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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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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

Instructions Checklist
  • 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; carbohydrates 23.1g; fat 43.6g; cholesterol 211.6mg; sodium 685.3mg. Full Nutrition
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