24 Of The Best Side Dishes for Chicken

0I don't know about you, but chicken is a staple meal in our household as it’s one of the most versatile meats that can be fried, baked, grilled, brined, and roasted to create so many different recipes.

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As great as some juicy chicken is, you can get a bit bored of it sometimes and find yourself cooking the same meals.

That’s why switching up your side dishes is so important, so you never get fed up with eating the same old food and you get to experiment with different ingredients.

If your culinary inspiration has hit a bump in the road and you find yourself eating the same things with your chicken every week, then why not try one of these 23 tasty recipes to serve with chicken to spice up your weekly menu.

  1. Garlic & Parmesan Green Beans

This garlic and parmesan green bean recipe is a great one to whip up quickly whilst you’ve got some succulent chicken roasting in the oven. It only contains 6 ingredients with 4 of them probably already being in your kitchen pantry. It’s such an easy way to spice up what is sometimes a bland side dish to accompany your chicken. 

  1. Honey & Rosemary Roasted Carrots

If you’re short on time but looking to create a tasty side dish for dinner guests then this simple honey and rosemary roasted carrots recipe should be a go-to choice for you. These tender sweet carrots pair so perfectly with the rosemary leaves and sea salt which is finished off with a drizzling of honey before roasting them even more.

The recipe calls for you to use whole carrots to roast, but you can dice or chop them as you wish to make it easier to serve to everyone around the table. 

  1. Creamy Peas With Mushrooms & Onions

Peas aren’t the most exciting of vegetables and they’re often the one food that’s left on the plate at the end of the meal as they go cold straight away. This recipe is an easy way to switch up the way you do your peas and will ensure it’s the first thing people will tuck into when served their plates.

The creamy sauce is full of flavor as it’s made with chicken broth, butter, ground nutmeg, and plenty of salt and pepper so we just know everyone will be asking for a second helping. 

  1. Pan Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Bacon

People have a love/hate relationship with Brussel sprouts due to their slightly bitter taste, however, even those who avoid these mini little vegetables won’t be able to resist this garlic and bacon roasted Brussels recipe. This easy one-pan dish will change people’s opinions on Brussel sprouts and will only take 40 minutes to do so.

Serve up with some juicy chicken thighs and drizzle with a balsamic glaze and you’ve got yourself a top-class meal.

  1. Lemon & Garlic Broccoli

Lemon and garlic are the perfect additions to any sort of green vegetable, especially some crunchy broccoli. It’s such a great side dish to have with any meal as it’s full of beneficial nutrients but it also fills you up so you won’t end up reaching for snacks afterward.

However, when served on its own it doesn’t have the most flavorsome of tastes but this recipe will have you finally thoroughly enjoying your broccoli instead of just trying to convince yourself that you’re enjoying it because it’s healthy. 

  1. Creamy Mashed Potato

We’d hate to think about ALL the mashed potato recipes we’ve tried over the years - even the ones with some of the most lavish ingredients that take away the specialty of such a popular American side dish. Who doesn't love mashed potatoes?

Sometimes simpler is better and that’s why we love this creamy mashed potato recipe from Inspired Taste who’ve adopted this well-loved dish to become a weekly regular on their dining table. 

It’s still creamy and delicious but it won’t take the spotlight away from the main attraction - the chicken.

  1. Balsamic Roasted Asparagus

When asparagus season rolls around we can’t get enough of the stuff, but there comes a time when you need to switch up the way you do them so you don’t get bored.

The asparagus gets to keep all its flavor as you’ll be roasting it instead of boiling it and can be prepared and cooked in the time that your chicken is also cooking.

The lemon zest brings this dish to life and when matched with the kick of the red pepper flakes and the tangy parmesan, you won’t believe how simple it is to cook like this but get such tasty food. 

  1. Loaded Potato Salad

A baked potato salad is a good option to have in your refrigerator throughout the week to serve up with any meals. The beauty of this dish is that it’s best served cold so you won’t even have to worry about reheating it when it comes to serving with leftovers. 

This loaded potato salad recipe is always a winner when hosting a BBQ chicken night as you can serve it up in a big bowl and let people help themselves.

We love the addition of the salty bacon that contrasts with the creamy components of the recipe, but if you’re a veggie then feel free to leave these out. 

  1. Mac & Cheese

Mac & cheese is an absolute classic and we don’t need an excuse to use it as a side dish with any meal but it does seem to go so well with chicken due to the creamy cheesy sauce.

This gloriously cheesy dish has the common ingredients you’d find in this cult classic, but also with the addition of mustard, paprika, and black pepper to give your mac and cheese a slight kick to overcome the gooeyness. 

  1. Southwestern Sauteed Corn

If you’re having some friends over for some BBQ chicken then this southwestern sauteed corn should be a staple side dish you're serving up alongside it. It’s convenient as you can serve it up cold, allowing you to prepare it during the day or the night before, and then serve it up when the rest of your BBQ’d food is ready.

It’s garnished with cilantro, lime juice, and ground cumin and is a true homage to Southwestern cuisine.

  1. Feta Cheese Salad With Lemon Dressing

On some of the most sweltering summer days when you couldn’t even imagine eating hot stodgy food, why not serve up this refreshing salad with lemon dressing with some shredded leftover chicken.

You can grow tired of salad very easily so this recipe provides a twist on the regular, lettuce, tomato salad you’d normally serve up with your meals. The contrast of the crumbly feta cheese with the sharpness of the radishes makes this whole dish come together.

The salad is best served on the day that you’ve made it, otherwise, the dressing can make the leafy components go soggy after it’s been left overnight. 

  1. Cajun Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken and fries are a tasty yet simple midweek dinner idea, but they can grow old very quickly. If you and your family always opt for white potatoes, switch it up and try out sweet potatoes to make into these cajun fries. 

The natural sweetness of the potatoes with the 7 (yes we said 7) herbs and spices sprinkled over them create an easy, crispy and flavorsome dish that’ll put any other fries you’ve tried before to shame.

  1. Creamy Garlic Veggie Pasta

A creamy garlic veggie pasta that can be served hot or cold with your tender chicken? Sign us up! Despite all the ingredients, this easy recipe will only take 30 minutes to make and it’s super light and fresh so can be enjoyed for both lunch and dinner. 

It’s loaded with seasonal vegetables and has plenty of seasoning to pair with the lightly coated cheesy pasta that is the perfect accompaniment for chicken. 

If you’re planning to reheat this dish, just remember to add in a splash of water or extra broth to prevent all the ingredients from drying out. 

  1. Kickin’ Collard Greens

Remember that dread when your parents would serve you up a plate topped with boiled collard greens? Well, you won’t have to put anyone else through that as we’ve found this recipe has changed our perceptions of them.

The bacon, salt, red pepper flakes, and olive oil breathe life into these leafy greens granting people the ability to get their daily nutrition and being able to enjoy it at the same time.

  1. Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is not a culinary forte for many people as it can be difficult to get it just right, however, this easy-to-follow recipe will allow you to create a rich and mouth-watering mushroom risotto that you won’t be able to believe you made yourself. 

It will take a little bit longer to cook than your average side dish so it may warrant as a weekend job instead, but trust us, it’s worth the wait. 

This recipe feels like the ultimate comfort food but with an elegant touch so ideal to serve up at a dinner party or even just for yourself to enjoy as a treat. 

  1. Roasted Pumpkin With Feta & Honey

If you’re sick of making pumpkin pie or pumpkin soup with the leftovers from the festivities of Halloween, then you’ll need to try this roasted pumpkin dish with feta and honey to use up all those spooky jack-o’-lanterns. 

It’s such an easy recipe as you can toss the pumpkin in oil and roast in the oven then drizzle it with all your toppings and then it’s good to serve straight away. 

Feta and pumpkin is a beautiful combination that we would never have even tried for this recipe so we highly recommend giving it a go.

  1. Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables

Everyone loves a one-pan recipe, especially when it comes to making side dishes, so these roasted Mediterranean vegetables will be a hit in everyone’s home. It’s bright, colorful, and full of flavor and a good way of getting the kids to increase the veggie intake without having to beg them.

Simply cut all your ingredients, drizzle with oil and then toss and coat with seasoning before placing in the pan in your oven for 40 minutes. Finish with some scattered goat’s cheese and garnish with some fresh basil and you’ll have yourself a Meditteranean dream. 

  1. Spicy Watermelon Salad

The jury’s still out on whether watermelon should be put into a savory salad but we had to recommend this recipe as it’s so darn delicious. This is the ultimate summer salad that will go perfectly with any kind of chicken you’re planning on serving up and it’ll only take 10 minutes to prepare.

The contrasting ingredients of red onion, watermelon, mint, feta, and red chili work so well together so trust the process and don’t miss out on anything just because you think it won’t go well. 

  1. Mexican Quinoa

This light and nutritious Mexican quinoa dish is a good one to serve up if you’re bored of salads. It has tangy lime juice and hints of heat from jalapenos and chili to give them a well-rounded flavor that’s so simple to make in just one pan. 

You can serve it up immediately after cooking or even take it in a container with your roasted chicken for your lunch at work, both ways work just as well. 

The key to nailing this recipe is constantly stirring the quinoa as it cooks to prevent it from sticking and burning to the pan, so always keep an eye on it.

  1. Potato Gratin

Potato gratin often looks more complex than it is to make, so people avoid attempting to create it. However, the process is relatively simple - it just takes time. 

The perfect combination of the crispy top layer with the rich and creamy underlayers is the ideal side dish to pair with herby or spicy roasted chicken. 

This potato gratin dish won’t last for long on the dinner table so we recommend doubling the ingredients if you’re feeding more than 6 people.

  1. Easy Creamed Spinach

For weeknight dinners when you’re short on time, this easy creamed spinach recipe will do the trick at partnering with any chicken dish you decide to rustle up. 

It’ll take only 10 minutes to cook but it tastes absolutely delicious with the silky yet tangy parmesan cheese and garlic sauce.

We’d recommend a big bag of fresh spinach for this recipe as once it wilts down it barely looks like anything in the pan. 

  1. Garlic Mushrooms

This garlic mushroom recipe alongside some creamy grilled chicken thighs is just *chef’s kiss*. They’re so simple but so irresistibly tasty and an easy way to make some boring old mushrooms look like a masterpiece on your plate. 

  1. Butter Sautéed Zucchini

If you’ve only got zucchinis left in your refrigerator at the end of the week, then don’t worry as you’ll still be able to put together a healthy yet delectable side dish to match with juicy chicken. 

Zucchinis is quick and easy to fry off on the stove so you’ll have this side dish ready in no time. You’ll need 2 medium zucchini, garlic, butter, scallions, parmesan, and some fresh lemon juice to flavor. 

Make sure to not salt the zucchini whilst you’re cooking as this will dry it out and will cause it to lose its crunch.

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