Duck with plum sauce and noodles recipe

  • Serves 2
  • 10 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 704 calories / serving
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This Chinese-inspired dish combines many of the exotic flavours that are classic in Oriental-style cooking. Who needs a takeaway when you can treat yourself to this mouthwatering crispy-skinned duck and rich, homemade plum sauce. 

Preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. For the sauce, combine the plums, sugar, star anise and 50ml (2fl oz) water in a pan over a low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.

Increase the heat to high and leave to bubble for 15 minutes, or until thickened.

Using a sharp knife, score the skin of the duck breasts; season. In an ovenproof frying pan, cook the duck, skin-side down, over  a medium heat, for 5 minutes.

Turn the breasts over and transfer the pan to the oven. Continue cooking for 10 minutes (for medium-rare meat). Remove from the oven and leave to rest, before thickly slicing.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok. Add the chilli and ginger, cook for 1 minute, then add the noodles, soy and lime juice. Stir-fry for 1 minute, then add the pak choi. Cook for 2 minutes, or until wilted.

To serve, divide the noodles between plates and top each with a sliced duck breast. Spoon over the plum sauce and scatter with the spring onion. 

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  • Ingredients

  • 2 duck breasts
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and diced
  • 2.5cm (1in) piece ginger, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1 x 300g pack straight-to-wok medium egg noodles
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 x 250g pack pak choi, leaves separated
  • For the burgers

  • 1 spring onion, sliced
  • For the sauce

  • 3 plums, quartered and stoned
  • 25g (1oz) sugar
  • 1 star anise
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  • Energy 2961kj 704kcal 35%
  • Fat 22.1g 32%
  • Saturates 5.1g 26%
  • Sugars 24.5g 27%
  • Salt 1.8g 30%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 82.8g Protein 44g Fibre 4.1g


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