This is a great way to combine duck with what's in season. Courgettes, peppers and mange tout add colour and the all-essential crunch.


  • 2 x 175g duck breasts

  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1 tablespoon clear honey

  • 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce (ketchup manis)

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

  • ½ medium-hot red chilli, seeded and finely chopped

  • For the stir-fried vegetable sticks

  • 50g French beans, trimmed

  • 100g carrots, peeled

  • ½ red pepper, seeded

  • 1 small courgette, trimmed

  • 50g mange tout

  • 1 tablespoon sunflower oil

  • 1 small garlic clove, chopped

  • 1cm fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped


  • 1.

    Cut all the vegetables into to thin sticks, about the same size as the French beans. Drop the beans into a pan of boiling water and bring back to the boil. Add the carrots and the red pepper and cook for 1 minute. Drain, rinse under cold water, then dry on kitchen paper.

  • 2.

    Lightly score the skin of each duck breast into a diamond pattern with the tip of a sharp knife, taking care that you don’t cut through the meat.

  • 3.

    Heat a dry frying pan until it is quite hot. Add the duck breasts, skin-side down; lower the heat, to medium and cook for about 3-4 minutes until the skin is crisp and golden brown.

  • 4.

    Turn the breasts over and cook them for another five minutes, or a little longer if you don’t like your duck too pink. Meanwhile, mix together the five-spice powder, honey, sweet soy sauce, balsamic vinegar and chilli. Pour away all of the excess fat from the pan. Add the honey mixture and leave it to bubble away, turning the duck breasts now and then, until they are nicely glazed. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or another frying pan, add the garlic, ginger and vegetables and stir-fry for 1-2 minutes until they are cooked but still crunchy. Season with some salt and pepper. Pile the vegetable sticks into the centre of 2 warmed plates. Slice each duck breast on the diagonal and carefully lift on lift on top of the vegetables. Spoon over any remaining glaze and serve.

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