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Roasted chestnuts got even easier thanks to our air fryer chestnuts. Such a simple option and no boiling required.

If you love chestnuts at Christmas and you are looking for a simple way to enjoy this holiday favourite, then you will love air fried chestnuts. Make chestnuts this way just once, and there will be no going back.

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Air Fryer Chestnuts
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Roasted Chestnuts

When I want to get into the Christmas holiday spirit there are just two foods that I think of more than most.

One is parsnips (see air fryer frozen parsnips) as I find the smell so amazing. Then the second is roasted chestnuts.

There is nothing better than walking down a street in your local town to Christmas lights on, Christmas songs playing and someone selling roasted chestnuts.

Even better if you hear that Christmas song that goes “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”.

But for many roasting chestnuts themselves seems too difficult so we will often buy them instead of taking them home and roasting them ourselves.

Even better, if you truly love roasted chestnuts note that they will last a while in a dry cold pantry, in case you want to still enjoy chestnuts in January.

Today, I wanted to share with you a quick and simple way to air fry chestnuts. With simple step by step instructions it will make you want to head out and buy some chestnuts.

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Can You Roast Chestnuts In An Air Fryer?

YES, YES, YES, you can roast chestnuts in an air fryer, and you will love them. Plus, like many air fryer recipes it is much quicker and easier in the air fryer and a lot less ingredients are required.

Do You Have To Soak Chestnuts Before Roasting?

Yes, you do have to soak chestnuts before roasting. But this is very easy to do and if you want chestnuts in air fryer at a specific time, that you can start early with the soaking process.

Should I Boil My Chestnuts Before Roasting?

No, you shouldn’t boil chestnuts before roasting. There seems to be this trend at the moment for boiling food before air frying, but the problem is people are cooking food at the wrong temperature in the air fryer thus needing to boil first.

For example, I have seen people boiling roast potatoes first instead of following our air fryer duck fat roast potatoes. Then the same for people making our air fryer chips too. But balance the air fryer temperature better, and it will solve this problem.

How Do You Make Sure Chestnuts Peel Easily?

The best way to make sure chestnuts in air fryer peel well is all about the cross you give them before air frying.

Before roasting chestnuts in an air fryer do a cross in them like this:

How Do You Make Sure Chestnuts Peel Easily

Then they will just fall off the skin when the air fryer has beeped. Its truly amazing.

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Chestnut Air Fryer Ingredients

Chestnut Air Fryer Ingredients

Chestnuts – We had two small bags of chestnuts from a veggie box delivery service and used these. But you can do less.

Oil – I highly recommend using some extra virgin olive oil spray. It will stop your chestnuts from going dry and is also easier than using olive oil from the bottle.

Then for the kitchen gadgets that we have used in this roasted chestnuts air fryer recipe it has just been our Cosori Air Fryer. We have this one and its wonderful for many types of air fryer recipes.

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How To Roast Chestnuts In An Air Fryer?

  • Soak. Start the roasting chestnuts process by loading your chestnuts into a bowl with warm water and soaking for 30 minutes.  
  • Dry. Next pat dry your chestnuts and then create a cross in each chestnut with a veggie knife.
  • Cook. Load your chestnuts in the air fryer, spray with extra virgin olive oil and air fry for 7 minutes at 190c/380f.

And I am sure you can see now how easy this air fryer roasted chestnuts recipe is and why you should be doing it too!

How Long To Cook Chestnuts In Air Fryer?

You will be pleased to know that you can roast chestnuts in air fryer in JUST 7 minutes. Isn’t that amazing?

You will find that if you have small chestnuts that you are air frying, that they will be done in as little as 5 minutes.

Though do check on your air frying chestnuts because small ones will be done fast whilst larger ones will be slower.

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Air Fryer Chestnuts

Roasted chestnuts got even easier thanks to our air fryer chestnuts. Such a simple option and no boiling required.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6
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  • Place your chestnuts into a bowl of warm water and allow them to soak for 30 minutes.
    How Long To Cook Chestnuts In Air Fryer?
  • After 30 minutes remove from the bowl and pat dry with a tea towel.
    How Long To Cook Chestnuts In Air Fryer?
  • Using a veggie knife put a cross in the side of your chestnuts to help them breathe when they cook and air fry quicker. Then load the chestnuts cross side up into the air fryer basket.
    How Long To Cook Chestnuts In Air Fryer?
  • Spray the top of the chestnuts with extra virgin olive oil spray.
    How Long To Cook Chestnuts In Air Fryer?
  • Air fry chestnuts for 7 minutes at 190c/380f and then allow to cool before removing from the skin and serving.
    How Long To Cook Chestnuts In Air Fryer?


Little and Large. I find that the chestnuts are never all the same size. When cooking chestnuts in the air fryer remove the small ones at around 5 minutes and the bigger ones at 7-8 minutes depending on how powerful your air fryer is.
Thanks for reading our chestnuts in the air fryer recipe on Recipe This. We have many more air fryer recipes for you to check out next. Though if you would like to try more delicious Christmas recipe, then do check out our air fryer gingerbread men next


Calories: 196kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 484mg | Vitamin A: 26IU | Vitamin C: 40mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg
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Hi! I am Sam and along with my chef hubby Dom we love sharing with you easy everyday recipes using kitchen gadgets. We are also the authors of The Complete Air Fryer Cookbook, an amazing air fryer cookbook filled with 140+ everyday air fryer recipes.

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  1. 5 stars
    The recipe reads wonderfully. I prepare chestnuts every Christmas, but this will be the first time using my air fryer for them. Thanks so much for such a simple, straight-forward recipe. Happy Holidays

  2. 5 stars
    Never thought the air fryer could do these as good as i am used to them from a grill in town. We loved these and with me been new to air fryer cooking i am slowly broadening my cooking with huge help from you.