Duck L'Orange with Herbed Pommes Frites

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

2 duck breast halves, skin removed

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons finely minced fresh ginger

1 large shallot, finely minced

2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/2 cup orange-flavored liqueur

Zest and juice of 2 oranges

1 cup good chicken stock

2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce

Herbed Pommes Frites, recipe follows

Herbed Pommes Frites:

Canola oil, for frying

3 Yukon Gold potatoes

Kosher salt

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives


  1. In a large saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil until it begins to smoke. Season the duck breasts with salt, and pepper, and carefully place them in the hot pan. Turn the heat down to medium and cook about 4 minutes per side. Remove the duck from the pan, and add the remaining oil, and then add the ginger, shallot, and garlic. Cook, until the garlic is brown and then deglaze the pan with the orange-flavored liqueur. Simmer until the alcohol is mostly cooked off. Stir in the orange zest, orange juice, chicken stock, and sweet soy sauce. Simmer until it's cooked down and is nice and thick. Return the duck breast to the pan and toss to coat. Keep tossing until the duck is fully glazed. Serve the duck with the herbed pommes frites on the side. Drizzle with any juices left over in the pan.

Herbed Pommes Frites:

  1. In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan, pour enough oil to fill the pan about a third of the way. Heat over medium heat until a deep-frying thermometer inserted in the oil reaches 350 degrees F. 
  2. With a knife or mandolin, cut the potatoes into very thin sticks. Place the potatoes in a bowl and run cold water into the bowl until the water in the bowl runs clear. (You are trying to get all the starch out of the potatoes so they will be very crispy.) When the starch is out, drain the potatoes and lay them out on a dry kitchen towel to dry. Working in small batches, add the potatoes to the hot oil, and cook for about 1 minute. Remove the potatoes and let the fried potatoes drain on a paper towel. Bring the oil back up to 350 degrees F, and then add the potatoes back into the oil. Cook until a nice golden color develops. Drain the potatoes on a paper towel, and toss with salt, and herbs.