Tender roast duck with citrus & carrots

Buying ready-prepared duck confit makes this luxurious meal for two really simple. Try it served with mashed potatoes and watercress

  • Prep:10 mins
    Cook:50 mins
  • Serves 2
  • Easy

Nutrition per serving

  • kcal 663
  • fat 37g
  • saturates 10g
  • carbs 29g
  • sugars 24g
  • fibre 6g
  • protein 55g
  • salt 1.1g


  • 2 shop-bought duck confit legs
  • 300g slim carrots, halved lengthways (about 6)
  • 4 garlic cloves, bashed in their skins
  • 1 orange, half juiced, half cut into wedges
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp sherry vinegar
  • 1 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 4 tbsp good chicken stock (you'll only need this if your duck doesn't come with any surrounding jelly)
  • 2 or 3 bay leaves
  • few thyme sprigs
  • mashed potatoes and watercress, to serve


  1. Heat the oven to 200C/180C fan /gas 6. Scrape away any excess fat from the duck (you could keep this for duck fat potatoes), but keep any jelly. Put the carrots, garlic and orange wedges into a large roasting tin, then toss with the oil and season well. Season the duck legs, then sit them on top of the veg, skin-side up. Roast for 40 mins until the carrots are tender and the duck is turning golden.

  2. Stir the citrus juice, vinegar and sugar together until the sugar dissolves. Pour over the veg, add the jellified duck or chicken stock, then tuck in the bay and thyme here and there. Roast for another 10 mins until the carrots are surrounded with syrupy sauce and the duck is golden. Season the sauce to taste, then serve with mashed potatoes and watercress.

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