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Chinese Chestnut Chicken © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Chinese Braised Chicken with Chestnuts

Traditionally, the chicken pieces are cut into bite size pieces; however, if you prefer to leave them whole, extend the cooking time.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 300 kcal


  • 2 1/2 pounds chicken parts I used chicken thighs on the bone
  • 4 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2-3 scallions cut into 2 inch lengths
  • 5 slices ginger the size of quarters, peeled
  • 1 cup fresh chestnuts or defrosted frozen ones
  • 8 shitake mushrooms rehydrated in water (reserve soaking liquid), stems removed, halved
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 cup shitake mushroom soaking liquid


  1. Chop chicken parts into small pieces if you like (1 1/2" pieces). Marinate chicken with 2 tablespoons soy sauce and let sit for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Heat oil in a large pan and add scallions and ginger; saute a few minutes until fragrant. Place chicken pieces in pan in a single layer. Brown on one side, then turn over all the pieces and brown the other side. Add remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, sherry, honey, star anise, rehydrated shitake mushrooms, and shitake mushroom soaking liquid. Mix sauce and chicken well. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes, covered. Add chestnuts and toss gently. Cover and simmer another 15-20 minutes, until chicken is tender.
Nutrition Facts
Chinese Braised Chicken with Chestnuts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 573mg25%
Potassium 349mg10%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 9.3mg11%
Calcium 18mg2%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.