A semi-dry sherry is a wonderful pairing. The fortified wine’s almost salty edge works well with the soy sauce, while its sweetness brings out the flavor of the chestnuts.
Place shiitake mushrooms in a small bowl, cover with boiling water and let soak for approx. 20 min. In the meantime, cut up the chicken, halving the breasts so that they are approximately the same size as the other pieces. Set aside. Thinly slice ginger. Cut green onions and carrots into bite-sized pieces. Drain mushrooms – reserving the soaking liquid – remove stems, and cut large caps in half.
Add vegetable oil and sugar to a large saucepan. Cook over medium heat until a dark caramel forms. Add chicken pieces and sauté for approx. 1 – 2 min. until browned.
Add green onions, ginger, star anise, and rock candy to saucepan.
Add white wine as well as light and dark soy sauces to saucepan. Stir to coat chicken and vegetables, cover with a lid, and let cook for approx. 1 – 2 min.
Add shiitake mushrooms, carrots, chestnuts, and reserved mushroom soaking liquid. Once the mixture has come to a boil, turn down to a low heat and cover with a lid. Let simmer for approx. 25 – 30 min., stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked and carrots are tender. Serve over rice. Enjoy!