The Best Sides To Accompany Those Chicken Dinners
Chicken is the ultimate weeknight dinner component. It’s budget-friendly, healthy, and easy to cook. Plus, you can prepare it dozens of ways. Because plain chicken doesn’t have a ton of flavor on its own, you can get really creative with your side dishes. Chicken will go with just about anything, so we picked out some of our favorite chicken dinner sides that are packed with flavor. Whether you want to go healthy with a veggie side or heavy with a macaroni and cheese recipe, you’ll love these side dishes for chicken. You’ve probably got a rotisserie chicken in the fridge or some chicken breasts in the freezer, so it’s time to get them out and pair them with these sides. From picky kids to health-nut parents, there’s truly a chicken side dish for everyone on this list.
Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans
Recipe: Sweet-and-Sour Green Beans
You won’t believe the flavor this short ingredient list can create.
Farro Bowl with Curry-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Brussels Sprouts
Although this hearty grain bowl is a well-rounded vegetarian meal on its own, it would be delicious topped with grilled or roasted chicken for even more protein.
Roasted Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
Recipe: Honey-Glazed Spiced Carrots
These flavorful carrots are pretty enough for a company-is-coming spread.
Perfect Baked Potatoes
Recipe: Perfect Baked Potatoes
There aren’t many dishes that a perfect baked potato won’t complement. This no-fail, no-fuss recipe will win every time.
Beet-and-Orange Salad with Spiced Pecans
For a healthy dinner or lunch, serve grilled or roasted chicken over this colorful salad.
Skillet-Toasted Gnocchi with Peas
Instead of cooking up another box of pasta, try this quick gnocchi recipe topped with grilled chicken for new flavor.
Brussels Sprouts with Cornbread Croutons
Brussels sprouts recipes are everywhere these days, but we bet you haven’t had one like this yet.
Grilled Zucchini and Eggplant with Basil Vinaigrette
Instead of walking back and forth between the grill and stovetop, cook your chicken and side dish on the grill together. This simple, fresh recipe is perfect for summer.
Smashed Baby Red Potatoes
Recipe: Smashed Baby Red Potatoes
Instead of roasting or mashing your potatoes, you should be smashing them. Let this recipe prove it to you.
Field Pea, Corn and Bacon Salad
Recipe: Field Pea, Corn and Bacon Salad
This fresh salad would make for a filling summer dinner over a bed of greens with grilled shrimp, chicken or steak on top.
Pasta with Burst Tomatoes and Mascarpone
You’ll want to make extra burst tomatoes to add to sandwiches and omelets all week.
Warm Asparagus, Radish, and New Potato Salad with Herb Dressing
This colorful salad is a big step up from the mayonnaise-laden, vegetable-free versions.
Spicy Pineapple Slaw
Recipe: Spicy Pineapple Slaw
This sweet and spicy slaw is a healthy, flavorful option for any summer picnic or potluck. It would specifically go great with barbecue chicken.
Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
Recipe: Stuffed Tomatoes with Pesto Rice
You could add shredded chicken to the stuffing or serve these stuffed tomatoes alongside grilled or roasted chicken.
Balsamic Green Beans with Pearl Onions
Guests will have no idea that this beautiful side dish only took 10 minutes of hands-on time.
Black-Eyed Pea and Grain Salad
Cuban Black Bean-and-Yellow Rice Bowls
Top this hearty, colorful bowl off with some grilled or roasted chicken, and your family will be stuffed (with the good-for-you stuff).
Toasted Couscous and Tomato Salad
Mashed Potatoes with Bacon and Crispy Scallions
There’s not much that a warm serving of mashed potatoes doesn’t taste good with, especially when that serving has bacon in it.