Bourbon infused duck legs

Bourbon Infused Duck Legs


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  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup chicken or duck broth
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for some heat)
  • Fresh parsley or green onions for garnish (optional)


Bourbon-infused duck legs are a delightful combination of rich flavors that create a mouthwatering dish. The bourbon adds a warm and slightly sweet note to the duck, making it perfect for a special dinner.


Season the duck legs

  • Pat the duck legs dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture
  • Season both sides with salt and pepper

Sear the duck legs

  • In a large oven-safe skillet or Dutch oven, heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat
  • Add the duck legs, skin-side down, and sear until the skin is golden and crispy, about 5-6 minutes
  • Flip duck legs and sear the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes
  • Remove the duck legs from the pan and set them aside

Prepare the bourbon glaze

  • In the same pan, reduce the heat to medium
  • Add the minced garlic and grated ginger to the pan and sauté for a minute until fragrant

Make the bourbon glaze

  • Pour the bourbon into the pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan
  • Let the bourbon simmer and reduce by half, which will take about 2-3 minutes
  • Add the liquid ingredients
  • Stir in the chicken or duck broth, soy sauce, honey, dried thyme (or fresh thyme sprigs), and red pepper flakes (if using) into the bourbon glaze
  • Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly and the flavors meld together

Braise the duck legs

  • Return the seared duck legs to the pan, skin-side up, and nestle them in the bourbon glaze
  • Cover the pan with a lid or foil

Cook the duck legs

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C)
  • Transfer the covered pan to the preheated oven and let duck legs braise for about 1.5 to 2 hours or until the meat is tender and falling off the bone


  • Remove pan from the oven and carefully transfer the duck legs to a serving platter
  • Spoon some of the bourbon glaze over the duck legs and garnish with fresh parsley or green onions if desired

Serve the bourbon-infused duck legs with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh green salad, and enjoy the delicious and flavorful dish!


Categories: Entreé / Servings: Family Meal / Difficulty: Average

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