Orange Chicken Meatballs are a new family favorite around here! These perfectly seared meatballs are packed with classic flavors like garlic powder, onion powder, kosher salt, and a little orange zest to compliment the bright citrus flavor of that amazing sauce!
Quick & Easy Orange Chicken Meatballs
These meatballs have all the classic flavors of orange chicken take-out but are Whole30/Paleo compliant and can be made in 30 minutes in your own kitchen. We love serving it with some grilled broccoli and cauliflower rice! And if you are really a fanatic of Chinese food, like us, you also have to try our Beef & Broccoli or our Cashew Chicken Stir Fry. So good and perfect for easy weeknight dinners!
Why You Will Love This Recipe:
- Kid-Friendly: My kids are a huge fan of this recipe! I mean, who doesn’t love meatballs!
- Flavor: The sauce is INSANE! So much flavor packed in there!
- Leftovers: Trust me, you are going to want to make extras so you have some leftovers waiting for you the next day!
What You Will Need
- ground chicken – love the leanness of ground chicken, but it still doesn’t seem to get too dry. I have made this with ground turkey and it does work as well! I just prefer ground chicken.
- egg: this helps bind everything together as it cooks.
- almond flour: this also acts as a binder.
- onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, & ground black pepper: the perfect combination of spices that bring great flavor to these chicken meatballs.
- orange zest: this helps bring some of that natural orange flavor right inside the meatball.
- olive oil: this is used to help coat the pan before searing the meatballs.
- orange juice + orange juice concentrate + orange zest: helps create that major orange flavor!
- garlic + coconut aminos + sesame oil: these help create those Asian-inspired flavors.
- tapioca starch: helps to thicken the sauce to the perfect consistency.
How to Make Orange Chicken Meatballs
You can begin by combining your sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and let it simmer on medium high heat.
Next, combine your meatball ingredients in a mixing bowl and form into meatballs. Pro tip: use a cookie scoop to easily make uniform-shaped meatballs. Sear meatballs on all sides and then continue cooking until fully cooked.
Remove the meatballs and add the sauce to the cast iron skillet. Add tapioca starch and whisk until sauce thickens.
Now you can add the meatballs back to the pan and stir to combine.
Serve and enjoy!
Best Ways To Serve Orange Chicken Meatballs
Our absolute favorite way to serve them is by adding some broccoli florets towards the end of the cooking process and with some cauliflower or jasmine rice. Other great options would be some roasted broccolini or steamed green beans. Just don’t forget a sprinkling of sesame seeds on top!
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Orange Chicken Meatballs
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 22–24 meatballs 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: Asian-Inspired
Orange Chicken Meatballs – a flavorful and delicious weeknight dinner option the whole family will love!
- 1 pound ground chicken
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- zest of 1 orange, minced
- olive oil
- 1 1/5 cups orange juice
- 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
- 2 teaspoon garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoon coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon tapioca starch (added later)
- 2–4 cups fresh broccoli florets
- Cauliflower Rice
- Combine the Sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Let it simmer while making the meatballs.
- Combine the Meatball ingredients in a medium mixing bowl.
- Use a cookie dough scoop to scoop out approx. 1 1/2 tablespoons of meatball mixture, forming a ball, and place on a large plate. Continue until all of the meatball mixture is used. (See Notes)
- Take large/medium cast iron skillet and bring to medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil and use a spatula to spread evenly to coat the pan. Add chicken meatballs and sear on all sides, about 3 minutes.
- Turn down heat to medium and cover. Let cook 10-15 minutes, moving around frequently, until fully cooked (165 internal temperature – I recommend using a meat thermometer).
- Remove the meatballs and set aside.
- In the same skillet you cooked the meatballs, pour in the sauce that has been simmering. Add in the tapioca starch and whisk continually, bringing the sauce to simmer. It will slowly start to thicken.
- Add the meatballs back in and toss to fully coat. Remember the sauce will thicken even more as it cools a little.
- If you are making broccoli to go with this you can add that in at this point, cover the dish and let the broccoli steam for a few minutes (just don’t let the sauce go above a small simmer or it may get gummy). You can also just steam your broccoli separately and then add in to the sauce or serve it on the side.
- Serve immediately.
- Ground Chicken: ground chicken can be very sticky so it helps to have a little bowl of oil next to you when you are making the chicken meatballs. Get a little oil on your fingers and then rub on the inside of the cookie dough scoop before scooping up the meatball mixture.
- Serving: to keep it Whole30/Paleo you can serve it with broccoli and cauliflower rice. If you aren’t concerned with Whole30/Paleo then feel free to serve with regular rice for a gluten-free option!
- Storage: keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 2 months.
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Everyone in my family loves this!
This recipe was perfect. The instructions gave all of the details I needed. Huge hit for the whole family.
So glad you enjoyed this one, Emily!!
Making these tonight (rated 5-star as I’m sure they will be). I haven’t used orange juice concentrate / had it since childhood. Can you use orange zest or extract to avoid it? thanks in advance!
You can just use orange juice in place of the concentrate!
Great recipe! Meatballs were very moist and the sauce was very good. Was very cautious with the orange juice since I’m not a big fan of fruit sauces, so cut it down to 3/4 cup and used chicken broth for the remaining liquid. It worked for us and we really enjoyed it. Thanks for the recipe.
Can you leave out coconut aminos or is there a sub?
Hi Lisa – common substitutes include soy sauce or tamari, although neither of those are Whole30/Paleo (just an FYI) – so it depends what you are looking for!
The recipe sounds delicious. Just wondering if Orange Juice Concentrate is technically Paleo before I make it. I looked it up but get conflicting results. Thank you!
Hi Jaime – yes, orange juice concentrate is paleo as long as the ingredients are limited to just “orange juice concentrate” and there are no extra sugars added. Hope that helps!
Michelle Missman says
Would love the nutrition info to go with so I can track it! Trying this recipe tonight!
Hi Michelle! Working on getting nutrition info up (it’s a process) – excited for you to try them!
Such an easy and delicious weeknight meal! I was craving an Asian-inspired healthy entree and this is phenomenal. Highly recommend and will be sharing with family/friends!
So happy to hear that, Trisha! And thank you so much for taking the time to leave your review + feedback – I really appreciate it!
Delicious! I used ground turkey and subsituted cornstarch for tapioca because that’s what I had. It was like a sweet and sour sauce without the sugar! I think I will try sauce (maybe spice it up a bit) on grilled scampi next.
So glad you enjoyed it, Marie! Love the idea of adding the sauce to shrimp 🙂
This was so good! My husband and picky daughter gobbled it up. I don’t like things with too much sauce and we only used about half the amount. Bonus, I’ll have sauce for the next time I make these, since I’m freezing the rest!
Hi Shannon! So glad you liked it 🙂 Yeah, I purposefully made it so their was a good amount of sauce with this one – so I totally get if that isn’t your thing, but such a good idea to freeze it! Thanks so much for leaving your feedback – I really do appreciate it!
Carla Grimm says
Quick question- these look amazing but my daughter has an egg allergy. Do you think an egg replacer would work? Thanks!
Hi Carla! Hmmm… I honestly don’t know. I have only ever made them with egg! I know I have had good luck with egg replacers in baking, but I have never tried them in something like this – let me know if you try it though!
Yum! It really hit the spot on day 3 of whole 30! I used ground Turkey because that’s what I had and substituted arrowroot powder for tapioca powder because I had that too.
I am so happy you enjoyed them, Jasmine! And thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback – I truly appreciate it!
This looks and sounds delicious! Is orange juice concentrate the frozen stuff? I guess I’m not familiar with anything besides o.j. in the refrigerated section, or the tube of frozen orange juice in the freezer aisle… thanks!
Orange Juice Concentrate is in the frozen section! I is what you add to water to create orange juice!
This was delicious!! My whole family loved it. I doubled the recipe and it turned out great. The sauce is mind-blowingly good and easy!!
I am so happy you and your family enjoyed it, Amy! And thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review + feedback – I really appreciate it!