2 tablespoons high-temp cooking oil, such as peanut or canola
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into bite-size chunks
Salt and coarse black pepper
2 sweet bell peppers, seeded and cubed into bite-size pieces
1 onion or 2 large shallots, sliced
1 inch ginger root, grated or minced
3-4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons 5 spice powder, half a palmful
3 tablespoons dry sherry
2 tablespoons honey or agave syrup
1/4 cup Tamari sauce, eyeball the amount
3/4 cup chicken stock
1 rounded tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup chopped chives
Start rice and when its about mid-way through cooking time, start the chicken.
Heat about 1 tablespoon of oil over high heat in nonstick skillet and add chicken seasoned with a little salt and lots of black pepper. Stir-fry chicken until browned and remove to a plate.
Add another tablespoon of oil and allow to heat until it ripples and begins to smoke. Then add peppers, onions or shallot and stir fry 2 minutes. Add ginger, garlic and 5 spice powder and season vegetables with a little more black pepper. Add sherry and shake pan for 30 seconds, then add honey or agave, Tamari and stock. Stir corn starch into a little water to dissolve, then add to sauce and thicken 1 minute. Slide chicken back in heat through a minute more.
Serve chicken with rice and garnish with chives.