Duck with Chilli and Mint Dressing recipe

Preparation Time: 5 minutes | Cooking Time: 15 minutes

A "wow" dish that you can prepare in under 20 minutes, this tasty pan-fried duck remains juicy and full of flavour, and the zingy chilli and mint dressing adds a real punch of flavour. Serve with some crust bread to mop up the juices and a crisp green salad.


  • 2 duck breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp. Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • Small handful freshly chopped mint
  • 1/2 fresh red chilli
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Score the duck breast skin. Rub with salt and pepper, five-spice and thyme. Rub with olive oil. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat.

  2. Preheat oven to 200C. Cook the duck skin side down for 6 minutes, then flip and seal on the other side for 20-30 seconds. Remove from the pan, put onto a baking tray and bake in the oven for 6-7 minutes or until cooked to your liking.

  3. While the duck cooks, mince the chilli. Whisk in a jug with the mint, lemon juice and as much olive oil as you like to taste. To serve, slice the duck after resting for at least 5 minutes, and drizzle with the dressing.

If you have no fresh chilli to hand, you can use 1 tsp. dried red chilli flakes in the dressing instead. Recipe serves 2.

Recipe Details:

  • Author: Laura Young.
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