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How To Roast Chestnuts | Healthy Kitchen Hacks

How To Roast Chestnuts | Healthy Kitchen Hacks

Here’s how to roast chestnuts with an oven instead of an open fire.

How To Roast Chestnuts |

UPDATE: I’ve always cut an “X” into my chestnuts but recently tried out cutting with a line and it works just as well!
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If your only exposure to chestnuts is via The Christmas Song (which has been on repeat in my head since working on this post), then you are in for treat.

Learn how easy it is to roast chestnuts at home in your oven (vs. an open fire)

Meaty, sweet and slightly nutty, roasted chestnuts have a unique taste all of their own and roasting chestnuts is simple – all you need is a knife, tray and an oven (or if you prefer, an open fire.)

Roasted chestnuts were a part of every Italian-American Christmas dinner during my childhood. While she’s been gone for several years, I can still picture my godmother and Great-Aunt Jerri sitting and cutting the slits into the chestnuts with her perfectly manicured hands (she was a beautician entrepreneur and anyone who knows me well has heard my Aunt Jerri stories. I’ll have to think of some that are PG enough to share on the blog someday…..)

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Nowadays, we have roasted chestnuts each year at our Christmas Eve 7 Fish dinner at my sister’s house and I love that we are keeping the tradition ongoing (<—I think this is the year I’ll get my 8 year old to actually try them.)

Chestnut Fun Facts:
Chesnuts are native to North American, Europe, Japan and China.

Chestnuts trees were once abundant in America until a fungus wiped out almost the entire species in the early 1900s. (Ok, maybe not really a “fun” fact.)

In Italy, chestnut flour is often used in baked goods, polenta and soups.

You can also eat chestnuts raw, boiled or steamed.

Chestnuts are lower in calories compared to other nuts as they have less fat – a handful (about 1.5 ounces) is around 100 calories and they provide many nutrients including fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, folate and magnesium.

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How To Roast Chestnuts

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  • Author: Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD
  • Yield: 8 - 10 servings. 1x


Here’s how to roast chestnuts with an oven instead of an open fire.


  • 1 pound chestnuts


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. With a sharp paring knife, carefully cut an “X” or a long line into the round side of the chestnut halfway through the meat.
  3. Place chestnuts cut side up on a sheet with a lip. Roast for 15 -18 minutes or until skins start to peel away and chestnuts appear golden.
  4. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then peel. Note: chestnuts will still be fairly warm to the touch but you don’t want them to cool too much or peeling them will become more difficult.
  5. Use the chestnut meats in salads, rice dishes, baked goods, stuffings or soups.

Besides enjoying right out of the oven, chestnuts are delicious in soups, stuffings, rice dishes, sauces and salads. Here are a few recipes to get you inspired:

Roasted chestnuts are delicious in soups like this cauliflower and pear soup. @tspcurry

Cauliflower & Pear Soup with Roasted Chestnuts – Serena

Good Mood Food: Chestnut Soup – Rachael @Avocado A Day Nutrition

Chestnut Stuffing with Kale and Turkey Bacon – Marisa @ Uproot From Oregon

Roasted Chestnut, Cranberry and Mushroom Stuffing – Vicki @ Simple Cravings. Real Food.

Mushroom Chestnut Pie – Becca @Amuse Your Bouche

Eggnong Smoothie Bowl |

Eggnog Smoothie Bowl – Diane @Cape Fear Nutrition

Chestnut Spiced Latte – Ricki @Ricki Heller

Whole Grain Chestnut Bread – Serena @Foodfulife

Honey Vanilla Chestnut Spread – Gina @Running to the Kitchen

Here's how to roast chestnuts in an oven (instead of on an open fire.) @tspbasil

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Thursday 21st of March 2019

Jan 10, 2019- I've been in love with chestnuts most of my life. My great Aunty used to roast them in the oven for me and my sister when I was young and serve them with cinnamon roasted pumpkin or free-range roasted chicken where she made a stuffing made from chestnuts, caramelised onions and pear. I also love to cook t

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Thursday 20th of September 2018

I totally ADORE chestnuts!! It invokes recollections from my youth in Korea. Come Christmas time, it used to be (not certain on the off chance that regardless it is) a standout amongst the most prevalent road sustenances. The sellers will have an enormous roaster, and kid how I miss that great, soothing smell. Then again, I truly haven't eaten chestnuts over the most recent quite a long while. Much obliged to you for the delicate push to go out and get me a few!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 20th of September 2018

I love this memory! In New York around the holidays they have roasted chestnuts on the streets - the best aroma :)

Carla Patterson

Saturday 9th of December 2017

Hah, I have never even thought of this before. Thanks a lot <3 I will definitely apply your way to do it :P

Diane Wilkins

Monday 4th of December 2017

Just tried this. Excellent results…chestnuts ready to put in stuffing.

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Yay - thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Just watched your periscope on roasteing chestnuts, it was great! I had Roasted chestnuts years ago from a street vendor in NYC. Enjoyed them! I will be heading to Trader Joes to have pick so up later today! Thanks!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

Thanks for watching, Sally, and I hope they have them down there in Texas for you - you are in for a treat!

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