Sticky Tamari Orange Chicken

Somewhat Asian in flavor, this dish can be enhanced by cilantro, sesame seeds or both.

1 ¾ – 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness

3 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons orange juice
2 garlic cloves, minced
grated zest of one well washed orange
1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger root

1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

1 tablespoon canola or soy oil

Place the chicken, soy sauce, brown sugar, orange juice, garlic and ginger root in a large non-reactive shallow bowl and stir to combine. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least ½ hour and not more than two hours.

Remove and discard the marinade. Sprinkle the chicken with the salt and pepper. Place a large cast iron or non stick skillet over high heat and when it is hot, add the oil. Add the chicken breasts, skinned side down, one at a time, waiting about 30 seconds between additions. Cook until well browned and cooked throughout, about 5- 7 minutes per side.

Transfer the chicken to a platter and serve immediately.