Curried Duck with Cranberry Couscous

Curried Duck with Cranberry Couscous


  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 (14-ounce) packages boneless whole duck breasts, thawed
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries (about 1 (3-ounce) package)
  • 1 (15.75-ounce) can fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup uncooked couscous
  • 1/4 cup cranberry chutney (such as Crosse and Blackwell)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Prepare grill; set to medium heat.

Combine curry, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Reserve 1 tablespoon curry powder mixture for cranberry mixture. Rub meat side of breast with remaining curry powder mixture.

Place duck on grill rack, skin sides up. Cook 8 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness; remove from heat, and let stand 5 minutes.

Bring cranberries and broth to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually stir in reserved curry powder mixture and couscous. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Spoon couscous mixture onto plates.

Carefully remove skin from all breasts; cut each breast in half. Then cut each breast half into 1/2-inch-thick slices and arrange them on top of couscous mixture. Serve with chutney; sprinkle with cilantro.

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 5 ounces duck, 3/4 cup couscous, 1 tablespoon chutney, and 1 tablespoon cilantro)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 548
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 29%
Fat per serving: 17.3g
Saturated fat per serving: 6.3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 5.7g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 2.3g
Protein per serving: 42.3g
Carbohydrate per serving: 52.3g
Fiber per serving: 4.3g
Cholesterol per serving: 132mg
Iron per serving: 5.2mg
Sodium per serving: 604mg
Calcium per serving: 43mg

Good to Know

If the thought of eating another honey-baked ham makes you cringe, try this duck recipe. Though duck can be fattening, using spices such as curry, red pepper, and cilantro, instead of oil, keeps you within your dietary guidelines. The spicy duck balances the tart dried cranberries, which lower bad cholesterol, and gives the couscous a needed kick.