1Spray 3 1/2- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook chicken in oil about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until browned on all sides.
2In slow cooker, place onion, garlic, gingerroot, 1 cup almonds and the water chestnuts. Add chicken. In small bowl, mix 1 cup of the broth and 3 tablespoons of the soy sauce; pour over chicken.
3Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 8 hours (or on High heat setting 4 hours).
4In small bowl, mix cornstarch, wine, sugar, and remaining 1/4 cup broth and 2 tablespoons soy sauce with whisk until smooth. During last 15 minutes of cooking time, stir sauce and pea pods into chicken mixture. Serve over rice. Sprinkle with additional almonds.