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Duck with Orange Sauce

Crispy duck breast sliced and served with a rich orange sauce - a French classic!
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4
Calories 276 kcal


  • Frying pan / skillet
  • saucepan
  • wooden spoon
  • sharp knife


  • 500 g duck breast 4 breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • 150 ml white wine
  • 3 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon brandy
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • seasoning to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 200 C/400 F/180 FAN/Gas 6.
  • Pat the duck breast dry with kitchen paper and score the fat diagonally, both ways.
  • Season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Put the duck breast skin down in a cold frying pan and cook over a medium to high heat for t 5 minutes, until the skin is crispy and golden brown.
  • Turn the fillets over and cook for 1-2 minutes until all sides are brown..
  • Put the duck in an ovenproof dish then roast for 12 - 15 minutes for medium.
  • Loosely cover with foil and let it rest in a warm place for 5-10 minutes.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut the rind from one of the oranges and shred it into thin strips.
  • Juice the oranges and the lemon.
  • Put the sugar and vinegar in a saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Stir while the sugar dissolves until the mixture turn dark brown.
  • Add the brandy, wine and juice and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes
  • Add the orange shreds to the pan.
  • Mix the cornflour with the water and stir into the sauce.
  • Bring to the boil and cook for 3 minutes until the mixture is thickened and glossy.
    Check the seasoning.
  • Slice the duck before serving with the sauce on the side.


The nutritional information provided is approximate and is calculated using online tools. Information can vary depending on various factors, but we have endeavoured to be as accurate as possible.


Calories: 276kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 26gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 656mgPotassium: 583mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 295IUVitamin C: 74mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 6mg
Keyword duck breast, orange sauce
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