Sous Vide Spiced Honey Duck Breast


Chef Nicole attended culinary school at Ecole Ritz-Escoffier at the Ritz Hotel in Paris, France. She worked as a restaurant chef in Rhode Island before becoming an award-winning international yacht chef. Today, Chef Nicole is a private chef and enjoys teaching cooking t ...

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Recipe Temp 135 F / 57.2 C
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Here in the Anova Test Kitchen, I decided to put a few popular cooking times and temperatures for boneless duck breasts to the test for textural variations. This also gave me a chance to compare some textural variations for a salad recipe I'd been dreaming up–Spiced Honey Duck Breast over Seasonal Spinach Salad. With sweet, smoky and spicy notes, I personally like to think of it as the “crazy-sexy-cool” of the duck breast world. It also happens to be perfect for the holidays, when we are trying to balance healthy eating with seasonal indulgence!
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Ingredients for 4

  • 2 6 - 8oz boneless duck breasts

  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika

  • ¼ tsp chipotle chile pepper or cayenne pepper

  • 1 tsp honey

  • Salt & pepper to taste


  • Step 1

    Set your Precision Cooker to 57.2C/135F. Remove duck from package and pat dry with paper towels. Gently score the skin in a crosshatch pattern without cutting into the actual flesh. Sprinkle with salt.

  • Step 2

    Heat up a frying pan over high heat until a drop of water immediately sizzles upon it. Place the duck skin-side-down into the hot pan and let sit until it turns a gentle golden brown, approximately 3 - 4 minutes. Remove from pan and set on surface for further seasoning.

  • Step 3

    In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon, smoked paprika, and chipotle chili powder until well-blended. Equally divide mixture across the two duck breasts, making sure to season both sides. Additionally season with a pinch more salt and freshly ground pepper.

  • Step 4

    Place the duck breasts into a ziplock bag and add the teaspoon of honey. Squeeze as much air out as possible and/or vacuum seal, and submerge the duck into the prepared bath for 1 - 3.5 hours.

    • Finishing Steps - Stovetop

    • Step 1

      Remove from the bath and take breasts out of the bag. Gently pat dry again and prepare your frying pan for the finishing sear.

    • Step 2

      Once a drop of water sizzles in the pan, add the duck breast to the pan to sear. Place skin-side-down for an 1 - 2 minutes. Flip to also sear the meaty side, and leave for 30 seconds. Remove from pan and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice, serve, and enjoy!

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