This easy and delicious chicken chestnut recipe hails from my good friend, Zahava F. It will be a great addition to your winter Friday night meals and if there are any leftovers (which I doubt) you will have an easy time reheating this. I included roasting directions if you want to be really authentic, but to get the chestnuts, I would take the easy way out and buy the prepared bags. Just be sure to get the shelled ones as the ones that come with the shell will give you an extra step if you are in a rush. This recipe also employs another favorite tool of mine, the ubiquitous oven bag. Thanks, Zahava! Now I know what to serve when you come over!
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- prepared chestnuts - 1-2 bags*
- spanish onions - 2 large, sliced
- chicken quarters - 6-8, skin on
- sea salt - 1 tsp
- paprika - 1 tsp
- garlic - 2 cloves, minced
In a roasting pan, place oven bag. Place 2 cups of sliced onions, chicken and spices. Sprinkle whole chestnuts and close bag. Cut three slits in the bag and place pan in oven. Bake on 400 degrees till thermometer reads 180, about an hour to an hour and a half.
*(Alternatively, you can prepare the chestnuts yourself and bake them. Buy 2-3 cups of raw chestnuts. On the flat side of the chestnut, use a paring knife and score an “x” in it. This allows the steam from the chestnut to escape; otherwise the chestnut will explode! Place chestnuts on a baking tray, separated so they don’t layer on top of each other. Bake for 15 to 25 minutes, till skin separates and they are easy to peel. Careful. They are crazy hot! Discard skins and you should have about 2 cups of chestnuts.)