Chicken with Chestnuts (Italian)

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant on Manhattan's Upper West side closed and took with them a wonderful braised chicken with chestnuts. I've searched my Italian cookbooks and Googled but find nothing but Chinese chicken with water chestnuts. Anyone know of a good Italian recipe?

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cookbookchick August 4, 2012
Thanks everyone!
 
BoulderGalinTokyo August 3, 2012
Greenstuff, thank you, I'll try the fresh. It does sound delish!
 
BoulderGalinTokyo August 1, 2012
Maedl, those do look like good recipes.

Greenstuff, this recipe takes bottle chestnuts which (here) usually means sweetened. Can you find unsweetened in the States?
 
Greenstuff August 1, 2012
Oh yes, you can find unsweetened in the States--usually they are from France or Italy. I've also used fresh chestnuts. Don't use sweetened!
 
Greenstuff July 31, 2012
This one is not Italian, but it's remarkable. It's sort of Asian, but those are not water chestnuts. http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Braised-Chicken-with-Smoked-Ham-Chestnuts-and-Ginger-350211
 
Maedl July 31, 2012
These recipes aren't Italian, but they are more or less Mediterranean and sound delicious!

http://www.thefoodmentalist.com/2012/06/chicken-in-chestnut-sauce.html
http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/sauteedofchickenches_88094
http://www.crete.tournet.gr/en/cretan-diet/5637-classic-cretan-recipes-chicken-with-chestnuts
 
BoulderGalinTokyo July 31, 2012
Whoops forgot the link

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tylers-ultimate/cornish-hen-and-chestnut-stew-recipe/index.html
 
BoulderGalinTokyo July 31, 2012
Chestnuts are very common here so I collect different recipes. I don't know if these are like the dish you remember, but it might be a starting place....

Italian*

http://lacucinaitalianamagazine.com/recipe/rabbit_with_orange_and_chestnuts

Cooking Light, Dec. 1999, "Winter Stew with Chestnuts" uses chicken broth and turkey meat

and "Cornish Hen and Chestnut Stew" from the FoodNetwork
 
pierino July 31, 2012
Yes, chicken would be a perfectly acceptable substitute for rabbit. The preparation would be identical.
 
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