Smoky maple duck salad

Smoky maple duck salad

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(5 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins


Serves 2
The chilli paste in this recipe can easily be swapped for harissa if easier. Either way it's a winner

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal527
  • fat36g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars18g
  • fibre2g
  • protein32g
  • salt0.54g
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  • 2 duck breasts, skin on and slashed
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
    Maple syrup

    Maple syrup

    may-pul sir-rup

    The rising spring sap of a number of varieties of maple tree

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp chipotle chilli paste (we like Discovery. Adjust to taste if you're using a different brand)
  • 160g bag bistro salad
  • bunch radish, about 200g/8oz, thinly sliced or grated



    The root of a member of the mustard family, radishes have a peppery flavour and a crisp, crunchy…

  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar


  1. Heat oven to 220C/fan 200C/gas 7. Put a small roasting tin in the oven and let it heat up for a few mins. Season the duck skin and flesh well, then put into the tin, skin-side down, and roast for 10 mins until the skin is golden and crisp and the fat has run out. Leave for 15 mins if you like your duck well cooked through.

  2. Meanwhile, mix 2 tbsp maple syrup with the garlic and chilli paste. Tip the fat out from the pan, turn the duck skin-side up, then roast for another 5 mins, basting with the maple mix once or twice until sticky and glazed and the duck is pink in the middle. Remove and let the duck rest for 5 mins.

  3. Pile the salad and the radishes onto two serving plates. Slice the duck at an angle and nestle into the salad. Stir the rest of the maple syrup and the sherry vinegar into the pan juices, then drizzle over the salad, season and serve straight away.

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29th Jul, 2014
I really enjoyed this dish, I was generous with the chipotle paste so it had a feisty kick but love spicy food so that was just a bonus! Felt the plate was lacking…….something, not entirely sure what or if anything, perhaps I’m just a pig :) But apart from that I would recommend this and I would happily make it again, maybe with some carbs!
1st Feb, 2011
Oh my god! YUMMY!... Very tasty, LOVED this X
16th Sep, 2010
Absolutely delicious, one of the best meals I've ever had. Used Harissa instead of the chilli's and made a salad adding roast new potatoes and sweet peppers. Will definitely make this again.
14th Jul, 2008
This was a really great recipe, looked good and tasted even better. Unfortunately I couldnt find the chipotle paste or the maple syrup so used green tabasco sauce and honey but was still fantastic!!
3rd Jul, 2008
I couldn't find the chipotle either so used harissa. Was very nice.
5th Jun, 2008
A really interesting and delicious salad but really easy too. I pan fried the duck breasts as I had the time and attention, and used harissa rather than chipotle paste, which I couldn't find - it seemed to work perfectly well though!
3rd Jun, 2008
Delicious recipe which is very easy to cook. The timings given were perfect for the duck. We doubled the quantity and served it as a starter for 6 at a dinner party for friends. All loved it. The Chipotle chilli paste was hard to find but eventually found out that Morrisons and Waitrose stock it. It's worth getting for the flavour.
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