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Easy Orange Chicken Meatballs

Who loves 30 minute meals? I know I do!! These orange chicken meatballs have quickly become a family favorite. They’re super easy to make, crazy flavorful and everyone loves them!

Orange Chicken Meatballs

I’m not gonna lie, dinnertime has been crazy lately. Our toddler and newborn both want to be held at the same time, which means meal prep is pretty much non-existent. We’ve been sticking to the recipes we know and love, ones that are super quick and dirty the fewest dishes possible. That’s where these delicious orange glazed meatballs come in. They’re a lightened-up, speedy version of my better than takeout orange chicken. And they’re totally doable in just 30 minutes!

Orange Chicken Meatballs

While the meatballs are baking you can make the sauce, steam veggies and cook some rice to go along with them. I love using my Ziploc steam bags for the veggies… they’re timesavers, no lifesavers. I swear, we wouldn’t eat veggies at dinner if it weren’t for them! As soon as the meatballs come out of the oven (it should be about the same time as the sauce is done) put them in a bowl and pour the thickened sauce over them. Toss them and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving them.

Orange Chicken Meatballs

Everyone will love these sweet, zesty, orange chicken meatballs. Not only are they toddler (and husband) approved, but they’re a breeze to make and taste just like takeout!

Orange Chicken Meatballs

Easy Orange Chicken Meatballs Recipe

You're going to love these tender and flavorful orange chicken meatballs! They're everything you love about orange chicken but quicker, easier and a whole lot healthier!
4.86 from 7 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Main Dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 449kcal
Author: Life Made Simple Team
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Ingredients

meatballs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg - lightly beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 2 Tbsp green onion - minced
  • 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
sauce
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orange juice - freshly squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest - freshly grated
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or honey
  • 1/3 cup white or rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp cold water
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a standard size baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the milk and panko breadcrumbs. Allow to soak for 5 minutes. Add the chicken, egg, garlic, green onion, soy sauce, ginger, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix together just until combined (overworking it will cause the meatballs to be dense).
  • Shape into meatballs and place onto the prepared baking sheet. Place in the oven and bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked throughout (internal temperature of 165).
  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine the chicken broth, orange juice, orange zest, sugar or honey, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Bring the mixture to a low simmer. In a small bowl whisk together the cold water and cornstarch, add to the saucepan. Whisk until combined, continue cooking for 5 minutes or until the sauce thickens (I usually let mine go for about 8 minutes).
  • Place the meatballs in a large bowl and cover with sauce. Toss to coat, serve hot.

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NOTES

-You can also use ground pork for these too!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Orange Chicken Meatballs Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
449
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
16
g
25
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
7
g
Cholesterol
 
189
mg
63
%
Sodium
 
1142
mg
50
%
Potassium
 
1115
mg
32
%
Carbohydrates
 
41
g
14
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
29
g
32
%
Protein
 
35
g
70
%
Vitamin A
 
332
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
20
mg
24
%
Calcium
 
74
mg
7
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Comments:

    1. Did you do the cornstarch step correctly? Just whisk it in while simmering and it will thicken right up.

  1. Good ,but the Orange Glaze is too watery like another comment mentioned.
    Problably just a 1/2 cup of broth will fix that.

  2. Hi- I made these this afternoon and they were delicious! I only used 1 lb ground chicken (not white meat) to keep the meatball tender and moist. I also bought the sauce mixture (used only 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes) to a very gentle bubble over MED and after whisking in slurry,I turned it down to MED LOW and cooked for 8 mins Thanks so much for a great recipe!

  3. Tasty!! One grammatical correction though. 😉 Having “too” and “also” in the same sentence is redundant. Pick one or the other.

  4. Looks delicious! Do you know how many meatballs there were using 1-1\2 pounds of meat? Did you use an ice cream scoop? They look so neat. Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these they were delicious, sauce was what made it. Thickened sauce easily with water and cornstarch. Beautifully👍❤️

    1. There is no nutritional information on the post but I will definitely look in to that and add it. Thanks so much!

  6. Hi I made these orange chicken meatballs for the first time and the sauce was really dark. They were delicious but looked nothing like photo. Can you explain why?

    1. Hi Michelle! I’m glad the meatballs tasted great. I’m not exactly sure why the sauce was darker… It could be because there is sugar in the sauce (either honey or regular sugar, in the orange juice, etc.) so that may have caramelized a bit on the stove making it a darker color, but still a good flavor!