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Duck a l'Orange Recipe

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Duck with orange & herb rub
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French cuisine made its debut in America thanks in part to this famous duck a l'orange recipe for seared duck breast glazed with sweet orange sauce. This sophisticated dish is a wonderful addition to party menus and romantic dinners. The easy sauce can be prepared ahead of time and the duck seared right before serving.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 4 oranges, sections cut from membranes
  • 2 duck breast halves, seasoned with salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest


Boil the sugar and water for several minutes, until the syrup caramelizes and turns a golden brown color. Add the vinegar, juice, shallots, and chicken stock and simmer until the sauce is reduced to a little less than a cup. Add butter and 1 tablespoon of orange zest. Stir in orange sections.

In a skillet, sear the duck breasts over high heat. Cook the duck for about 9-11 minutes on each side. Pour the prepared sauce over the duck breasts and garnish with the remaining orange zest.

This duck a l'orange recipe makes 2 servings.

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 5 out of 5
Measures, Member LeicesterChris

Actually, the comment ""a pint's a pound the whole world round"" isn't true. A pint (of water) *only* weighs a pound in the US, since the US pint is 16 fluid ounces and is less than an imperial pint. In the UK, a pint of water weighs 1.25lb (it's 20 fluid ounces here), and in the rest of the world they don't have pints :) When I was a kid (back when we still used pints - these days we only use pints for beer and milk), the saying was ""a pint of water weighs a pound and a quarter"". It does only work for water, though - a (US) pint of flour, for instance, weighs about a pound and a half.

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