Carrots with Chestnuts recipe

Preparation Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 35 minutes

This simple recipe for cooked carrots and chestnuts, scented with thyme leaves and flavoured with butter, is an excellent Christmas side dish. It works well with any type of roast meat.


  • 300g vacuum packed chestnuts, peeled
  • 3 large carrots, peeled
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 100ml chicken stock
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Thickly slice the carrots. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Add the chestnuts and carrots and fry for 5 minutes or until the nuts begin to colour.

  2. Add the thyme sprigs and chicken stock. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes until the carrots and chestnuts are cooked through. Add more chicken stock if needed. Once cooked, add the butter and shake the pan around to glaze the carrots. Serve immediately.

If you like, add more veggies - parsnips and potatoes would taste delicious when cooked in this way too. Recipe serves 4.

Author: Laura Young.

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300gabout 11 oz (10.5819 oz based on 0.035273 ounces in a gram)
100mlabout ½ cup (0.4227 cups based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)


Published: September 27, 2012