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Duck Breasts with Kumquat Chutney

Duck Breasts with Kumquat Chutney

If you or someone on your gift list loves kumquats, stock up and make a double batch of chutney. It makes a great gift; attach a recipe card with instructions for cooking the duck, or suggest serving with chicken or pork tenderloin.

Cooking Light DECEMBER 2004

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 duck breast half and 1/4 cup chutney)


  • Duck:
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 6 (6-ounce) boneless duck breast halves, skinned
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cooking spray
  • Chutney:
  • 1 cup kumquats, halved and seeded (about 15)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice


To prepare duck, combine first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Add duck; seal and marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove duck from marinade; discard marinade. Sprinkle salt evenly over duck. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add duck; cook 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness.

To prepare chutney, while duck marinates, combine kumquats and next 5 ingredients (through jalapeño) in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 40 minutes. Add cherries; cover and simmer 15 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil, parsley, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Serve warm or at room temperature over duck.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 379
  • Calories from fat: 20%
  • Fat: 8.3g
  • Saturated fat: 2.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.6g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 35.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 39.9g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Cholesterol: 131mg
  • Iron: 8.6mg
  • Sodium: 203mg
  • Calcium: 43mg

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