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Orange Chicken Meatball Rice Bowls

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Oven baked orange chicken meatballs seasoned perfectly with fresh orange juice & zest and served with the most delicious homemade orange sauce. Build your rice bowls with rice of your choice, orange chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli or other vegetable, and garnish with green onions. These are so good and sure to be a hit at dinner. You might even need a double batch!

Oven baked orange chicken meatballs seasoned perfectly with fresh orange juice & zest and served with the most delicious homemade orange sauce. Build your rice bowls with rice of your choice, orange chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli or other vegetable, and garnish with green onions. These are so good and sure to be a hit at dinner | togetherasfamily.com #chicken #recipes #ricebowls

It’s finally the first day of school here! Which means that I will be making this giant chocolate chip cookie or this giant monster cookie for the kids after school to celebrate.Β 

They look forward to it every year and it’s always more fun to come home to a giant cookie. Right?! πŸ™‚Β 

I love the beginning of the school year. It feels like the New Year for me. I always have so many goals and I am so excited to be back on a normal schedule. For some reason, it’s always much easier to meal plan and prepare dinner during the school year. Which is a really good thing because I have been struggling lately. These orange chicken meatball rice bowls were a much welcomed dinner after a couple of bad weeks.Β 

Oven baked orange chicken meatballs seasoned perfectly with fresh orange juice & zest and served with the most delicious homemade orange sauce. Build your rice bowls with rice of your choice, orange chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli or other vegetable, and garnish with green onions. These are so good and sure to be a hit at dinner | togetherasfamily.com #chicken #recipes #ricebowls

Even our 9 month old devoured these. He had two meatballs and would have eaten more but there were none left. My husband and I both looked at each other and said “next time we make a double batch!” We ate every single meatball. They are so amazing and full of flavor. The best part is the sweet orange sauce.Β 

Serve these with your choice of rice and vegetables. I use the microwaveable steamable veggies because they are so easy. And easy is the name of the game when dinner time comes around.Β 

I serve these with basmati white rice. You could also use brown rice, quinoa or even serve in lettuce cups for a low carb version.Β 

Oven baked orange chicken meatballs seasoned perfectly with fresh orange juice & zest and served with the most delicious homemade orange sauce. Build your rice bowls with rice of your choice, orange chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli or other vegetable, and garnish with green onions. These are so good and sure to be a hit at dinner | togetherasfamily.com #chicken #recipes #ricebowls

Garnish with some green onions and additional orange sauce and you’re ready! I hope you love these as much as we do. You may even find yourself needing to double it….. because they’re just that good πŸ™‚Β 

Serves 4 adult sized rice bowls

Orange Chicken Meatball Rice Bowls

Oven baked orange chicken meatballs seasoned perfectly with fresh orange juice & zest and served with the most delicious homemade orange sauce. Build your rice bowls with rice of your choice, orange chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli or other vegetable, and garnish with green onions. These are so good and sure to be a hit at dinner.

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Ingredients

    orange chicken meatballs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup plain panko bread crumbs
  • 1 lb ground chicken
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • orange sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • rice bowls
  • cooked rice
  • steamed broccoli
  • green onions

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Prepare a cookie sheet by lining with parchment paper, a baking mat, or cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine milk and panko bread crumbs. Let soak for 5 minutes.
  • Add the remaining meatball ingredients and gently mix together with clean hands or a fork. Don't overwork it or else the meatballs will be tough. Just mix until combined.
  • Shape into meatballs and place on cookie sheet. Cook for 15 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees.
  • Meanwhile, in saucepan over medium high heat, combine all orange sauce ingredients (except for cornstarch and water). Stir together and let come to a low boil.
  • Combine cornstarch and cold water. Stir together and add into the orange sauce. Whisk together and let cook for 5 minutes or until thickened.
  • Combine cooked meatballs and orange sauce. Serve with cooked rice and steamed veggies of choice. Garnish with green onion.
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Oven baked orange chicken meatballs seasoned perfectly with fresh orange juice & zest and served with the most delicious homemade orange sauce. Build your rice bowls with rice of your choice, orange chicken meatballs, steamed broccoli or other vegetable, and garnish with green onions. These are so good and sure to be a hit at dinner | togetherasfamily.com #chicken #recipes #ricebowls

recipe idea adapted from Life Made Simple

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2 Comments

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    Anne
    September 9, 2017 at 2:20 am Could I make these with ground beef instead? I have a lot of meals with chicken and have never used ground chicken. What do you think?
    • Reply
      Together As Family
      September 9, 2017 at 9:39 pm Hi Anne! Yes, you could use ground beef with no problem. I would use lean ground beef so you don't end up with greasy meatballs. Ground chicken is so lean so you would want to use lean ground beef as well. Hope that helps!

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