30 Best Side Dishes for Chicken, No Matter How You Cook It
The results are in.
Winner, winner, chicken dinner. In a contest for the most versatile meat, chicken would win. That is all. But what's a chicken dinner without sides? And what makes chicken ultra-versatile if not the number of sides it pairs with? Read on for some of our fave side dishes to serve with chicken, based on five basic methods of cooking this beloved bird. (Can you serve a side dish for baked chicken with a chicken that you roast? Of course!)
Side Dishes for Baked Chicken
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"This was an easy, tasty side dish," says reviewer docswife. "I used cremini mushrooms and upped the garlic and onion."
"This is one of my most favorite ways to make green beans," says Sarah Jo. "I like to add a little finely minced onion to the skillet with the garlic as well. I usually double this recipe because my family inhales it."
"You need the sugar and butter to make a glaze, but the lemon cuts through the sweetness." — jsiracusejr
"These peas are great," says Cindy Johnson. "I have made them several times and I get tons of compliments and no leftovers! Everyone loves them kids and grown ups alike!"
this is the kind of easy side dish recipe that goes with almost any chicken recipe. "Perfect mashed potatoes," says Navy_Mommy. "Heating the milk and butter is a must. I didn't realize what a difference it would make; my potatoes were not gummy and they stayed hot longer."
Side Dishes for BBQ Chicken
"Goes well with a summer barbeque, or anytime! For a tangy twist, try using plain fat-free yogurt in place of some or all of the sour cream," says recipe creator Michelle Ramey.
We consider microwaving corn an effective, no-nonsense method that lets you devote more time to your main dish. Plus, corn on the cob will forever be a classic side dish for barbeque chicken.
"Everyone always loves these beans, and they are a sweet, filling, and yummy addition to a plate of potato salad and the smoky BBQ we all love," says recipe creator aleasa.
"This is an easy, no fuss way to have a side dish for picnics or BBQ entrees," says reviewer FoodieGal. "I like the tangy-twist that the buttermilk provides This is an easy, no fuss way to have a side dish for picnics or BBQ entrees. I like the tangy-twist that the buttermilk provides — a lot like the tangy flavor that one would get from cider vinegar. I like my coleslaw creamy, and this is a great method."
The best barbeque chicken would totally come with a generous slice of buttery garlic bread, right?
Side Dishes for Braised Chicken
"Easy to make, very tasty. I doubled the batch and made as a side for a chicken dish I was dropping off to a friend," says reviewer knightzag.
"The earthy, mild onion flavor of leeks combined with the spicy kick of mustard greens braised in a buttered broth makes for a simple and tasty side dish," says recipe creator Gardener98.
Be sure to use tiny new red potatoes for this recipe to get the best results. If your potatoes are larger, cut them into bite-size pieces. "Excellent recipe," says reviewer Cristi. "This is my new favorite way to eat red potatoes. By only using the olive oil, salt, and pepper, we were able to taste and appreciate the true flavor of these delightful little potatoes."
"Wow! I know it's just a bunch of root vegetables, but this was really good. I am not a big fan of beets but the veggies just go so sweet, even the beets weren't well, 'beety,' says reviewer Stephanie Morissette.
"Polenta is nothing more than coarsely ground cornmeal," says recipe creator Chef John. "The classic ratio is 1 part polenta to 4 parts water, but I like to measure the polenta just a little scant of a full cup. I often use chicken broth instead of water. It's a perfect base for any kind of saucy meat or mushroom ragout." Watch the video to see how to make polenta.
Side Dishes for Fried Chicken
Pronounced something close to "mock shoe," this colorful mix of corn, sweet peppers, celery, bacon, and onion is the Creole answer to succotash (minus the lima beans).
2. Fried Okra
"This recipe was a quick addition for our lunch today," says reviewer Naomi Gutierrez. "My husband loved it. It reminded me of the fried okra my great grandmother from Texas used to make when I was little."
"Made as written. Very yummy, loved the crispyness of cracker topping. Next time I will butter my baking dish to prevent sticking. Although we loved scraping it for seconds," says reviewer Eva.
Potato chips crumbled over the top gives this comfort food classic a crunchy crust. "I've made this several times and everyone loves it, especially for potlucks and parties! I do however mix up the cheese- always using sharp cheddar and one other kind of melty goodness like Gruyère, or Gouda," says reviewer Summer Wheatley.
"Why take something that normally takes 5 minutes to cook and cook it for 2 hours? Because it produces one of the most delicious things you'll ever taste. There's going to be a lot of juice, and that's what you dip your corn bread into," says recipe creator Chef John.
Side Dishes for Grilled Chicken
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"The trick is to get the grill grates very hot. And the result? A lightly caramelized surface and a slightly smoky flavor. The insides stay cool and crisp. It's quite a contrast of tastes and textures," Chef John says.
You wouldn't want to grill chicken during the summer without at least one light, refreshing side on the lineup. This salad of watermelon, strawberries, arugula, and basil fits the bill.
"A yummy and easy side for hot summer days! Goes great with your grilled dishes or just to munch on," writes recipe creator AMBERT77. Hello, leftovers.
You might as well add marinated veggies to the grill, right? This recipe features eggplant, asparagus, crimini mushrooms, bell peppers, and red onion wedges.
Chef John recommends pairing this herby quinoa with grilled meats — the more seasoned, the better.
Side Dishes for Roast Chicken
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"Full of garlicky, lemony flavor," says recipe creator JUMAHA. "The crunchy stems and the softer florets that soak up sauce are a great combination."
"I have made scalloped potatoes for over 40 years, but I thought I would try this recipe! They were the best scalloped potatoes that I have ever made!" — peeps470.
"I've tried many variations of mashed cauliflower, and while I've enjoyed them all, all were not as 'fluffy' as I would like... until now. Steaming the cauliflower, rather than cooking it in water, obviously is the solution." — naples34102
"Amazing! I am no cook, I made this dish and WOW! it was yummy. I never thought I could cook Brussel sprouts and it was very easy," says Evie.
"Anything that is fast easy and has easy clean up AND is delicious makes the top of my list!" — Kim Strain