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General Tso's Pheasant

Jack Hennessy
Utilize any upland bird meat and enjoy the Chinese takeout staple loved by many Americans.
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Prep Time 8 hrs
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 4995 kcal


  • 2 lbs meat from two pheasant roosters, deboned and cut to 1-inch cubes
  • 12-16 oz fresh broccoli, cut into florets
  • Corn starch for coating
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
  • Scallions for garnish
  • Red chili flakes for garnish


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander seeds
  • 8 oz fresh ginger smashed
  • 1 bulb fresh garlic smashed


  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup Aji-Mirin (Japanese sweet cooking rice wine)
  • 1/4 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp Sambal chili paste
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly minced garlic added to skillet, not sauce
  • 1 tbsp freshly minced ginger added to skillet, not sauce


  • 2 cups Jasmin rice
  • 2 2/3 cups cold water


  • Debone the pheasant and brine for 6-8 hours.
    Tips on brine: In a large pot, add just enough water to hold salt and sugar and bring to a simmer along with other ingredients. Once salt and sugar is dissolved, add cold water and cool before adding pheasant.
  • Upon removing pheasant from brine, thoroughly rinse under cold water and cut into 1-inch chunks. Lightly pat dry then toss in cornstarch to coat all sides.
  • To make the sauce, in a medium saucepan add all liquids on medium-low and stir often and thoroughly until well mixed. Do not add ginger or garlic. Turn off heat when thick and all lumps from the cornstarch are gone.
  • In a fryer, Dutch oven, or other large pot, heat 2-3 inches of peanut oil to 375 degrees. Fry pheasant chunks, being careful not to crowd the pot for approximately 5 minutes until golden brown. Set aside on a grate or stainless steel mesh so grease can drip and drain.
  • In a large, preferably cast-iron skillet, add a thin layer of peanut oil followed by broccoli and turn heat to high. Lightly salt and pepper broccoli, give florets a good sear, and then set aside.
  • In that same skillet, after removing broccoli, turn heat to medium-low and add a thin layer of peanut oil followed by the freshly minced ginger and garlic. Stir for 2-3 minutes until garlic and ginger release aromas then add fried pheasant. Stir in sauce and turn heat to low.
  • To make rice, add Jasmine rice and cold water to medium saucepan, cover, and turn heat to high. Turn heat to low once water comes to a boil. Rice is done once all water is absorbed, around 10-15 minutes.
  • When almost ready to serve, add broccoli back to skillet with fried pheasant and sauce and stir in. To serve, add rice to plate, top with skillet contents then garnish with sliced scallions, toasted sesame seeds, and red chili flakes if you want extra heat. Enjoy!


Calories: 4995kcalCarbohydrates: 682gProtein: 240gFat: 158gSaturated Fat: 43gPolyunsaturated Fat: 35gMonounsaturated Fat: 66gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 683mgSodium: 63216mgPotassium: 6511mgFiber: 57gSugar: 196gVitamin A: 4110IUVitamin C: 340mgCalcium: 1269mgIron: 34mg
Keyword Pheasant
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