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10 Tasty Side Dishes for Chicken

Never hesitate about what to pair with your grilled chicken breast ever again with these recipes.
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The holidays are approaching which indicates it's time to dust off the Rolodex of recipe cards and get to cooking. If you're planning on roasting or grilling chicken, you may be looking for some new side dish recipes, and Eat This, Not That! has got you covered. We compiled 10 of the best side dishes for chicken so you don't have to go searching for them.

Just a warning: the following content will be almost too delicious to handle. You're welcome.

Now, here are the best side dishes for chicken.

Green Bean Casserole

Vegetarian green bean casserole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Green bean casserole can be a hefty side dish. Typically served on Thanksgiving, green bean casserole can be chock-full of fat from cream and butter, however, this recipe swaps out the cream for 2 percent milk and the gobs of butter for just one tablespoon. This casserole will pair nicely with a grilled, seasoned chicken breast.

Get our recipe for Green Bean Casserole.

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Vegan roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

While mashed potatoes may not sound like the most healthy side dish for chicken, we can assure you this recipe is better than eating a basket of French fries. It's also extremely easy to whip up and the garlic takes this otherwise bland side to the next level. Enjoy this savory, creamy dish alongside some strips of grilled chicken.

Get our recipe for Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Roasted Carrots

Vegetarian honey roasted carrots
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

How sweet would it be to add a serving of roasted honey glazed carrots to your plate of sizzling chicken? The sweet and salty foods combination is an irresistible pair for good reason.

Get our recipe for Roasted Carrots.

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Curry with Cauliflower and Butternut Squash

Vegetarian curry cauliflower with butternut squash
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Imagine dunking fresh butternut squash and cauliflower into a savory curry sauce. No need to dream about such a delicious dish, because you can make it yourself in just 25 minutes. This is one of the most unexpected great-tasting side dishes for chicken.

Get our recipe for Curry with Cauliflower and Butternut Squash.

Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Tomatoes

Vegetarian pesto gnocchi with green beans and tomatoes
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Adding little carbs to complement a protein can make any meal that much more filling and satisfying. Also, who doesn't love a side dish that's dressed in freshly made pesto?

Get our recipe for Pesto Gnocchi with Green Beans and Tomatoes.

Roasted Parmesan Asparagus

Asparagus with cheese and lemon and pine nuts

If you're looking to add some vegetables to your plate of chicken, consider roasting a few spears of asparagus and sprinkle them with grated parmesan and pine nuts, if you so choose.

Get our recipe for Roasted Parmesan Asparagus.

Pan-Roasted Mushrooms

pan roasted mushrooms onions

Mushrooms offer a umami flavor to any main meal, especially one with chicken. Top your chicken breast with a generous serving of mushrooms.

Get our recipe for Pan-Roasted Mushrooms.

Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

mashed sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes that are spicy? How does that work? One tablespoon of minced chipotle pepper, that's how.

Get out our recipe for Spicy Mashed Sweet Potatoes.

Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin

Vegetarian yukon gold & sweet potato gratin
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Speaking of sweet potatoes, this Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin dish is one for the books. Pair this savory side dish with your grilled chicken for a satiating meal.

Get our recipe for Yukon Gold and Sweet Potato Gratin.

Pickled Cucumber Salad

pickled cucumber onion salad

If you want a side dish that veers on the lighter side, this salad may just be your new go-to. Thinly sliced red onion tops equally thin slices of fresh cucumber that, together, have been tossed in a rice wine vinegar and sesame oil concoction.

Get our recipe for Pickled Cucumber Salad.

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