Taiwanese-Style Chicken

Taiwanese-Style  Chicken

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 1/2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into chunks
1/2 cup sesame oil
10 slices fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1/2 cup dry sherry
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup water  or chicken broth
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup fresh Thai basil leaves
3 dried whole red chilies

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken pieces, and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.

Heat sesame oil in skillet, then add ginger and garlic. Cook and stir until the ginger begins to brown, about 30 seconds. Stir in the reserved chicken, sherry, soy sauce, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until there is only 1/4 cup of liquid left in the skillet, about 20 minutes. Stir in the basil and chilies, and increase heat to medium; continue cooking until the liquid is almost gone.

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