Philly Cheese Chicken Skillet

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

November 21, 2017

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Philly Cheese Chicken Skillet

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A weight loss surgery patient’s version of  Philly cheese chicken?

Yep. Only this version feels light, fresh and is oh so fragrant!

I used chicken breast tenderloins in this recipe to allow for faster cooking and to keep the portions more suitable for bariatric surgery patients.

I love the sweet bell peppers and the sautéed onions in this recipe. The sea salt brings out their flavors so well and it really allows for few ingredients with big flavor!

I like the little touch of provolone in this recipe, but you could do without it and still enjoy the chicken and vegetables. Although I doubt you could call it Philly Cheese Chicken after that ;) 

You may have also noticed that it’s not a sandwich. It’s true! It’s not. No need to fill your pouch with carby bread that swells up in your tummy and leaves you hungry too soon. Oh no. No need. Lean chicken, fresh peppers and onions with a touch of olive oil and sea salt and torn pieces of provolone. Who needs bread?

As always, if you’ve had a weight loss surgery (Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Bypass, Duodenal Switch or Banding) be sure to take tiny bites, about the size of a black bean, and put your fork down in between bites. I recommend eating two bites of the chicken to any one bite of the bell pepper or onions to ensure you are filling up your pouch with protein. Stop at the first sign of fullness and aim for 20-30 minute meals. In my practice, I allow for drinking fluids up until the first bite but avoiding beverages during the meal and for 45-60 minutes afterwards for best hunger control!

What an added bonus this delicious meal is a one pan dinner! Enjoy a few other one pan dinners featured previously on FoodCoach.Me:

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Philly Cheese Chicken Skillet

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Stove Top
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 183kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 4 (4 oz) boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into strips
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 6 small sweet bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips
  • 2 slices reduced fat provolone cheese, torn into small pieces


  • In a non-stick skillet with a rim, heat to medium-high heat and add bell peppers and onions. Season with sea salt. Saute approximately 5-7 minutes or until soft and fragrant. Remove from skillet and cover to keep warm.
  • Add 1 tsp olive oil or cooking spray to the pan and return to heat. Add chicken strips in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan. Cook approximately 3-4 minutes per side or until internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • Return peppers and onions to skillet and toss ingredients together. Add torn pieces of provolone cheese and cook for 1-2 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  • Remove from skillet and serve.


Serving: 3oz | Calories: 183kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 287mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3514IU | Vitamin C: 145mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition Facts
Philly Cheese Chicken Skillet
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 695mg20%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 3514IU70%
Vitamin C 145mg176%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

2 thoughts on “Philly Cheese Chicken Skillet”

  1. 5 stars
    Quick, easy, and tasty! No spices needed…just a few ingredients and a few minutes and you’ve got dinner on the table.

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