Slow-Cooker Duck Breasts

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours


6 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
My husband and son are duck hunters, and I am always trying to find new ways to cook the meat. I created this slow-cooker duck breast dish a couple of years ago, and it instantly became a family favorite. The flavors of the herbs really compliment the duck. —Sherri Melotik, Oak Creek, Wisconsin
Slow-Cooker Duck Breasts Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 6 duck breast halves with skin (5 ounces each)
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 3 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Hot cooked rice


  1. Pat duck breasts dry with paper towel; using a sharp knife, score fat to create a tight diamond pattern. Working in batches, place duck breasts, fat sides down, into a cold skillet. Heat pan over medium-low heat. Cook, uncovered, until browned, 15-20 minutes, pouring drippings from pan as needed. Save duck fat for another use.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together mushroom soup, white wine, onion, celery, marjoram, rosemary and pepper; pour into 6- or 7-qt. slow cooker. Place duck breasts, fat sides up, on top of soup mixture. Cook, covered, on low until meat is tender and thermometer reads 170°, 3-1/2 to 4-1/2 hours. Remove duck breasts and keep warm; skim fat from the slow cooker. Combine cold water and cornstarch; add to slow cooker. Cook until thickened, 10-15 minutes. Return duck breasts to slow cooker; heat through. Serve over rice.

Test Kitchen Tip

Duck fat is a great delicacy. Keep it covered in the fridge and use a small amount to fry potatoes! 

Nutrition Facts

1 duck breast half with 1/2 cup sauce: 365 calories, 27g fat (9g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 417mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 17g protein.