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Honey Provencal Duck Recipe


Honey Provencal Duck Recipe

Honey Provencal Duck

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This fusion of honey, herbs, and balsamic vinegar takes one of our most popular recipes, honey lacquered duck breast , and turns it into something even more enticing. The blend of perfumed Provencal seasoning infused into a honey-vinegar glaze in this honeyed Provencal duck recipe is nothing short of magical. It turns any dinner into a special occasion.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 duck breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons herbes de Provence with lavender
  • Optional garnish of chopped nuts


How to make honeyed Provencal duck:

Cut small slits in the skin side of the duck breast, without slicing all the way into the flesh. Season the duck on both sides with the salt and pepper.

Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat and sear the duck breasts, skin side down, for 7 minutes, reducing the heat to medium-low after 3 minutes. Flip the duck breasts over and cook them for an additional 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer them to a plate and cover it with foil to retain warmth.

Pour the rendered duck fat into a clean container and save it for other culinary uses. Turn the heat up to medium and deglaze the skillet with the honey, balsamic vinegar, and Provencal herbs, scraping up the browned bits as the sauce cooks. Simmer the honey herb glaze for 2 to 3 minutes, until it turns slightly thick. Season it with a small dash of salt.

Return the duck breasts to the pan, turning them a few times to coat them evenly with the honey glaze. Carve them and serve them immediately, garnished with a drizzle of extra glaze and the chopped nuts, if desired.

This honey Provencal duck recipe makes 6 servings.

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