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Duck with Orange Sauce

Duck with orange sauce is the most favored way to serve this bird.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 50 mins
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: duck, orange sauce, roasted poultry
Servings: 4
Calories: 977kcal


  • 1 duck 5 lbs or more
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp grated orange zest
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 pieces thinly sliced orange optional


  • Wash duck and dry thoroughly. Remove excess fat from the cavity area. Prick the skin at 1-inch intervals over the entire bird.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Place bird breast side up on a rack set in a deep roasting pan.
  • Mix salt & pepper and sprinkle over the bird.
  • Roast for 40-45 minutes; prick the skin again and turn bird breast slide down.
  • Roast for another 40-45 minutes; prick the skin again and turn bird breast side up.
  • Remove bird from the oven, cover loosely with foil and let it rest at least 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the sauce--place all sauce ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to boil stirring frequently. Reduce heat to medium-low and gently boil until sauce has the consistency of pancake syrup. This should take about 15 minutes.
  • Brush the duck with some of the sauce.
  • Cut duck into quarters and serve with additional sauce.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 977kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 78g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 153mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 503IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 5mg