Juicy Duck Breasts Recipe With Shortcut Cherry Sauce (20 Minutes) by 30Seconds Food

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3 months ago

Juicy Duck Breasts Recipe With Shortcut Cherry Sauce (20 Minutes)

Who wouldn't love to serve their family gourmet dinners all the time? But who has the time? With this duck breast recipe in cherry sauce, however, you can have gourmet on the table in under 20 minutes. And it's the perfect dinner to surprise your sweetheart with on Valentine's Day

The secret shortcut to the cherry sauce is a can of pie filling. Sounds crazy, but it works! The pie filling is cooked with Cognac, sherry and Worcestershire sauce to cut the sweetness and add more flavor. So easy and delicious. Here is your shopping list to make this gluten-free duck breast recipe: skinless, boneless, duck breast halves, black pepper, salt, brown sugar, butter, onion, cherry pie filling, Cognac or brandy, dry sherry, Worcestershire sauce and fresh parsley, for garnishing. 

Serve this impressive skillet recipe with silky mashed potatoesparsnip puree or your favorite side dishes. Don't forget a glass of wine or a special Valentine's Day cocktail or mocktail

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 to 10 minutes
Total Time: 18 to 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 4 skinless, boneless duck breast halves (could substitute 4 large skinless, boneless chicken thighs)
  • 4 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 can (21 ounces) tart cherry pie filling
  • 2 tablespoons Cognac or brandy
  • 1 tablespoon dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • fresh chopped parsley

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Recipe Notes

  • If you're not a fan of duck, you could use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead, which stay moister than chicken breasts.
  • Let the duck rest before slicing.

Here's how to make it:

  1. Season duck breasts with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap and pound gently until they are about 3/8 inches thick. Coat both sides of the breasts with the brown sugar.
  2. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the duck and cook, turning one time, until lightly browned on the outside and pink on the inside, about 2 minutes per side.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Pour in the pie filling, Cognac, sherry and Worcestershire sauce. Cook, stirring gently, until sauce is hot and duck is medium-rare, about 2 minutes. Cook longer, if desired.
  4. Slice the duck and spoon the sauce over the top. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley. 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 475

Total Fat: 12.3g

Saturated Fat: 3.7g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 613mg

Total Carbohydrate: 18.2g

Dietary Fiber: 1g

Total Sugars: 8.9g

Protein: 35.7g

Vitamin D: 4mcg

Calcium: 20mg

Iron: 1mg

Potassium: 77mg

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Elisa Schmitz
What a great idea to use the pie filling! Thanks for sharing the yum, Gwen Johnson !

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