Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich

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A healthier spin on a beloved classic!

When we decided to recreate this famous Philly sandwich recipe, we had our work cut out for us. There’s a reason so many people love this iconic sandwich! We had to overcome one major problem with the classic version: All that extra fat and calories seemed to be what made it taste good. But, after some experimenting, we came up with a version that’s almost better than the original. This Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich is a mouthful for sure. The lean protein from the chicken and loads of sweet peppers and onions give this recipe tons of juicy flavor. It has everything you love in a healthy sandwich!

We make our Philly cheese “steak” with chicken, so you’ll get a protein-packed meal without all of that saturated fat found in red meat. It also features more vegetables than the traditional version, because we love a good excuse to sneak in an extra serving of veggies. Finally, we swapped in reduced-fat cheese, cutting down on the saturated fat even more while still giving you that ooey, gooey cheesy flavor. The result is one of our all-time favorite sandwich recipes.

Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich

famous philly cheese

This delicious sandwich tastes just like the indulgent sub for which the city of Philadelphia is known, but without any of the guilt. As an added bonus, it’s so packed with so many fresh veggies that you’ll get an entire serving in one sitting! It’s also much lower in saturated fat and calories than the original version.

Despite the health improvements, the sandwich is still juicy and delicious. It’s great for a Friday evening meal, and you can even serve it up at parties. It’s a great casual option that is still fresh, healthy, and homemade. No matter what we do, though, we always make plenty of leftovers. This Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich is a great option to take for lunch!

philly chicken and cheese sandwich

In addition to tasting great, this recipe also pairs well with some of our favorite side dishes. You can whip up a vegetable side, like these Easy Garlic Lemon Green Beans or Southwestern Brussels Sprouts. Or, go a more traditional route and serve it with a healthier version of Plant-Based, Old-Fashioned Potato Salad.

No matter how you serve it, this Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich is almost guaranteed to satisfy your cravings. All without ruining your weight loss goals! If you’re trying to go low-carb, try serving it on a lettuce wrap by following the instructions on this recipe.

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Philly Cheese & Chicken Sandwich

A classic sandwich full of lean protein, sweet peppers, and loads of juicy flavor!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield 4 people
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound boneless and skinless chicken breast sliced into strips
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 red bell pepper cored, seeded, sliced into strips
  • 1 green bell pepper cored, seeded, sliced into strips
  • 1 sweet onion thinly sliced
  • 4 slices 2% provolone cheese
  • 4 4-inch crusty wheat rolls


  • Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and oregano. In a large skillet add oil, turn to medium-high heat, add chicken and brown on both sides. Add peppers and onions and continue cooking until tender.
  • Place open rolls on a cookie sheet, add cooked chicken, peppers and onions, top off with a cheese slice on each roll. Place rolls in oven and heat until cheese is melted.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 381kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 329mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 5g |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 10
Keywords Budget-Friendly, Quick and Easy

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Editor’s note: This recipe was originally published on August 3, 2012.

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  1. My favorite sandwich!  So glad I finally found one that willn ot make me feel guilty!

  2. This is an awesome sandwhich!@facebook-100002113327036:disqus !! It is great for the summer! Very tasty!!!

  3. I love this  recipe it is  a great take on the steak  one ,,, Thanks for all the great recipes you post . 

  4. This is my all time favorite Skinny Ms. recipe, I'm from PA, and this is an awesome rendition of our famous cheesesteaks, thanks for the awesome addition to our meal plans!

  5. This is a delicious Skinny Ms recipe and.goes great with Skinny Ms tomato Basil soup! I would really love to have a cookbook!

  6. Looking forward to winning my cookbook!!  And making so many more delicious recipes like this one!!

  7. My whole family enjoyed this. I put my chicken and veggies on a salad. Looking forward to leftovers on my salad for lunch. I added a little garlic bit otherwise I followed the recipe.

  8. This was one of the best meals I've ever ever had or made!! For the rolls I just made whole wheat biscuits from and used organic pepperjack cheese instead of provolone. The flavor of everything was amazing!! Thank you thank you for posting this recipe! Just amazing! I give it 10 stars! 🙂

  9. These sound yummy except I will have to add fresh mushrooms to them :-). Can't wait to try them :-).

  10. I'm making these tonight. I have made before and they are so good. I am adding fresh cooked mushrooms to them though :-). Mmmm

  11. Looks delicious! Quick question though, how many calories and pts would it be if I left off the sub roll?

    1. April, Depending on the type of sub roll, 2 to 4 could be left off. The same is true with calories, but around 80 + could be left off.

    1. Hi Jo,
      From what I could find, a typical crusty wheat roll is about 24 carbs so if you ate a serving of this recipe without bread, it would probably only be about 3 carbs or so (give or take 1 or 2 in either direction.) Hope that helps!

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