Duck a L’Orange

Classic of which I could enjoy today as my birthday’s menu.

Preparation time 40 minutes .. Baking 6-10 minutes


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 2 oranges, zest (julienne) and juice
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 1 tbsp cognac
  • salt & pepper
  • knob of butter (optional)
  • 1 orange, sliced in rounds for garnish
  • 50 ml reduced brown chicken glaze


Cut the skin of the duck breast in a criss cross style 4 to 5 times. Season the skin side heavily with salt and sprinkle with pepper.

Heat a pan with a very small amount of oil. When hot, add breasts skin side down and cook slowly for 3-4 minutes, tipping the excess fat off as the fat starts rendering, until the skin begins to brown. Season the top side and turn over to seal the meat then place into a hot oven 200C for approximately 6-10 minutes, depending on the size of the breast. The duck breast should still be medium rare but firm to the touch.When cooked remove from the pan and set aside to rest, covered, for about 10 minutes.

Pour off most of the duck fat from the pan and deglaze the pan with the white wine. Add the orange liqueur and allow to boil. Add the orange juice and allow to reduce to a nice syrupy sauce. Add the orange zest, the chicken stock and whisk in a knob of butter to enrich the sauce.

Blanch and refresh oranges slices a couple of times, using new water each time. Salt and throw into a pan to caramelize.

Slice the duck breast into 4-5 slices across the grain and arrange in a fan shape on a plate. Add an orange slice, a couple of spoonfuls of the sauce, and green beens on the side.

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