Duck Leg with an Orange & Chilli Glaze

I’ve never cooked duck legs at home before but picked up some reduced from Gressingham yesterday so thought I’d give them a go! After perusing my cookbooks I decided to keep it simple and roast the legs, then serve them with a traditional orange sauce. We like a bit of heat in our house though so I adapted a really simple chilli citrus sauce which I found on the Gressingham website. You can find the original recipe here.

Orange & Chilli glazed duck leg


  • Zest and juice of two small oranges
  • 150ml of apple juice
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped (or less if you prefer it less spicy)
  • 2 tbsp of white sugar
  • 1 tsp of corn flour mixed with water to make a paste
  • 4 orange segments
  • 1 tbsp of flat leaf parsley roughly chopped
    • Place the orange juice, apple juice, chilli & sugar in a saucepan.
  • Bring to the boil and reduce by a third.
  • Make a paste with water and cornflour and then stir into the sauce
  • Simmer for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  • Mix in the parsley
  • Serve with your cooked duck, garnish with orange segments.  
Orange juice, zest and a red chilli
Chilli, Orange and Parsley glaze
Duck legs ready for the oven

The Duck legs were incredibly simple to cook – pierce the skin and season with s&p before roasting them at 180c/160fan/ gas mark 4 for 90 mins. Rest them for 10 before serving. We had ours with steamed broccoli and carrots and baby new potatoes and the glaze worked perfectly – the heat from the chilli was complimented perfectly by the citrus from the orange and the parsley just made the whole thing so pretty! This would work equally well with noodles and stirfried vegetables. 

Cooking with HerbsI’m entering this into the Lavender and Lovage recipe sharing blog challenge ‘Cooking with Herbs’.  Its a great way to share recipes which include herbs and this month the theme is Citrus so this recipe is perfectly timed. You can find more recipes from this months challenge and previous entries by clicking on the above link! 

Happy recipe hunting! 


  1. 6th January 2014 / 12:15 pm

    I picked up some reduced Gressingham duck too – three legs in the freezer. I'm thinking crispy duck pancakes as i'm not a huge fan of fruit with meat, but this recipe looks good. Love the addition of chilli, a must!

  2. 6th January 2014 / 7:31 pm

    That's the same pack I had, with three legs in! Two for greedy guts and one for me

  3. 6th January 2014 / 8:49 pm

    The sauce looks gorgeous! Might have to give that a try. 🙂

  4. 8th January 2014 / 1:44 pm

    JUST fabulous thanks Gingey and JUST my kind of recipe too! Thanks for linking up to cooking with herbs, now pass me a plate! Karen

  5. 17th August 2017 / 1:38 pm

    Oh how I love duck. And that orange sauce just sounds do good! I’ve just got to get my hands on some duck legs…

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