Air Fryer Duck Breast With Honey Orange Sauce

3 Servings
50 min

My whole family loves duck. In fact, Peking duck dish is one of my kids favorite and we often order this dish at take out. Another favorite is the bbq duck sold at Chinese bbq shops. We always fight over eating that and the sauce is so good served over rice. We love the rich gamey taste of the meat and crispy duck skin is just to die for!

I am so glad duck has gained popularity over the years so that it’s easier to find these days. When I was a child, my mom could only buy whole duck at the Asian grocery store. I never even saw cuts of breasts or leg sold separately. We are so lucky these days to have access to the best parts of the duck.

Whenever I see duck on sale, I will always buy it and stick it in my freezer. It keeps well and defrosts easily. Plus, it’s a breeze to cook so don’t be intimidated. The air fryer pretty much makes it fool proof since you don’t need to worry about carefully rendering the fat from the skin or oil splattering everywhere. This is a dish that you can easily whip up on a weeknight or even for company to impress your guests. I hope you enjoy it!

Air Fryer Duck Breast With Honey Orange Sauce
Recipe details
  • 3  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Duck breast
  • 3 lake brome duck breasts
  • 1/2 tsp five spice powder
  • salt and pepper
Honey orange sauce
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced
  • 2 tbsps soy sauce
  • 2.5 tbsps honey
  • 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
  • pepper

Pat your duck breasts dry. Score the skin of the breasts in a criss cross pattern to allow the fat to drain out.
Season the bottom/meat part of the breasts with the five spice powder, salt and pepper.
Allow the duck breasts to air dry in the fridge for a couple of hours uncovered. The drier the skin, the more crispy it will be when you cook it.
Preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400F.
Using a piece of foil, fold it into a square tray. This is optional but duck skin releases a lot of fat and it may cause your air fryer to smoke. It’s also nice to save that duck fat and roast potatoes with it later.
Cook the duck breasts in the air fryer at 400F for 20 minutes. My air fryer can only fit 2 large duck breasts at a time so I do two rounds of cooking.
While the duck is cooking, make your sauce. In a small saucepan, add in your orange juice and zest. Bring and allow to boil for a minute to slightly reduce the juice. Turn down to medium low and add in your honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and pepper. Simmer for a couple of minutes to slightly reduce the sauce. Taste and adjust your seasoning with salt and honey as needed.
When your duck is done cooking, transfer to a plate and serve with the honey orange sauce.