• Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 5 hours
  • Serves: 20 servings

Orange Bourbon Mini Chicken Phillies

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Category: Chicken, Main Dish

 Ingredients List

  • 1/2 Large sweet onion (sliced into strips)
  • 1 Large green bell pepper (sliced into strips)
  • 1 Large red bell pepper (sliced into strips)
  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken tenderlions (cubed )
  • 1lb boneless skinless chicken thighs (cubed )
  • 2/3 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (about two medium oranges)
  • 1/3 cup lite or low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic ketchup
  • 1/3 cup stevia powder
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1 inch cube fresh ginger (grated or minced OR 1/2 tsp ground ginger)
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves (minced)
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • sea salt (to taste)
  • freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted sweet cream butter
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup low fat/low sodium chicken stock (hot)
  • 24 mini sub rolls or dinner rolls
  • grated reduced fat cheese of choice (optional. I only used a bit for pictures)


Step 1
Add the onion slices and the bay leaf to the bottom of a large crock pot.

Step 2
Combine orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, ketchup, stevia, molasses, ginger, garlic, orange zest, and red pepper flakes and stir. Set aside.

Step 3
Heat butter and oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until butter bubbles. Sprinkle the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, add to the pan and sear on eat side. About 2 minutes. Scoop chicken out of the pan with a slotted spoon and add to the crock pot. NOTE: Be sure not to overcrowd your pan or the chicken won't brown. I had to do this step in two batches.

Step 4
Add flour to the remaining butter and oil and whisk until smooth and a thick paste forms. Slowly whisk in the stock and bring to a bubble then add to the the flour mixture to the orange marinade.

Step 5
Pour the marinade over the chicken then top with the sliced bell peppers. Cook on low for 4-5 hrs.

Step 6
Stir everything in the pot together and stuff into mini sub or dinner rolls. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired, and serve.

Step 7

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