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How To Roast Chestnuts

  • 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.