Braised Duckling With Oranges

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  • prep 35 min    cook 75 min
  • serves 4

The light sauce used in this recipe is made with fresh oranges, honey and herbs. Skin the duckling before cooking to cut the fat by a third. Braise the bird in fruit juice to keep it moist.


  • 1 duckling (4 to 5 pounds, cut into 8 serving pieces)
  • 3 oranges
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 2 large onions, diced

    How to make it  Under 2 hours

  • 1

    With your fingers, remove all the skin from the duckling pieces. Using a sharp knife, cut off all excess fat.

  • 2

    Finely grate the zest from 2 of the oranges, squeeze the juice and add to a bowl with the honey, vinegar, mustard and rosemary.

  • 3

    Heat a flameproof casserole over moderate heat. Cook half of the duckling pieces about 10 minutes, turning once, until well browned. Transfer to a plate and cook remaining duckling.

  • 4

    Remove all but 1 tablespoon fat from casserole. Add the onions and sauté, stirring about 5 minutes, until golden.

  • 5

    Stir the orange mixture into the sautéed onions so that they are well coated. Add the chicken stock, salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.

  • 6

    Return the duckling pieces to the pan and coat with the onion mixture. Cover the pan and braise the duckling about 50 minutes, until cooked through. Stir in the third orange, cut into sections.

Nutritional Information(per serving)

  • Calories: 588
  • Fat: 26g
  • Saturated Fat: 10g
  • Cholesterol: 201mg
  • Sodium: 252mg
  • Carbs: 31g
  • Protein: 56g
  • Fiber: 3g

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