Rich, juicy duck pairs beautifully with a sweet, fruit-based sauce—it’s a combo that’s about as classic as can be. Our chefs decided to take things a step further by adding a bit of ancho chili powder into the mix, which creates this smoky, sultry mystique. The excitement only continues with the sides: pistachio-studded rice and tender roasted carrots. This is the sort of dish we’d want to make when we’re feeling a little bit fancy.
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Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast
Ancho Chili Powder
Adjust rack to top position and preheat oven to 425 degrees. Wash and dry all produce. Pat duck dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Place skin sides down in a large, preferably nonstick, pan. Cook over medium heat until skin is crispy, 15-20 minutes, carefully pouring out fat as it’s released (don’t flip duck just yet).
Meanwhile, trim and halve carrots lengthwise. Toss on a baking sheet with a large drizzle of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast on top rack until tender and slightly browned at edges, 20-25 minutes. While carrots roast, trim and thinly slice scallions, separating whites from greens.
Melt 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings) in a small pot over mediumhigh heat. Add scallion whites and cook, stirring occasionally, until just softened, 1 minute. Stir in rice and ¾ cup water (1½ cups for 4). Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce to a low simmer. Cook until rice is tender, 15-18 minutes. Keep covered off heat.
In a small bowl, combine jam, demiglace, chili powder, and ¼ cup water. Once skin is crisp, flip over duck in pan. Pour in jam mixture and add dried cherries. Let simmer until sauce is thick and duck is cooked to desired doneness, 3-5 minutes. Leaving sauce in pan, transfer duck to a cutting board. TIP: If sauce is too thick, add a tablespoon or two of water (double for 4 servings).
Reduce heat under pan with sauce to low and stir in 1 TBSP butter (2 TBSP for 4 servings). Once butter has melted, season with salt and pepper; turn off heat and set aside. Fluff rice with a fork, then stir in pistachios. Season with salt and pepper.
Slice duck crosswise; divide between plates with rice. Pour sauce over duck. Serve with carrots on the side. Garnish with scallion greens.