Recipe courtesy of Michel Nischan

Coriander Breast of Duck with Sweet Potato Sauce

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  • Total: 5 hr
  • Prep: 4 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 45 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 medium parsnips, unpeeled, poached for 15 minutes

1 sweet potato, cut into 1/8-inch wedges

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil, plus more for squeeze bottle

Salt and pepper, to taste

4 (5 to 7-ounce) boneless, skinless duck breasts

2 tablespoons toasted coriander seeds, crushed

1 1/2 cups sweet potato sauce base, recipe follows

4 sprigs baby pea shoots

Sweet potato sauce base:

9 cups sweet potato juice (approximately 12 to 16 sweet potatoes)

4 tablespoons fresh ginger

2 Thai chile peppers, chopped

Salt and pepper, to taste

Freshly squeezed lemon juice, to taste


  1. Split each poached parsnip in 1/2 lengthwise and rub with a small amount of grapeseed oil. Rub the 8 sweet potatoes wedges with grapeseed oil. Season the parsnip and potato with salt and pepper. Bake on a sheet tray in a pre-heated 400 degree oven until browned and cooked through (approximately 15 minutes). Heat a large, nonstick saute pan over medium heat. Season each duck breast with salt and pepper. Press one side of the duck breast into the coriander seeds. Use a squeeze bottle to drizzle a thin line of grapeseed oil over the coriander on each duck breast. Add the duck breasts, seed side down to the hot saute pan. Saute until the coriander browns. Turn the duck breasts over and set the pan off the flame for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the breasts and allow them to rest 2 to 4 minutes. To plate, set a piece of parsnip and wedge of sweet potato on each plate. Slice each duck breast into 1/4-inch slices and arrange against the vegetables. Spoon sauce onto each plate and garnish with pea shoots.

Sweet potato sauce base:

Yield: approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups
  1. Juice sweet potatoes and allow the juice to stand for 4 hours. This will allow much of the potato starch in the juice to settle. Pour the juice through a fine mesh strainer being careful to leave the settled starch behind. Place over a medium flame and reduce to approximately 1 1/2 to 2 cups, or until the sauce naturally thickens. Remove from the fire and stir in the ginger and Thai chile pepper. Stir until the sauce tastes spicy enough and strain immediately. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and lemon juice.