Mandarin orange turkey is a quick and easy Asian-themed meal that the whole family will love! Its fast, simple preparation makes it the perfect weekday meal.
Mandarin Orange Turkey
- 1 small can mandarin oranges in light syrup, undrained (11 oz)
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp hot chili paste (or to taste)
- 1 clove garlic, minced (1 tsp)
- 1 tsp fresh garlic, grated
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 8 oz turkey breast cutlet, cubed into 1” pieces
- Dash of salt
- Drain juice from mandarin oranges into a small bowl. Reserve mandarin orange slices.
- Add soy sauce, chili paste, garlic, ginger, and sesame oil to the mandarin orange juice and whisk until combined. Set aside.
- Mix cornstarch into water and set aside.
- Heat oil in a heavy pan over medium heat. Add turkey, sprinkle with salt and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until cooked through with an internal temperature of 160℉.
- Remove turkey from pan and set aside.
- Add mandarin orange sauce to the pan and bring it to a simmer. Add cornstarch mixture and allow it to simmer for 1-2 minutes or until thickened. If the sauce becomes too thick, add a drizzle of chicken broth.
- Put turkey and mandarin slices into the pan and heat through.
- Serve over rice, if desired.
- Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months.
- Hack: Do you know that you can freeze fresh ginger root? Grating it in its frozen state is easier than grating it fresh and, if you choose organic ginger, you don’t have to peel it! Simply place it in a sealed freezer bag or container and pop it in the freezer.
Handle turkey with care! Click here for some tips to avoid foodborne illnesses that can be associated with raw poultry.
The sweet flavors in this recipe pair nicely with sweet potato apple butter casserole!