If I was telling you about this in real life…

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…it’s a possibility that I might spit on your face. Not on purpose of course… but it’s just… all the drool. I mean, LOOK at that half-eaten due to a lack of self control sandwich.

And I’m about to tell you something so embarrassing. I made these for lunch. That’s not the embarrassing part. Actually, I didn’t make them FOR lunch, but I made them during lunch. I was going to be away for dinner and wanted to surprise my husband when he came home, since his original plan was to eat who knows what – probably plain chicken and a bun – for dinner. And I thought… what better way than to surprise him with cheesesteaks. Because I don’t know if you noticed… I’ve sort of been obsessed with these cheesesteaks for the last two months. BAD obsession. Sick obsession. Obsessive obsession.

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Okay, still not the embarrassing part. So when I made them for lunch, I guess I waited a little too long to eat? Well, maybe a lot too long, since I’d been running around all morning and just figured I’d grab something light since I would be out for dinner.

Apparently “grab something light” has a new meaning. We shall now interpret it as “eat two full cheesesteaks.”


They were just so… so good. I mean I can barely even tell you how good they were. I wrapped them super tight which Julie said was the *key* and boy… was she right. And then I drizzled more of that sharp white cheddar sauce on them because you know, they totally needed it. And then I just… went to town. So to speak.

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After eating them I really DID go to town too… literally.  We went and saw Girl’s Only which was pretty funny but sort of made me think I needed to add fifteen years to my age to throughly enjoy it without squirming like an awkward fish and then made me all shades of uncomfortable because I really don’t think that any girls sit around in their… undergarments… and talk about girl stuff. Um, no. At my sleepovers we always had on actual clothing.

Sorry dudes.

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And guess what? I thought about the cheesesteaks all night, and my dinner couldn’t even compare to how delicious they were. Oh and the name? Chicken cheesesteaks are a thing right? Because it didn’t seem right to ask if you wanted a cheesechicken. Like instead of a cheesesteak.

Nevermind… I sort of like that.

Would you like a delicious cheesechicken?

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Homemade Chicken Cheesesteaks

Yield: 6 cheesesteaks

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 green pepper, sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced
8 ounces sharp white cheddar cheese, freshly grated
1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 tablespoon flour
2/3 cup half and half
additional salt + pepper to taste
6 whole wheat sub rolls


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Heat a large oven-safe skillet oven medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season chicken on both sides with 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Place in the skillet and sear on both sides until golden, about 2 minutes per side. Once seared, place skillet in oven and roast chicken for 15 minutes. When finished, remove and let cool slightly, then shred into pieces. Reduce oven temperature to 300 degrees.

While chicken is roasting, heat a small skillet oven medium-low heat and add remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Add peppers, onions, salt and pepper, stirring to coat and cooking until soft but not caramelized - about 6-8 minutes.

In a small saucepan, heat butter over medium heat until it's sizzling. Whisk in flour to create a roux, cooking until mixture is golden and smells somewhat nutty - about 2 minutes. Add in half and half and stir until milk is bubbling and thick, then reduce heat to low, add about 5 ounces of shredded cheddar and mix until combined and creamy.

To assemble, lay out 6 squares of aluminum foil and place a roll on each. Stuff each roll with chicken, then drizzle with cheese sauce and stuff with peppers and onions. Top with a handful of extra shredded cheddar. Roll each sandwich up TIGHTLY - almost cut the size in half. Once all sandwiches are rolled, place on a baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove and eat!

adapted from the little kitchen

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Definitely a thing.

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105 Responses to “Homemade Chicken Cheesesteaks.”

  1. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — September 5, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    Why did I have to read this when I’m STARVING??!!! OMG!


  2. #
    Beth @ Kitchen Minions — September 5, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    I swear, the worst part of making delicious food is having to resist temptation of eating it all!


  3. #
    Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries — September 5, 2012 @ 6:33 pm



  4. #
    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — September 5, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

    Homemade cheese sauce? Yes, please!


  5. #
    Arthur in the Garden! — September 5, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    Oh! Now that’s a great idea!!


  6. #
    Katie @ Blonde Ambition — September 5, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Ummmm yeah that cheese sauce looks to friggin’ die for. I want to swim in it.


  7. #
    Joelle (on a pink typewriter) — September 5, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    This looks amazing times a trillion. Meals like this make me wish we were neighbors.

    PS. Blog looks AMAZING – love the redesign!


  8. #
    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — September 5, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    I am stuffed, and just ate dinner, but am now drooling!


  9. #
    Nikki @Pennies on a Platter — September 5, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    I sorta don’t blame you for eating two of them for lunch! :) They look fantastic!!


  10. #
    Karly — September 5, 2012 @ 10:50 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with Julie’s cheesesteaks, too. I haven’t actually made them yet, because I’m scared they won’t live up to my ridiculously high expectations. Those photos just make them look PERFECT.

    Now i have to obsess about cheesechickens, too. This is getting ridiculous.


  11. #
    Sarah E. — September 6, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    I love your new look! It’s so pretty :)

    When I met my husband, I hated cheesesteaks. Then over time, as I made them for him, I started to love them. We have some kind of cheesesteak at least once a week – original, omelet-style, egg roll-style, sloppy joe-style (which is on my blog today actually), etc. I think a cheesechicken sandwich sounds epicly awesome and delicious – it certainly looks it! Can’t wait to share this with hubby :)


  12. #
    Emily — September 6, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    I’m laughing out loud about your comment about Girl’s Only! My Bridal Party took me to the show two weekends ago for the “daytime” portion of my Bachelorette party, and we were all definitely fifteen years too young to fully love it. However, the cocktails were fabulous!


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    Tara — September 6, 2012 @ 8:45 am



  14. #
    Keisha — September 6, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    Okay… My mouth is watering just looking at that picture! I love cooking with chicken thighs…. Definitely have to try this one as soon as possible.


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    Squash Blossom Babies — September 6, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    I’ve made these a million times but I’ve never ever ever made a cheese sauce like that for them….that’s what has been missing! Thanks for the great recipe!


  16. #
    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — September 6, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

    So this is definitely a make-for-the-boyfriend recipe…although I feel like I’ll end up in the same situation as you with at least two of those babies gone. Look amazing!


  17. #
    poorna — September 6, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

    ZOMG!! How DID I never knew your blog? I feel like an epic fail at this point.

    Okay, so here it goes. Hail human, for the utter beauty I have just surveyed and salivated over. Will it be okay if i blogroll you? I really really really want to see more good food, you know.


  18. #
    Jen @ Savory Simple — September 7, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    These might be making me drool as well!


  19. #
    Brianne — September 10, 2012 @ 10:00 pm

    My husband could care less about the blogs I read, the blogs I produce, or really….anything blog related haha, but he just happened to see the main picture for this post and was ALL over it! Thanks for the recipe :)


  20. #
    Diana — September 12, 2012 @ 9:46 pm

    Made these for dinner tonight! They were amazing… thanks for the recipe :) They were boyfriend approved!


  21. #
    Wendy — September 20, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    My husband has relocated me from Miami to Northern Ireland, and I miss the tastes of home, but for no longer. These were absolutely GORGEOUS, and put another notch on my American Iron Chef belt. I tried it with breast, and mixed the meat and cheese sauce prior to stuffing (I needed to add a bit more milk), and also threw in sauteed mushrooms with the onion and pepper for good measure, and what can I say, save that they were as you promised. I will be trying your linked steak version as well. Thank you!


  22. #
    katelyn — September 26, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    I made these last night for my sister and her three roommates who are freshman in college and have been sustaining on cafeteria food for the past month. they bowed down at my feet! I think i got volunteered for weekly family dinners as a result! good thing i have such great inspiration! thank you!


  23. #
    Loran — September 29, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Made these last night. OMG. The best thing ever!


  24. #
    Elisa — October 3, 2012 @ 8:43 pm

    Did it hurt? You know, when you fell from cooking heaven… These sandwiches were angelic! I made these tonight with chicken breasts (sliced very thinly before cooking) and they were delicious! I need to double the amount of cheese sauce though because the hubby literally ate it with a spoon from the pot. And I really couldn’t blame him! Whenever I’m in need for a last minute recipe, I come to your blog, you never disappoint!


  25. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — October 15, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    I made these last night, and I cannot wait to make them again! Delicious!!!


  26. #
    Heather — October 19, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    We love these! They’re in the oven right now and it’s the 2nd time we’ve made them. I do diva up the cheese sauce a little – hot sauce, mustard powder, garlic and Worcestershire and I use breasts b/c they cook faster. LOVE LOVE LOVE these sammies! :D


  27. #
    Abigail — September 30, 2013 @ 10:06 am

    I was scrolling through the archives when I came upon this recipe, and I just felt it was my duty to let you know that in Philadelphia – chicken cheesesteaks are totally a thing! And what’s more, BUFFALO chicken cheesesteaks are also totally a thing! Just felt it was my duty to let you know!


  28. #
    Geri Delia — October 11, 2013 @ 1:58 pm


    I can’t wait to get home and try these!!! Thanks for sharing this one.



  29. #
    fassiha — December 13, 2014 @ 5:16 pm

    looks yummy, im going to try it for sure.



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