marmalade sesame chicken breasts

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recently, i tried this recipe for marmalade sesame chicken and it was more than wonderful.  this recipe is tasty, easy and better than any orange chicken take-out.  and, it does not have the high calorie count of fried chicken.  i found the recipe online and adapted the ingredients to my taste preferences.

here is my recipe for marmalade sesame chicken:

purchase very thin sliced chicken breast cutlets.  i find Tyson brand slices their chicken breast perfectly for this recipe.  if unable to find thin cut breasts, slice your own and pound thin between two sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper. i used five thin breasts for my recipe.

in a bowl, combine this list of ingredients:  zest of one orange, 1/2 cup sweet orange marmalade, 1/4 cup honey or agave, 2 tablespoons light soy sauce, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1 tablespoon Thai sweet chili sauce, and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt.  mix well and then coat the chicken in the sauce.  this part of the recipe can be prepared in advanced, allowing the chicken to marinade until ready to cook.  slice the orange into thin slices and dip in the sauce as well.

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when ready to cook, combine in a plate three cups of panko breadcrumbs, and 1/2 cup of sesame seeds.  take one piece of chicken at a time and cover with the breadcrumb mixture.  press the crumbs into the chicken so they cover both sides thoroughly.  

place the coated chicken onto a baking rack over a sheet pan.  this allows the chicken to bake in the oven and crisp on both sides.  place the orange slices without the breading on the rack as well.

bake the chicken in a preheated 425 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the chicken over on the baking rack.  return to the oven and reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

i did not marinate the chicken, just simply prepared the coating and baked.  the flavor was excellent and the crispness of the chicken was perfect.  this recipe could be adapted to include grilled/baked pineapple slices.  i served with rice and a green vegetable.  

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