Asian Mandarin Orange Turkey

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

Mandarin Orange Turkey

Course Main Course
Servings 2
Calories 462 kcal


  • 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.
Keyword Asian cuisine, Asian food, fast and easy, fast meal, mandarin oranges, orange turkey, quick and easy, turkey cutlet

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!

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4 Replies to “Asian Mandarin Orange Turkey”

  1. This is really educative. Thank you so much, I will try it out! For a long time, I have been trying to learn how to prepare this until I read your article.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

  2. Now, that sounds delicious! Mandarin oranges are favorites, and turkey is as well. The recipe looks delicious — so glad you included it for us. The recipe appears to be something simple that you can fix quickly. You don’t give a total cooking time, which might be a nice addition, but I’m guessing it would be quickly prepared for an evening meal.

    It sounds like a great way to use up some of your leftover holiday turkey, as well. It sounds pretty healthy, too, and not too fattening. What’s not to like with this one?

    1. Yes, this is a great use for leftover turkey and is on the table in less than 20 minutes, which makes it a great weekday meal! Enjoy!

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