Duck breast in sticky orange sauce

A modern take on the traditional French dish duck a l'orange. It's easy to make to 'wow' your guests at your next dinner party ... or serve as a special dinner for your loved ones.

  • 20 mins preparation
  • Serves 6
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Duck breasts
  • 6 duck breast fillets
  • 2 small fennel bulbs
  • 1 small raddichio
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Sticky orange sauce
  • 5 medium oranges
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup orange-flavoured liqueur
  • 2 tablespoon red wine vinegar


Duck breast in sticky orange sauce
  • 1
    Make caramelised fennel oranges: Peel and thickly slice three of the oranges; place in heatproof bowl. Remove the rind from one of the remaining oranges with a zester. Squeeze the remaining oranges; you will need ½ cup juice. Stir sugar, seeds and the water in small saucepan, without boiling, until sugar is dissolved. Bring to the boil; boil, uncovered, without stirring, until syrup starts to caramelise. Add rind, juice and liqueur to pan. Reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, about 5 minutes or until rind softens; remove from heat. Add vinegar; pour over oranges in bowl. Cool 10 minutes.
  • 2
    Season duck. Cook duck, skin-side down, on heated grill plate (or grill or barbecue) over high heat about 5 minutes or until skin is crisp. Turn duck, cook a further 5 minutes or until duck is almost cooked through. Transfer to plate; cover, stand 5 minutes.
  • 3
    Reserve fennel fronds. Slice fennel finely on a V-slicer or mandoline. Combine fennel, fronds and radicchio leaves in medium bowl. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons orange syrup from caramelised fennel oranges then combined oil and vinegar; season to taste.
  • 4
    Serve duck and fennel salad with warm caramelised fennel oranges and sticky sauce.


This recipe also works well for chicken breast.

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