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orange chicken meatballs with rice.

Citrus-Glazed Chicken Meatballs

  • Author: April Anderson
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 meatballs 1x


These chicken meatballs, made with simple pantry ingredients, are coated in a sticky-sweet orange sauce made with fresh orange juice. This recipe makes approximately 12 dinner-sized meatballs, but you can also make them smaller and serve them as an appetizer.


  • 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 sliced green onions, for garnish


  1. Combine the bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, ginger, red pepper flakes, and salt in a large bowl. Add the egg and oil and stir to combine. Add the chicken mix it all together until just combined.
  2. Scoop a generous two tablespoons of the mixture to form each meatball. You should end up with approximately 12.
  3. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. Place the meatballs in the pan and cook them, turning periodically to brown them all over, about 10 minutes.
  4. Combine the orange juice, soy sauce, vinegar, honey, and brown sugar in a medium bowl. Add the cornstarch and whisk until combined. 
  5. Pour the sauce into the pan with the meatballs and bring it to a boil. Stir frequently until the sauce thickens and coats the meatballs.
  6. Garnish the sauce and meatballs with the sliced onions and serve.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Brown
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 3 meatballs
  • Calories: 388
  • Sugar: 19.5g
  • Sodium: 333.3mg
  • Fat: 21.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 9.1g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10.5g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.3g
  • Fiber: 0.9g
  • Protein: 23.1g
  • Cholesterol: 142.8mg

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