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General Tso’s Whole Turkey Recipe

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General Tso’s Whole Turkey Recipe



Ingredients :

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 small dried red chiles, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ¼ cup light sesame oil
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • ½ (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 cup turkey broth
  • ½ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup white vinegar
  • ¼ cup plum wine
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 (12 pound) whole turkey, neck and giblets removed
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Methods :

  • Step 1

    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.

  • Step 2

    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.

  • Step 3

    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.

  • Step 4

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

  • Step 5

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

  • Step 6

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

  • Step 7

    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.

  • Step 8

    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.

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