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Turkey meatballs in a white dish with oranges and cilantro in the background
Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins

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!

Course: Appetizer, Main Course - Poultry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey meatballs, turkey meatballs with orange and cashews
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
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees.

To make the meatballs;
  1. In a shallow dish, mix the 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Set aside.
  2. 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.

  3. Roll the turkey mixture into golf ball sized balls and roll them each into the seasoned flour.

  4. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium/high heat, working in batches, fry the meatballs in the oil until browned on all sides. 

  5. Remove the browned meatballs from the skillet and place in a baking dish.

  6. Bake the meatballs in a preheated oven for 15 minutes while preparing the sauce.

To make the sauce;
  1. Reduce the heat in the skillet to medium. Melt the butter and add the flour. Stir well to make the roux.

  2. Add the finely minced onions to the roux and cook, stirring occasionally for 3-4 minutes.

  3. 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

  4. Spoon the sauce over the meatballs and garnish with additional chopped cilantro (if desired). Serve as a main course or appetizer.

Nutrition Facts
Turkey Meatballs with Orange and Cashews
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 102 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 18mg6%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 115IU2%
Vitamin C 2.6mg3%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.