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Chinese takeout menus, prepare to step aside. Classic orange chicken is getting a healthier, fresher makeover in the form of extra-moist meatballs that are baked and then tossed in a sweet and tangy glaze.

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs are the culinary counterpart to Baked Teriyaki Chicken Meatballs. Both are loaded with fresh garlic and ginger and baked to seal in the moisture and flavor, while each one stars a distinctly different glaze.

Best of all, these meatballs will be on your table in 30 minutes or less. They’re the perfect make-ahead weeknight meal, a school lunch standout, and the ultimate entrée to pair with homemade fried rice and chocolate-dipped fortune cookies. A fake-out for takeout has never been easier!

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs recipe from

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs recipe from

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs recipe from

Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs recipe from

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Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs

Chinese takeout menus, prepare to step aside. Classic orange chicken is getting a healthier, fresher makeover in the form of extra-moist meatballs that are baked and then tossed in a sweet and tangy glaze with this 30-minute recipe for Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs.
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Baked Orange Chicken Meatballs recipe from
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 24 meatballs


For the meatballs:

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chicken
 (See Kelly's Note)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons minced scallions

  • 2 Tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 3/4 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce


  • Make the meatballs:

  • Preheat the oven to 500ºF. Spray a mini-muffin pan or baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the milk and Panko breadcrumbs and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ground chicken, garlic, ginger, scallions, soy sauce, salt, pepper and soaked breadcrumbs. Use your hands to thoroughly combine the meat mixture and then shape it into balls using 2 to 3 tablespoons of meat per meatball.
  • Place the shaped meatballs into the prepared pan and bake for 12 to 15 minutes until the meatballs are fully cooked. While the meatballs are baking, prepare the sauce.
  • Make the sauce:

  • Add the sesame oil and olive oil to a small saucepot over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes until golden brown.
  • Add the red pepper flakes, orange marmalade and hoisin sauce, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and transfer them into a large bowl. Pour the sauce on top and toss to coat. Serve immediately.

Kelly's Note:

  • If you can't find ground chicken at your local supermarket, feel free to use ground turkey, which is often easier to find.
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Calories: 82kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 145mg, Potassium: 163mg, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 50IU, Vitamin C: 0.7mg, Calcium: 11mg, Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    A friend made these for a Meal Train and the word got out they were great! Had to have the recipe. I have always made beef ‘porcupine’ balls, just like Mom Tried these and everyone who has had them loves them. Especially my husband. And he’s a beef and potatoes man. Great recipe followed to the ‘T’!!! Thanks for posting!

  2. Hi Kelly. This sounds absolutely amazing! I love, love, love meatballs. Once you make your own, you’ll never buy frozen again LOL Speaking of frozen, can these be made then frozen? If so, do you freeze before or after cooking?

    1. Hi! I’ve never tried freezing them so I can’t say with certainty how they’d turn out, but it should work to freeze the meatballs after forming them and before baking them. :)

  3. 5 stars
    This is a must try recipe! Once you do it’ll be an all time favorite. Served at a party and everyone loved it! 5 stars… no problem! Absolutely Delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    Our whole family loves this orange chicken recipe. Easy to do. I leave the sauce on the side then the kids can put whatever they want on them.

  5. These were DELICIOUS!!!!….my family devoured them and have already asked me when I’ll be making them again!!!

  6. 5 stars
    I used ground turkey, and since I didn’t have the recipe with me at the store (just an idea to make teriyaki meatballs) I had to make a couple of substitutions. I had no scallions so I minced a little onion, had no hoisin so used a dab of fish sauce, and had no orange marmalade so used seedless raspberry jam and some extra ginger. Once I mixed the sauce and added the pepper flakes, no raspberry flavor remained, just a little sweetness that was wonderful with the hot pepper flakes. My husband and I loved it! We had peas on the side.

  7. The whole family loved it! I followed the recipe exactly as written and it turned out great. Thanks.

  8. 5 stars
    Over the top delicious…just made it and I really like that you suggested using a small muffin pan . Next time I will double the recipe. Thank you so much.

    1. These look amazing! Trying them this weekend! Is it possible to substitute the milk in the meatballs with heavy cream?

  9. 5 stars
    I have made this three times now, and it is one of our favorite dinners. I make rice bowls, using jasmine or brown rice, the meatballs with sauce, then add some riced broccoli, and sliced, grilled pineapple spears and zucchini. Delish. The only thing I do differently is that I add an egg to the (seasoned) panko and milk mixture, and use less crushed red pepper. Thanks for a lovely recipe!

  10. 5 stars
    Absolutley fantastic! I tweaked it abit for Weight watchers points and it still came out amazing! Nice work!

    1. It won’t be as thick so you may need to cook the sauce longer so it gets reduced to the thick/syrupy consistency!

  11. This recipe looks amazing!!! I would like to make it, but am on a low carb diet. I see the recipe makes 24 meatballs, but do you know the serving size that the estimated nutrition facts covers?

  12. 5 stars
    Delicious! I was close to ordering takeout and I remembered how good your recipes are. I added a in tad fresh squeezed OJ and zest. The sauce is scrumptious and rivals any takeout. I highly recommend making this easy meal.

  13. I made this recipe yesterday afternoon for lunch. Everyone loved them I was very tasty and delicious. We will certainly make them again.

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