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Duck Tenderloins with Honey Orange Aioli

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Duck Nuggets with a Honey Orange Aioli

When Maple Leaf Farms contacted me and asked me if I’d like to try some of their duck products, I was absolutely flattered. And very excited. I love duck, but had never attempted to do much with it at home.

When the box arrived, I was thrilled at all the wonderful things that were included.

Maple Leaf Farms Duck

It was time to get busy coming up with some recipes so I could have a little fun with this wonderful package of duck.

One of the products that Maple Leaf Farms sent, was a 1 lb. bag of Breaded Duck Tenderloins.

I broke into it immediately.

What can I say, I was hungry and I wanted to try out “duck nuggets” as our family has dubbed them. First, let me just tell you that these little bites of duck tenderloin are not only absolutely delicious, they are breaded perfectly and did not at all come out greasy, which I expected. I was actually surprised.

Let me also say, you don’t need to serve these Maple Farm Duck duck tenderloins with anything else. They are positively delicious all by their little selves. They are also delicious rolled up into a sandwich wrap and/or sprinkled over a wonderful salad at lunch, but those are other posts.

As most of you know, I’m never one to just let things stay the way they are. And we love to dip things. Ranch dressing seemed like a huge kick in the face to these wonderful pieces of meat, so instead I came up with this beautiful Honey Orange Aioli sauce. You can adjust the flavors for your own tastes, but this worked out perfectly wonderful for my family and we made such a huge batch we actually sliced up the extra tenderloins, wrapped them in a flour tortilla, smeared on some of this delicious aioli and filled the wrap with some veggies…

I cannot explain to you the combination of flavors with the duck and the honey and the orange. Just… amazing.

You definitely need to get yourself a bag of these delicious tenderloins and try this Honey Orange aioli sauce for yourself.

If you’ve never had Maple Leaf Farms tenderloins, you are really missing out. While they sent me a bag of these wonderful treats to try out and enjoy with my family, I decided to create the recipe and tell you what I thought of them. They never asked. You have no idea how great a meal these made AND how inexpensive they are! You must get some.

And just because I tend to like to let you know, ALL 5 of my teenagers ate them, and loved them. Not a single picky bone came out when these were served. Delish!

Duck Tenderloins with Honey Orange Aioli

Duck Tenderloins with Honey Orange Aioli

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Dip delicious duck tenderloins in this wonderfully orange aioli sauce sweetened with honey.


  • ¾ cup of mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon of honey
  • Juice of ¼ of an orange, adjust more or less for your own taste
  • 1 teaspoon of grated orange zest


  1. Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  2. Serve with duck, poultry, veggies, etc.

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Wednesday 16th of January 2013

So glad you enjoyed the Almond Breaded Duck Tenderloins. The sauce you made sounds delicious! I look forward to hearing more about your duck cooking adventures on your blog.

Wendy @ Food From Home

Saturday 15th of December 2012

Yum - I love duck. Your sauce sounds really good with the duck

Nicole Cook

Sunday 16th of December 2012

It was, thank you!

Jamey Jenson

Friday 14th of December 2012

I can’t believe you got all that! Those look really good. What are those little white things on the duck tenderloin – garlic??

Nicole Cook

Sunday 16th of December 2012

I know, right? It was a wonderful package of products. We've made the breast filets so far so I need to blog about those. I'll probably do that after the first of the year after the holiday rush is over.

The little white specks you see on the tenderloins are actually almonds. I cannot even explain how good these are!

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