Luscious, lean duck breasts make for a sophisticated but easy main dish where the blackberry sauce provides a fruity counterpoint to the duck's meatiness. For a light dinner, serve over a bed of lettuce with a piece of crusty bread.
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 (6-ounce) boneless duck breast halves, skinned
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
1 1/2 cups blackberries
1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 cup port or other sweet red wine
3/4 cup unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
How to Make It
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle duck with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Add duck to pan; cook 3 minutes or until browned. Turn duck over; cook 3 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Remove duck from pan; let stand 5 minutes.
Add blackberries, shallots, and thyme to pan; sauté 2 minutes or until slightly softened. Add port; cook 1 minute or until syrupy. Add stock and any juices from duck; cook 5 minutes or until thickened and reduced to about 1/2 cup. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and vinegar. Cut duck across grain into thin slices; serve with sauce.
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