Slow Cooker Chestnut-Bacon Stuffing


No need to roast chestnuts by an open fire, just toss them in your slow cooker with other Thanksgiving stuffing ingredients for a slow cooker stuffing recipe perfect for the holidays.

Slow Cooker Chestnut-Bacon Stuffing
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Slow Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 55 mins
10 cups


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 8 slices bacon

  • 3 tablespoon butter

  • 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms, such as cremini, shiitake, and/or oyster, quartered

  • ¾ cup sliced leeks or onion

  • ½ cup sliced celery

  • 2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp. dried thyme, crushed

  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

  • 10 cup dried 1-inch cubes crusty bread*

  • 1 5.3-7 ounce pkg. whole peeled chestnuts, coarsely chopped

  • 1 14.5 ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth


  1. Lightly coat a 5- to 6-qt. slow cooker with cooking spray. In a 12-inch skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels, reserving drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon; set aside.

  2. Add butter to reserved drippings; heat over medium heat. Add mushrooms, leeks, and celery; cook 8 minutes or until tender and liquid is evaporated, stirring frequently. Stir in thyme, fennel seeds, and pepper; cook 1 minute more.

  3. In an extra-large bowl combine bread cubes, chestnuts, bacon, and mushroom mixture. Drizzle with broth to moisten, tossing lightly to combine. Transfer mixture to prepared cooker.

  4. Cover and cook on low 3 1/2 to 4 hours or until heated through.


To make dried bread cubes, preheat oven to 300°F. Cut fresh bread slices into 1-inch cubes. Spread bread cubes in a 15x10-inch baking pan. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice; cool. (Bread will continue to dry and crisp as it cools.) Or let bread cubes stand, loosely covered, at room temperature 8 to 12 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
16g Fat
25g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 29mg 10%
Sodium 518mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 2.1mg 11%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 0.6mg 3%
Potassium 262mg 6%
Folate, total 13.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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