Braised Duck in Orange and Cream Sauce

    30 minutes

    This is a version of the French 'Duck à l'orange'. The duck is initially fried then dressed in an orange and cream sauce.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 2 thick duck breasts with skin
    • 3 oranges
    • oil for frying
    • 1 pinch salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
    • 50ml Grand Marnier
    • 200ml whipping cream
    • 1 teaspoon chicken stock
    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Wash the duck breasts, pat dry and lightly score the skin in a diamond pattern with a sharp knife; be careful not to cut into the meat.
    2. Wash one of the oranges with hot water and grate 1-2 tablespoons of the zest then peel the orange and cut the orange into slices. Remove the pips from the inside of the orange. Squeeze the juice from the other two oranges.
    3. Heat some oil in a frypan over medium-high heat and place duck breasts skin-side down into the frypan. Fry for about 8 minutes. Turn the breasts then pour Grand Marnier over them and fry for another 5 minutes. Remove the duck breasts from the frypan and season with salt and pepper; keep warm.
    4. For the sauce stir together the orange juice and the cream. Add the stock and the balsamic vinegar then cook for 5 minutes. Add the orange slices and the orange zest strips to the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
    5. Cut the duck breasts into slices. Add the duck stock to the sauce then add the duck breast strips to the sauce and serve.

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    this was a good recipe - I enjoyed ! The originator knows her stuff  -  29 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Something else. Used two oranges and a lemon - I wanted the sharper taste - say if you used Grapefruit what do you think - Ruby Red g/fruit  -  29 Sep 2010  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)


    Sauce was a little too runny, but otherwise a great recipe!  -  16 Apr 2011  (Review from Allrecipes UK & Ireland)