Recipe: Chinese style duck skewers

It's Chinese New Year! Here's how to make Grilled Spiced Duck skewers with tender Kale stir fry, pomegranates and fried spiced crispy duck skin - the perfect dish for any chinese feast

Recipe: Chinese style duck skewers

Chase away the winter blues by dusting off the griddle pan and do some indoor grilling with my spiced Duck skewers. Easy and delicious, this dish is perfect for a treat on the weekend and great to cook for family and friends for easy entertaining. 

You can serve this with your favorite side dishes but why not try some healthy stir-fried kale that is tasty and healthy? Also as duck can be rather fatty, why not transform the duck skin into crisp deliciousness by seasoning them and frying them to make crackling. You can also substitute the duck for beef, chicken or even chunky courgettes if you are vegetarian. Enjoy!

Serves 2 as a main or 4 to share with other dishes 

Preparation time: 20 minutes 

Marinade time: 1 hour

Cooking time: 6-8 minutes 


(397g) 2 X Freedom Food Duck Breast, skin and breast meat separated, breast sliced on the angle into 2 inch piece slices. 

4 large bamboo skewers, pre-soaked in cold water 

2 tablespoons of vegetable oil

For the Marinade 

3 cloves of garlic, crushed, peeled and finely chopped

1 inch of fresh root ginger, peeled and grated

2 tablespoon runny honey 

3 tablespoons Hoisin sauce 

1 teaspoon Sriracha or good chilli sauce of your choice 

3 tablespoon low sodium light soy sauce 

1 teaspoon dark soy sauce 

1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder 

1 pinch of ground white pepper 

For the Kale Stir-fry 

2 tablespoon rapeseed oil 

1 medium red Fresno chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

160g of Cavolo Nero, or dinosaur kale, or curly kale, washed, sliced into 1 inch pieces

2 large pinches of cracked sea salt

1 lemon, juiced

For the Fried Spiced Crispy Duck skin 

500ml groundnut oil 

1 teaspoon Sichuan pepper, toasted, ground in a pestle and mortar 

2 pinches of cracked sea salt 

2 pinches of cracked black pepper 

1 teaspoon Chinese five spice powder 

2 tablespoons potato starch 

1 pinch of dried chilli flakes 

For the garnish

Few wedges of lemon 

2 tablespoons of Pomegranate seeds 

On the side - Satsuma soy dressing 

2 ripe small Satsuma, zest and juice 

½ lemon, zest and juice

3 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons low sodium light soy sauce

Pinch of cracked sea salt 

Pinch of cracked black pepper 


1. Wash the duck breasts and pat dry. Remove the skin from the duck breasts. 

2. In a bowl, add all the marinade ingredients for the duck and marinade the breast meat for 1 hour, covered in the fridge to absorb all the flavours. 

3. Prepare the rest of the ingredients. And pre-soak some bamboo skewers in cold water for 20 minutes. 

4. With the duck skin, slice into pieces and dress with the spice mix and potato starch and set to one side. Heat a medium pan of fill with vegetable oil. When the oil has reached 180 degrees, place the seasoned duck skin pieces into the oil and fry for 5 minutes until golden brown. Remove using a slotted spoon and drain excess oil on absorbent kitchen paper. Set aside. 

5. Once the duck breasts have been marinated. Remove from the fridge and skewers the duck meat on the bamboo skewers. 

6. Heat a griddle on high heat and brush the griddle with vegetable oil. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for 2 minutes on each side. Turn the heat to medium and cook the skewers basting with the marinade as it cooks for a further minute on each side. The marinade will make a sticky delicious glaze. Take off the heat and set the skewers to one side and to rest the meat. 

7. Heat a medium wok over high heat and add the rapeseed oil, then add in the chilli and the kales pieces and toss in the wok for 30 seconds. Cook for another 30 seconds until the kale has turned a deeper translucent green but is still al dente and season with cracked sea salt and lemon juice. Toss together and take off the heat. 

8. To serve, transfer the skewers to a warm serving plate, serve with the wok fried kale on the side, some of the fried crispy duck skin, a wedge of lemon and some garnish with some pomegranate seeds and serve immediately. Serve with a zesty Satsuma dressing on the side by whisking all the ingredients together and some Jasmine rice tossed through with some coriander if you wish.

Have a look at our other recipe on How to make the perfect spring roll

You can also find out more about Chinese New Year, it's customs and what animal you are here 

Recipe courtesy of Ching He Huang  

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