Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps

½ cup orange juice
1 tablespoons orange zest
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
¼ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
½ teaspoon EACH ground ginger AND red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons water AND ½ tablespoons cornstarch

1 tablespoon oil
1 pound ground chicken (turkey or beef works too)
2 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 (10.5 ounce) can mandarin oranges (fresh cutie slices work too)
chopped scallions, lettuce leaves AND toasted sesame seeds for decorating

ORANGE CHICKEN SAUCE: Combine the ingredients for the sauce in a mason jar, give it a few good shakes until all the ingredients are mixed. Pour the sauce into a small saucepan and heat over medium high heat. When the sauce begins to simmer, lower the heat and allow to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. You want the sauce to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from stove, allow to cool.
CHICKEN FILLING: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the ground chicken and break down any lumps with a wooden spoon, let the chicken cook for 5-7 minutes or until it cooks all the way through. Drizzle the chicken with the prepared sauce. Let cook for 1-2 minutes. Adjust with salt and pepper to taste. Allow the filling to cool for several minutes before filling lettuce leaves. Top with mandarin orange slices and toasted sesame seeds.

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