• x4 skin-on duck breasts
  • x4 nests wholewheat egg noodles
  • x1 courgette (cut into thick half slices)
  • x1 cucumber (de-seeded & ribboned)
  • x4 spring onions (chopped at an angle)
  • 100g chestnut mushrooms (cut into thick slices)
  • Chinese Five spice
  • Low salt soy sauce
  • x1 tbsp olive oil
  • Course ground black pepper
  • Sesame seeds (optional)


  • STEP 1
    Pre-heat oven to 160^C.
  • STEP 2
    Score the skin on the duck breasts around 1cm apart diagonally. In a large deep pan, at a medium-high heat lay the duck skin-side down (no oil required) and fry for 1-2 mins until skin is golden & bubbling. Turn the duck over to flesh side and sear for 1 min.
  • STEP 3
    Once the duck flesh has browned a little, take the pan off the heat and put in the oven (uncovered) for 10-12 mins, with the duck remaining skin-side up. Once cooked, remove pan from oven and rest duck while you cook the vegetables & noodles.
  • STEP 4
    Heat the olive oil in a Wok and add the courgette. Season with salt & coarse black pepper and cook until starting to soften.
  • STEP 5
    Add the mushrooms, a few generous shakes of Chinese five spice and a splash of soy sauce. Stir to coat and cook through for a couple of minutes.
  • STEP 6
    In a small saucepan, add the noodles and pour over boiling water to cover. Put on a medium/low heat and simmer until cooked through - this should take around 5 mins depending on pack instructions.
  • STEP 7
    Once noodles are cooked, drain off and lift a bunch out at a time to cut 4-5 inch strands into the wok with the vegetables. Add more Chinese five spice and soy sauce and mix well.
  • STEP 8
    Once the duck has rested, pour x2 tbsp of hoisin sauce over each duck breast, and turn on a low heat on the hob. Allow duck oils to heat back up, and rotate the breasts around the pan until all are covered in the sauce.
  • STEP 9
    Distribute noodles & veg onto pre-warmed plates (or large bowls) and drizzle with remaining hoisin sauce to your liking. Place the duck breasts on top. Add spring onions as a garnish on top. Also sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds if you wish!

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