Sian Julian - Five spice duck breast soba noodles

Five spice duck breast with soba noodles

Duck is one of my absolute favourites (though only as a treat!), and combined with Asian flavours it makes a healthy and delicious dinner.

This dish is quick and easy to prepare and is relatively cheap too. I made this last night for me and my friend Chloe, we didn’t eat all the duck so the leftovers went into a noodle soup for lunch. A win, win situation!

Note: you can put whatever veg you like in the stir fry – pak choi, cabbage, kale etc would all work well.

Ingredients (to feed two)

2 duck breasts (Gressingham ideally) – you could use legs if you wanted, they’re much cheaper. Roast and shred up instead.
1 tsp Chinese five spice
Salt and pepper

1 portion soba noodles (they come portioned out normally!)

3-4 spring onions, sliced
6-8 baby corn, sliced
4-6 mushrooms, sliced
2 handfuls sugar snap peas
2 garlic cloves
1/2 red chilli
1 tsp Chinese five spice
1-2 tsp runny honey
Few sashes soy sauce

Soy sauce
Sesame oil


1. Preheat your oven to 180/200. Prepare all your veg.
2. Score the fat of duck breasts (I do criss cross pattern) and season with salt, pepper and 1/2 tsp five spice on each.
3. Place skin side down in a cold frying pan. Put on the hob on a medium heat.
4. Once it comes up to temperature, spoon fat out of pan regularly. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until skin is golden and most of fat has rendered out.
5. Put into the oven for 8-10 minutes, depending on size of the breast; if you don’t like it pink, leave it in for longer.
6. Meanwhile put all chopped veg in wok with garlic, chilli, five spice, honey and soy over a high heat.
7. Cook noodles as per packet instructions (mine took 3 mins), drain and set aside.
8. Add some water or a dash of red wine (or both) to your wok, stir regularly.
9. Check your duck, if it’s done take it out to rest.
10. Now you can add your noodles and a bit more water to your wok to make a light sauce.
11. Slice your duck breast. Put half the stir fry veg and noodles into each bowl, witha few slices of duck on top. Season with sesame oil and more soy if you like.
12. Enjoy!

Although it seems like a lot, all in all it should take 25-30 minutes from prep to sitting down to eat which I think is pretty good going for something which is a real treat! If you’re wondering, this went really well with a glass of Argentinian Malbec: a perfect Monday night pick-me-up.


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