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Have you ever wondered what to serve with chicken? There is no need to stick with just chicken and rice, we have plenty of tasty side dishes for chicken to give you enough ideas to last for years.
Chicken is a lean meat that is versatile whilst cooking, which makes it so popular worldwide and an ideal protein for healthy meal preps.
Enjoy some of our favorite chicken side dishes and sauces, but before we’ll let you know some useful tips and tricks about chicken.
Everything You Need To Know About Chicken
This is a controversial question but the answer is no. Washing chicken with water doesn’t kill any bacteria, and actually spread bacteria in your sink, hands and work surface. As an experienced chef who has worked in some of the best restaurants, and 5* hotels in multiple countries, I have never seen a chef wash chicken before.
The general rule of thumb for cooking chicken is to stick to 165˚F (74˚C). It is possible to cook chicken to just 147.5˚f (64˚C) in a sous vide, but it requires keeping it at that temperature for a set amount of time. For fast cooking like pan-frying, grilling, and baking stick to 165˚F (74˚C).
Chicken is one of those meats that gets cooked in so many ways across different cultures because it’s so versatile. My favorite way is grilling, pan-frying, baking and frying. Personally, I am not the biggest fan of boiling chicken because it gives it a stringy, dry texture.
32 Best Side Dishes for Chicken
This delicious side dishes for chicken article has a recipe for everyone, including a bunch of tasty side sauces like Honey Sriracha Sauce and Chipotle BBQ.
Inspired by Mexican street corn, elote, this summer street corn salad is filled with sweet summer corn, creamy avocado, and fresh cherry tomatoes. This salad is perfect for summer BBQs when the veggies are fresh. Plus, it’s naturally gluten-free and can be made vegan with one simple swap!
Perfect for a picnic! This easy-to-make lemon pasta salad is filled with fresh veggies like tomatoes, olives, and cucumbers, and topped off with a tangy lemon vinaigrette. The whole recipe comes together in about 15 minutes to help you get dinner on the table quickly. Make it gluten-free with your choice of pasta and this recipe is also naturally vegan!
An already unforgettable dish, crunchy creamy caesar salad gets a spicy upgrade through the addition of horseradish and cayenne pepper. It’s quick, healthy-ish, and as always, a million times better made from scratch. Don’t leave out the heat next time you make Caesar salad – it’s irresistible!
Crispy, nutty farro is tossed with parsley and dill served on top of a garlic lemon yogurt. Herby farro with garlic yogurt is a simple but amazing spring or summer side. Farro is a nutty-tasting grain that’s high in fiber and contains many vitamins and minerals. Look for pearled or semi-pearled farro, which will take no longer than 25 minutes to cook in boiling water.
Whether you plan to serve your chicken over this pasta or as a side dish, it is an easy way to create a fancy pasta using reduced-fat cream cheese as the base with oodles of fresh garlic.
If you’ve never had broccolini, you are missing out! The more slender cousin to broccoli, it is amazing pan-fried with crispy little ends. This version is tossed with fresh garlic and a little bit of olive oil. The perfect green side dish to switch things up.
This pan-fried broccolini works perfectly with our crockpot glazed chicken teriyaki recipe.
Quick and easy sauteed greens can be made with almost any leafy green you have on hand. A nutritious side dish bursting with bright lemon and garlic flavors everyone will love.
Elevate your plain green beans with lemon and garlic for an easy, fresh and bursting with flavor side dish! Then top with Parmesan cheese for that salty, umami hit!
Buttery ears of fresh, sweet corn on the cob, just like you get at the fair. It’s a great side whether for barbecues or weeknight dinners.
This delicious Lebanese tabbouleh salad recipe (tabbouli) is a popular Middle Eastern dish. It is fresh, leafy, herby, and citrusy. The combination of these ingredients creates a mouth-watering, healthy, and savory side that can be served with shawarmas, grilled kabobs, lamb, chicken or fish.
11. Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad is always a hit and this easy recipe has all the bold flavors you love, but a few simple tweaks to update it for modern cooks! It’s the perfect dish for chicken – a big pop of flavor to elevate nearly any main dish!
Oven-roasting adds so much depth of flavor to sweet carrots, nutty parsnips and fluffy red potatoes plus those yummy, toasty brown edges! Fantastic on their own – and even more addictive with a little Honey-Dijon Drizzle to bring all the flavors together! Terrific next to roasted or grilled chicken!
Kick things up a notch with this delicious side dish! Your cauliflower dishes will never be the same old thing again. This tasty cauliflower uses all the Mexican flavors we love!
These Smashed Potatoes are small red potatoes boiled until slightly soft, smashed, and basted with seasoned garlic butter, then roasted a second time topped generously with cheese and chives. It’s a delicious and super easy potato side dish for any night of the week and pairs perfectly with any chicken recipe.
This No-Knead Rosemary Bread is so easy to make and tastes just like artisan bread from a bakery. Your house will smell amazing and you will have fresh bread that is delicious on its own or perfect for dipping in soup or even making sandwiches!
A bright and citrusy Crunchy Kale Parmesan Salad with lemon juice, olive oil, and parmesan cheese. This is the perfect healthy salad for a picnic, BBQ, or a side dish and it only takes 4 ingredients!
Rapini is such an underappreciated green vegetable. A cousin to broccoli, it’s much more elegant and refined, and loaded with nutrients! The perfect side dish with any poultry or meat.
With a few ingredients and a little love, humble carrots can transform into an elevated side dish. Roasted carrots with honey and thyme is a simple but sophisticated side dish everyone will love.
These delicious Greek lemon potatoes with garlic and oregano will be the star at your next dinner party. Easy to make with few ingredients, they are the perfect side to a chicken or lamb roast or anything grilled
Gigantes plaki is a delicious and wholesome Greek dish. The large white beans are cooked in a rich tomato sauce with fresh herbs and aromatics
Oven baked Parmesan Zucchini Fries are lightly crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and full of delicious flavor in every bite. This easy recipe is even gluten-free and keto-friendly for a healthy, tasty side dish or snack you can enjoy anytime!
Sauce Sides for Chicken
22. Yum Yum Sauce
Yes, you know the sauce they serve up at your favorite hibachi restaurant, now you can make it at home! This simple sauce whips up in just 5 minutes and pairs perfectly with any chicken dish- grilled, baked, brined or even fried!
This 15-minute Lemon Garlic Butter Sauce is buttery, tangy, creamy and super versatile. Enjoy it over pasta, fish, vegetables, chicken, or meat, and it will make you weak in your knees.
Subway copycat sweet onion sauce recipe made from scratch within 15 minutes. If you love sweet onion sauce at Subway, this recipe is for you!
This homemade Pesto is the perfect sauce for chicken! It is fresh, bold and flavorful. This pesto comes together in minutes and instantly elevates any dish!
Chipotle honey barbecue sauce is a delicious non-tomato-based barbecue sauce that is loaded with flavor! Make ahead and keep this easy barbecue sauce on hand to pair with your chicken recipes.
This sweet and spicy Honey Sriracha Sauce adds so much flavor to baked or grilled chicken and wings. Slather it on as a glaze or use it as a dipping sauce.
Chimichurri Sauce Recipe 3 ways – mint, parsley or arugula. Make this easy sauce recipe in your blender or food processor to jazz up any cut of chicken! You can also use this recipe has a chicken marinade!
If you’re in need of some new marinade recipes have a look at these 25 delicious chicken marinades.
Instant Pot & Air Fryer Side Dishes for Chicken
Farmer’s market fresh zucchini and squash cooked to perfection in a light parmesan, lemon and garlic sauce. All in your crockpot!
Crockpot creamed corn pairs perfectly with any chicken dish. You only need 5 ingredients to make this melt in your mouth corn which makes it the easiest side dish you can make.
These Air Fryer Cottage Fries are so easy to make in the air fryer and the result is a potato with a satisfying crispy exterior and fluffy interior.
These ultra-crispy sweet potato fries are extra crispy on the outside and tender and flavorful on the inside. These fries are incredibly easy to make and turn out light, delicate, and so satisfying.
Jack Slobodian is the Content Director at Mealprepify. He’s a Blogger and Professional Chef who has worked in many prestigious restaurants including luxurious 5-star hotels and James Beard award-winning restaurants. When he’s not cooking or writing you can find him travelling, exercising or spending time with family and friends.