Gluten Free Duck Breast with Cherry Balsamic Sauce & Dried Cherry Rice Pilaf

Gluten Free Duck Breast with Cherry Balsamic Sauce & Dried Cherry Rice Pilaf Recipe

It all started when I had a few minutes to kill before heading out of the house for an appointment. I flicked on the T.V. (which is almost always set for the Food Network) and on came Rachael Ray whipping up a romantic dinner for two in 30 minutes. She was making duck.

My husband loves duck and I have on two occasions roasted him duck out of love and devotion. I can vividly recall both times with the same clarity as one would recall a similarly pleasant experience like, say, an I.R.S. tax audit.

There was a lot of pricking of duck skin involved. Out of a three pound duck there was approximately 8 quarts of fat expelled, my oven caught on fire (not that unusual of an occurrence in my house unfortunately, but STILL!) and I spent about an hour and a half preparing a very complex sauce. It also cost me a small fortune as I had to purchase costly ingredients that I never found other uses for. I don’t have the recipe anymore; I think I burned it in the inferno my oven became.

So I was intrigued by Ms. Ray’s method – duck breasts cooked stove top. That sounded doable. And as the hubby’s and my anniversary was coming up, I decided to give it a test run while he was still out of town (just in case I lit my stove top on fire).

I found her method easy but the breasts came out just a touch overdone. So I reduced the cooking time by a couple minutes and voilà! Perfectly cooked duck in under 30 minutes (sorry, couldn’t resist). The orange sauce she made didn’t sound appealing so I concocted an insanely easy cherry balsamic sauce (so good!) and I even whipped up a wonderful dried cherry rice pilaf to go along with it.

For the rice pilaf just make two servings of whatever rice you like – I used instant (don’t judge me!). Substitute gluten free chicken stock for the water and add a handful of chopped dried cherries in with the chicken stock as you bring it to a boil. Cook rice per directions but omit salt until after it is all cooked then add for taste. The chicken stock will have some salt in it. Toast up a handful of slivered almonds in a dry pan for about 2 -3 minutes until toasty and light brown. Add the toasted almonds to the rice after it is cooked and fluff with a fork.

This Gluten Free Duck Breast with Cherry Balsamic Sauce & Dried Cherry Rice Pilaf Recipe is definitely a meal to share with someone you love and you will even have energy to prove that love after making it!

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Gluten Free Duck Breast with Cherry Balsamic Sauce & Dried Cherry Rice Pilaf
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Gluten Free Duck Breast with Cherry Balsamic Sauce & Dried Cherry Rice Pilaf Recipe

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 565kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter – use divided
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Bing cherries in syrup
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar


  • Rub a cold skillet with 1 tablespoon of cold butter. Lightly score the duck breasts through the skin only in a cross-hatch pattern. Season breasts with salt and pepper on both sides and place in cold skillet, skin sides down. Turn heat to medium/medium-high and cook until crispy, about 13 minutes. Drain off most of the fat and discard. Turn breasts over and cook for another 2 minutes.
  • While breasts are cooking, put the cherries and their juices into a sauce pan and add the balsamic vinegar, a small pinch of salt and a large pinch of pepper. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the juices have reduced down to an almost syrup-like consistency and the cherries are starting to break apart. About 15 minutes. Take off heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of cold butter to finish the sauce. Serve sauce with duck breast and rice pilaf.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Duck Breast with Cherry Balsamic Sauce & Dried Cherry Rice Pilaf Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 204mg68%
Sodium 250mg10%
Potassium 843mg24%
Carbohydrates 46g15%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 46g92%
Vitamin A 2015IU40%
Vitamin C 18.2mg22%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 13.2mg73%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Peter G
    February 20, 2008

    Hey Carol! I’m not a big fan of duck myself, but that looks like a great dish. A great combination with the cherries and balsamic!

  2. Mansi Desai
    February 21, 2008

    Duck seems to be a favorite for quite a few pwople! hope you had a romantic dinner Carol:) looks great!

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