Duck Breasts with Orange, Honey and Tea Sauce

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 28 mins

If you've never tried duck - this is THE recipe with which to make the introduction. If you love duck, you'll love this way of making it - elegant, flavourful and easy. From Bon Appetit, April, 2000.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Pierce skin of duck breasts all over with fork.
  3. Sprinkle duck with salt and pepper.
  4. Heat heavy large skillet over high heat.
  5. Add duck breasts, skin side down, to skillet.
  6. Cook until skin is well browned, about 4 minutes.
  7. Turn duck breasts over; cook 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Set rack in roasting pan.
  10. Transfer duck breasts to rack (reserve drippings in skillet).
  11. Roast duck to desired doneness, about 20 minutes for medium-rare.
  12. Meanwhile, heat drippings in skillet over medium heat.
  13. Add shallots and sauté until beginning to brown, about 5 minutes.
  14. Tilt skillet; push shallots to higher end of skillet, allowing drippings to flow to lower end.
  15. Spoon off drippings and discard.
  16. Add broth, orange juice and tea leaves to skillet.
  17. Boil until mixture is reduced to 1 1/4 cups, about 17 minutes.
  18. Pour mixture through strainer set over bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.
  19. Discard solids in strainer.
  20. Return liquid to same skillet.
  21. Add honey; bring to simmer.
  22. Whisk in butter.
  23. Season sauce with salt and pepper.
  24. Thinly slice duck breasts crosswise.
  25. Fan slices on each of 4 plates, dividing equally.
  26. Spoon sauce around duck.
  27. Garnish with orange segments, if desired.
Most Helpful

this is really good and fast for duck ,only different things i did is had 3x the honey

bobybaloony November 08, 2011

Wow, is this ever a delicious and special treat. Definitely company worthy or for a special romantic evening. I cooked the duck breast all the way in the pan (about 15 minutes total), used 1 cup of chicken broth, 1 cup of muscat wine and 1/2 cup of orange juice. I also skipped the butter, didn't strain it, and added a little cornstarch at the end to thicken it. For us, two duck breasts feed two people. These flavors are dynamite and make for one of the best duck recipes you'll ever taste!

Maito February 10, 2010

This dish was easy, fast, had a simple ingredient list, and best of all, it tasted great! I love duck and this is a wonderful way to prepare it. We followed all directions and used all ingredients as posted. Served with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans. Thanks, Evelyn, we would definitely make this recipe again.

Dr. Jenny October 31, 2008