Schezwan Turkey - Asian inspired Roast Thanksgiving Christmas Holiday Turkey

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Oct. 31, 2022

I like changing up flavors when it comes to cooking up my Thanksgiving Turkey every year - this year I decided to go Indo Chinese or Hakka with this Schezwan Turkey. I paired it with Fried Rice an Asian inspired Turkey gravy!


Schezwan turkey
Brine To Taste
Hot water 2 Liter
Salt 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Sugar 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Cinnamon 2 Inch
Red chillies 6
Star anise 3
Black cardamom 3
Mixed black and white peppercorns 1 Teaspoon
Cold water 2 Liter
Ginger To Taste
Turkey and veg
Turkey 12 Pound
Carrots, green peppers, shallots and mushrooms 2 Cup (32 tbs)
Schezwan sauce/marinade
Kashmiri chillies 10
Regular chinese chillies 20
Sichuan peppercorns 1 Teaspoon
Oil 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ginger 1/4 Tablespoon
Garlic 1/4 Tablespoon
Spring onions 1 Tablespoon
Light soya sauce 2 Tablespoon
Vinegar 2 Tablespoon
Ketchup 2 Tablespoon
Salt To Taste
Sugar 1 Pinch
Fresh cracked pepper To Taste



1. If using a frozen Turkey, defrost according to package instructions

2. Rinse and clear the Turkey cavity

3. Prepare the brine by first dissolving everything in hot water, add cold water and add the brine to the turkey when cool

4. Refrigerate for 18 hours

5. After drain all of the brine and pat dry

6. Prepare the schezwan sauce by boiling the chillies and Sichuan peppercorns and grinding to a paste

7. Heat oil and saute the minced ginger, garlic and spring onions

8. Add the ground chilli paste

9. Add the soya, vinegar and ketchup

10. Add salt, sugar and pepper

11. Cool and keep aside

12. Add a layer to the turkey and place over a rack

13. Add the veg

14. Cover and cook for an hour

15. The turkey will cook for about 4 hours

16. After an hour, add the turkey neck, liver and another layer of the marinade and cook for another hour covered

17. After this, uncover and continue cooking, adding layers of the marinade and basting the turkey in the juices

18. The turkey is cooked when it registers at 165 – 170 degrees in the thigh


19. Serve and Enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Bit Difficult
Cook Time: 240 Minutes
Ready In: 240 Minutes
Servings: 4