20 Side Dishes That Pair Perfectly with Chicken
Let’s be honest: Chicken isn’t the craziest trick in our recipe book, but it wins every single time. Keep the sides interesting, and we give you permission to eat it (almost) every night of the week. Voilà, 20 new ideas to try.
Buttermilk Skillet Corn Bread with Tomatoes and Green Onions
Practically two sides in one, thanks to a saucy tomato topping.
Chickpea and Vegetable Coconut Curry
Spice up your go-to chicken recipe with this 30-minute Thai-inspired dish.
Grilled Peach and Halloumi Salad with Lemon Pesto Dressing
PSA: Chicken is a lean protein, so it pairs well with sweet, juicy peaches.
Sweet Potato Noodles with Almond Sauce
Slice some chicken breast on top and dinner’s done.
Slow-Cooker Garlic-Herb Cauliflower
Meet the new mashed potatoes.
Sweet Potato Crostini
Turn dinner into a fun snack plate.
Greek Wedge Salad
Chicken + this classic American salad = instant country club vibes.
Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
This side is hearty and full of protein, so a little goes a long way. (Aka leftovers.)
Leek, Kale and Goat Cheese Strata
Caution: You’ll probably be asked to put this dinner on replay.
Brussels Sprouts Latkes
Move over, potatoes. These veggie fritters are appropriate all year long.
Plunk these on your preschooler’s plate and she’ll need little convincing to eat some chicken, too.
Green Goddess Lettuce Wraps
Presenting our new favorite way to eat salad.
Roasted Cauliflower Macaroni and Cheese
Cheesy carbs can’t possibly complete dinner, right? But wait, there’s veggies hiding in there…
Light and Tangy Coleslaw
Made with a tangy vinegar base instead of mayo, this side is especially tasty with skin-on chicken (its acidity balances out that extra fattiness).
Asparagus Caesar Salad
How many times have you dished up plain, old steamed asparagus? Yawn.
A new, healthy substitute for cauliflower rice.
Classic Stuffed Peppers
Sometimes it’s OK to play it safe.
Baby Bloomin’ Onions
Aka how to rival the best pub in town.