Duck à l'Orange with Sweet Potatoes

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Impress your guests with this sweet, savory & surprisingly simple French dinner!


10 minutes

Prep time

20 minutes

Cook time


Make sure you have...

Butter (salted) (1 Dab)


Stovetop, Pot (small), Peeler, Frying pan, Grater, Citrus juicer, Colander, Aluminum foil


Sweet potato

Step 1

Peel & cube the sweet potatoes. Add them to a pot of salted boiling water. Cook for 7-10 min, or until fork-tender.

Duck breast

Step 2

Trim any excess fat from the duck. Cut a criss-cross pattern in the skin. Season with salt & pepper.

Duck breast

Step 3

Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Place the duck in the pan skin-side down. Cook for 5-7 min, periodically spooning some of the duck fat out of the pan.


Step 4

Peel the orange rind using a knife or vegetable peeler. Remove the white pith from the orange peel. Thinly slice the peel.


Step 5

Squeeze the juice from the orange & set aside.

Duck breast

Step 6

After 5-7 min, flip over the duck. Season with salt & pepper. Cook for 10 min. Continue spooning out the fat.

Sweet potato

Step 7

Drain the sweet potatoes. Add them to a bowl with a dab of butter. Season with salt & pepper. Mash until smooth & creamy, using a fork or potato masher. Cover & keep warm.

Duck breast

Step 8

Once the duck is cooked, transfer it to aluminum foil & wrap it up.


Step 9

While the pan is still hot, add the orange juice & scrape the pan drippings with a spatula. Add the honey & orange zest. Cook for 2 min over low heat.

Duck breast

Step 10

Place the duck back in the pan & baste it with the orange-honey sauce.

Duck breast

Step 11

Transfer the duck to a cutting board. Thinly slice it.

Step 12

Serve the duck alongside the puréed sweet potatoes. Spoon the orange sauce over all. Garnish with orange zest. Enjoy!

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Duck à l'Orange with Sweet Potatoes