Love Orange Chicken and Beef? Try Our Orange Turkey Meatballs to Help with your New Year Resolutions!

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I don’t usually have a problem with keeping my weight where I want it, but my SO does. So he always has ground turkey around as a healthier alternative to eating other meats, forms of protein. Luckily for him, he really enjoys eating ground turkey. He thinks it’s delicious. Normally, I disagree hard, and we will do fend for yourself lunches and such when he wants ground turkey. After making this dish though? I think I might come around to eating more ground turkey! I think ground chicken would also work!



  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs (gluten free if need be)
  • 2 tablespoons of orange zest
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 whole green onion, both green and white parts
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce (tamari or liquid aminos for gluten free)


  • 1/3 tablespoon hot pepper, chopped  or pepper sauce
  • 1/3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tbsp rice cooking wine
  • 2 tsp soy sauce (tamari or liquid for gluten free)


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add turkey, breadcrumbs, garlic, green onions, egg, sesame oil, orange zest, and soy sauce. Mix with your hands until combined.
  3. Grease a baking sheet with oil.
  4. Portion out 12 meatballs. (Working with slightly wet hands helps)
  5. Place meatballs on the oiled baking sheet and cook for 15 minutes or until fully cooked, flipping halfway through.
  6. Take out of the oven and toss with the Asian sauce.
  7. In a bowl mix together your sauce ingredients, except for corn starch.
  8. Bring your sauce ingredients to a boil (medium-hi heat) in a small sauce pot.
  9. Put your cornstarch in a bowl. Add a tbsp of boiling sauce to your corn starch to make a slurry. Reduce your heat to medium, and add your corn starch. Mix gently until your sauce starts to thicken.
  10. Once the sauce is the desired thickness, pour over the meatballs and serve.

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