Five-spice Duck Breasts with Vegetable Sticks

Ainsley Harriott cooks up a real dream of a dish with this sticky glazed duck and stir-fried vegetables
By Ainsley Harriott
Five-spice Duck Breasts with Vegetable Sticks
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  • Serves: 2
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 50 g French beans, trimmed
  • 100 g carrots, peeled
  • 0.5 red peppers, seeded
  • 1 small courgette, trimmed
  • 50 g mangetout

For the duck

  • 2 duck breast, weighing 170g eachwith skin
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 0.5 tsp chinese five spice
  • 1 tbsp clear honey
  • 2 tbsp ketjap manis, (sweet soy sauce)
  • 0.5 red chillies, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 small clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 cm ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper


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.

2. Add the carrots and the red pepper and cook for 1 minute. Drain, rinse under cold water, and then dry on kitchen paper.

3. 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.

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or another frying pan, add the garlic, ginger and vegetables and stir-fry for one to two minutes until they are cooked but still crunchy. Season with some salt and pepper.

8. Pile the vegetable sticks into the centre of two warmed plates. Slice each duck breast on the diagonal and carefully sit it on top of the vegetables. Spoon over any remaining glaze and serve immediately.

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