Roasted Chicken with Chestnuts

Roasted Chickien with Chestnuts

These taste, the beauty and the size are what makes Cretan chestnuts sunning and surprising as nowhere else I’ve seen before.
I knew that many recipes includes chestnuts with poultry so I decided to create my recipe and add a special note, something that would enhance the taste for the dish and would fit with both chestnuts and chicken.

The inspiration came from the souvenir of a Cypriote recipe: Afelia (Αφέλια), a roasted pork recipe with whole coriander seeds. And voilà, I decided to cook this dish with coriander seed and lot of the local Cretan wine (Romeiko).

I prepared only half of the recipe with two big chicken legs only for my husband and me (see picture) and this came so delicious, that a few days later I repeated this dish as described below for our friends. The day after the leftover are even better!

Roasted Chicken with Chestnuts

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: medium
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Credit :Artandkitchen


  • 1 chicken (1 ½ kg)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium-sized onions, chopped
  • 2 peppers (any color), diced
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, whole
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup wine
  • 1 1/2 – 2 kg chestnuts, peeled and boiled (should not be overcooked)
  • 1/2 cup water (or wine)
  • salt, pepper to taste


  1. Wash the chicken, cut it into portions, season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut chicken into portions, remove excess skin (what you wouldn’t eat, but don’t remove it completely) and fat.
  3. Heat oil in the skillet and brown the chicken for about 5 minutes.
  4. Add onion and pepper and cook for other 5 minutes.
  5. Arrange chicken skin side up, onion and peeper into an oven safe casserole.
  6. Add coriander seeds, bay leaf, and wine and cook in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F for about 20 minutes.
  7. Adjust chestnuts around the chicken, add water (or wine), if necessary adjust salt and cook for other 20 minutes; don’t stir the chestnuts would break.
  8. Serve warm with rustic bread.

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