Stunning supper recipe: Honey, Orange & Thyme Glazed Duck Breast

Published Saturday, Feb 14 2015, 10:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Forget steak or chicken, if you fancy impressing people with your culinary skills, this gorgeous duck breast recipe is well worth a go.

Tender pieces of duck are cooked in stunning orange, thyme and honey glaze for plenty of flavour. Served with new potatoes and some fresh veggies, this dish is simple to make but is guaranteed to blow away your guests!

Honey, orange and thyme glazed duck

© Gressingham Duck


  • 2 Gressingham duck breasts
  • 2 large oranges
  • 10 new potatoes, boiled in salted water and then cut in half
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch of thyme
  • 120g honey


1 Pre-heat oven to 180c. Score the skin of the duck breasts and pat dry.

2 Peel and segment one of the oranges and zest the other orange and squeeze the juice out. Set both aside.

3 Boil the halved new potatoes for around 15 minutes or until soft in salted water.

4 Place a pan onto a low to medium heat, season the duck with salt and place into the pan with no oil and cook for 6-8 minutes or until the skin is crisp and golden. Pour off any excess fat as you cook. Flip the breast over and seal the meat for 30 seconds.

5 Transfer to a baking tray and place in the oven for 4 minutes.

6 Meanwhile place the pan back onto heat and add in the honey, orange juice and zest, garlic and half the thyme. Reduce the sauce by half. Add in the potatoes and the orange segments and continue to simmer until loosely sticky. Set aside.

7 Meanwhile remove the duck from the oven and glaze the skin generously with some of the pan mixture. Return to the oven for 2-3 minutes if you like it rare (cook for a few more minutes if you prefer it medium to well done), take out and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes.

8 When you are ready to eat, bring the pan up to the heat, divide the sauce and potatoes onto 2 plates. Carve the duck breast into 5 or 6 pieces and place on top. Serve with your favourite greens - pan fried courgette goes perfectly with this recipe.

Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

25 minutes

Nutrition Information

Serves 2

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