I've never tried normal boiling or roasting chestnuts, but
I frequently microwave
them. Piercing the shell is fairly
important, or they explode like popcorn
, only more violently (and with
I put two or three chestnuts in a small bowl and just barely cover with water
(maybe a little less).
Microwave on high for 45 seconds to 1 1/2 minutes, watching carefully.
Stop cooking after the water has boiled 10 seconds, and peel. Timing will
vary depending on initial temperature of the water, size of the nuts, and amount
of water in your bowl. :)