Here’s our UPDATED epic checklist of 55 recipes to help you decide what kind of sides for chicken wings go best!
Need wangz inspiration? Of course you do!
We are always on the hunt for the next side dish recipe to really make the main dish pop, and this incredible, new and improved list is just what you need.
Take a look at this crazy long list of great recipes to use when it’s wing night at your house, or proclaim yourself the bringer of amazing sides for chicken wings when it’s potluck at the neighbor’s house.
Simple yet homemade garlic bread or garlic knots?
Who doesn’t love homemade bread?
Try the savory stuffed portobello mushrooms or the baked blooming onion—#54!
Got some kids and teens over and need a couple of ideas that they’ll love?
Yup—air fryer tater tots, fried pickles, and toasted ravioli to the rescue.
(Maybe for the kid in you, too.)
Let’s just admit it right now, no one is necessarily looking for something low-cal or light—it’s WING NIGHT, people—so strap on your feed bag and let’s get cookin’!
From creamy mac n’ cheese to easy, wonton-wrapper mozzarella cheese sticks and even the colorful Mediterranean Balela Salad (okay, fine, we caved for you all who wanted a salad in the mix), take a digital walk through this CookingChew list of meal inspiration for what to serve with chicken wings!
If you’re struggling to decide on what to serve with chicken wings, then this recipe should end your dilemma!
This copycat version of Popeye’s Cajun French Fry is surprisingly simple to make and only requires a few condiments, mostly spices.
Before you start frying, make sure to pick the right potato variety. I recommend using russet potatoes as they have a high starch content, making them perfect for frying and baking.
For a more enjoyable eating experience, serve these french fries with a hot spicy sriracha sour cream sauce.
What to serve with chicken wings? Roasted Zucchini!
My version of the recipe features tomatoes, Italian seasoning, onion, and garlic powder—all combined and cooked in an air fryer!
I don’t recommend peeling the zucchini before roasting, though, as the skin offers a bit of texture and helps the vegetable turn to mush.
Also, place your zucchini and tomato cuts side up so they’ll roast better and be easier to handle.
This air fryer-based recipe is one of the best side dishes for chicken wings for me.
Why? It’s easy yet incredibly tasty!
You’ll start by washing, drying, and peeling sweet potatoes before they’re cut into fries.
After that, coat the potatoes in a simple blend of olive oil and salt then air fry until golden and crispy!
Feel free to add spices and fresh herbs for additional flavor and don’t forget to serve them with your favorite dipping sauce.
I enjoy them with cilantro lime sauce and homemade ranch dressing.
Looking for classic sides for wings?
How about pairing this classic entree with creamy pasta salad? Why not!
My version of pasta salad includes mayonnaise, sour cream, and mustard so every bite has creamy goodness with a peppery bite.
You can heighten up the flavor even more with some fresh mozzarella.
Be careful, though, tomatoes can cause the cheese to break down over time. I suggest keeping the cheese cubes in a separate dish.
If you’re still wondering what to eat with chicken wings after all the recipes above, then you can always rely on your favorite greenie, avocado.
These avocado fries are seasoned with cheese, paprika, salt, and pepper, and then baked to golden brown perfection.
Make a simple dipping sauce by combining sour cream, garlic powder, Sriracha sauce, and a dash of salt and pepper or you can try them alongside blue cheese dip.
There’s something about this red potato salad that will leave you and your family wanting more!
The cooked potatoes are nicely coated with a special mayo mixture made from garlic salt, mayo, yogurt, shallot, mustards, and herbs.
Then the result is a meal full of nice and delicious flavor.
Pro tip: Be careful not to oversalt the potato salad when you add salt and pepper at the end of the preparation.
7. Carrot Fries
True, there are a lot of incredible side dishes for chicken wings, but this carrot fries recipe is inarguably present on my top list!
I often prepare them whenever I feel fed up with my classic french fries.
The carrot sticks are seasoned with paprika, minced garlic, and rosemary then cooked in an air fryer for quick six minutes.
For additional flavor, sprinkle the cooked carrot fries with a dash of sea salt.
8. Fried Okra
If you want to give your chicken wings a real Southern twist, then you better not miss this fried okra recipe!
Packed with crispy indulgence and savory seasoning mixture, this all-time favorite will put some big smiles on your Southern friends and guests when you serve these alongside your main dish.
These fried okra slices are served hot and garnished with parsley for fresher flavor and better presentation.
Corn on the cob and chicken wings are best when joined together.
If you’re in doubt, give it a try!
This corn-on-the-cob recipe is quite straightforward to make.
Whether you roast the fresh corn on the grill, boil it, or simply cook it in the microwave, you can never go wrong with this ultimate side.
Simply cook the corn, brush them with butter, sprinkle a little bit of salt on top, and you’re done!
If you have extra time, take your corn on the cob to the next level by dipping them in the mayo-cheese sauce.
This Hawaiian macaroni salad is delicious when served cold and the perfect side dish for a hot summer BBQ.
The best thing about this easy salad is that it has the right amount of creaminess that’s appealing to the taste buds.
This no-fuss recipe is a creative and easy way to make use of your extra bell peppers.
The best part?
You can knock them out in less than 20 minutes!
The recipe starts by mixing smoky bacon, three different types of cheese, salt, pepper, and stuffing it in mini bell pepper, then baking it until the cheese turns brown.
The recipe can also last around a week in the fridge so it’s an ideal side dish for those who want to prepare the food ahead of time.
These stuffed cherry tomatoes work perfectly as an appetizer or side dish for chicken wings.
The sweetness of the plump tomatoes complements the tangy goat cheese in such a surprising little mouth pop of flavor!
And did I mention that you only need four ingredients to pull them together?
This coleslaw recipe is very different from classic slaw with a homestyle mayonnaise dressing.
It has an extra flavor punch of celery seeds that perfectly mixes with the combination of greens such as cabbage, kale leaves, and carrots.
The side also features a right tang and sweet flavor thanks to the harmonious blend of white vinegar, Dijon mustard, white sugar, and apple cider vinegar.
If you want a perfect, balanced, whole meal, serve these light and thyme-seasoned roasted carrots with your chicken wings.
To make coat baby carrots with the thyme-vinegar mixture, place on the baking sheet, and then roast!
The best part about this recipe is that you can experiment with different flavors such as fresh or dried rosemary or simply salt and pepper!
Mexican Street Corn and chicken wings are destined to be together.
Why? Both of their flavors complement fantastically and the nice textural nuance of the corn also contrasts with the tenderness of the chicken.
Top the corn with a sprinkle of cheese and cilantro and then serve them to your next party!
16. Garlic Aioli
What goes with wings?
You might be thinking about french fries or onion rings, but did you know that a simple sauce like this garlic aioli actually pairs well with the entree?
The creaminess of this dipping sauce can elevate the default flavor of your chicken dish, whether it’s spicy or sweet.
Apart from hot wings, this sauce also works perfectly with dipping vessels like carrot fries, celery sticks, a lovely loaf of bread, and sweet potato fries.
Another side item that can take your chicken wings up a notch is this blue cheese dip.
There’s no fancy steps or ingredients here, the recipe is pretty simple!
The mayo-sour cream base blends with blue cheese crumbles, herbs, and spices while the white vinegar is a perfect addition to the mix as it gives the overall dish a nice tang.
For a creamier consistency, add lots of cheese!
If you’ve imagined dunking the wings into this blue cheese dressing, this is a good reason for you to gather the ingredients and start preparing the meal!
Chicken wings are savory and tender while these parmesan truffle fries are creamy and crispy, making them an amazing duo!
The creaminess comes from the inclusion of parmesan cheese and the truffle oil improves the flavor and aroma of the Idaho potatoes.
What’s more, you can cook this recipe in an oven or a deep fryer.
In case you’re popping them into the oven, make sure to bake them for about 30 minutes at 425°F or until they’re starting to get crispy.
For the deep frying method, cook the potatoes in hot oil for 350°F.
This buttermilk fried cauliflower is one of the easiest classic sides for tender and juicy chicken wings as this side is packed with crispiness and savory flavors.
The cauliflower is deep-fried to golden brown perfection after being submerged in a buttermilk mixture seasoned with cayenne, paprika, onion, and garlic powder.
If you’re into spicy foods, this recipe is worth adding to your recipe book!
Corn and chicken are always such a great combination. That’s why I love creating these Texas corn nuggets to pair with my juicy chicken wings.
Corn offers an enjoyable texture and when this collides with the tenderness of the chicken, it’s a party in your mouth!
21. Zucchini Fritter
Are you still figuring out what goes with chicken wings? Then give this recipe a try!
These oven-baked zucchini fritters are easy to make and I love them as a snack or side alongside my chicken wings or any meat-based entree!
Another great thing about this recipe is you can make the zucchini fritters ahead of time and reheat them later.
However, you should mix all the ingredients and store the mixture in your fridge.
Once it’s ready to be served during the big day, then that’s the time you bake the fritters!
If you’re looking for a side dish that’s both delicious and hassle-free, then look no further than these green beans fries!
Panko crumbs give these fries crispiness while the garlic powder and red pepper flakes improve the flavor of the humble greens!
Serve them alongside chicken wings, macaroni, and cheese, avocado salad sandwiches, or dunk the fries in tzatziki sauce.
Made from basic ingredients, these crispy air fryer smashed red potatoes are the perfect side item for spicy chicken wings, especially if you’re short in time.
It’s cooked in an air fryer so it means you have enough good times and memorable conversations with your guests and family.
They’re perfectly crispy on the outside and fluffy and tender inside.
The possibilities are endless too! Add and subtract ingredients to your liking and feel comfortable experimenting with spices and flavors.
24. Crack Potatoes
Creamy, buttery, and full of bacon flavor…what more could you ask for?
This recipe calls for five ingredients: potatoes, butter, bacon bits, ranch dressing, and of course, cheese!
To begin, you need to bake the potatoes before covering them with ranch dressing and cheese then bake again until the cheese is lusciously melted…and viola!
For a full meal, serve these crack potatoes alongside your favorite seasoned chicken wings. Enjoy!
Oh, I love salads–cucumber salad, classic potato salad, Caesar salad–you name it!
But when it comes to my chicken wings, I can’t stop thinking about this Tex Mex-inspired black bean and corn salad.
The recipe offers a burst of flavor coming from black beans, sweet corn, tomatoes, avocado, red onion, jalapenos, and special lime marinade.
It’s oh so satisfying!
What’s more, this salad can be mixed in burritos and quesadillas, topped on your taco salad, or stuffed in an egg roll.
Or how about partnering it with freshly baked tortilla chips? Yum!
Last but not least, the smashed roasted brussels sprouts!
The recipe is easy peasy as it looks. Simply steam the vegetables, smash, then roast!
Smashing the veggies is the best way to eliminate the squishy middle and to give your overall dish crispiness.
If the salt, pepper, and garlic powder aren’t enough for you, you can also add grated parmesan cheese for additional flavor and crunch factor.
27. Garlic Bread
And who doesn’t adore garlic bread?
A fantastic side dish on its own, toasted French bread is taken to heavenly heights by adding the butter and garlic mixture.
Crusty, herby, buttery, and dusted with salty parmesan cheese perfectly toasted out of the oven, this garlic bread is ready to be devoured!
Wings are a delicious snack that can be enjoyed on more than just game days.
Especially when paired with this broccoli cheddar rice, they make a hearty and satisfying main course.
This upscale version of a classic one-pot dish includes cheesy creaminess and is studded with delicate broccoli florets.
29. Mac & Cheese
As a side dish, Macaroni and Cheese has been proven to be a hit every time.
Crunchy, juicy chicken pairs splendidly with this smooth, silky, creamy pasta.
Also, it takes only a short time to prepare, whether making it from scratch or breaking open a prepackaged packet.
30. Garlic Knots
Garlic Knots are simply twisted pieces of pizza dough topped with garlicky, herb-infused butter.
These aromatic, buttery bread knots are tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.
Switch wonton wrappers for the breadcrumbs in your typical mozzarella sticks for a gourmet twist.
Wonton wrappers are incredibly crunchy and maintain their crispness for a long time.
It’s hard to stop eating because of the gooey mozzarella and savory, meaty pepperoni inside!
32. Dirty Rice
Creole and Cajun cuisines both boast delicious versions of dirty rice.
Meat, crisp celery, and plenty of seasonings are used to “dirty up” white rice.
It’s loaded with a bold, spicy, earthy flavor and will give your wing night a whole new dimension.
33. Remoulade Sauce
This sauce boasts an abundance of flavor profiles, including creamy, gently spicy, and delightfully sour.
It plays well with hotdogs, French fries, and crab cakes, but my favorite way to enjoy it is on chicken wings.
You can use this as a garnish for your fried side dishes or appetizers for a final gourmet touch.
Perhaps I have found a new go-to rice meal from Arroz with Gandules.
Superb, nutty pigeon-pea-flavored rice cooked delicately and spiced with salted pork and tomato sauce.
With fantastic Latin American spices such as adobo seasoning and sofrito, this dish becomes a flavorsome, spicy, and robust rice dish.
35. Toasted Ravioli
Just when you thought you had tasted the finest ravioli possible, this comes along.
You can definitely get the fried mozzarella stick vibe from them but without the overwhelming cheese flavor.
The ravioli’s Italian breadcrumb and smoked gouda cheese coating get toasty, and the insides ooze with gooey, melted cheese.
Have fun with some of these best sauces for ravioli on the side.
36. Balela Salad
Balela is highly refreshing and flavorful because of the generous amounts of mint, parsley, and a tart lemony dressing.
While including citrusy sumac would undoubtedly be a zesty boost, you shouldn’t let the lack of this ingredient stop you from making the dish.
With all those other flavors going on, it’s excellent even without them!
Serve a simple dish like chicken wings with an elegant side—presenting Crudites.
Crudites are the height of sophistication, and they also happen to be quite delectable.
The term “crudites” is commonly used to refer to various raw vegetables that have been sliced very thinly and served with a savory, zingy sauce like a green goddess.
A lot of fresh lemon juice in your green goddess dip will lend a zippy edge and help cut through to its richness.
38. Fried Pickles
Crisp, fiery fried pickle chips wrap a cooling pickle slice, creating an excellent balance to the savory and salty flavors.
Crispy on the outside, tangy and juicy on the center, these deep-fried dill pickles are a gourmet delight.
These have a taste kick that will leave you wanting more!
Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles Copycat Recipe
I love these mushrooms!
They’re robust in flavor and are pretty hearty, almost meaty.
Just grilled is good, but stuffing them is more fun.
Stuffed mushrooms, with their combination of sharp and spicy poblano pepper with creamy goat cheese to complement the meatiness of the wings, make a terrific umami-rich side dish.
This exciting flip on traditional coleslaw uses apples mixed with the pleasant bitterness and earthiness of celery root.
Fruity apples and crunchy celery root are mixed with toasty walnuts and fresh herbs and tossed in sourish mustard vinaigrette dressing.
With various textural layers and tastes, as a side dish, it will shine!
This antipasto-on-a-stick recipe has all the fantastic tastes of a traditional antipasto salad but in a convenient and portable option.
Antipasto skewers are a tasty, no-cook summertime side dish that can be made in advance and combine juicy tomatoes, milky mozzarella balls, salami slices, and floral black olives.
And it’s so vibrant and festive to look at!
You’ll love our Greek Salad Skewers too!
Together with your chicken wings, how about some hearty, starchy salad?
Flavors that sing with freshness and brightness, as well as texture harmony, this Israeli couscous salad brings it all!
This pasta salad wonderfully balances the highly flavored wings throughout with its rainbow of vegetables and subtle blend of tastes.
If you like your wings on the fiery side, it’s best to wash them down with something cool and refreshing.
After a few scorching bites, your mouth will thank you for the soothing coolness of cucumber and tomato in tangy, cold yogurt.
44. Kale Chips
So far, all I knew to do with a bunch of kale was boil, steam, or sauté it.
But, if all that effort transformed kale into something scrumptious, I did not doubt that baking them would result in the same.
And the secret to perfectly crisp kale chips is a slow, low bake that prevents the leaves from browning or burning.
Moisture will be drawn out, and crispiness will increase with the lower temperature.
Butternut squash bites are a delectable complement to sticky, maple-glazed wings because they are excellently seasoned, have a lovely, crunchy crust, and are moist inside.
These simple, crispy veggie bits are similar to tempura veggies and have a comforting, homey flavor that makes them great for snacking any time.
A dish worthy of pairing with chicken wings seasoned with robust Asian flavors.
This distinctive salad is a blend of peppery greens and a rich dressing made from Korean gochujang, some orange juice, and honey for an added touch of sweet tang.
One of the tastiest things to cook in an air fryer is potatoes.
Because of the air fryer’s rotating heating element and lack of additional oil, the exterior of the tots acquires the same deep-fried crunch as it would in a deep fryer.
Oh, and for a little taste bump, season some salt on them.
48. Baked Beans
The combo of BBQ chicken wings and baked beans is sublime.
Its smoky and sweet undertones are a perfect match for the flavorful chicken.
Also, baked beans are filling, so this dish can swiftly and easily calm rumbling tummies.
Adding some crisp, umami bacon pieces on top of your baked beans is a surefire way to make them even more appealing.
Oh my, chicken wings and biscuits make a mouthwatering duo!
The biscuits’ flakiness matches perfectly with the chicken’s softness.
Although I’m sure there are many fantastic biscuit recipes out there, my go-to is always a classic: buttermilk biscuits.
Whether you prefer your cornbread on the savory or sweet side, you have to admit that it tastes best when baked in a cast iron skillet, which produces a crusty and toothsome edge.
Serve with plenty of salted butter and honey for drizzling—yum!
Watermelon and cucumbers, both juicy and sweet, are like a tall glass of water after nibbling on a plate of greasy, fried chicken wings.
Use a whole, ripe watermelon rather than pre-cut slices for the best results with this recipe.
Try this one by CookingChew.com too!
Ranch dressing and Buffalo wings are like chips and salsa; they’re excellent together!
A staple at any barbecue or potluck, this pasta salad may easily be multiplied to feed a larger group.
Use whatever short pasta you have on hand, and if you want to add some extra veggies or protein, you may use chopped raw vegetables or drained canned beans.
Most of the time, green beans are served hot and, let’s be honest, a touch mushy.
Instead, these are blanched briefly to retain their firm sensitive texture and then tossed in a luscious sauce before being served cold.
Red wine’s subtle sweetness and warmth uplift the vinaigrette to a new depth.
This game-day dish is sure to be a conversation starter among your guests.
It’s similar to onion rings but with a more refined flavor and aesthetic presentation.
A fiery and snappy coating of paprika and cayenne batter coats each onion petal.
A Blooming Onion is so named because its chopped surface resembles a flower.
Adding an entree or some appetizer to your wings binge is the simplest way to make it a multi-course dinner.
Bruschetta is another simple and delicious appetizer that may double as a side dish.
Taking bites of juicy chicken wings and then pieces of bright, sharp classic bruschetta is a winning combo.
Pile on charcuterie, canned fish, olives, cheese, or whatever else you can find in the cupboard to make these Italian crostinis your personal adventure.
The bottom line
What did you think? Was that not just a mouth-watering sample of what to serve with chicken wings? We thought so too!
From Smashed Brussels Sprouts (believe it or not) to Renee’s tried and true cheesy Zucchini Fritters that are just super poppable, you are bound to find something amazing from this list of great recipes to go with wings night.
Be well, and don’t let your friends eat liver and onions!
More Inspiration For Chicken Wings
55 Boss Sides For Chicken Wings
Take your chicken wings up a notch by serving these 55 sides for chicken wings, from homemade garlic knots to toasted ravioli and more!
- Popeye's Cajun French Fry
- Roasted Zucchini with Tomatoes
- Air fryer Sweet Potato Fries
- Creamy Pasta Salad
- Avocado Fries
- Creamy Red Potato Salad
- Carrot Fries
- Fried Okra
- Corn On The Cob
- Hawaiian Macaroni Salad
- Stuffed Mini Peppers
- Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
- Carolina Coleslaw
- Thyme Roasted Carrots
- Mexican Street Corn
- Garlic Aioli
- Blue Cheese Dressing
- Parmesan Truffle Fries
- Buttermilk Fried Cauliflower
- Texas Corn Nuggets
- Zucchini Fritter
- Crispy Oven-Baked Green Beans Fries
- Air Fryer Smashed Red Potatoes
- Crack Potatoes
- Black Bean Corn Salad
- Smashed Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Garlic Bread
- Broccoli Rice Casserole
- Mac & Cheese
- Garlic Knots
- Wonton Mozzarella Pizza Sticks
- Dirty Rice
- Remoulade Sauce
- Arroz Con Gandules (Rice With Pigeon Peas)
- Toasted Ravioli
- Balela Salad
- Crudites With Dip
- Fried Pickles
- Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
- Apple Slaw With Celery Root
- Antipasto Skewers
- Israeli Couscous Salad
- Cucumber Tomato Raita
- Kale Chips
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Spicy Green Salad With Gochujang Dressing
- Air Fryer Tater Tots
- Baked Beans
- Homemade Biscuits
- Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread
- Watermelon Cucumber Salad With Feta & Honey-Lime Dressing
- Bacon Pasta Ranch Salad
- Green Beans With Warm Pistachio Vinaigrette
- Baked Blooming Onion
- Classic Bruschetta
- It’s wing night! Choose 1 or 7 Sides For Chicken Wings now!
- What’s in the pantry? Make it easy peasy.
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Saturday 18th of September 2021
Going to try several of these, Thanks.
Friday 17th of September 2021
Sunday 29th of August 2021
Great ideas. I see a few I want to try!
Tuesday 24th of August 2021
thanks for the ideas