Side Dishes for Chicken That Even Picky Eaters Love

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If you struggle finding good side dishes for chicken, let us help! We have plenty of sensational side dish recipes that you can make easily,  from rice and potatoes to veggies and salads! Check out the best side dishes for any chicken dinner! 

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Chicken is one of the most versatile meats available, and it’s a good source of lean, healthy protein, which is why it’s so incredibly popular all over the world.  

Whether you make it roasted, steamed, poached, fried, or baked in a casserole,  you still need something delicious to serve with it, right?

Do you have a handful of wonderful chicken meals you want to make, but no ideas for a good side dish to serve with them?

If this sounds like you, we’ve got you covered! We also have these sensational skillet meals that are a snap to make and amazing!

Side Dishes for Chicken

To find a few new ideas of what to serve with your dinner, just browse through our collection below of easy side dishes for chicken.

We bet you’ll find some new easy recipes that your whole family will love!!

Rice Side Dishes for Chicken

Rice is an affordable grain and pretty much a blank slate for any flavor you want to add to it. We think chicken and rice go together like two peas in a pod!


Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice

If you’re in the mood for a Mexican fiesta, this copycat recipe for Chipotle rice is sure to hit the spot. It’s one of our favorite rice side dishes.

Perfectly fluffy grains lightly seasoned with lime and cilantro. YUM!

chopsticks holding rice and pork

Pork Fried Rice

We love fried rice as a side dish and this recipe is as easy as they come. Just a bag of frozen veggies and some leftover rice and you’re good to go! Pork and chicken are great together, but you can easily leave out the pork.


Chicken Rice Side Dish

When you can’t decide if you want chicken with a rice side dish or chicken AND rice, you can have them both! 

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Italian Rice Balls (Arancini)

The melty mozzarella center in our arancini smothers the grains of rice and the fresh Italian herbs make them irresistibly poppable!

instant pot brown rice in wooden bowl

Instant Pot Brown Rice

If you struggle to make a decent pot of fluffy brown rice, we’ve got you covered.

Just 20 minutes in a pressure cooker and you’ve got a perfect healthy side dish for chicken.

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Mexican Red Rice

For a restaurant style Mexican dinner made easily at home, make a pan of chicken enchiladas and serve it up with fluffy, authentic Mexican red rice.

Veggie Sides for Chicken


Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Garlic

If you think sprouts are mushy and don’t deserve to be a chicken side dish, think again! These Brussel sprouts are super crispy and have a nice bite of garlicky flavor!

corn on the cob in the oven

Corn on the Cob in the Oven

We’re obsessed with corn on the cob, and honestly, not much goes better with chicken in the summertime. Thankfully, we have plenty of ways to cook it up, too.

You can make it in an Instant Potcrockpot, or on the stove top. You can even prepare it in an air fryer or smoker

And if fresh sweet corn isn’t in season, no worries, just cook frozen corn on the cob in the oven!!

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Grilled Asparagus

This easy side dish goes well with chicken, steak, and even seafood. I’ll show you how to grill asparagus to perfection in 3 easy steps!

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Candied Carrots

Roasted vegetables are a sensational side dish for chicken, and honey glazed baby carrots is one of our favorites! They’re a fantastic side dish for roast chicken.

bowl of green beans with garlic and roasted tomatoes.

Italian Green Beans

Tender-crisp green beans straight from the garden, seasoned with Italian herbs. This easy side deserves a place next to chicken Parmesan for sure!

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Rosemary Roasted Onions

Caramelized onions seasoned with fresh rosemary pair perfectly with any chicken meal, and their aroma is intoxicating!

Potato Side Dishes for Chicken

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Slow Cooker Cheesy Bacon Potato Casserole

Flip on your crockpot for this easy cheesy potato bake! It serves a crowd and is one of our favorite side dishes for fried chicken or pulled chicken sandwiches.

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Crispy Bacon Hasselback Potatoes

If you’ve never tried a hasselback potato stuffed with ooey gooey melted cheese and crispy bits of bacon, this simple side dish will blow your mind!

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Cheesy Potato Casserole

This casserole is so loaded up with goodies, you may be tempted to pile it on the plate without any chicken!!

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Air Fryer Baked Potatoes

If you’re a fan of crispy skinned baked potatoes, but you hate waiting an hour for them to cook in the oven, say hello to your new favorite way to make ‘em. 15 minutes is all it takes to air fry them!

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Fingerling potatoes are an often overlooked dish. They’re utterly scrumptious, with buttery smooth skin.

This dish is simple to cook and they roast up with perfect crispy skin.

Side Salads to Serve with Chicken

Never overlook salad as a fantastic, healthy side dish with any meal. Go beyond simple garden salad and use delicious additions like fresh berries to add a pop of flavor and color!

bowl of strawberry spinach salad

Spinach Strawberry Salad

Spinach salad is a healthy side for chicken but to kick it up a notch, add juicy, fresh strawberries and a tangy dressing that you’ll want to pour over everything!

spoon in bowl of elote off the cob

Mexican Street Corn Salad

Grilled Mexican chicken burritos or tacos and street corn salad are a match made in Heaven!

This portable version of elote (Mexican corn on the cob) is over the top delicioso!

How many delicious side dish recipes should I serve?

This is what is great about side dish recipes! You can take your dinner to the next level with just a little effort.

While there is no rule of thumb about how many sides to serve, pick the ones that you enjoy. Add a savory flavor to your chicken dish, or go for comfort food. 

The best part about making any easy side dish recipe is that they’re a great way to whip up something delicious using simple ingredients. 

Any of these great side dish options would be a perfect pairing. 

What are the most common side dishes? 

Any side dish is a great addition. You can have black-eyed peas, roasted beet salad, creamy garlic potatoes, sweet potatoes, french fries, sweet potato fries, vegetable side dishes, Greek salad, green salad, or anything else that you want. 

I love to pick the best sides based on what is is season or would taste good with the main course.

Dont’ forget to top with fresh herbs, to enhance the flavor of your tasty side dish! 

Other Chicken Sides That You Are Going to Love

Now that you have a few more ideas of side dishes for chicken, which do you think you’ll make first?!

With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.

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Originally published April 2022, updated and republished March 2024

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