Orange Ground Turkey
This simple Orange Ground Turkey skillet is bursting with bold citrus flavor and comes together in about 20 minutes! This recipe is based off the tasty flavors of orange chicken that you could order from a Chinese restaurant, so you could certainly use ground chicken breast instead. I use ground turkey because the leaner breast-meat variety is easier to find at my grocery stores! The sauce for this dish has a strong orange flavor from the fresh orange juice and zest with a little bit of “bite” from the ginger, vinegar and crushed red pepper. There’s also sugar for sweetness and soy sauce and sesame oil to make it savory. You’ll thicken the sauce up with a quick cornstarch slurry to make it cling to the ground turkey, and your easy, flavorful sauce is complete! Not only is this Orange Ground Turkey super tasty and quick to make, a 2/3 cup serving is just 210 calories or 5 Green, 3 Blue or 3 Purple Weight Watchers/WW SmartPoints!
I posted a recipe for Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey last summer that turned out to be a big hit with readers, so I wanted to do something similar but with a different flavor profile. This Orange Ground Turkey is just as fast and easy-to-make for a quick weeknight dinner! I like to serve it with brown or white rice (pictured with ¾ cup white jasmine rice) and cooked vegetables (like broccoli, green beans or snow peas), but it would also be great in lettuce wraps! My favorite lettuce to use for lettuce wraps is Boston/Bibb lettuce because the leaves are the perfect size and make great cups, but you can use whatever lettuce you prefer. If you serve it in a lettuce wrap you may also want to add vegetables like shredded cabbage, shredded carrots, or sliced bell peppers.
Looking for more tasty, lightened up Asian-inspired recipes? Check out my Korean-Inspired Ground Turkey, Chicken Lo Mein, Vegetable Fried Rice, Teriyaki Steak Lettuce Wraps, Thai Chicken Chopped Salad, Chicken Teriyaki Stir Fry, Asian Chicken Wonton Cups, Thai Turkey with Carrot Noodles, Cashew and Basil Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Teriyaki Chicken and Rice Casserole, Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Sauce, and many more in the Asian category of my recipe index!
Orange Ground Turkey
- 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1 tablespoon orange zest, (about the amount from one orange)
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons white granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 1 lb uncooked 99% lean ground turkey breast, (or ground chicken breast)
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2 scallions, sliced
- Combine the vinegar, orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, sugar, and sesame oil in a bowl and whisk together to mix. Set aside. In a small dish, stir together the cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved. Set aside.
- Add the canola oil to a large saute pan or skillet and bring over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the ground turkey and stir to break it up and coat it in the oil. Cook the ground turkey for about 5 minutes, breaking up with a spoon to break into chunks and stirring occasionally, until the turkey is cooked through. Add the ginger, garlic, and crushed red pepper and stir together. Cook for another 30-60 seconds.
- Stir the sauce from step one and add it to the pan. Stir to coat the meat and bring the sauce to a boil. Stir in the cornstarch slurry from step one for about 30 seconds until the sauce is thickened. Sprinkle with scallions before serving.
5 per (2/3 cup) serving (PP calculated using a Weight Watchers PointsPlus calculator and the nutrition info below) Nutrition Information per (2/3 cup) serving: 210 calories, 13 g carbs, 7 g sugars, 6 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 27 g protein, 0 g fiber, 427 mg sodium (from myfitnesspal.com) Adapted from Dinner Then Dessert