Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks (20 Minute Meal)


Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks are cheesy, spicy, chewy, and ready in 20 minutes!

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In true I’ll try anything to get labor started fashion, I made these hot, chewy and, most importantly, spicy Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks for lunch yesterday. OMG.

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Although the spice factor of the cayenne-laced buffalo wing sauce in the sammie did nothing to nudge my little boy along, my tastebuds were definitely moved. These sandwiches are amazing! 

Thinly sliced onions and chicken breasts are quickly sauteed then coated in buffalo wing sauce, topped with melty cheese, and piled into a hoagie bun. Then they’re wrapped in foil and warmed in the oven until the bread is hot and chewy. You wanna talk quick and easy recipes? These babies pretty much rule the category. They were cooked, warmed, and the dishes cleaned up, in 20 minutes!

Having a hard time imagining buffalo sauce in your cheesesteak? Don’t. The combo is so much fun. Non-traditional, of course, but a great spin nonetheless.

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The last time I had a cheesesteak was in the cheesesteak capital of the country – Philadelphia – with Ben’s family gosh, 7 years ago. Ben and I weren’t married yet, but they took me along on their family vacay anyway. Isn’t that nice of them? We spent some time in the city eating cheesesteaks and checking out the Liberty Bell then finished out the remainder of the vacation in New York City where I thought Ben would propose to me on top of the Empire State Building. He did not. Made me wait a few months then dropped to one knee in a park in San Diego. I’ll take it! ;)


Alright, random stories aside, this recipe legit comes together lickity-split. Start by sauting 1 small sliced onion in 2 Tablespoons butter over medium-high heat until golden brown, about 3 minutes. I used this Le Creuset cast-iron skillet > but any heavy-bottomed skillet will do. Really helps to get the ingredients browning.

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Meanwhile, slice 1lb chicken breasts as thin as you can. I find the best way to do this is to cut them when they’re still partially frozen. Makes it so much easier!

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Add the chicken to the onions, season with salt and pepper, and then saute until the chicken is no longer pink.

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Next add 1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce (NOT hot sauce!)

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You should be able to find a few different brands of buffalo wing sauce at your grocery store, but I really like Frank’s. It has just the right amount of heat.

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Stir the chicken and onions to coat in the sauce, then separate the mixture into piles (I made half a recipe here so I separated into 2 piles. Full recipe is for 4.)

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Now top with cheese slices. Provolone is traditional for cheesesteaks, and would be awesome here, but I had some smoked gruyere in the fridge which I thought would taste fantastic with the spicy, tangy buffalo wing sauce. Which it did. YUM!

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Pop a lid on top of the skillet to help melt the cheese, then scoop each pile into a split hoagie roll. I used bolillo rolls – Mexico’s version of a baguette – which I picked up from the bakery section in my grocery store. They’re super soft and the perfect size for these sandwiches.

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Wrap each sandwich tightly in foil then pop ’em into a 250 degree oven for 10 minutes. Not only will this little toast sesh further melt the cheese, but it makes the rolls fabulously warm, soft, and chewy. Plus it leaves you with just enough time to clean up the kitchen!

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After 10 minutes are up, unwrap, slice, and enjoy!

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Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks

serves 4


Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteaks are cheesy, spicy, chewy, and ready in 20 minutes!


  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • 1lb chicken breasts, sliced thin
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup Frank's Buffalo Wing Sauce
  • 8 slices cheese (suggested: smoked gruyere or provolone)
  • 4 hoagie rolls


  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Split hoagie rolls down the center then set aside. Tear 4 large sheets of foil then set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat then add butter. Add onions then saute until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper, and then saute until no longer pink. Add buffalo wing sauce then stir to combine.
  3. Separate mixture into 4 piles then top with cheese slices. Cover with a lid to melt cheese then remove skillet from heat. Scoop each cheese-topped pile into a split hoagie roll then wrap tightly in foil. Place into the oven to warm completely through for 10 minutes. Unwrap then serve.

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.

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These pictures are not doing the squishy-bread factor justice. They were SO warm and chewy. The perfect cheesesteak roll consistency! The spicy buffalo sauce and melted smoked cheese were a truly awesome combo, too. Enjoy these!

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  1. Erin 07.30.2013

    These sandwiches look amazing. The HyVee bakery in my town has bolillo rolls! Will have to make these; we love buffalo style anything!

  2. Becky 07.30.2013

    Walk lots of stairs. We went to a four story mall Saturday and used all the steps and my son was born Sunday. My husband would have preferred to eat these sandwiches!

  3. Kristin 07.30.2013

    For anyone who is watching their weight, I would suggest hot sauce instead of buffalo sauce. Buffalo sauce is LOADED with fat which most people don’t realize. That, butter and cheese makes for a pretty caloric sandwich (I do realize you’re not trying to make these a healthy meal).

  4. Ohhhh YUM! These look so good! Nice and spicy ;)

    • Tom T. 08.06.2013

      Made these last night. I used the original Frank’s Hot Sauce. They were awesome and not too hot. Great recipe. Congrats on the new little one.

  5. Looks delicious!! I hope the spices helped :)

  6. Melissa 07.30.2013

    Such a cute photo of you and Ben in front of the Love sign in Philadelphia! I’m actually from the suburbs of Philly and have yet to take a picture in front of the Love sign, but hope to someday soon!

  7. Jodie 07.30.2013

    Heading to work I literally yelled out on the EL “Heck yes!!!!!!” I will be making these at least once a week now! I also will be making these at our Lake house this weekend for lunch!!! These will surely fill everyone up when the men are put to work for random projects! I bet I can do it all onthe grill!!! Sending good baby vibes your way! You should do a baby pool for fun on here :) I will start My guess His name will be Mason, 7lbs 9 oz, 19in long, born July 31st 2:34pm. Best wishes to your joyous arrival

  8. Maura 07.30.2013

    Woooo Philly!! Hope the babe comes soon!

  9. Kerry 07.30.2013

    I love Buffalo Chicken anything!! I just made a Buffalo Chicken Pizza on a Pita to save on some carbs!! Must try your version too!!

  10. JulieD 07.30.2013

    These look fantastic. We wrap our cheesesteaks too. So essential, I think!

  11. Thinking of you and wishing you the very best for a happy, smooth birth. Can’t wait to meet baby boy x

  12. Tieghan 07.30.2013

    Yes! These look amazing and I hope that baby comes soon!

  13. Jessica H. 07.30.2013

    These sandwiches look amazing! Thanks for posting about these!

    Are you still working or did you start your maternity leave? Thinking of you during these last days…. or hours!

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.30.2013

      Thank you so much – I need all the positive vibes I can get! I write the blog and freelance recipe develop/write full time so I’m in it ’til the last minute. :)

  14. oh my gosh. we are having a rainy day up here in the sin cities (minneapolis/st. paul dontchaknow?) and this would be the perfect meal. gah.

  15. I have such a buffalo sauce obsession. These look amazing!

  16. Sarah 07.30.2013

    Your food always looks amazing, I’m almost drooling lol. Best wishes for the baby, hope he comes out soon :)

  17. We are obsessed with buffalo chicken. These look awesome!!!

  18. Sara 07.30.2013

    Awww…I just read your proposal post and I don’t even know you but I am so excited for you and Ben to start your new little family! Enjoy the anticipation and wishing you a safe and happy delivery! :)

  19. Noelle 07.30.2013

    That baby’s floatin’ in a nice, warm pool, munching on buffalo sandwiches…I wouldn’t want to come out, either! ;)

  20. Hannah 07.30.2013

    I have never wanted a sandwich so bad at 9 AM. Just texted my boyfriend and we decided we are making these this weekend. We might eat like 4 each.

  21. This looks SO good! We love Frank’s at our house it’s a staple for our street tacos and by street tacos I mean suburban wanna be street tacos. My husband would love this recipe.

  22. Kelly 07.30.2013

    No baby yet?! Hang in there! The sandwiches look amazing!

  23. Anna Banana 07.30.2013

    Whatever you do, don’t take castor oil. It works sometimes but it is nasty and makes labor, shall we say, less pleasant. I go “overdue” with all my babies and felt pretty desperate to be done. I finally got smart enough with my last sweet baby and just let nature take it’s course and it was SO MUCH BETTER that way (and faster). Castor oil BAD and BLECH. Good luck and blessings for a great day coming your way soon.

  24. Carla Bowlin 07.30.2013

    Try jumping off the porch! (just kidding). Best wishes for you and your hubby. It’ll be here before you know it.

    • Brittany 07.30.2013

      Ok, I just had to let you know I laughed hysterically at this. lol.

  25. Liz 07.30.2013

    I hope this does the trick… buffalo chicken dip is what I credit my own labor finally starting!

  26. These look great!!! I hope the spicy foods help – they’ve helped several of my friends over the years!
    Good luck – hope labor is easy for you – and your husband!

  27. Sandi 07.30.2013

    I agree with Anna- don’t do the castor oil! I went over with my first and got desperate, it was awful. I got dehydrated and was in labor 33 hours.
    My first was born in July and I remember how uncomfortable I was. Hopefully your little guy will come soon all on his own.

  28. Haley 07.30.2013

    Oh yum!!! I love Buffalo Chicken ANYTHING! My Grandmother makes Buffalo chicken dip. I must try these sandwiches!! (:

  29. Tom 07.30.2013

    Mmmm, looks like great make ahead tailgate party eats, not long before football season

  30. Dani 07.30.2013

    I’ve been checking your blog EVERY DAY wondering if baby has arrived! I hope that today is the day and girl, STOP working and RELAX. Make that hubby of yours wait on you hand and foot until baby comes! :)

    • Iowa Girl Eats 07.30.2013

      Oh he is spoiling me rotten. I just have a terrible time sitting and twiddling my thumbs, especially when I have something this big on my mind. I’m better when I’m busy!

  31. Reagan 07.30.2013

    Sammies look amazing and I think I might have to make them this weekend. We actually have a 7 hour layover in Philly coming up soon and we are going to hit a cheesesteak place and see some sights, so this is fun post for me to read. Hoping tomorrow is baby day for you, since its my birthday, too!

  32. Ashley 07.30.2013

    This looks like its going to be dinner tonight!! Thanks for the yummy looking recipe. I am now sitting here at my desk craving this sandwich!!

  33. Brenda 07.30.2013

    Surely this gave prego you some heartburn?!

  34. Mary Baldinelli 07.30.2013

    Francies Bar on Des Moines south side serves an awesome buffalo chicken philly cheesesteak sandwich.

  35. Jennie 07.30.2013

    I was due the same day as you with a boy. Still no baby for me either! What’s the hold up?????

  36. Julie 07.30.2013

    Yum! I made and ate pulled buffalo chicken in the crockpot and that very same night I we t into labor! Good luck! :)

  37. Yummo! I must make this. It looks fabulous!

  38. Lizzie 07.30.2013

    This recipe looks great! Unfortunately, I am not a buffalo fan… but I am thinking I can do this with red onion, barbecue sauce, and cheddar! :-)

  39. Becky 07.30.2013

    Not that you need anyone else giving you go into labor advice, but have you tried drinking raspberry leaf tea? Granted, it tastes like you’re sucking on a stick, but I really think it helped!

    These sandwiches look delish!

  40. sarah 07.30.2013

    Have you tried Pepperjax by the Fareway in Clive? Really good philly steak style sandwiches! Baby will come when he’s good and ready… or when you evict him, whichever comes first :)

  41. These look pretty much amazing since I really enjoy buffalo sauce! I am thinking that I could recreate these using tempeh to make a vegetarian version. You sure have my mind thinking about the possibilities… :)

  42. Emily 07.30.2013

    Those look so good! Isn’t it amazing how babies are on their own schedule? Love the photo of you and Ben too; he’s a keeper!

  43. I’ve been stumped on what to get my husband for his birthday…. I think making these might be the best gift ever in his mind. Thank you for the inspiration:)

    Thinking of you and your family over the next few (exciting!) days! x

  44. Andrea 07.30.2013

    This recipe looks good.

    8 years ago today, I was 3 days past my due date and waiting for my daughter to arrive. She ended up being born 5 days after her due date. Castor oil was what ended up inducing labor for me and she was born 12 hours later. Drink 1/2 cup castor oil mixed with juice of choice and chug! Quickly follow with plain juice. Hope this helps. This does work…I tried it when I was pregnant with my son two years later and delivered him the next day.

    Hang in there, before you know it he’ll be here,snuggling in your arms.

  45. Carrie 07.30.2013

    Looks DELISH. I’m predicting 48 hours till little boy arrives on the scene. Enjoy the special attention from Ben.

  46. Nicole 07.30.2013

    Love the prebaby recipe, I was inspired to make something similar for dinner. Hope the baby is on his way!!

  47. Kim R. 07.30.2013

    What kind of pan is that?! :)

  48. Heather 07.30.2013

    Try Sam’s Fine foods over on the south side of Des Moines. Go in there and ask for the Angry chicken and tell Sam you’re pregnant. Both my sister n law and my cousin went in there when they were past their due dates and both had contractions that night and were in full labor the next day!

  49. RegularCinderella 07.30.2013

    These look delish! Can’t wait to try them!
    When I was trying to avoid being induced with my daughter, I started putting cayenne pepper on everything, hoping it would be spicy enough to send me into labor. After a particularly nasty event, involving a tuna melt, my husband threw the cayenne pepper away. Meanie!

  50. Jess 07.30.2013

    Good luck welcoming your little man, Kristin!!!

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