Easy Orange Chicken Meatballs

Welcome to a delicious and easy recipe for Orange Chicken Meatballs. These meatballs are a delightful twist on the classic orange chicken, combining juicy chicken meatballs with a tangy and sweet orange sauce. Perfect for a weeknight dinner or a party appetizer, these meatballs are sure to impress. Follow this detailed guide to create a mouthwatering dish that everyone will love.


Before we start, let’s gather all the necessary ingredients for the chicken meatballs and the orange sauce.

For the Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the Orange Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup orange juice (freshly squeezed or store-bought)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (slurry)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Zest of one orange
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for heat)

For Garnish:

  • Sesame seeds
  • Sliced green onions


Step 1: Preparing the Chicken Meatballs

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  2. Mix the Meatball Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground chicken, breadcrumbs, egg, minced garlic, chopped green onions, soy sauce, sesame oil, grated ginger, salt, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  3. Form the Meatballs: Use your hands or a small cookie scoop to form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them evenly.
  4. Bake the Meatballs: Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, or until they are cooked through and golden brown. Turn them halfway through cooking for even browning.

Step 2: Preparing the Orange Sauce

  1. Combine Sauce Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, combine the orange juice, soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, grated ginger, minced garlic, orange zest, and red pepper flakes (if using). Stir to combine.
  2. Thicken the Sauce: Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens, about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Coat the Meatballs: Once the meatballs are done baking, add them to the saucepan with the orange sauce. Toss to coat the meatballs evenly with the sauce.

Step 3: Serving the Meatballs

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