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Wondering What to Serve with Chicken Pot Pie? These 20 Side Dishes Check All the Boxes

cabbage fennel salad with honeycrisp apples
Katherine Gillen

Summer will be in the rearview before we know it, so, naturally, we have comfort food on the mind. Specifically, the savory combination of buttery puff pastry, tender chicken, veggies and decadent cream sauce known as pot pie. Now, some might say that chicken pot pie is a meal unto itself, but the truth is that you can have too much of a good thing, which is why an appropriate side dish is always a nice addition to your plate. We came up with 20 ideas for what to serve with chicken pot pie, including obvious pairings (make-ahead mashed potatoes, anyone?), refreshing slaws like this cabbage and fennel number and tasty roasted squash sides that celebrate the season. Read on and dig in.

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what to serve with chicken pot pie mashed potatoes
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

1. Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, crowd pleaser, kid-friendly, gluten-free, make ahead

That chicken pot pie filling will be like gravy for this classic and oh-so creamy make-ahead mash.

what to serve with chicken pot pie roasted squash
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2. Roasted Squash Salad with White Beans, Bread Crumbs and Preserved Lemons

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, vegan, crowd-pleaser

Eat this hearty fall salad of buttery roasted squash and cannellini beans as a pot pie side (and also as a stand-alone lunch) every day until sweater season ends.

what to serve with chicken pot pie green bean with bacon vinaigrette
Katherine Gillen

3. Blistered Green Beans with Bacon Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <500 calories, crowd-pleaser

The only thing your chicken pot pie is missing is a side of bacon…er, green beans. But seriously, we haven’t met a green vegetable we wouldn’t dress with this salty, tangy vinaigrette.

what to serve with chicken pot pie bacon wrapped brussel sprouts
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4. Crispy Bacon-Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, <10 ingredients, <30 minutes

A fine side for pot pie and a brilliant party app—you’ll never feel the same way about Brussels sprouts again after tasting them wrapped up in crispy bacon.

what to serve with chicken pot pie barbecued corn
Kristin Perers/Round Ours

5. Smoky Barbecued Corn

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <30 minutes, <500 calories

Regardless of whether or not you have corn in your pot pie filling, it’s a natural accompaniment to the dish that truly shines when charred and served Mexican street style.

what to serve with chicken pot pie hasselback potatoes
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

6. Swedish Hasselback Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: gluten-free, vegetarian, <10 ingredients

This exceedingly simple spud side, courtesy of PureWow’s favorite Swede, is highly customizable and just as aesthetically pleasing as you’d expect from a Scandinavian twist on a classic.

asparagus topped with croutons and grated parmesan.
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

7. Asparagus Caesar Salad

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <500 calories, vegetarian, crowd-pleaser, low carb

Feel free to skip the croutons here—the flaky, buttery pie crust already has that covered—but you really can’t go wrong with a chicken pot pie side that features a favorite green veggie, generously coated with homemade Caesar dressing.

what to serve with chicken pot pie roasted artichokes
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

8. Crispy Roasted Artichokes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients, low carb, vegetarian

Artichokes can be intimidating…unless you’re using an air fryer or oven to transform the meaty, canned variety into perfectly crisped morsels of goodness with minimal effort. Then, you’re golden.

what to serve with chicken pot pie zucchini salad
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

9. Zucchini Salad with Lemon and Parmesan

  • Time Commitment: 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, <500 calories, <30 minutes, low carb, no cook, vegetarian, gluten-free

Zucchini pairs well with everything and chicken pot pie is no exception. That said, this minimalist side dish is particularly delicious if you use high-quality olive oil and make it when said summer squash is in season.

a plate of sliced delicata squash.
Cook Beautiful

10. Delicata Squash Agrodolce

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: vegan, gluten-free, <10 ingredients, <500 calories

Sweet and sour, honey-roasted delicata squash is an autumnal side that plays oh-so nicely with the creamy and savory richness of chicken pot pie when temperatures start to drop.

what to serve with chicken pot pie cauliflower potatoe salad
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

11. Cauliflower ‘Potato’ Salad

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: low sugar, low carb, gluten-free, <500 calories

This low-carb alternative to a classic potato salad uses Greek yogurt and sour cream instead of mayo for a lighter side that nicely offsets the richness of the main event.

what to serve with chicken pot pie cacio e pepe zucchini
Katherine Gillen

12. Cacio e Pepe Zucchini

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

We already mentioned that zucchini pairs well with just about anything. In case you needed more proof of its versatility, here’s a fresh take on the cheesy Italian classic featuring summer squash as a stand-in for pasta.

a plate of chopped kale and brussels sprouts with caesar.
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13. Kale and Brussels Sprout Caesar Slaw

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, vegan

A pot pie dinner is a guilt-free indulgence when you also have a healthy slaw flavored with vegan Caesar dressing on your plate. (Psst: Feel free to experiment with a variety of winter greens and even cabbage here.)

a plate of stuffed green shishito peppers with pimento cheese.
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

14. Pimento Cheese Stuffed Shishito Peppers

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Shishito peppers and pot pie are a perfect match even when the former is simply blistered and salted, but stuff ‘em with creamy pimento cheese and you’ll have a swoon-worthy flavor bomb on the side.

what to serve with chicken pot pie cauliflower fried rice
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

15. Cauliflower Fried Rice

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, vegetarian

Skip the fried egg garnish and this cauliflower fried rice recipe, a healthier version of the take-out favorite, will harmonize beautifully with your creamy pot pie (and sop up all that luscious sauce, too).

what to serve with chicken pot pie hasselback butternut squash
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

16. Hasselback Butternut Squash

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <500 calories

Hasselback potato fans (i.e., everyone with taste buds) should know that the same technique works beautifully on butternut squash. Add fresh herbs and honey butter to the equation and you have a cold weather side that tastes like sweet success.

what to serve with chicken pot pie green bean fries
Liz Andrew/Styling: Erin McDowell

17. Crispy Green Bean ‘Fries’

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, baking sheet recipe

Pretty much all you need is a hot oven and a dash of paprika to make crispy legumes that are every bit as appealing as French fries.

glazed carrots on a dish.
Colin Price/Dinner Then Dessert

18. Balsamic-Brown Sugar Carrots

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

Blessedly easy to make, these bright orange beauties are steamed, not roasted, for a crisp-tender result that’s a far cry from the sickly sweet and mushy glazed carrots of the past.

arugula salad in a bowl.
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19. Arugula Salad with Whole Lemon Vinaigrette

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients

This very lightly dressed arugula salad is a fuss-free way to put a peppery serving of greens on your plate. In other words, it’s just what you need after whipping up a main that involves working with puff pastry.

a cabbage salad topped with honeycrisp apples.
Katherine Gillen

20. Cabbage-Fennel Salad with Honeycrisp Apples

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, one bowl

Sweet, tangy and with a pleasant crunch, thanks to the addition of fall’s most delicious apple, this cabbage slaw is a palate cleansing winner that plays nicely with creamy pot pie.



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