Gotta love that crisp, juicy chicken on the grill! It’s even better with these 45 sides for grilled chicken!
Grilled chicken is one of the best things you can eat.
It’s easy, it’s hearty, it’s delicious, and it makes for an excellent meal for any occasion.
Plus, you can grill chicken nearly anywhere, and you don’t even need any fancy equipment to do it!
And hey, life is full of surprises.
You’ll never know when you might be faced with a plate of grilled chicken.
But the question is: what to eat with grilled chicken?
That’s where things get tricky.
You want something flavorful and accents your main meal in just the right way!
Luckily, you’ve come to the right place!
Because we’ve done the research for you by bringing you some of the best side dishes that pair well with grilled chicken.
If you want to add some smoky flavor to your perfectly grilled chicken, try Grilled Mushrooms as a starter or as a side dish.
And if you want something light and luscious, serve some Creamy Cucumber Salad.
But if you’d really like to wow your guests (or maybe even yourself), try pairing #25 with your grilled chicken.
Here you go!
Oven-Baked Potato Wedges are a savory side dish that you can serve with grilled chicken or any other meat of your choosing.
They’re crispy on the outside and pillowy inside, just like what you want your potato wedges to be.
Plus, they have a natural buttery flavor, so you don’t have to worry about them tasting bland or boring!
Ingredients include: russet potatoes, olive oil, salt, paprika, and parmesan.
This Fresh Tomato Salad is the perfect addition to your summertime grilling menu.
Not only does it taste great, but it also looks amazing!
The red and yellow colors of the tomatoes will surely brighten up any table.
Plus, the dressing used in this recipe goes great with grilled chicken because it has a bit of spice and sweetness that enhances the flavor of grilled meats.
Ingredients include: grape tomatoes, red onion, olive oil, red wine vinegar, and bocconcini.
Grilled Mushrooms taste like a flawless blend of earthy, woodsy, and smoky flavors.
They’re also a nice complement to grilled chicken, which is why so many people like them together.
Besides, Grilled Mushrooms are versatile enough to go with just about anything.
They have a mild flavor, so they won’t overpower your dish.
Ingredients include: mushrooms, olive oil, butter, garlic, and parsley.
Sometimes, you just want something new.
And that’s where Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese comes in.
This dish gives you all the satisfying creaminess of macaroni and cheese but with a twist!
The perfect mixture of Gruyere cheese and cream gives this dish an extra kick that will keep your taste buds begging for more.
But don’t worry—this amazing new flavor doesn’t stop there.
Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese also goes well with grilled chicken, so if you want to change up your dinner routine or have a lot of people over for dinner, you should try this.
Ingredients include: elbow pasta, butter, all-purpose flour, whole milk, and half and half.
Asian Broccoli Salad with Sesame Ginger Dressing is a great way to bring an Asian flair to your meal.
The broccoli adds a nice crunch and flavor, while the dressing brings all of the flavors together in one delicious dish.
So, if you’re looking for a recipe that goes well with grilled chicken, then you’ve found it!
This will be one of your favorites.
Ingredients include: broccoli, spinach, onion, cilantro, and peanuts.
Creamy Cucumber Salad is a true chameleon of a dish, taking on the flavor of whatever you pair it with.
It’s also fragrant and fresh.
The creamy dressing enhances the cucumber flavor without being too much.
Plus, the Creamy Cucumber Salad goes with grilled chicken because its unique tanginess works well with the smoky flavor of the chicken.
Ingredients include: cucumber, red onion, sour cream, vinegar, and sugar.
The sweet potato is a wonderful vegetable with a satisfying sweetness that adds a savory note to any meal.
The best part of it is that it’s so easy to cook.
But if you want to add an extra layer of flavor and make your sweet potatoes even more delicious, try grilling them.
Not only does grilling give your sweet potatoes a smoky flavor, but it also caramelizes their natural sugars, making them even sweeter than ever before.
Ingredients include: sweet potatoes, olive oil, pepper, garlic salt, and smoke paprika.
Roasting vegetables gives them a rich, nutty, and naturally sweet flavor that makes them taste more like themselves than ever before.
You’ll notice this when you bite into them, but you’ll also notice it in the way they smell as they bake in the oven.
If you’re used to cooking vegetables on the stovetop or in the microwave, then this is definitely worth trying!
You can even serve roasted vegetables with almost anything—from grilled chicken or fish to pasta dishes and stews.
Ingredients include: cauliflower, broccoli, red onion, sweet potatoes, and red pepper.
This Mexican Street Corn Salad hits just the right spot, especially on a hot summer day.
It’s got all the flavors of classic street corn, but it’s lighter and more refreshing, thanks to the addition of spices, herbs, and a tangy dressing.
This salad is best served with grilled chicken or fish, so you can make sure to get everything in one bite!
Ingredients include: canned corn, butter, mayo, sour cream, Cotija cheese, and red pepper.
If you’re searching for a salad that can be eaten as a meal or as a side, then this BLT Potato Salad is the answer!
This salad has all the ingredients of a classic BLT sandwich—bacon, lettuce, and tomato.
But instead of bread, it’s served on top of potato salad.
It has just enough texture, cream, and spice to keep things interesting.
You’ll prefer to pair it with grilled chicken or fish if you want to make sure it stays light enough to be an entree.
Ingredients include: potatoes, salt, vinegar, bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Asparagus is one of those ingredients that can be both fancy and down to earth.
And if you want to give your asparagus an extra kick, try this Crispy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus recipe!
The secret ingredient in this dish is Parmesan cheese.
It adds just a hint of flavor, and it helps make sure your asparagus doesn’t stick together when you’re cooking it.
Ingredients include: asparagus, butter, olive oil, garlic, and Parmesan.
12. Roasted Parsnips
Let me tell you a little-known secret: we’re not really a fan of parsnips.
But then we tried them roasted, and we were hooked!
They’re sweet, they’re earthy, and they have just the right amount of crunchiness to make them fun to eat without being too hard on your teeth.
And if you’re looking for a way to get more veggies into your meals this is the way to do it!
Try this dish with grilled chicken or fish to boost your mood at the end of the day.
Ingredients include: parsnips, olive oil, dried oregano, salt, and black pepper.
13. Farro Salad
Summer Farro Salad is a lovely combination of sweet and savory.
This salad is full of flavor, but it’s also hearty and satisfying.
It also has the right level of crunch, sweetness, and tanginess to make it the perfect accompaniment to grilled chicken or fish.
Besides, the ingredients used in this dish are all-natural, so you can eat it without feeling guilty.
Ingredients include: peaches, blueberries, corn, tomatoes, and basil.
This recipe will give you the best cornbread you will ever taste!
It’s sweet and salty, and it has a rich, moist texture that you’ll love.
So, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and eat some Super Moist Cornbread with grilled chicken!
Ingredients include: flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Classic Macaroni Salad is one of our all-time favorite sides for grilled chicken.
It’s a crowd-pleaser that will be on your menu all summer long!
But the hallmark of this dish is its delicate balance of creamy, tangy flavors.
The sweet pickles, mayonnaise, and dijon mustard are just the perfect pair with the macaroni, which has just enough bite to stand up to the other ingredients.
Ingredients include: ditalini pasta, eggs, celery, bell pepper, and red onion.
These jalapeño peppers are stuffed with goat cheese and jalapeño filling that’s so good you’ll be tempted to eat the whole tray.
But don’t worry—we won’t tell anyone if you do.
And who knew the combination of jalapeño peppers and goat cheese could create such a beautiful explosion in your mouth?
Also, when the mini peppers are grilled, they get so soft that they almost melt in your mouth.
Serve them with grilled chicken or as a side dish for any meal, and watch them disappear.
Ingredients include: sweet bell peppers, goat cheese, and jalapeño.
17. Hoppin’ John
Hoppin’ John is one of the most delicious and flavorful pea dishes you’ll ever try.
The combination of black-eyed peas and rice is so rich and refined but so simple at the same time.
It’s like a warm hug from your favorite aunt, who just happens to have both the time to spend with you and the skill to make you feel like you’re home whenever she wants.
The dish itself is described as having a “peppery” taste and texture, which makes it perfect for pairing with grilled chicken or other meats that are equally spicy.
If you’re looking for something different than the traditional Southern barbecue style, this dish will definitely be right up your alley!
Ingredients include: olive oil, bell peppers, celery, carrots, and garlic.
Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole packs all of the flavors of the classic green bean casserole you love into a convenient slow cooker recipe.
But what makes Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole taste so good?
Well, the rich, savory flavor is a result of the slow-cooking process and a little bit of help from the mushrooms.
The mushroom soup mix gives this dish its “special” flavor, but you can also use a homemade mushroom soup base if you prefer.
This casserole is best served with grilled chicken or turkey to offset the heavy content of this dish.
Ingredients include: cream of mushroom soup, milk, black pepper, onion powder, and green beans.
If you like the flavor of lemon but can’t stand to be around lemons, this is the dish for you.
This recipe mixes the sweet and sour flavor of lemons with garlic to create a delightful dish that will have your taste buds dancing.
And if you’re looking for a way to take your chicken dishes up a notch, this recipe will do just that!
Ingredients include: spaghetti, olive oil, butter, garlic cloves, and red pepper flakes.
What’s not to love about French Onion Mashed Potatoes?
They’re creamy and buttery, and they use a blend of dairy ingredients to create a full-bodied flavor that will have you feeling satisfied and happy.
Plus, they go with just about anything.
But we recommend serving them alongside grilled chicken to complete the meal.
Ingredients include: butter, sweet onions, potatoes, whipping cream amd Gruyere cheese.
21. Greek Lemon Rice
The flavor of Greek Lemon Rice is so intense that it’ll make you feel like you’re sitting on the beach in Santorini.
It’s so light and fluffy that you’ll feel like you’re eating clouds.
And the lemon has just the right amount of tart, not too sweet or sour.
So, why not add a touch of Greece to your life and eat Greek Lemon Rice with your grilled chicken?
Ingredients include: oil, garlic clove, onion, white rice, chicken broth, and water.
22. Orzo Pesto Salad
This is the kind of salad we’d eat every day if we could.
The more obvious reason is that it’s delicious, with just enough crunch and zing to keep us going through the rest of our day.
We also love it because it’s incredibly easy to make—you can even chop everything in advance and keep it in the fridge for a few days before making this.
We love pairing this with grilled chicken, but you could also add some grilled shrimp or even some cooked lentils for an extra earthy taste.
Ingredients include: orzo, spinach, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and kalamata olives.
23. Spinach Gratin
Spinach Gratin is a simple yet elegant dish that’s ideal for any occasion.
The spinach is wilted and then baked with a velvety sauce.
It also has a hint of onion and garlic flavor and the rich, creamy texture of spinach and cheese.
It’s like comfort food meets hearty eating, and we’re all about it!
You can eat Spinach Gratin with grilled chicken, or if you’re feeling really fancy, pair it with fine wine and a light salad.
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of the kitchen and into a fine dining restaurant!
Ingredients include: spinach, butter, onion, garlic, and all-purpose flour.
This is an all-veggie pasta dish that combines the classic flavors of pesto, tomatoes, and fresh herbs with tender green beans.
It’s also a perfect meal for anyone who wants to eat something nourishing without sacrificing taste or texture.
And you know what they say: if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.
That’s why we took this recipe and made it even more delicious by pairing it with grilled chicken.
Now you can have Vegetarian Pesto Gnocchi With Green Beans and Tomatoes with grilled chicken—and still feel good about yourself!
Ingredients include: olive oil, green beans, tomatoes, potato gnocchi, and pesto.
The name alone is enough to get your mouth watering, right?
Well, we’re here to convince you that this gratin is not only eye-catching, it’s also delicious, and we’ve got the proof!
Yukon gold potatoes and sweet potatoes are both creamy and mild, so they work together to form a velvety texture that’s perfect for this gratin.
Plus, the saltiness of the Gruyere cheese balances out the sweetness of the potatoes, making it a savory-sweet dish that you’ll want to eat on its own or with grilled chicken.
Ingredients include: butter, garlic cloves, whipping cream, sage, thyme, and potatoes.
We’re not sure about you, but when we think of flavor profiles for Corn Casserole, we think of the classic combo of sweet corn and creamy butter.
Still, there’s more than that in this recipe: buttery breadcrumbs and sour cream add depth and texture that take the dish from “delicious” to “mind-blowing.”
You’ll find yourself making excuses to cook dinner so that you can have another serving of this dish!
And if you want to eat this with grilled chicken, you can.
But if you want to eat it as a side dish with your favorite meatloaf, that’s fine too.
Ingredients include: butter, sour cream, eggs, sugar, and creamed corn.
If you’re not into butternut squash, it’s time to reconsider your position.
Roasted butternut squash is a great way to indulge in the flavor without feeling like you’re eating an entire pumpkin.
It’s sweet and savory, with a slightly nutty flavor that makes it ideal for pairing with everything from grilled chicken to other roasted meats.
Ingredients include: butternut squash, olive oil, rosemary, thyme, and sage.
Meet the standout amongst onions: the Vidalia.
For those not in the know, the Vidalia has only been around for only about 50 years and is sweeter and less pungent than other onions.
And what better way to introduce it to you than with our very own recipe?
Give our delicious bacon-wrapped grilled onions a try!
Ingredients include: Vidalia onions, bacon, garlic, butter, and seasoning.
29. Grilled Tomatoes
Tomatoes’ tangy taste is famous for going together with anything savory.
Meats fall into this category, hence tomato’s sweet-tarty flavor complements them nicely!
Here we have our very own Cookingchew recipe for grilled tomatoes.
So you can grill alongside that delicious chicken!
Ingredients include: tomatoes, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and salt.
Here’s the perfect thing for people who are on the go or otherwise aren’t able to take out the grill to cook!
You can still get some of that lovely char on your corn as if you’ve grilled them!
The best thing is you most likely already have the ingredients sitting in your pantry and can have them ready in a jiffy!
Ingredients include: canned corn kernels, butter, olive oil, salt, and pepper.
KFC knew something the rest of us didn’t when they started serving these fluffy sides of deliciousness in the 1950s!
Mashed potatoes have always been a mainstay ever since and are usually the first thing people think of when they hear the phrase, ‘side dish for chicken.’
Ingredients include: russet potatoes, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, butter, and whole milk.
Now when it comes to a summer party or potluck, coleslaw is never absent from the table!
It’s easy to make and gets along with any entree you might have up your sleeve.
Toss up a batch and serve it with your grilled chicken!
Ingredients include: green cabbage, red onion, white onion, carrots, and kale
Savory and just a skosh spicy, this seasoned rice recipe enhances grilled chicken for miles.
Follow the directions to a tee to get the best flavor.roadhouse
Ingredients include: Long-grain rice, butter, cayenne pepper, onion, and garlic powder.
34. Buttered Noodles
A truly underrated dish!
Buttered noodles should be ranked way up there in pasta rankings!
They’re so easy to make and so versatile!
Let’s spread the word and get this dish the love it deserves.
Ingredients include: egg noodles, butter, garlic, parmesan cheese, and seasoning.
Here we have an iconic side dish and appetizer that’s graced the trays of many a cocktail party!
Deviled eggs are so easy to make you put your choice of toppings on them!
In this recipe, we have them topped off with bacon bits and cheddar cheese.
Ingredients include: eggs, white vinegar, mayonnaise, sour cream, and cheddar cheese.
Can’t decide whether to make cornbread or stuffing?
Make a hybrid of both!
Usually made to serve as stuffing for your Thanksgiving bird, the dish can still be made year-round!
To use as stuffing for any meats that come to mind, such as roasts, chicken, or ham, or to eat on its own, or as a side for an entree, it will work!
Ingredients include: muffin mix, biscuits, broth, soups in a can, and butter.
A summer barbecue deserves a summer presentation!
And what better way to pull that off than have a few platters of chicken with some veggie skewers?
Taking a bite from a skewer after taking one from the chicken, creates a contrast of flavors that your guests will surely love!
Ingredients include: red onion, zucchini, bell peppers, garlic, and olive oil.
On their own, peaches are ok.
They’re sweet and succulent and have been gracing the insides of pies since the crust was invented!
Elevate them to new heights by popping them on the grill!
Grilling brings all the natural flavors to the surface!
Give it a try!
Ingredients include: peaches, grape seed oil, pepper, and salt
And yet another copycat recipe, this time from Red Lobster!
I’ve strived long and hard to discern the utterly delicious taste of their Cheesy Garlic Biscuits!
Recreated to as close to the original as can be garnered, treat yourself to a bit,e and find out why all that effort was put out!
Ingredients include: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, and garlic powder.
40. Pinto Beans
A three-in-one special!
Here we’re showcasing not one but three different ways to prepare pinto beans.
They go well with just about anything and will certainly go well with your grilled chicken!
Ingredients include: pinto beans, water, and salt.
If you’re looking for something sweet and zesty to go with your grilled chicken, look no further!
This dish is sure to regale you with the flavors you desire!
Ingredients include: cranberries, sugar, orange juice, orange zest, and cinnamon sticks.
Check out our Cranberry-Pear Sauce!
Here is yet another sweet and fresh-flavored side that superbly goes with savor!
It’s so easy to make too!
Get set to impress!
Whether or not you give out the recipe afterward is up to you!
Ingredients include: romaine lettuce, apples, cranberries, and walnuts.
If you’re like me, you probably have a stash of ramen noodles in your pantry!
They’re always good for a quick meal and in emergencies.
But did you know you can actually customize how you prepare them?
Take a peek at the recipe, and we’ll show you how!
Ingredients include: ramen noodles, broccoli slaw, cole slaw mix, soy sauce, and rice vinegar.
These skewers not only taste good, but they’ll look amazing on your serving tray!
Just make sure to make big blocks of feta so you can stand them upright for an extra-tight presentation!
Ingredients include: cucumber, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, black olives, and extra virgin olive oil.
This is up there on my list of things that absolutely must be on my summer buffet table!
The fruit choices are up to you, but the number of available fruits that are in season during the summer is pretty extensive.
Remember to splash them with a little citric acid after chopping to prevent the fruit from turning brown!
Then splash the poppyseed dressing on to seal the deal!
Ingredients include: sour cream, maple syrup, poppy seeds, fresh fruit, and lemon juice.
The bottom line
We love grilled chicken, and these best sides for grilled chicken will give you some great ideas and meal inspiration for your next cookout!
Fortunately, there are plenty of delicious sides that pair well with this main course, although your choices might vary depending on your location or taste preferences.
Hopefully, we’ve given you a good mix of sides to try the next time you prepare grilled chicken.
And remember: whether you’re at home cooking a family dinner or catering a party, there are many options to try.
So let’s get cooking!
More About Grilled Chicken
- Oven-Baked Potato Wedges
- Fresh Tomato Salad
- Grilled Mushrooms
- Creamy Baked Mac & Cheese
- Asian Broccoli Salad With Sesame Ginger Dressing
- Creamy Cucumber Salad
- Grilled Sweet Potatoes
- Roasted Vegetables
- Mexican Street Corn Salad
- BLT Potato Salad Recipe
- Crispy Garlic Parmesan Asparagus
- Roasted Parsnips
- Summer Farro Salad
- Super Moist Cornbread
- Classic Macaroni Salad
- Jalapeño-Goat Cheese Grilled Stuffed Mini Peppers
- Hoppin’ John
- Slow-Cooker Green Bean Casserole
- Lemon Garlic Pasta
- French Onion Mashed Potatoes
- Greek Lemon Rice
- Orzo Pesto Salad
- Spinach Gratin
- Vegetarian Pesto Gnocchi With Green Beans & Tomatoes
- Scalloped Yukon Gold & Sweet Potato Gratin
- Cream Corn Casserole
- Roasted Butternut Squash
- Vidalia Onions With Bacon & Roast Garlic
- Grilled Tomatoes
- Skillet Fried Corn
- Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
- No-Mayo Carolina Coleslaw
- Texas Roadhouse Seasoned Rice
- Buttered Noodles
- Bacon Deviled Eggs
- Jackpot Biscuit-Cornbread Stuffing
- Grilled Veggie Kabobs
- Smokey And Sweet Grilled Peaches
- Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
- Pinto Beans
- Cranberry Sauce With Orange Juice
- Apple Cranberry Walnut Green Chopped Salad
- Ramen Noodle Salad
- Greek Salad Skewers
- Fruit Salad With Poppyseed Dressing
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