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Easy Orange Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Takeout who? These Orange Chicken Meatballs will beat any takeout order any day of the week. Orange chicken meatballs are a fun twist on classic meatballs. These flavorful orange chicken balls are bursting with orange flavor and Asian seasonings. This recipe is perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, or even as a party appetizer.

  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 meatballs



1 lb ground chicken

1/2 cup of panko breadcrumbs

1 egg

2 stalks of green onions (white and green part separated)

2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
2 tbsp of orange juice – just to keep the meatballs moist* (see note below)

2 tsp of grated ginger

Zest of 2 medium oranges (about 1 tbsp of zest)

1 tsp salt and black pepper

Pan Frying

2 tbsp of grapeseed oil

2 cloves of smashed garlic


Cornstarch slurry (3 tbsp of water, 1 tbsp of cornstarch)

Juice of 2 medium oranges (about 1/2 cup)

3 tbsp of kecap manis (sweet dark soy sauce)**

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp of honey

Pinch of salt and pepper
Optional: chili crunch or chili oil


Green part of the green onion



*add 2 tbsp of the orange juice from the 1/2 cup of juice from the sauce. This helps keeps the meatballs moist. No one wants a dry ball. 

  • Author: Carmen
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: mains
  • Method: pan fry
  • Cuisine: asian

Keywords: orange chicken meatballs, orange chicken balls, baked orange chicken meatballs, orange sauce for meatballs