Crispy Szechuan duck with braised napa & shiitakes

Prep 20 min
Total 50 min
Serves 4

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1 cup
low-sodium chicken broth, divided
garlic cloves, minced, divided
2 tbsp
2 tbsp
fancy molasses
1 tbsp
minced ginger
2 tsp
balsamic vinegar
2 tsp
low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tsp
dark sesame oil
duck breasts, (400 g each)
1/4 tsp
2 227-g pkgs
fresh shiitake mushrooms, stems removed
small napa cabbage, cut into eighths lengthwise with core intact


  • PREHEAT oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  • WHISK 1/4 cup broth with half of garlic, ketchup, molasses, ginger, vinegar, soy, sesame oil and chili flakes in a small saucepan and set over medium-high. Boil until sauce thickens and reduces to 1/2 cup, 3 to 5 min. Set aside and cover to keep warm. LAY duck breasts, skin-side up, on cutting board. Using a sharp knife tip, cross-hatch skin and fat in a diamond pattern. Sprinkle with salt. Season with fresh pepper.
  • HEAT a large non-stick frying pan over medium. Place duck, skin-side down, in pan. Cook until skin is golden and crisp, 8 to 10 min. Reduce heat if browning too quickly. Transfer duck, skin-side up, to prepared sheet. Roast until medium-rare, 8 to 10 min. Let stand 10 min before slicing.
  • RESERVE fat from pan in a small bowl. Add 1 tbsp fat to pan over medium- high. Add mushrooms and sauté until soft, 3 to 4 min. Stir into warm sauce in saucepan. Add 1 tbsp of remaining fat to pan, then cabbage. Sauté for 2 min. Add remaining 3/4 cup broth and garlic, then cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, turning cabbage often, until tender, 5 to 7 min. Divide cabbage among 4 plates. Top with mushroom sauce and sliced duck.


Calories 347, Protein 27 g, Carbohydrates 22 g, Fat 18 g, Fibre 3 g, Sodium 715 mg.
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