Chestnut Dressing

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.


18 servings

Updated: Nov. 22, 2023
I enjoyed this chestnut stuffing when I spent my first Thanksgiving with my husband, Mike. It's a family recipe his mother has been making for years. Italian seasoning and chestnuts add flavor and texture. —Sharon Brunner, Mohnton, Pennsylvania
Chestnut Dressing Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups butter, cubed
  • 3 cups chestnuts, shelled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 10 slices Italian bread (3/4 inch thick), cubed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, saute celery and onion in butter over medium-high heat until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add chestnuts and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Add bread cubes and stir to coat.
  2. Transfer to an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Bake, uncovered, until golden brown, 20-25 minutes.
Chestnut Dressing Tips

How can you make chestnut dressing your own?

If you want to add a fun twist to this classic dressing, try roasting your chestnuts to give it a deeper, more toasted flavor. Use this recipe as an excuse to use up any old bread in your pantry; dark rye would be a great addition! If you want to give it some sweetness, add dried cranberries for a little sugar and a pop of color.

What can you serve with chestnut dressing?

This chestnut dressing pairs well with any roasted poultry, such as chicken. Our savory rubbed roast chicken is the perfect dish for this delicious dressing. Add some spiced sweet potato mash and you have yourself a full meal!

How should you reheat leftovers of chestnut dressing?

Place your dressing in an oven-safe dish and reheat in a 350°F oven. Cover with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove foil and bake again until crisp, 15–20 minutes. If it seems dry, add a splash of broth and let it heat through.

—Ellie Crowley, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 223 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 40mg cholesterol, 213mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.