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Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews

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If you’ve made turkey meatballs in the past and they’ve been dry and flavorless, then I urge you to make this recipe for turkey meatballs with orange and cashews. They’re light, tender, and incredibly flavorful!
Closeup of a turkey meatball on a skewer with sauce

Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews are fantastic when served as a main course, or when served as party appetizers!

These delicious turkey meatballs are as light as air, and they have the lovely, vibrant flavors that only orange and cilantro can provide.

But the thing that really puts these meatballs on the map is one of my favorite nuts of all time…CASHEWS!!  Need I say more?!?


**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making turkey meatballs with orange and cashews is available near the end of this post. 

Vertical image of a plate of turkey meatballs with sauce and cilantro

The ingredient list;

  • Ground Turkey
  • Quick Cooking Oats
  • Cream Cheese
  • Cashews
  • Red Onion
  • Navel Orange
  • Cilantro
  • Salt and Pepper
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Butter
  • Chicken Stock
  • Brown Sugar

At first glance, you might think this is an unusual recipe list, and I wouldn’t blame you in the least.

It’s certainly not your conventional meatball recipe, but that’s what I love so much about these delectably delicious turkey meatballs with orange and cashews.

The oatmeal gives the meatballs their lightness in texture, and the cream cheese keeps the turkey from being dry and flavorless, as turkey sometimes can be.

The fresh and vibrant taste supplied by the orange and cilantro adds the perfect accompaniment to this turkey meatball’s unique flavor. 

Don’t like cilantro?

Try substituting fresh parsley or even chopped mint. I think the mint flavor would be a lovely compliment to the orange flavor in these meatballs.

However, if you can give cilantro another chance and focus on its citrusy notes I think you’ll be well pleased with the addition of the cilantro in this recipe! Come on…you can do it!!

Turkey meatball with a cocktail pick and chopped fresh cilantro

**This post is being updated from the original publication in 2013. The recipe has remained completely unchanged from the original post with only the photos being updated. This article now also includes a video presentation along with a printable recipe card including nutritional information.


Overhead picture of turkey meatballs on a plate with orange slices and peas.

Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews – 2013 photo

I’ve made these turkey meatballs before as a hearty main course, and also as an appetizer.  When I make them as appetizers, I make them a little smaller in size than I do when making them for a family dinner.

I’ve written today’s printable recipe card with the meatball size being approximately that of a golf ball, with the yield being between 20-24 meatballs. 

These turkey meatballs with orange and cashews are always a hit! Whenever I serve them I have people asking me for the recipe, and now it’s your opportunity to have people ask you for it too!

Closeup picture of turkey meatballs in a dish with sauce, chopped cilantro, and cashews on the side.

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews

If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

Turkey meatball on a cocktail pick with a bite taken out.

Turkey meatballs in a white dish with oranges and cilantro in the background

Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews

Renee - Kudos Kitchen
If you've made turkey meatballs in the past and they've been dry and flavorless, then I urge you to make this recipe for turkey meatballs with orange and cashews. They're light, moist, and incredibly flavorful!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course - Poultry
Cuisine American
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 102 kcal


For the meatballs;

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ½ cup grated onion
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro plus additional for garnish
  • ½ cup chopped cashews cut back on the salt if using salted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, seasoned with salt and pepper for dredging
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

To make the sauce;

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced onion
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

To make the meatballs;

  • In a shallow dish, mix the 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mix together the turkey, oats, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, grated onion, chopped cilantro, cashews, orange zest, and the cream cheese until well combined.
  • Roll the turkey mixture into golf ball sized balls and roll them each into the seasoned flour.
  • Heat a large heavy skillet over medium/high heat, working in batches, fry the meatballs in the oil until browned on all sides. 
  • Remove the browned meatballs from the skillet and place in a baking dish.
  • Bake the meatballs in a preheated oven for 15 minutes while preparing the sauce.

To make the sauce;

  • Reduce the heat in the skillet to medium. Melt the butter and add the flour. Stir well to make the roux.
  • Add the finely minced onions to the roux and cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the orange juice, chicken broth, brown sugar, orange zest, salt, and pepper to the skillet. Stir well and simmer on low for 7-10 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly
  • Spoon the sauce over the meatballs and garnish with additional chopped cilantro (if desired). Serve as a main course or appetizer.


Serving: 1Calories: 102kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 149mgPotassium: 111mgFiber: 0gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 115IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.7mg
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I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

Overhead picture of a dish of turkey meatballs with sauce, cashews, oranges, and cilantro.


More from my original post from 2013 –

Speaking or oranges…Here’s a coordinating blog trivet tile and wine glass that I painted a while back for my friend Angie of Big Bear’s Wife of her then blog design (at that time).  

It just seemed like a natural choice to go along with this particular recipe, don’t you think?  

Food Bloggers Painted Wine Glass and Trivet


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Recipe Rating


Sunday 24th of February 2019

Thanks, Renee, Good to know that I just have to hone my taste for hot spices, which I usually love. Re. the serving sizes, the 1g. was listed for the Spaghetti Squash Chili, as well as your Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews... but I'll just assume the meaning is 1 serving as you mentioned. Thanks for getting back to me! Maureen.


Sunday 24th of February 2019

You're welcome, Maureen. I'm always happy to reply to my readers. It's one of the perks of the job. Regarding the chili powder, please feel free to adjust any spice or seasoning in ANY recipe (not just mine) according to your tastes and preferences. If you feel they'd be too hot, or even too mild, make the recipe your own and change things however you see fit. As always, if you have any questions, I'm here to help. Have a wonderful day, Maureen! :) Renee


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

In the Nutrition Facts of a couple of the recipes that I have tried, the 'per serving' amount is stated as 1g. Could you clarify please? Also, in the Spaghetti Squash Chili recipe, you list chili powder as 1-2 Tablespoons, do you mean 1-2 teaspoons? (we nearly burned up when I used tablespoons!) But, otherwise, delicious recipes!


Saturday 23rd of February 2019

Hi, Maureen!

I'm not familiar with any of the recipe servings stating 1g. I've not seen this, but I have no doubt those are to be listed as 1 serving. Could you please point out which recipes they are so I can go back to see if I can fix them on my end? I've not noticed this as a problem so I appreciate you bringing this to my attention.

Regarding the spaghetti squash chili. I actually do mean tablespoons but feel free to adjust it to your tastes and preferences. Sorry if I burned you up. I didn't mean to ;)

Thanks for your comments. They're much appreciated! Enjoy your day, Renee

Toni | Boulder Locavore

Thursday 21st of February 2019

These look really amazing! My family will surely love this!


Friday 22nd of February 2019

Thanks, Toni!


Sunday 17th of February 2019

The ingredient list may be unusual, but I LOVE every single thing about it! :) Cashews and orange are a fantastic idea! Thank you so much for sharing, going to make these for a party next weekend!


Monday 18th of February 2019

Thanks, Dini! I'm sure these will be a huge hit at your party! Enjoy!


Sunday 17th of February 2019

These turkey meatballs look so flavorful!!! I never would have thought to add orange and loving the added nutty flavor from the cashews! Can't wait to try this


Monday 18th of February 2019

The orange adds a wonderful brightness to these meatballs, and the cashews, well, cashews. LOL