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Duck Breast With Cherry Sauce

Prep time 12 mins
Cook time 29 mins
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 1 duck breast half and 1/2 cup cherry sauce)


  • 1 (16-ounce) can pitted dark, sweet cherries in heavy syrup
  • 4 skinned, boned duck breast halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons Chinese five-spice powder, divided
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1/2 cup port wine, divided
  • 1/2 cup fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth

Nutrition Information

  • calories 272
  • fat 7.3 g
  • satfat 1.8 g
  • protein 24.1 g
  • carbohydrate 28.0 g
  • fiber 1.8 g
  • cholesterol 87 mg
  • iron 5.9 mg
  • sodium 443 mg
  • calcium 24 mg

How to Make It

  1. Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup of syrup. Set aside.

  2. Place duck between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap; flatten to even thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder over duck breasts. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add duck; cook 7 minutes on each side or until done. Remove duck from skillet. Set aside, and keep warm.

  3. Add shallots to pan and cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add 1/4 cup port wine to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits. Simmer 1 minute. Add remaining 1/4 cup port wine, 1/4 cup reserved cherry syrup, chicken broth, remaining five-spice powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; simmer 10 minutes. Add cherries, and simmer 2 minutes. Add duck, and simmer 1 minute.

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