Chicken is a highly sought-after ingredient because it is rich in protein, is relatively budget-friendly, and you are almost guaranteed that picky eaters will eat it too. However, chicken dinners can get boring quickly especially if you’re accustomed to making the same thing over and over again. If you’re in dire need of new chicken dinner recipes, be sure to check out these easy chicken dinner recipes in under 3o minutes. But if you truly want an outstanding chicken dinner, be sure to pair it with the perfect side dishes.

Today, we’re sharing with you some of the best side dishes to pair with chicken. These range from fresh salads to roasted vegetables and even a few unique recipes too. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or an entire family, you’ll surely love chicken dinners even more once you add these side dishes to the mix.

1. Easy Hasselback Potatoes

These hasselback potatoes look like they came straight from a gourmet restaurant, yet they require next to no work! If you have never heard of hasselback potatoes they’re a type of potato where the potato is cut halfway through in thin slices.

This recipe will provide you with full instructions on how to properly cut the potatoes. Further, they’re lightly seasoned with fresh herbs and parmesan cheese. They would pair well with any chicken dinner but especially a rotisserie chicken. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LAVENDER AND MACARONS

2. Quick And Easy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

This light and refreshing salad would pair perfectly with grilled chicken. While salads can get boring, quick, this recipe is chock full of flavor and fresh ingredients that you’ll surely crave it time and time again.

Before assembling the salad, you’ll need to cook a pot of quinoa. You can do this on the stovetop, or use our favorite method, cooking quinoa in the Instant Pot. Along with the homemade dressing, this salad is full of freshly chopped veggies, sliced kalamata olives, and crumbles of feta cheese. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

3. Healthy baked Potato Salad

Salads get a bad rap, but that is mostly because many people are accustomed to boring leafy green salads. Once you’ve tried the Mediterranean quinoa salad, be sure to toss this baked potato salad on a plate along with your favorite type of chicken.

This salad is loaded with all the ingredients you love about a baked potato but with the addition of a delicious creamy sauce. This salad can be enjoyed immediately, or chilled in the fridge to enjoy later – your choice! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FIT FOODIE FINDS

4. Easy Cheesy Broccoli Rice Casserole

This cheesy broccoli and rice casserole will quickly transform your chicken dinner from boring into exciting! This recipe skips the cans of soup and instead fills the casserole with delicious ingredients like cheese, real butter, and fresh broccoli.

Keep in mind, the leftovers of this casserole taste wonderful so don’t be afraid to make this casserole ahead and enjoy it all week long. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: PEAS AND CRAYONS

5. Bang Bang Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you despise brussels sprouts, we highly encourage that you try this recipe! It may just convert you into a brussels sprout lover!

Roasted brussels sprouts are engulfed in a creamy spicy sriracha mayo sauce. This creamy side dish would pair wonderfully with any type of chicken. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

6. Garlic Parmesan Broccoli

Many children turn their noses up at the sight of broccoli. Although, perhaps that is because the broccoli is just too bland. Encourage them to try broccoli again but this time, serve them this delicious side of garlic parmesan broccoli!

Better yet, this side dish comes together in just 15 minutes. Pair it with your favorite chicken dish or this delicious crockpot honey garlic chicken! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HOMEMADE HOOPLAH

7. Cheesy Corn Fritters

Much like chicken, corn too can become boring fast. Stop boiling corn and serve your family these delicious cheesy corn fritters. They’ll pair wonderfully with chicken, such as these fajita stuffed chicken breasts!

These delectable fritters are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside. They are also filled with ooey-gooey cheese and flavorful seasonings. As a bonus, you’ll have your option of using frozen or canned corn for this recipe. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EAT WELL 101

8. Instant Pot Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Say goodbye to your old tedious cooking methods because cooking a pot of mashed potatoes is about to get so much easier. The secret is to cook them in the Instant Pot.

This recipe doesn’t require that you peel the potatoes, instead, simply chop the potatoes, and toss them into the Instant Pot along with a few other ingredients. This side dish comes together in 20 minutes or less and would be a great addition to your favorite chicken dinner. For more delicious side dishes, check out these 20 Side Dishes Made In the Instant Pot. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

9. Honey Balsamic Garlic Mushrooms

Mushrooms often don’t get the attention they deserve. This is because they’re commonly chopped and sliced into recipes but are rarely the star of the show! Until now that is.

Whole mushrooms are sautéed in a sweet and tart honey balsamic garlic sauce. These delicious mushrooms serve well on top of chicken or as a side dish! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE RECIPE CRITIC

10. Easy Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks

When you think about side dishes, roasted, boiled, and steamed veggies often come to mind. However, this time for dinner, step outside of your comfort zone and serve your family a side dish that they will all love such as these easy cheesy garlic breadsticks.

To help make this recipe effortless, you’ll use a tube of refrigerated pizza crust. These breadsticks come together in 20 minutes from start to finish. They would also pair wonderfully with a meal such as this sheet pan chicken parmesan dinner! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ONE LITTLE PROJECT

11. Crispy Baked Spiralized Fries

Kids love fries, heck adults love them too! They’re crispy, salty, and so darn delicious – what is not to love? Be sure to skip the frozen fries and instead whip together this fun and exciting spiralized fries recipe.

The secret to achieving the spiralized shape is to use a spiralizer such as this one. Then, drizzle the spiralized fries with olive oil and a few seasonings and bake them in the oven. These fries will surely turn any boring chicken dinner into an impressive meal! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: INSPIRALIZED

12. Stuffing Muffins

You don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving or Christmas to enjoy a side of delicious stuffing. This recipe turns a bowl of stuffing into 12 perfect individual servings.

The secret to creating the stuffing muffins is to utilize a muffin tin. They’re seasoned with onion, garlic, and sage and then all the ingredients are bound together with just 2 eggs. Pair these muffins with your favorite baked chicken recipe for a full meal! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

13. Honey Garlic Butter Roasted Carrots

Carrots are another vegetable that can be quite boring if they’re not prepared well. Afterall, boiled or steamed carrots can get old fast.

Fall in love with this wonderful vegetable all over again by trying this roasted carrot recipe. This succulent recipe combines fresh carrots with melted butter, garlic, and honey to create one unforgettable side dish. By baking the carrots in the oven, you’ll be able to achieve a delicious flavor as well as few wonderful charred bits. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DIETHOOD

14. Broccoli Salad

If you don’t love cooked broccoli, perhaps you’d enjoy it raw in a salad instead! This delicious salad combines fresh broccoli florets with sweet blueberries, chopped apple, and tart red onion. Further, you’ll also be equipped with instructions to make a delicious homemade poppy seed dressing.

This salad is not only full of wonderful flavor but contains exciting texture too. Keep in mind, this salad will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. So go ahead and enjoy it for dinner and then bring the delicious leftovers for lunch the next day. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KRISTINE’S KITCHEN

15. Easy Mexican Street Corn

Mexican street corn may seem complicated but you’ll quickly learn with this recipe, it’s actually quite easy. The cobs are cooked on the grill and you’ll be provided with instructions on how to cook the corn with the husks on as well as with the husks off.

Once the corn is cooked, you’ll roll the cobbs in a delicious creamy mixture and then sprinkle them with chili powder and additional cheese. Try serving this Mexican street corn with these baked chicken enchilada tacos for a delicious meal! PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FOOD WITH FEELING

16. Autumn Vegetable Sheet Pan Side Dish

Take advantage of the wonderful veggies that are harvested in fall and create this sheet pan side dish. While roasting veggies may sound like a pain, you’ll be pleasantly surprised once you discover how quickly they can cook on a sheet pan.

Simply, chop the vegetables and drizzle them with olive oil. You’ll also need a few seasonings to provide the veggies with flavor. Once roasted you’ll be ready to pair them with chicken. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY

17. Kale Caesar Salad

Classic Caesar salad is about to get a delicious and sophisticated upgrade! Ditch the romaine lettuce and try preparing Caesar salad with kale instead! This hearty vegetable is chock full of essential vitamins and would make an excellent ingredient for a side dish.

This recipe is entirely homemade, from the croutons down to the dressing. Rest assured, this recipe still comes together quite quickly. Further, if you have a very busy schedule, this recipe will provide instructions on how to prepare the dressing and croutons ahead of time as well as how to store it. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE KITCHN

18. Roasted Green Beans

Are you tired of steamed beans? Give this roasted green bean recipe a try and serve them with your favorite chicken dinner.

This recipe is quite simple and requires only 4 ingredients. The beans are seasoned with only a dash of salt and pepper yet they still have a wonderful flavor. The secret to gaining the most flavor is to roast them in the oven. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: DINNER THEN DESSERT

19. Cheesy Asparagus Casserole

If you’re searching for a low-carb yet flavorful side dish to pair with your chicken dinner then look no further. This cheesy asparagus casserole has your name written all over it. Tender asparagus is topped with cream cheese, shredded cheese and is seasoned with garlic, onion, and Italian seasoning.

Simply toss the ingredients into the casserole dish and then place it in the oven. Then you’ll be able to catch up on your favorite Netflix show while you wait for your delicious dinner to cook. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: EAT WELL 101

20. Homemade Creamed Corn

This is another exciting way to enjoy corn! Instead of enjoying corn in a fritter, or on the cob try this delicious homemade creamed corn. It tastes way better than the canned version and is surprisingly easy to make too.

This recipe combines corn with milk, cream, and butter to create that authentic creamed corn you have come to know in love. In addition to the creamy ingredients, you’ll also need a touch of parmesan cheese that will only add additional flavor. Pair this creamed corn with this bacon-wrapped jalapeno popper chicken for an unforgettable meal. PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SALTY SIDE DISH

Clarissa Vanner

Clarissa loves experimenting with food of all cultures to make unique healthy dishes. When she’s not browsing Pinterest for new recipe inspiration she likes to pick up a DIY project and use her creative hands to make art or crafts. In her down time you can find her watching the latest documentaries on Netflix or going for nature walks.

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