When you’re looking for the best side dishes for chicken dinners, you might find yourself making the same old thing, over and over. But you don’t have to. Here are 31 different side dishes your family will love!
Sides for the Versatile Chicken Main Dish
One of the most economical main dishes you can cook is chicken. In fact, you can often pick up a four-serving pack of inexpensive chicken thighs or drumsticks for less than five dollars. Now all you need to do is come up with something to go with the chicken.
Coming up with side dishes can be a grueling task. If you’re like most people, you have a repertoire of a handful of recipes that you pair with most dinners. And if you’re like me, you want to branch out and try something different … you know … for variety.
Pasta – One of the Best Side Dishes for Chicken Dinners
One of the favorite side dishes in our home is pasta, and I suspect that’s the case with many other families. There are so many different types of pasta that you can cook a different one every night without repeating any of them for several weeks.
Potato or Rice Side Dish – Perfect for Chicken Dinners
Traditionally, potatoes and rice hold a place with any chicken dinner at my family’s table because they complement it so well. Some are comfort food, either with or without gravy.
Others hold their own with lots of flavor from cheese, tomatoes, or extra seasonings. And if you’re anything like me, cheese and seasonings are essential in a lot of dishes.
I often make sweet potato dishes to change things up. It’s fun to add unexpected seasonings to sweet potatoes to get a whole new blend of flavors.
Vegetable Side Dish
All my life, I’ve never considered a meal complete without at least one vegetable. Whether it’s green beans, zucchini, or squash, it adds a lot of nutrition, texture, flavor, and color to the plate. Never boring and always fun to see everyone’s reaction!
Salad Side Dish
Whether you serve a salad before the meal or with it, it’s a perfect addition to your chicken dinner. You can make it with or without dressing, including this delicious buttermilk ranch dressing or classic thousand island.
Here are some of my favorite side dishes that can take your chicken dinner to the next level of family meals:
More Delicious Recipes
Chicken is one of our favorite main dishes, but we like beef, pork, and seafood as well.
A favorite beef recipe is this delicious stir fry beef and broccoli. It’s super quick and easy to make and the whole family will love it!
If you’ve never had this Mississippi pot roast, what are you waiting for? It’s easy and a meal that will disappear very quickly.
My friend Julie has quite a few yummy recipes made from Jiffy cornbread mix, including this meatloaf recipe. After you check out the meatloaf, peruse the rest of her Back to My Southern Roots blog.
I make a lot of one-pan meals, including this scrumptious ham and potato casserole. The food is great, and cleanup is a breeze!
Don’t Forget Dessert
Although it isn’t necessary to serve dessert with every meal, it’s good to have something sweet every now and then. We especially enjoy dessert when we’re celebrating something … anything.
Here are some easy ones that will make everyone very happy!
Pineapple Pie – This no-bake dessert delivers the perfect balance of sweet and tart. If you like pineapple, you must try it!
Oreo Pudding Pie – Can’t decide between cookies or pie? Then have both! You’ll love this yummy Oreo pudding pie!
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars – Peanut butter lovers rejoice! These delicious no-bake bars are guaranteed to satisfy your craving!