Are you looking for the best sides for fried chicken? You’ve come to the right place!
Crispy, tender and juicy fried chicken is a southern staple and a mainstay in my household. The best part about fried chicken is that it’s incredibly versatile.
You can pair it with a wide array of accompanying dishes, with varying tastes and textures, and it will taste exquisite with all of them.
Given my undying love for this delicious entrée, I have tried it with numerous sides over the years and come up with a trusty list of my all-time favorite fried chicken sides.
Read on to discover the best-fried chicken side dishes!
1. Corn on the Cob
If you want to add more flavor and richness to the corn, remove it from the cob and cook it in butter and milk. Its creaminess will complement the crispiness of the fried chicken.
2. Mashed Potatoes
I have wondered in the past if mashed potatoes were actually created to go along with the fried chicken. Rich and creamy mashed potatoes just go that well with crispy chicken.
Now, my suggestion is that if you choose this side that you then pair it with a salad. The crispness of a salad compliments the mashed taters perfectly.
3. Green Beans
When it comes to the best recipe for green beans as a side to fried chicken, it is difficult to beat the Texas Roadhouse green beans recipe. This southern green bean recipe has bacon, garlic, onion, and a touch of sweetness.
When I make this recipe I used canned green beans. This is actually one of the reasons that I love this recipe so darn much. Life is so much easier when you can just grab a can from the pantry and then make something magical.
While I love the idea of having a kitchen full of fresh veggies at all times, that isn’t always a reality. This is when that can of green beans comes in handy.
Check out all of these green beans recipes.
4. Baked Potatoes
Creamy, rich, loaded baked potatoes are a delight to have with fried chicken. Load your potatoes with a general helping of sour cream, bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions.
Now in my opinion the best baked potato is cooked in the oven or the air fryer. Yes, you can cook it in the microwave if you are pressed for time and that is fine. But if you plan ahead, prep that potato, and bake it, you will not regret it.
If you’re looking for refreshing fried chicken side dishes, try a simple coleslaw. To keep things light and crispy, pair the vinegar-based variant with fried chicken instead of opting for the richer mayo-based coleslaw.
We like to make ours with apple cider vinegar. We also add in some Dijon mustard to make it tangy. It is slightly sweet and slightly tangy.
This side dish is tangy, crisp, and tastes refreshingly good with savory fried chicken!
6. Fried Okra
Use the leftover oil from fried chicken to fry some breaded okra. This crispy side will taste even more divine if you add some crushed pecans to your batter.
A true southern classic, potato salad has the right notes of creaminess and tartness to perfectly balance the savory and crispy fried chicken. Add a hint of mustard to your salad to make this side dish truly sing.
7. Squash Casserole
If you’re still wondering what to serve with fried chicken, try a sweet squash casserole to shake things up truly. This sweet and refreshing side pairs surprisingly well with fried chicken.
One of the nice things about a squash casserole is that it is a way to get in a nice veggie but still make it quite tasty.
This casserole recipe is fun because the crunchiness is added by Ritz crackers. They have such a nice salty and buttery flavor.
8. Fried Green Tomatoes
If you can’t get enough fried foods, try pairing fried chicken with crispy fried green potatoes. They are straightforward to make and deliciously crunchy and juicy. All you have to do is coat green tomato slices in cornmeal batter and fry them until they are nice and golden brown.
Cornbread tastes divine with fried chicken. Whether you opt for the savory or sweet version, the crumby and tender bread perfectly complements the crispiness of the fried chicken.
While any kind of cornbread is going to be an excellent side for fried chicken, I suggest that you take it up a notch with the jalapeno cheddar cornbread. We love to cook it in our iron skillet.
I don’t like spicy foods for the most part but this recipe is really good. Normally, I eat around the jalapenos. Basically, I pick them out. However, baking them in adds such a nice flavor.
10. Peach Cobbler
Peach cobbler is one of the most loved Southern desserts. The juicy and sweet peaches, deliciously flaky crust, a divine crispy crumble topping, and generous amounts of spices and butter make this dessert the ultimate side dish for fried chicken.
Top the cobbler with a dollop of whipped cream to make it taste even more delicious.
11. Baked Beans
What goes with fried chicken? Baked beans! Smoky and sweet baked beans complement the savory chicken remarkably well.
If you want to make your baked beans even more enticing, top them with some crunchy and smoky bacon slices.
When I was growing up, I wouldn’t touch baked beans. Now that I am older though, I really love them IF they are cooked well. I think that I confused pork and beans from the can with baked beans.
Now, I know the difference and if I am eating fried chicken, this is a go-to side dish.
A true southern staple, biscuits are inarguably one of the best fried chicken side dishes. The texture of the biscuits perfectly balances out the tenderness of the chicken.
Even though you can try various biscuit recipes, sticking to the classic buttermilk version is also a great idea.
Yes, those traditional biscuits are fantastic but if you want to mix things up a bit, might I suggest that you try a cheesy garlic biscuit. Now be warned, these biscuits are addictive.
You can’t just eat three. You will want five. Just sayin’!
13. Barley Corn Salad
If you don’t feel like having a simple pasta salad, try pairing a barley and corn salad with fried chicken. This colorful side has barley, corn, red and green peppers, and a generous sprinkling of herbs.
It’s a refreshing side dish to have with fried chicken. I admit that this one is a bit different. You likely won’t find it in a southern diner but that also is what makes it nice.
When you serve this up people will first ask what it is. Then, they will say “oh wow, this is awesome. Can I get the recipe?”
14. Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Ah, the delectable, sweet and salty combination of sweet potatoes tastes oh-so-good with tried chicken. Dress the potatoes with herbs, garlic, and butter for a creamy, rich, and delicious side dish.
One of the nice features of this delectable dish is that it is beautiful. When you serve this next to a beautiful fried chicken breast, people will for sure take photos of their plate.
15. Red potato salad
A creamy red potato salad is an ideal side for fried chicken. Our recipe is made with Greek yogurt and fresh herbs. The yogurt makes it a bit tangy, which is a nice flavor complement to crispy fried chicken.
We recommend that you make this potato salad the day before. That way the flavors can meld together and it is, even more, scrumptious that way.
- Corn on the cob
- Mashed potatoes
- Green beans
- Baked potatoes
- Fried okra
- Squash casserole
- Fried green tomatoes
- Peach cobbler
- Baked beans
- Barley corn salad
- Hasselback sweet potatoes
- Red potato salad
- Pick 2 side dishes
- Follow the recipes instructions to prepare.
The Bottom Line
I hope you enjoyed reading this list of mouthwatering sides for fried chicken. All of these side dishes have unique flavors and textures that make them taste exquisite with crispy fried chicken. You must try them all to find the one you love the most!