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. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — September 5, 2012 @ 6:57 am

    This looks wonderful (wow, the blue font color is hard to head in the comments now :\)

    Nothing beats comfort food like chicken, cheese, and ooey gooey-ness!


  2. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — September 5, 2012 @ 7:04 am

    Mmmmm, cheese steak, mmmm chicken cheese steak! This looks fantastic! I am drooling here! I want this for breakfast!!!!

    Typing in light blue font is hard to see, do you think you could darken the blue or bring back the black font?


  3. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — September 5, 2012 @ 7:07 am

    Way to go for the thighs – they’ve got way more flavor, so I’ve heard. :)


  4. #
    Kim@hungryhealthygirl — September 5, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    How is that you always have me drooling first thing in the morning? These look delish!!


  5. #
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — September 5, 2012 @ 7:09 am

    Definitely putting these on my menu. What’s not to love????


  6. #
    Kim in MD — September 5, 2012 @ 7:25 am

    Wow…this is seriously drool worthy! My husband will go nuts for this!


  7. #
    Rachel Cooks — September 5, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    Oh these look SO amazing!


  8. #
    Kevin@Extraordinary BBQ — September 5, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    Yes please!! What a delicious idea!


  9. #
    Ashley@BakerbyNature — September 5, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    I’m drooling now. Seriously stunning pictures, jess!!!


  10. #
    Simply Life — September 5, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    wow! this is the first time a chicken sandwich has made me drool!


  11. #
    Kayley — September 5, 2012 @ 8:00 am

    At first I read, “Chicken Cheesecake”. My thoughts…now she’s just gone too far. But then again, if anyone could make chicken cheesecake work, you could.


  12. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — September 5, 2012 @ 8:06 am

    I’ve never met Mr. How Sweet, but I’m pretty sure you earned major Best Wife Ever points with this one!


  13. #
    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh — September 5, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Great…now I want a cheesesteak for breakfast!


  14. #
    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — September 5, 2012 @ 8:16 am

    Duh! Why have I not thought of making these before?! Charlie’s or whatever the heck is the name of that sandwich shop makes a chicken philly that we absolutely fell in love with, but it never occurred to me that I could like, try to duplicate the thing. Oye.
    I’ve got to start thinking more like that when I eat something REALLY good.
    Wait, no, I think it’s The Great Sandwich Shop.
    I dunno.


  15. #
    Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — September 5, 2012 @ 8:25 am

    I can’t say that I’ve ever had a cheesesteak in my life (woops), but these are looking so delicious. I kinda just want to make the cheddar sauce and eat it with a spoon. Gosh, it just looks so gooey and yummy!! Can’t stand it.

    I like the word “cheesechicken” too. Has a nice ring to it!


  16. #
    bridget {bake at 350} — September 5, 2012 @ 8:30 am

    Oh, BABY!!! Seriously drooling over here just thinking about them.


  17. #
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — September 5, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Fun! We’re doing these for dinner tomorrow night – only we cook our chicken in the crockpot. I think I’ll give your cheese sauce a try… it looks incredible.


  18. #
    Shannon (A Fork In Each Hand) — September 5, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    I live in the Philadelphia area and don’t eat red meat so I’ve never had an official Philadelphia cheesesteak. But I love a good chicken cheesesteak, even though they can be hard to find around here. I hope I make this someday!


  19. #
    sally @ sallys baking addiction — September 5, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    jessica, i can’t even begin to tell you how veyr much I love love love your website makeover!!! it was perfect as it was, but the little heart, colorful fonts, blue and pink dots.. in love!! oh and i’m from philly sooooo ummm yeah. i love anythign and everything cheesesteak. esp chicken!


    • Jessica — September 5th, 2012 @ 10:55 am

      Thank you so much!


  20. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — September 5, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Something about seeing a sandwich like this gives me a deep guttural urge for meat and bread. …way more than a craving!


  21. #
    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch — September 5, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    Must. Make. This. Now. YUM!


  22. #
    Jessica L. — September 5, 2012 @ 9:07 am

    A sandwich place near where I work serves awesome chicken Phillies…so they are totally a thing!! But these look even more delicious than those. That white cheddar sauce?? Swoon.


  23. #
    Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — September 5, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Wow!!! My stomach just grumbled. I need to try making these with chicken. What a great idea.


  24. #
    Ashley — September 5, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I have been making cheesesteaks constantly with tempeh lately. The husband and I are hooked. I need to try your cheese sauce….like, tonight.


  25. #
    Stephanie @cookinfanatic — September 5, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    Looks ahh-mayyy-zinggggggggg!!! Chicken thighs are seriously one of my favorite things ever, so.much.flavor! And white cheddar cheese sauce too, psh fahgettaboudit, I’m solddddddddddddddd :)


    • Jessica — September 5th, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      For some reason I always think of you when I buy chicken thighs. Is that weird? :)


  26. #
    Cookbook Queen — September 5, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I will not be happy until I have these for dinner!!!


  27. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — September 5, 2012 @ 9:48 am

    Cheesechickens are pretty much begging to swim through my bloodstream and settle into my stomach for a long winter. Times 50.


  28. #
    Kay — September 5, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    YUM these look amazing!


  29. #
    Noelle (@singerinkitchen) — September 5, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Dang these look good. I might just have to change my dinner plans…


  30. #
    Rachel — September 5, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    YUM!!!!! Gonna have to make these!!!:)


  31. #
    Meg @ Peaches and Cake — September 5, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Oh em gee my hubby and I are totally guilty of eating plain chicken with bbq sauce on a bun this week. These look SO much better I must make these for him!


  32. #
    sahrish ali — September 5, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    Yum. This looks tasty. These cheesesteaks are best option for dinner. Definitely try this on Sunday. Thanks for sharing :)


  33. #
    Kare @ Kitchen Treaty — September 5, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Yet another brilliant idea! I should either show these to my guy immediately … or not show them to him at all. I can’t decide.

    By the way, I can’t believe you would harsh on dudes’ dreams by telling them the realities of chick sleepovers. Pillow fights in lingerie are totally a thing! Ha.

    Oh, and I think there’s a typo in the very last paragraph of your recipe, unless “almond cut” is a thing, and if so, I need to know more! :)


    • Jessica — September 5th, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      Ah thank you! I’ve been searching for it and couldn’t find it, haha.


  34. #
    Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots — September 5, 2012 @ 10:22 am

    I am drooling on my keyboard!


  35. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — September 5, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    extra cheese and chicken for me please!


  36. #
    lisa — September 5, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Oh Lord these look good. Can you make a french dip sandwich; those are my favorite?!


  37. #
    Stephanie — September 5, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    Wow, two whole chicken cheesesteaks! Did you make more for your husband? haha


    • Jessica — September 5th, 2012 @ 10:53 am

      I made 6, so yes. :)


  38. #
    Jess — September 5, 2012 @ 10:54 am

    These look sooo good. I’ve been making a version of these in my house for a while since my husband has some weird aversion to red meat. We just call them a “Chicken Philly” since I couldn’t figure out how to work out the “steak”. And the cheese SAUCE over just a plain piece of cheese REALLY makes the sandwich. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight :]


  39. #
    Holiday Baker Man — September 5, 2012 @ 11:09 am

    These look great! Easy too.


  40. #
    JulieD — September 5, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    Darnit…okay, I love chicken thighs. I recently had an amazing chicken teriyaki take-out made with chicken thighs but for Curtis it’s a no go. He likes chicken breasts only…ugh. I love that you made chicken cheesesteaks…they look amazing!!! The cheese sauce looks like it’s to die for!


  41. #
    Diane, A Broad — September 5, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    Daaang girl.


  42. #
    Bethany @ Accidental Intentions — September 5, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Bahahahahahaha cheesechicken.

    These look bomb. As if you ever make anything that doesn’t look bomb.


  43. #
    Kiki — September 5, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    But, I mean….they are pretty healthy. Lean protein and veggies. :)


  44. #
    Carly @ Snack Therapy — September 5, 2012 @ 12:12 pm

    I need to make that cheese sauce, carry it around it my purse, and use it on every single thing I eat. In fact, I should just pour it into a CamelBak and consume it at my leisure.


  45. #
    Averie @ Averie Cooks — September 5, 2012 @ 12:28 pm

    You are so good for cooking for him, or pre-cooking, when you’re going to be gone. I do the same thing for my hugs but I set out a plate of salad with some tempeh on top of it and tell him to enjoy :) I think he’d pass out with excitement if this showed up on his plate!


  46. #
    Michelle — September 5, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    Dude, you ate two for quality control. You don’t have to try to explain it to me; I completely understand. That’s exactly what I would have done. Your husband should be thanking you!

    PS – Totally sent this link to the boyfriend asking him if he wanted a cheesechicken for dinner. This term is going to take over the world.


  47. #
    Joy — September 5, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    I’m definitely making these cheesechickens for dinner tonight! Yummy!


  48. #
    Krissy @ Make it Naked — September 5, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    So…the sauce…can we drink it?


  49. #
    Stacey — September 5, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    This is random, but I love the little…pot(?) your cheese sauce is in! Where did you get it?


  50. #
    Mary @ Bake Break! — September 5, 2012 @ 2:40 pm

    OH BOY! These look fantastic! I really like your measuring cup (? I think?) the cheese sauce is in – how cute!



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