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Fragrant Duck Breasts with Wild Rice Pilaf

Make a smart Indian-inspired supper for two using storecupboard ingredients

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 10 minutes
    •    Cook time: 20 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 2


    •    1 ½ tsp garam masala
    •    2 duck breasts, skin on
    •    1 tsp grated fresh root ginger

For the pilaf:

    •    1 tbsp butter
    •    85g frozen pea
    •    1 tsp cumin seeds
    •    bunch spring onion, finely sliced
    •    100g mixed basmati and wild rice
    •    300ml chicken or vegetable stock
    •    2 tbsps mango chutney, to serve (we like Geeta's)


  1. Score criss-crossed lines into the duck skin, then rub in the garam masala and ginger. Chill for 30 mins if you have time.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat a heavy, non-stick pan, then gently fry the duck, skin-side down, for 10 mins until the fat runs out. Pour off the excess fat halfway through. Transfer to a baking dish, roast, skinside up, for 10 mins, then leave to rest.
  3. While the duck is cooking, melt the butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds, fry for 2-3 mins, then stir in the rice for another few mins. Pour over the stock, cover partly with a lid, then simmer for 10-12 mins, adding the peas for the final 4 mins. When the rice is cooked and all the liquid has been absorbed, fork through the spring onions and some seasoning to taste. Slice the duck and serve with the rice and a spoonful of chutney.

This great family recipe is thanks to BBC Goodfood Recipes at


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