Twenty Easy Side Dishes for Chicken

By Kristen Mccaffrey on

As one of the most popular proteins around, chicken is often on the menu but sometimes its hard to figure out what to serve on the side. Check out these 20 chicken side dishes for some inspiration.

Looking for that perfect easy side dish to pair with your juicy and flavorful chicken? I have a nice list of easy side dishes that compliment chicken recipes nicely. Whether you are on the hunt for a light or comfort style dish, I got you covered.

Chicken is one of my favorite meats to cook with, so I am always looking for fun and different sides to pair with it to give everyone a variety of meals being served. It is always awesome when you find a side dish that almost becomes the star of your dinner!

The Top Choices of Easy Side Dishes for Chicken

Garlic Bacon Brussels sprouts with Parmesan cheese on a sheet pan.

Garlic Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan, are going to blow your mind. The garlic and parmesan come together to make such a savory and flavorful side. Tender brussels sprouts that are bursting with flavor.

Honey Balsamic Carrots with Thyme, gives you that sweet and savory factor. The honey helps make these carrots have a slight candied flavor, but yet still savory from the balsamic and thyme. Kids and adults enjoy this side.

Easy Mashed Cauliflower, requires only 3 ingredients and is so simple to whip up. A low-carb side dish that is creamy, and delicious next to the chicken.

Crispy Asian Brussels Sprouts, have a nice Asian flair to them. Just under 30 minutes is all that is needed for these taste bite-size sprouts.

Baked eggplant cutlets on a wooden cutting board with tomatoes and herbs.

Baked Eggplant Cutlets are a pretty unique and tasty side. A crispy crust that has a tender and flavorful eggplant cutlet inside. Best of all no frying is required, bake in your oven.

Crispy Turnip Fries, work well with say a chicken sandwich or even grilled chicken. You have what looks like potato fries but in a healthier version.

Garlic Sugar Snap Peas, will become an instant favorite. In 5 minutes you can have a tender sweet snap pea that has a nice hint of garlic in each bite.

Asian Kale Apple Slaw, is a nice light salad dish to pair with chicken. I use this style of side a lot when it is warmer outside. A chilled and crispy salad is always a tasty addition to the menu.

Southwest quinoa salad with black beans, corn, cilantro, and tomatoes.

Southwest Quinoa Salad with Black Beans and Corn, is a heartier side, but truly loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and tasty flavor. This is a fun side to pair next to some chicken.

Grilled Red Potatoes, are a really nice change to your menu. Cooking with the skins on will bring you a tasty source of potassium as well as a crispy factor to these tender taters.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks, will give you a creative way to serve up cauliflower. Juicy, tender, with a nice grill skin that makes it such a treat to stick your fork into.

Healthy Mexican Street Corn Salad, feels like you are digging into your favorite street corn, but in a salad form and healthy take.

Healthy Kale Caesar with croutons and parmesan cheese on a plate on a wooden table.

Kale Caesar Salad, is a healthy side salad that will pair well with almost any chicken recipe. Crispy kale, and a creamy caesar dressing.

Asian Zucchini Noodles, is a nice lower carb side. The zucchini helps replaces some of the noodles for a rich and Asian flavored noodle dish.

Brown Sugar Butternut Squash, will make you swoon. A slow cooker side that you can make and let cook through the day. A nice and creamy, and sweet side. Great for pairing with a whole rotisserie.

Roasted Parmesan Summer Squash, is great for using up your summer squash from the garden in a tasty way. Soft and tender squash that is topped with parmesan and roasted to perfection.

Strawberry spinach salad with feta cheese and walnuts on a blue table.

Strawberry Spinach Salad, is bursting with fresh flavors. Crisp spinach, sweet strawberries, walnuts for crunch, and creamy feta. I love pairing this salad with a grilled chicken.

Skinny Broccoli Salad, works well to make any time of the year. Loaded with crunchy broccoli, grapes, sunflower seeds, and a creamy and tasty dressing.

Grilled Vegetables, works great for cleaning out your fridge and cooking up a variety of veggies for a tasty side dish.

Roasted Balsamic Green Beans and Mushrooms, needs only 20 minutes to cook up. This side is another favorite of ours. The flavors work well and I love the texture of the beans and mushrooms.

Share your favorite easy side dish that works with chicken!

Chicken side dishes including Brussels sprouts, salad, crispy fries, and green beans.

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