Chinese Roast Duck Legs

Chinese Roast Duck Legs


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About this recipe: Marinated duck legs are cooked with star anise, five-spice, soy sauce, cinnamon, chillies, plums and pears. The result is a sweet, savoury and super-tender duck dish. Enjoy with freshly cooked rice.


Serves: 4 

  • 4 duck legs
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 handful whole star anise pods
  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-2 fresh chillies, seeded and sliced
  • 12 plums, seeded and halved
  • 2 tablespoons demerara sugar
  • 4 pears, quartered

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:2hr  ›  Extra time:1day marinating  ›  Ready in:1day2hr30min 

  1. In a large freezer bag, mix together the soy sauce, olive oil, cinnamon stick, star anise pods and five-spice powder. Add the duck legs and refrigerate for 1 day.
  2. Preheat oven to 170 C / Gas 3.
  3. Place the chillies, plums, pears and sugar into casserole dish. Pour over the duck marinade and place duck legs on top.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until meat is falling off the bone. Adjust the seasoning of the sauce, if necessary.
  5. Serve with rice.

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Very tasty - some very strong flavours - I think I may have overdone the star anise! - 19 Apr 2013

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