jack, or even shredded mozzarella.
Rolls – soft hoagie rolls or any long sandwich rolls.
Salt and pepper – regular table salt and ground black pepper.
Italian seasoning – if you don’t have this on hand, you can substitute it with a mix of dried herbs: 1 part basil, 1 part oregano, and 1 part thyme or marjoram.
Worcestershire sauce – we love the flavor this adds to the chicken, but the recipe is just as good without it if you prefer to leave it out.
Olive oil – for cooking the chicken and veggies. We prefer extra virgin olive oil.
Butter – for spreading on the rolls before toasting (this is optional, but we recommend it!)
Garlic salt – this adds a nice flavor to the toasted bread (but is also optional).
- Large pan or cast iron skillet
- Cutting board
- Medium bowl
- Aluminum foil
- Spoon or tongs
- Serving dish or baking pan (optional for easier sandwich assembly)
How to Make Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches: Step-by-Step Instructions
Follow these simple steps to make these tasty sandwiches.
Step 1 | Prep the ingredients
Start by thinly slicing the bell peppers, onion, and chicken breasts. Set the onions and bell peppers aside.
Step 2 | Cook the chicken
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter over medium-high heat. Add the sliced chicken and stir to coat.
Add the Worcestershire sauce, then sprinkle the chicken with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper to taste, and stir to evenly distribute.
Cook the chicken until browned and cooked through. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside in a bowl covered with foil.
Step 3 | Sauté the veggies
In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil, then the sliced bell peppers and onions. Stir to coat and sauté the peppers and onions until they are soft and starting to caramelize.
Step 4 | Combine chicken and veggies
Return the cooked chicken to the skillet with the veggies. Stir together.
Step 5 | Add Cheese
Layer slices of Provolone cheese (or your cheese of choice) on top of the chicken and veggie mixture. Allow the cheese to melt.
Step 6 | Toast the rolls
While the cheese slices are melting, toast the hoagie rolls:
Lay the hoagie rolls open face on a baking sheet. Spread with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt to taste.
Broil on high for 20 seconds or so until the bread is golden brown (or to your preference).
Step 7 | Assemble the sandwich
Using a spoon or tongs, pile the chicken, veggie, and cheese mixture into the roll. Tip: to make it easier to fill the rolls, place them on their side in a baking pan or serving dish first.
Step 8 | Serve & Enjoy!
Serve your chicken cheesesteak sandwich hot with your favorite side – perhaps crispy fries, coleslaw, or a fresh salad. (See side ideas below.) Don’t forget napkins; it’s deliciously messy!
Chicken Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are so easy to customize! Here are some ideas for how you can change up this recipe to suit your tastes:
Add some heat
Spice it up with some sliced jalapeños, a splash of hot sauce, or even some red pepper flakes while sautéing the chicken.
You can use chicken thighs for a juicy and flavorful result. If you’re looking for convenience, consider using pre-cooked rotisserie chicken or pre-chopped chicken.
Customize the veggies
Add banana peppers, zucchini, or even spinach for added nutrition. And sautéed mushrooms taste amazing with peppers and onions, so we highly recommend that addition if you like mushrooms!
Try using a crusty baguette, ciabatta rolls, or even wrap it up in a tortilla or pita for a different take.
Skip the bread entirely
Serve the chicken mixture on its own or over pasta, baked potatoes, or rice. For a low-carb option, sub lettuce wraps in place of the rolls.
Change up the seasonings
Consider adding a sprinkle of garlic powder, onion powder, lemon pepper seasoning, or a Cajun mix to give it a different flavor profile.
Or replace the Worcestershire and Italian seasoning entirely with soy sauce, ginger, and a touch of sesame oil for an Asian flair.
Mayo, buffalo sauce, garlic aioli, sriracha, barbecue sauce, and pesto would all be great sauces to try. If you like some crunch, put coleslaw or crispy onions on top. Fresh lettuce and tomato slices would make tasty additions as well.
What to Serve with Chicken Cheesesteak Sandwiches
Want to make your chicken cheesesteak meal even better? Here’s a list of easy and yummy ideas to try:
- Crispy french fries
- Sweet potato fries
- Onion rings
- Baked potatoes
- Garlic parmesan roasted potatoes
- Avocado tomato romaine salad
- Cucumber salad
- Fruit salad
- Roasted broccoli or asparagus
- Creamy mashed potatoes
- Steamed green beans with garlic and bacon
- Corn on the cob
Place any leftover chicken mixture in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stove. Add extra cheese if desired.
Tip: It’s best to assemble the sandwiches fresh when you’re ready to eat them rather than refrigerate them whole, as the bread tends to get soggy in the fridge.
Here you’ll find answers to common questions about chicken cheesesteak subs.
How do I Make it vegetarian?
Replace chicken with portobello mushrooms or a meat substitute for a vegetarian version.
Can I use other types of cheese?
Absolutely! While provolone cheese is classic, feel free to use mozzarella, cheddar, or even pepper jack for a spicy twist.
Can this be made ahead and reheated?
Certainly! Just store the chicken mixture and bread separately, then reheat and assemble when you’re ready to eat.
This chicken cheesesteak sandwich offers a fantastic twist on the classic Philly favorite. It’s hearty, flavorful, and sure to satisfy those cheesesteak cravings with a unique variation. Give it a try for your next meal, and enjoy every cheesy bite!
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- 1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced
- 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
- 8 slices provolone cheese
- 4 hoagie rolls
- Garlic salt
- Prepare the ingredients: thinly slice the chicken, bell peppers, and onion.
- Add 1 tbsp oil to a skillet and cook the chicken until browned. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside in a bowl covered with foil.
- Add the remaining oil to the same skillet and sauté the bell peppers and onions until soft and slightly caramelized.
- Return chicken to the skillet and mix with the veggies.
- Add slices of provolone cheese and let it melt.
- While the cheese is melting, toast the hoagie rolls: lay them open face on a baking sheet. Spread with butter and sprinkle with garlic salt to taste. Broil on high for 20 seconds or so until the bread is golden brown (or to your preference).
- Assemble the sandwiches by filling the rolls with the mixture.
- Serve hot and enjoy!
- You can sub the chicken breast for chicken thighs, rotisserie chicken, or pre-chopped chicken.
- When you are ready to assemble to sandwiches, place the rolls side by side in a baking pan or serving dish first, which makes them easier to fill.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Main Dish
- Method: Stovetop & Baking
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 646
- Sugar: 7.6 g
- Sodium: 1421.5 mg
- Fat: 31.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 13.8 g
- Carbohydrates: 31.5 g
- Protein: 58.1 g
- Cholesterol: 170.4 mg
Keywords: chicken cheesesteaks, sub sandwich, hoagie
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