A Chinese take on the holiday roast turkey. The sauce is a sweet and spicy flavorful glaze on the crispy skin of the turkey with a hint of orange and cranberry. The whole red peppers with green onions on the side add a festive touch. The dressing is a savory rice dressing with cranberries and nuts. Sure to become a year-round favorite. Garnish with whole dried red peppers and green onions along the side.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
1 hr
cook:
3 hrs 30 mins
additional:
8 hrs
total:
12 hrs 30 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
1 whole turkey
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Marinade/Glaze:
Dressing:
Basting Oil:

Directions

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  • Heat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Toast dried red chiles in the hot oil until they turn dark red, about 2 minutes. Toss black pepper, 2 chopped green onions, light sesame oil, and 1 small chopped shallot into the hot oil; remove from heat.

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  • Blend cranberry sauce, turkey broth, soy sauce, orange juice, white vinegar, plum wine, ginger, garlic, and orange zest in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Stir toasted red pepper mixture into glaze. Divide glaze in half.

  • Place turkey into a large basting bag and pour half the glaze over the turkey and into the cavity. Seal the bag and refrigerate turkey overnight.

  • Dissolve cornstarch in the remaining half of the glaze and refrigerate in a covered container.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  • Remove turkey from marinade; discard the used marinade. Set turkey onto a rack inside a roasting pan.

  • Mix white rice, wild rice, dried cranberries, walnuts, 2 small chopped green onions, 1 chopped shallot, and 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a bowl. Lightly stuff the turkey cavity with the rice mixture. Combine 1/3 cup vegetable oil with 1/3 cup sesame oil in a bowl and set aside.

  • Roast turkey in the preheated oven, basting with vegetable and sesame oil mixture every 15 minutes, until skin is browned and crisp, about 2 hours. Stir reserved glaze containing cornstarch thoroughly and baste turkey every 15 minutes until glaze has baked onto turkey and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a thigh reads 165 degrees F (75 degrees C), 1 1/2 to 2 more hours.

Cook's Notes:

This recipe also lends itself well to whole chicken.

General Tso (Zuo Zongtang, 1812-1885) was a military leader during the Qing dynasty. The spiciness of this dish is sure to release your inner warrior!

Nutrition Facts

802 calories; protein 74.5g 149% DV; carbohydrates 23.1g 8% DV; fat 43.6g 67% DV; cholesterol 211.6mg 71% DV; sodium 685.3mg 27% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2012
My review is for the glaze alone as I did not make the dressing. I followed the ingredients exactly and used home made cranberry sauce. It was very tasty but did lack a bit of heat I was looking for. Will be making this again as I overlooked the orange zest and missed the hint of orange it would have added. I will also add some crushed red pepper to up the heat factor. I served over rice with fresh steamed broccoli. Whole family enjoyed it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2014
Okay so this girl made this recipe (without the dressing) with a whole chicken. I rapid roasted (450 1/2hr then 400 1 1/2hrs) then reduced to 350 & basted with sauce. I just put olive oil on it at first & didn't do anything else including the marinade part or even the cooking bag. Since it was a chicken not a turkey I halved the recipe. I forgot the sugar but it wasn't in need of it. I subbed moscato for the plum wine. (A great suggestion from Manella was to sub plum jam & apple juice which I didn't have.) I didn't get to taste this "fresh " but leftovers were pretty good. The sauce could definitely be spicier but that's easily fixed. I subbed half t ground ginger for fresh just because I didn't want to "deal with" fresh.:o:D 'Had to make another half recipe sauce the next day. 'Didn't have the cranberry sauce & didn't blend it just thickened. Added 1/4c more wine & 1T sugar to replace the sauce. Not "wow " but good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2012
My review is for the glaze alone as I did not make the dressing. I followed the ingredients exactly and used home made cranberry sauce. It was very tasty but did lack a bit of heat I was looking for. Will be making this again as I overlooked the orange zest and missed the hint of orange it would have added. I will also add some crushed red pepper to up the heat factor. I served over rice with fresh steamed broccoli. Whole family enjoyed it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2017
I followed the recipe almost exactly. A few minor alterations: I didn't get any plum wine. I just used a cheap sherry instead. Also I used fresh Thai red chillies because I couldn't get any dried ones. Otherwise I used exactly what the recipe called for it turned out great! When basting with oil I reduced the frequency to every 30-45mins. (Keep the glazing time to every 15mins with the sauce) Had this for thanksgiving and the whole family loved it. Don't let it scare you away great change from a normal turkey. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
01/27/2014
Okay so this girl made this recipe (without the dressing) with a whole chicken. I rapid roasted (450 1/2hr then 400 1 1/2hrs) then reduced to 350 & basted with sauce. I just put olive oil on it at first & didn't do anything else including the marinade part or even the cooking bag. Since it was a chicken not a turkey I halved the recipe. I forgot the sugar but it wasn't in need of it. I subbed moscato for the plum wine. (A great suggestion from Manella was to sub plum jam & apple juice which I didn't have.) I didn't get to taste this "fresh " but leftovers were pretty good. The sauce could definitely be spicier but that's easily fixed. I subbed half t ground ginger for fresh just because I didn't want to "deal with" fresh.:o:D 'Had to make another half recipe sauce the next day. 'Didn't have the cranberry sauce & didn't blend it just thickened. Added 1/4c more wine & 1T sugar to replace the sauce. Not "wow " but good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2013
Considering I marinated the turkey for 24 hours including rubbing it under the skin very little of the flavor actually got into the meat. While we enjoyed this well enough it didn't really remind of General Tso's as I know it. I didn't make the stuffing. Read More