Philly-Style Chicken Cheesesteak Recipe

Background and History

The Philly-Style Chicken Cheesesteak is a delicious twist on the classic Philadelphia cheesesteak, which traditionally features thinly sliced beef, melted cheese, and onions served on a hoagie roll. The chicken version offers a lighter alternative while retaining the rich flavors and satisfying texture that make the original a beloved staple. This dish emerged as a popular option for those seeking a lower-fat, high-protein version of the traditional cheesesteak, while still enjoying the hearty flavors.


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 hoagie rolls or sub rolls
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Useful and Interesting Facts

  • The original cheesesteak was created in Philadelphia in the 1930s by Pat Olivieri, who initially used thinly sliced beef.
  • The chicken version is not only a lighter option but also a great way to enjoy the flavors if you prefer poultry over beef.
  • Adding vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms increases the nutritional value and adds to the dish’s complexity.





10 minutes

Cooking Time

20 minutes


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 hoagie rolls or sub rolls
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cooking Instructions

Prepare the Chicken

Slice the chicken breasts into thin strips. Season with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

Cook the Chicken

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken strips and cook for 5-7 minutes, until cooked through and slightly browned. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

Cook the Vegetables

In the same skillet, add the remaining olive oil. Sauté the sliced bell pepper, onion, and mushrooms (if using) for about 5 minutes, until softened.

Combine Chicken and Vegetables

Return the cooked chicken to the skillet with the vegetables. Stir to combine and heat through for about 2 minutes.

Prepare the Rolls

While the chicken and vegetables are heating, slice the hoagie rolls and spread butter on the inside. Toast them lightly in another skillet or under a broiler for a minute until golden brown.

Assemble the Sandwiches

Place a slice of provolone cheese on the bottom half of each toasted roll. Spoon the hot chicken and vegetable mixture over the cheese, allowing it to melt slightly. Spread mayonnaise on the top half of the rolls if desired, and close the sandwiches.


Serve the chicken cheesesteaks immediately, while hot and melty.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 450
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 35g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sodium: 800mg


  • You can substitute provolone cheese with other cheeses like American or mozzarella based on your preference.
  • For an extra kick, add sliced jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce to the chicken and vegetable mixture.
  • Leftover chicken can be used for other dishes like salads or wraps, making this recipe versatile and economical.

Allergy Warning

  • Contains dairy (cheese and butter) and gluten (hoagie rolls). Always check the labels of your ingredients for any potential allergens if you have specific dietary restrictions.

What is the secret ingredient in Philly cheesesteak?

The secret ingredient in a traditional Philly cheesesteak is Cheez Whiz, a processed cheese sauce that adds a creamy and rich flavor, though other cheeses like provolone and American are also popular.

What is chicken cheesesteak made of?

A chicken cheesesteak is made of thinly sliced chicken breasts, sautéed with onions, bell peppers, and sometimes mushrooms, then topped with melted cheese and served on a hoagie roll.

What is a Philly cheesesteak made of?

A Philly cheesesteak is made of thinly sliced ribeye steak, cooked with onions, and topped with melted cheese, usually Cheez Whiz, provolone, or American, all served on a hoagie roll.

What’s the difference between a cheesesteak and a Philly?

There is no significant difference; a “cheesesteak” and a “Philly” are often used interchangeably to refer to the same sandwich that originated in Philadelphia, consisting of thinly sliced steak, onions, and cheese on a hoagie roll.

What is the key to a good Philly cheesesteak?

The key to a good Philly cheesesteak is using high-quality, thinly sliced ribeye steak, cooking it to tender perfection, and ensuring the right balance of meat, cheese, and onions, all served on a fresh hoagie roll.

What sauce goes with Philly cheesesteak?

Philly cheesesteaks are typically enjoyed without sauce, but some people like to add condiments such as ketchup, hot sauce, or a drizzle of Cheez Whiz for extra flavor.

Is a Philly cheesesteak chopped or sliced?

A traditional Philly cheesesteak uses thinly sliced ribeye steak, but in some variations, the meat may be chopped during cooking to create a different texture.

Is mayo on a cheesesteak?

While mayo is not a traditional ingredient in a Philly cheesesteak, some variations include a spread of mayonnaise for added moisture and flavor.

Is chicken cheesesteak healthier?

Chicken cheesesteak can be healthier than the traditional beef version, as chicken generally has less fat and fewer calories, especially when prepared with lean chicken breast and plenty of vegetables.

Can you put mozzarella on Philly cheesesteak?

Yes, mozzarella can be used on a Philly cheesesteak for a different flavor profile, although the traditional cheeses are Cheez Whiz, provolone, or American. Mozzarella will add a mild and creamy texture to the sandwich.

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