Duck Breast with Spring Vegetables

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Fresh veggies and herbs are paired with duck breast for a show-stopping dish.

Ingredients

  • 1

    2 (7.5 oz) Maple Leaf Farms All Natural Boneless Duck Breasts

  • 2

    Salt and Pepper, to taste

  • 3

    1 cup Low Sodium Chicken Broth

  • 4

    2 Tbsp. Butter

  • 5

    1 tsp. Chopped Tarragon

  • 6

    1 tsp. Chopped Mint

  • 7

    1 tsp. Chopped Chives

  • 8

    1/2 cup Shelled English Peas

  • 9

    1/2 cup Peeled Fava Beans

  • 10

    3 large Asparagus Spears, cut on an angle in 1-inch pieces

  • 11

    8 Baby Artichokes, trimmed and blanched

  • 12

    1/4 cup Water

Directions

  • 1

    Heat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • 2

    Score the skin of the duck breasts in a crisscross pattern (being careful not to pierce the meat) before seasoning with salt and pepper.

  • 3

    Place breasts skin-side down in heavy nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat about 8 minutes or until fat renders out and skin is golden-brown and crisp.

  • 4

    Pour off the fat and keep for another use.

  • 5

    Transfer breasts to baking dish or ovenproof skillet, skin-side down, and finish cooking in oven about 10 minutes for medium-rare and 12 minutes for medium, turning breasts onto the meat side after 6 minutes. Let breasts rest.

  • 6

    Add broth to a small pan and simmer until reduced to about 1/4 cup. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter and simmer until slightly syrupy; stir in tarragon, mint and chives. Keep warm over low heat.

  • 7

    In skillet over medium heat, simmer peas, beans, asparagus, artichokes and remaining tablespoon of butter in 1/4 cup water, covered, about 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender but still bright green.

Plating

  • 1

    Place half the vegetables on each of two plates, mounding them slightly.

  • 2

    After duck has rested 4-5 minutes, cut each breast crosswise on a slight angle into slices; fan slices around vegetables.

  • 3

    Spoon half the sauce over each breast.

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 23 min
Ready Time: 45 Minutes
Servings: 2 Servings