Personally, I find chestnuts a real pain to cook and peel so I like to buy them ready to eat. Trader Joe’s sells some that are steamed, peeled, and vacuum-packed and other places carry them in jars. While I was catching up on my beauty sleep, Fitbomb got it into his head that he wanted to roast some up the old-fashioned way.

Time to make Roasted Chestnuts (From Your Toaster Oven)!

Makes 2 cups


  • 2 cups chestnuts
  • ¼ cup of water


  • All of my recommended kitchen tools are listed here.

He took 2 cups of chestnuts, scored the flat side of each with an X,

A small pile of raw chestnuts sitting on a metal countertop.

and placed them in a tightly sealed foil pack with ¼ cup of water.

An aluminum pack of chestnuts with water.

He then placed the packet into our toaster oven which had been preheated to 375 F.  The chestnuts took a good 45 minutes to get tender.

Paleo and Whole30 peeled and roasted chestnuts sitting in a ramekin.

I asked Fitbomb how long it took to peel the chestnuts and he responded, “FOREVER!” They look really nice, though, don’t they? It’s a good thing my spouse has a mild, as-yet-undiagnosed case of OCD. My “peeled” chestnuts are completely covered with tough fiber-y bits. His roasted (and clean) chestnuts were definitely tastier than the store-bought pre-cooked ones but I just don’t have the patience to prepare them. It’s nice to have an anal hubby who will do it for me!

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Roasted Chestnuts (From Your Toaster Oven!)

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Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time45 minutes
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
My hubby decided one day that he wanted to roast up some chestnuts the old-fashioned way. It took him "FOREVER!" to peel the chestnuts, but, they look really nice!


  • 2 cups chestnuts scored on the flat side of each with an x
  • ¼ cup water
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  • Preheat your toaster oven to 375°F.
  • Score each chestnut on the flat side with an X and place them in a tightly sealed foil pack with ¼ cup of water. Place the packet in the toaster oven for 45 minutes.
  • Once cooled, peel the chestnuts. For best texture and flavor, make sure you take off the tough fiber-y bits!


Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 126g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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