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Estufado de perú com castanhas

4-Hands Recipe for Turkey Stew with Chestnuts


Turkey stew with chestnuts or vegan vegetable stew with chestnuts, sound good to you?

Then get ready, because these are today’s two recipes from the theme “4-Hands Cooking”!

Winter is just around the corner and this autumn is a bit strange… But nothing like following tradition and using the season’s products.

Precisely for that reason, we decided to make two very comforting recipes with chestnuts (aah, I love chestnuts so much and that’s the sole reason why I like this time of the year. ahah)

During this time of the year the heavier meals, either made in the oven or a casserole, become more frequent: hotter foods, with tasty broths and sauces to warm you up. I’ll confess I can’t resist such heavenly temptations.

But all is not lost, because the secret is balance. And to help you have a more careful and balanced diet this winter, we bring you recipes that do no harm if consumed in moderation. (Yes, we are the greatest! ahah)

And also, options that you can adapt to your lifestyle and your daily diet since here you’ll always have vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

Want to check more 4-Hands recipes? Then try this Healthy “Bacalhau à Brás” Recipe.

You can check the recipe video here:



Let’s check the recipe step-by-step?


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  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 to 3 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 large, ripe fresh tomato (or 2 smaller tomatoes)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced into small cubes
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 carrot, sliced
  • 800g turkey (one piece)
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 to 3 bay leaves
  • Olive oil to taste
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1/2  frozen chestnuts package
  • Coriander to taste



  1. Start by cooking the chestnuts in a pan, with a drizzle of olive oil and salt, over medium heat. As soon as the chestnuts start to get softer and cooked inside, turn off the heat and cover the pan until it’s time to use them.
  2. Dice the onion, chop the garlic, and put them in a pan with a drizzle of olive oil (enough to saute). Brown the onion over medium or high heat.
  3. Reduce the heat, cut up the zucchini and carrot and then add them to the pan. Add some water (1 cup is enough) so that the vegetables cook well.
  4. Cut the tomato and red bell pepper into cubes and add them to the stew and cook until the peppers are al dente.
  5. Add the tomato paste and stir it until dissolving in the mixture.
  6. Add the turkey, cut into cubes, along with the salt, pepper, paprika, and bay leaves. Let it cook for about 1 to 2 min.
  7. Add the remaining water, as well as the previously roasted chestnuts, and adjust the seasoning to your taste. Cover the pan and make sure the heat is low.
  8. Let it cook for 20 to 30 min or until the ingredients are well cooked.
  9. Serve with some coriander on top.


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  • 60 gr shallots
  • 250 gr of green asparagus
  • 200 gr Portobello mushrooms
  • 125 gr cherry tomato
  • 500 gr chestnuts (previously roasted or cooked)
  • Olive oil to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Thyme to taste
  • Nutmeg to taste
  • Toasted hazelnuts to taste



  1. Start by peeling the shallots and cutting them into quarters.
  2. In a frying pan, sauté the olive oil over medium heat with the shallots.
  3. Slice the asparagus into rounds and the mushrooms into quarters. Add them to the stew.
  4. Wash the tomatoes, cut them in halves, and add them to the stew.
  5. Add the chestnuts (previously roasted or cooked).
  6. Season with garlic powder, black pepper, thyme, and nutmeg to taste.
  7. Cover the pan and cook for about 20 minutes over medium heat.
  8. Serve with the toasted hazelnuts on top, either whole or in halves.

Suggestion: You can replace or add other vegetables to taste. Savoy cabbage is great in stews, for example.

You can also serve it with brown rice or baked “punched” potatoes.

Use other herbs if you prefer.

For the turkey recipe, you can replace the turkey with chicken or diced chicken steaks.


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