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Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

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A fake-out for Take-out! Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs, loaded with fresh garlic, ginger, and scallions, then baked for a quick 15-minutes to seal in all that moisture and flavor. This recipe makes excellent savory sticky and sweet meatballs that can pull double-duty – in a nod to one of my once favorite take-out guilty pleasures.

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Take-out Inspired Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

Make these meatballs big to serve over rice or with a side of steamed broccoli or cauliflower rice to keep your meal Whole30/Paleo, or heap alongside a skillet of fried rice for a hearty supper that even the kiddos will love. You can even make and bake them small as a savory snack or appetizer. However you serve them, these tender chicken meatballs are a healthier, fresher upgrade to classic orange chicken with all the deliciousness, and they’re gluten-free!

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs on a plate with chopsticks.

ABOUT THIS RECIPE (per serving)

Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.

Gluten FreeNut FreeEgg FreeWhole30PaleoKetoHealthy ChoicesPescetarian
Servings:  5
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Prep Time :5 minutes
Cook Time :15 minutes
Total Time :20 minutes
Course : Appetizer, Dinner, Hors d'oeuvres, Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine : American, Chinese American
Diet : Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat
Calories 379
Fat 14
Carbohydrates 39.9
Protein 26.1

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs is a Great Weeknight Go-to-Meal and a Healthier Option

Not getting “glutened” is always top of mind when eating out for me and I think for anyone with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but that’s not to say that we don’t crave the signature tastes of iconic restaurant take-out foods.

One of those foods and personal guilty pleasures from before my diagnosis was take-out orange chicken. So instead of playing Russian roulette with the “can-I-trust-it” version, it became essential for me to find a recipe with those rich flavors from the garlic, ginger, soy sauce, orange, and spices that filled my cravings. And honestly, this recipe fits those requirements perfectly.

The bonus is how easy and quick it is to make, so it scores right up at the top of weeknight go-to-meals with only a little prep work required!

Because these meatballs bake, they’re a healthier option, and it cuts down on both the calories and the mess of the favorite take-out fried version without the breading.

Getting That Signature Taste

To get the signature taste, we finish these meatballs off by tossing them in an easy-to-make sweet and tangy glaze made with orange marmalade and a few on-hand pantry staples for a super easy dish that’s delicious and quick.

My Secret Ingredient to Make the Incredible Sauce

Do You Prefer Them Zesty?

We’ve kept the sauce pretty mild for this recipe, but if you want to bump up the heat a little bit to make the orange chicken sauce spicier, I suggest adding about ½ tablespoon of Siracha mixed in during the simmering to kick it up a notch or two.

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Will You Be Short on Time Later in the Week?
Make Them In Advance

This recipe works great for prepping! Make the meatballs ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can also make the sauce in advance for saucing the meatballs when reheating them. And everything freezes well too!

To freeze, transfer the cooled meatballs to an airtight container, vacuum seal bags, or freezer-safe zipper-top bag. Close, seal, and remove as much air as possible. Next, freeze the sauce in a small airtight container leaving about ½-inch headspace at the top. Both will freeze beautifully for up to two months.

Just 20 minutes is all the time you’ll need to make these Orange Chicken Meatballs the star of your table, whatever route you decide to take for eating them.

To make them look fancy before serving, garnish with a sprinkle of freshly chopped scallions and sesame seeds, and enjoy!

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Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs on a plate with chopsticks.

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

Kymberley @GFreeDeliciously
A fake-out for Take-out! Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs, loaded with fresh garlic, ginger, and scallions, then baked for a quick 15-minutes to seal in all that moisture and flavor. This recipe makes excellent savory sticky and sweet meatballs that can pull double-duty – in a nod to one of my once favorite take-out guilty pleasures.
5 from 1 vote
Gluten FreeNut FreeEgg FreeWhole30PaleoKetoHealthy ChoicesPescetarian
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Dinner, Hors d'oeuvres, Lunch, Main Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Chinese American
Servings 5
Calories 379 kcal

Equipment

  • SheetpPan or Mini Muffin Pan
  • Small saucepan
  • Cutting Board
  • Utensils (Cooks Knife, Whisk, Measuring Cups & Spoons, Rubber Spatula or Large Spoon)

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F and grease a sheet pan. Thoroughly combine ground chicken, milk, bread crumbs, 2 teaspoons ginger, garlic, scallions, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce. Shape into meatballs —Bake for about 15 minutes or until cooked through to 165°F. [1]
    1 1/2 pounds ground chicken, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup gluten-free bread crumbs, 3 teaspoons ginger,, 2 cloves garlic,, 1 scallion,, 4 tablespoons low sodium gluten-free soy sauce,
  • Meanwhile, prepare the sauce. Add Orange Marmalade, Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend, sesame oil, Natural Grapeseed Oil, crushed red pepper flakes, remaining 1 teaspoon ginger, and 2 tablespoons soy sauce to a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until simmering.
    3/4 cup Orange Marmalade, 2 teaspoons Garlic Galore Seasoning Blend, 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons Natural Grapeseed Oil, 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, 3 teaspoons ginger,
  • Transfer the cooked meatballs to a bowl. Add sauce and toss gently to coat. Garnish with scallions and sesame seeds if desired.
    Sliced Scallions and a sprinkle of Sesame Seeds for garnish

Recipe Notes

Footnotes:
[1] Making meatballs for a crowd or struggling to get uniform-size meatballs? An easy trick we've found is to use a mini-muffin pan. Spray each mini-muffin cup with a small amount of high-heat cooking spray and scoop equal-size portions of the chicken mixture into each cup. Bake 12-15 minutes until the internal temp of each meatball is 165°F. When using this method, you should end up with about 24 equally-proportioned bite-size Meatballs.
Make The Meatballs and Sauce in Advance!! 
This recipe works great for prepping. Mix up and bake the meatballs ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can also make the sauce in advance for saucing the meatballs when reheating them. And everything freezes well too!
To freeze, transfer the cooled meatballs to an airtight container, vacuum seal bags, or freezer-safe zipper-top bag. Close, seal, and remove as much air as possible. Next, freeze the sauce in a small airtight container leaving about ½-inch headspace at the top. Both will freeze beautifully for up to two months.

Nutrition

Calories: 379kcalCarbohydrates: 39.9gProtein: 26.1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3.5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.7gMonounsaturated Fat: 5.7gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 115.8mgSodium: 500.4mgPotassium: 1154.5mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 30.6gVitamin A: 11.6IUVitamin C: 3.2mgVitamin D: 0µgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1.6mg
Keyword 20-Minute Meal, chicken, Chicken Meatballs, Meatballs, orange, Orange Chicken
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