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I got a chance to chat with Asian superstar chef Ming Tsai and ask him about his holiday plans – he’s preparing a slow roasted lamb for his family and gave me some tips for my Christmukkah meal. I’m making Ming’s Seared Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney from his self-published book called Ming’s Master Recipes. I tested the recipe, and holy holiday cheer, it was fabulous!

And thanks to Lenny, the podcast with Chef Ming Tsai is up!

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Ming Tsai’s Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney

Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney Recipe

My parents are Buddhists but they’ve lived here in the United States since 1967 and have celebrated Christmas with food and presents every single year. When my brother and I were little, we believed in Santa Claus until the day I found my mother’s secret hiding place for gifts. I didn’t let on that I knew about the stash, as I totally enjoyed sneaking into the walk-in closet and wading my way through the piles of clothes, blankets and luggage to get to the booty in the back.

I’d just stare at the blonde Cabbage Patch Kid and Barbie doll convertible, caressing the box and counting down the days til Christmas Eve. So yeah, Christmas more about new toys back then and not so much the religious stuff.

At home, I’d like to think we have a nice blend of traditions. For many years, I hosted Christmukkah, as my good friends are Jewish, but the Chinese take-out places are closed for Christmas! This year I went with Ming’s advice for the Christmukkah meal: a Seared Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney.

Ming says the key to searing duck breast is to render, or melt away the fat first. This savory, delicious fat is used to cook the duck and also saute the potatoes. The Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney is the perfect blend of Ming’s signature east and west cooking.

Why Ming Tsai’s Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney Works

  1. Perfect Fat Rendering Technique: The key to this recipe’s success is the slow rendering of the duck fat. Starting the duck breasts skin-side down on low heat allows the fat to gradually melt, ensuring a crispy, browned skin without overcooking the meat. This technique not only enhances the texture but also infuses the duck with its own rich flavors.
  2. Balanced Flavors: The sweet and sour cranberry chutney brings a delightful contrast to the savory duck. The tartness of the cranberries paired with the sweetness of the sugar and the sharpness of the rice vinegar creates a harmonious balance that complements the richness of the duck, embodying Ming’s signature East-meets-West culinary style.
  3. Versatility of the Chutney: This chutney isn’t just limited to accompanying the duck; its versatility makes it a perfect condiment for various dishes. It can be used as a spread for sandwiches, a topping for grilled meats, or even as a unique addition to cheese boards, making it a valuable recipe in your cooking repertoire.

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A Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney Recipe FAQ

  • What can I substitute for rice vinegar in the chutney?
    Apple cider vinegar is a great alternative. It offers a similar tangy flavor profile.
  • Can the cranberry chutney be made ahead of time?
    Absolutely! The chutney can be made up to two weeks in advance and stored in the refrigerator. This actually allows the flavors to meld together beautifully.
  • What are some side dishes that pair well with this meal?
    Light and simple sides like steamed green beans, a fresh salad, or roasted root vegetables complement the rich flavors of the duck and the tangy chutney nicely.
  • How do I store leftovers?
    Store any leftover duck and chutney separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. They should keep well for up to three days. Reheat the duck gently to avoid drying it out.
  • Can the chutney be frozen for later use?
    Yes, the chutney freezes well. Place it in a freezer-safe container, leaving some space at the top for expansion. It can be stored for up to three months.
  • What can I do with leftover chutney?
    Use it as a spread on sandwiches, with cheese and crackers, or as a topping for other grilled or roasted meats. It’s quite versatile!

Perfect Pairings: Side Dishes for Duck Breast

  • The Very Best Mashed Potatoes
  • Chinese Broccoli with Garlicky Ginger Miso
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Cranberry Pistachio Pesto
  • Miso Ginger Asparagus

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Duck Breast with Sweet & Sour Cranberry Chutney

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 25 minutes mins

Total Time 29 minutes mins

Course dinner, Main Course

Cuisine American

Servings 4

Calories 604 kcal


Duck Breasts

  • 4 duck breasts fat trimmed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes either boiled or baked skin on 45 minutes at 350F

Sweet & Sour Cranberry Chutney

  • 1 red onion cut into 1/2 inch dice
  • 1 cup dried cranberries chopped
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Duck Breasts

  • Use a sharp knife to score the skin on the duck breast several times, making 3-5 slashes on the diagonal then rotating knife to slash the other way, to make a slanted checkerboard of sorts. Score all the way through the fat, but take care not to cut through to the meat.

  • Place the duck breasts, skin side down in a large frying pan and then heat the frying pan on low heat. As the pan heats up, the fat will begin melting (rendering). Let fry until the skin is brown and crispy, about 7-10 minutes.

  • Turn the heat to high and flip the duck meat side down. Fry for 3-5 minutes for medium rare.

  • Flip the duck breasts again and sear for 3-5 minutes to re-crisp the skin. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

  • Transfer to a plate, meat side down and let rest. In the same pan, with the luscious duck fat, turn the heat to high and add the potato slices. Serve with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney.

Sweet & Sour Cranberry Chutney

  • Heat a sauté pan over high heat. When hot, add the oil and swirl to coat. Add the onions and sauté until soft, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add the cranberries, sugar and the rice vinegar.

  • Simmer on medium-low for 10 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. When cool, transfer to container and cover, store in refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Serving: 1gCalories: 604kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 49gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 174mgSodium: 143mgPotassium: 1378mgFiber: 6gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 124IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 12mg

Keyword chutney, cranberry, duck

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  1. Judy in SATX on 12/23/08 at 11:58 pm

    I have two duck breasts defrosting and fresh cranberries. We’ll have this for Christmas Eve!


  2. maris on 12/22/08 at 9:22 pm

    This looks like such a festive dish! Everything on that plate looks amazing.


  3. Francis on 12/22/08 at 2:55 am

    Wow! That’s a really delicious photo.
    Thanks for the recipe too!


  4. Kevin on 12/20/08 at 5:16 pm

    That looks good. I have been enjoying the cranberries lately.


  5. Big Boys Oven on 12/20/08 at 12:58 am

    OMG! you meet up Ming Tsai, this is awesome . . . (tell him I had been keeping his books on my bookshelf)…lol! I love this east and west dishes creations. The duck breast look so moist and well glazed too. Just fantastic!


  6. Petite Kitchen on 12/18/08 at 8:35 pm

    Oh, woman yer killin’ me. Duck AND cranberries, oh my goodness. That’s it. I’m gonna have to buy a duck. Looks fabulous.


  7. Kim on 12/17/08 at 11:20 pm

    Oh wow! I’m incredibly jealous of the fact that you met Ming Tsai! That guy is awesome. And I sympathize with you about the video game noises. When I lived with my family, my little brother (Fathead) absolutely HAD to have the volume all the way up. I’ve definitely hidden some games from Fathead for sanity’s sake.


  8. Sowjanya on 12/17/08 at 3:46 pm

    add me to the jealous group. Ming Tsai is on my top 5 chef’s to do list…lolol


  9. Dirtykitchensecrets on 12/17/08 at 8:23 am

    Oh how yummy! I love duck! I’m making it as part of my 7-course christmas dinner extravaganza! Posted all other 6 courses on my blog. Hope you can participate 🙂


  10. Luna Pier Cook on 12/17/08 at 5:18 am

    Up here in the cold and frigid tundra that is Michigan, we have plenty of duck (and goose) hunting, farms of beautiful white potatoes and miles of green beans, along with a burgeoning cranberry industry. This looks like a Michigan dish to me!


  11. Chez Us on 12/17/08 at 1:54 am

    Jaden, did you get a chance to chat with my other half about the podcast? Really ask away, this is our job (the real bread and butter). On another note, can’t wait to try out this dish. I have some duck waiting for me in my sister’s freezer and would love a new way to make it – thanks for a great sounding recipe!

    I related to your ho ho story – same thing happened to me! 😉


  12. GCS on 12/16/08 at 10:07 pm

    My husband has been requesting goose, I bet the chutney would be good with goose too. Yum. Now I just have to find a goose.


  13. Pepy on 12/16/08 at 10:05 pm

    I love duck, but never try to cook it by myself. i bet this duck also tastes good with lingonberry sauce


  14. rhesuspieces00 on 12/16/08 at 8:29 pm

    I could be walking down the street and run into Bill Clinton, Anne Hathaway, or Johnny Cash risen from the dead and strike up a conversation and be totally chill about it, but I think if I met Ming Tsai, I’d be all, “ZOMG BLUE GINGER EVERY RECIPE DELICIOUS WATCHED EVERY EPISODE LOLZ OMG FANBOI 😥 😥 cry:”


  15. Hélène on 12/16/08 at 8:26 pm

    Wow, looks so festive and beautiful. Love your post.


  16. Holly on 12/16/08 at 7:57 pm

    I am soooo jealous you got to talk to Ming Tsai! I used to watch him all the time on East Meets West! LUCKY!!


  17. soulchocolate on 12/16/08 at 7:52 pm

    This looks so amazing!!!!! Oh wow the sauce is beautiful and i imagine the wonderful explosion of taste in my mouth! Next up on my to-do list. Thanks for this excellent post, Jaden.


  18. Asianmommy on 12/16/08 at 7:24 pm

    What a beautiful dish–I’d love to have this for Xmas dinner!


  19. Janet on 12/16/08 at 7:00 pm

    Oh, please, please, please, come to my house and make this for me tonight! I haven’t had duck in 10 years!! It looks divine!


  20. finsbigfan on 12/16/08 at 6:30 pm

    OMG That looks sooooo good. Love duck and have never tried to make it myself. Looks like I need to find me some quackin’ good duck to try this recipe. Cranberry chutney–all I can say is YES (arm pump and ass jiggle)


  21. Lars Kiilerich on 12/16/08 at 5:40 pm

    I always wonder if its possible to make duck breast look not good? It ALWAYS looks good on pictures 🙂

    Jaden, if you want to convert the WAV file to MP3 you could use, or if you’re really lazy dump it somewhere for me, and I could do convert it for you.


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Duck Breast with Sweet and Sour Cranberry Chutney Recipe • Steamy Kitchen Recipes Giveaways (2024)


How do you serve duck breast? ›

Serve with noodles or steamed rice and pak choi. Duck Breast, Sweet Potato & Pickled Fennel Duck and sweet potato is a loving marriage; so what could be better than a dinner that pairs the two? Duck Breast & Fries Steak and chips done the Gressingham way!

What to serve with duck reddit? ›

So for example:
  • roast carrot and broccoli.
  • roast sweet potato and balsamic greens.
  • warm beetroot salad and sugar snap peas.
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How to cook duck breast in advance? ›

Do-Ahead. Perfect for entertaining, you can brown the duck breasts ahead of time, cover and refrigerate them up to one day ahead. Finish them in the oven following the baking directions adding an additional one to two minutes cooking time if necessary for the desired doneness.

Should you soak duck breast in milk? ›

Some soak duck breast in milk, wine, bourbon, salt water and probably a bunch of other stuff. For baking or crock pot cooking this does seem to keep the duck moist and tender through the process. As with most fresh meat, slow cooking demands a minimum of blood and thus the soaking helps in that regard.

Do you have to soak duck breast before cooking? ›

Always Brine Ducks and Geese

Soaking waterfowl in a saltwater solution replaces blood with brine. The process also adds flavor and moisture. Once brined in the refrigerator for 12 to 24 hours, the meat will be paler in color, giving it less of a livery look and more the appearance of domestic meat.

What is a good side dish with duck breast? ›

Fall Side Dishes to Pair With Duck Entrees
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What do Chinese serve with duck? ›

A sharpened knife will make this task much easier. Now let's talk about the four classic items which are served with Peking duck. They are thin pancakes, sweet bean sauce, julienned scallions and cucumber.

Can you overcook duck breast? ›

Don't be tempted to roast or grill duck breast from raw, as you're likely to overcook the meat before the fat has melted. You could also fry duck breasts until browned, then cook them slowly in liquid, as in our pappardelle recipe (below).

Do you season duck before cooking? ›

For the tastiest Sunday roast, season your duck with Cornish Sea Salt Crystals and black pepper the night (or ideally 24 hours) before. Not only will this help crisp up the skin, but it'll keep your duck nice and moist while roasting.

How long does it take to cook duck breast? ›

Place in pre-heated pan skin side down, using no oil, for 5 mins or until the skin is golden. Turn and cook for a further 2 mins. Remove pan from heat and place in pre-heated oven for a further 8-10 mins to your liking. For best results rest uncovered for 5 mins before slicing and serving.

How is duck normally served? ›

You can steam, braise or saute it, and accompany it with dozens of different sauces, or turn it into that rich and satisfying French specialty, confit. You can serve it hot, cold, rare, or cooked all day. No doubt because the prospect of cooking duck intimidates people, I've never been served it in someone's home.

How should duck be served? ›

While the USDA recommends cooking duck to a safe minimum internal temperature of 165° F (74° C) to avoid the potential risk of salmonella poisoning, restaurants often serve duck medium-rare. Since duck has dark meat and tight muscle fibers, these muscles are often cooked much like beef for tender results.

How should you order duck breast? ›

If you have ever ordered duck in a restaurant and a waiter asked you, “how would you like your duck breast cooked?” You should order something else on the menu. A chef who serves duck understands that medium-rare duck breast is the culinary standard.


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