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What To Serve With Chicken Quesadillas (Try These 12 Sides!)

I’m one of the many people who are fond of eating a quesadilla, but when I make them into a meal, I need to know what to serve with chicken quesadillas.

Okay, so a quesadilla is a versatile Mexican “sandwich” consisting of meat, spices, and cheese that’s filling and insanely tasty. 

Quesadilla has different variations, too, such as beef, pork, and cheese, but chicken quesadillas satisfy my taste buds the most!

The dish is more enjoyable, especially when you pair them with the right side dishes. 

Deciding which side to serve with quesadillas? Today, you’ll be unlocking some of the best sides, ones that should bring out the best flavor of your favorite chicken quesadillas!

1. Rice and beans

I choose to make chicken quesadillas when I’m in a hurry. 

If I want to add something extra to the dish, I always opt for this rice and beans recipe.


It’s easy to put together and only requires five simple ingredients: red kidney beans, brown rice, salsa, vegetable broth, and cilantro! 

Also, the dish is cooked in an instant pot, so making them means less hassle. Chopped cilantro leaves are a fine garnish, but you may want to put extra flavor;  add anything else you desire. 

Here’s the recipe.

2. Pico de gallo

The powerful combo of jalapeño, lime, cilantro, tomatoes, and onions is enough to bring out the rich flavor of your chicken quesadillas. 

Though this pico de gallo recipe is so simple to make, its taste is out of this world—the presence of jalapeño spices up the dish’s overall flavor. 

Planning to make pico de gallo ahead? The best trick to store well your pico de gallo is to put them in an airtight container. Make sure to slide them in the fridge, so the flavor remains. 

Check out the recipe here

3. Guacamole

This avocado-based dip is a total winner when it comes to side dishes for quesadillas. Its creamy and nutty flavor synchronizes perfectly with the decadent taste of chicken quesadillas. 

This recipe has key ingredients such as avocados, lime juice, jalapeno pepper, tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. The lime juice offers brightness to the dish while the salt balances the sourness of the lime. 

Adding jalapeno gives that nice hint of spice. 

Learn how to make this recipe here.

4. Steamed broccoli

Still undecided what to eat with quesadillas? Then this next recipe candidate might very well end your search!

While making this steamed broccoli is simple, its taste is topnotch.

The ingredients are easy to find, too! 

Plus, it’s done by an instant pot pressure cooker, so cooking the broccoli is way much easier. 

Aside from quesadillas, the dish is delicious when served as a side with rice. 

If you love everything about this veggie, then you’re well more than sure to love this blackened broccoli or our version of steamed broccoli recipe!  

Get the recipe here

5. Cilantro rice

Mixing cilantro rice and quesadillas creates a party in your mouth you always wanted. Whether for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this cilantro rice should complete any of your meals in no time. 

The cilantro and lime combo to this rice dish creates a tangy flavor that might steal the spotlight from chicken quesadillas. The addition of fresh cilantro boasts a zing of heat, making the recipe more interesting and exciting!

Quick tip: Choose long-grained rice for this mixed-rice recipe as it comes out drier and fluffier after cooking. The grains are sturdy enough to be mixed with other ingredients too. 

Here’s the recipe

6. Peach salsa

The peach salsa is a show-stopping appetizer and a great side for your chicken quesadillas. 

It features sweet and tangy flavor profiles from fresh ingredients such as peaches, lime juice, shallot, onions, cilantro leaves, and Jalapeño peppers to spice things up.   

While this recipe works great as a dip or side, you can also use it as a topping for entrees! 

Pair this salsa with oven-roasted pork chops or grilled chicken!

Find full details of the recipe here

7. Sauteed onion

When it comes to a tasty side dish for chicken quesadillas, this sauteed onion recipe has a special place in my heart. It can add a rich flavor to any dish without much work or time. 

Though there are ways to saute onions, I love to saute them with olive oil (you can also opt for butter!)

Sauteed onions are fun and delectable to add to a burger or french onion soup too!

Check out the recipe here.

8. Fruit salad

Fruit salad is another perfect side dish that goes well with almost all kinds of tortilla and cheese mix, including quesadillas! 

The salad has a perfect blend of powerful summer flavors from fresh ingredients such as greek yogurt, berries, apple, and pineapple chunks. 

Also, it’s creamy and sweet enough to make your quick dinner or summer party extraordinary.  

Find more details about the recipe here

9. Carolina coleslaw

Coleslaw is an excellent accompaniment to quesadillas, especially those sweet and tangy ones! 

This Carolina coleslaw is different from the slaw with homestyle mayonnaise dressing, but it still offers a burst of exciting flavor. 

It has an extra flavor punch of celery seeds that perfectly mix with cabbage, kale leaves, carrots, onions, cider vinegar, and mustard.

It’s enjoyable when paired with grilled burgers, chicken wings, and any picnic favorites you have on your recipe box. 

Here’s the recipe.

10. Tortilla chips

Tortilla chips go perfectly with almost any Mexican-inspired dish, including chicken quesadillas. It’s also best served with your favorite guacamole or peach salsa

I love the simplicity of this recipe too. Plus, you only need three essential ingredients to make them: tortillas, vegetable oil, and salt. 

Whether you fry them in oil or bake them in the oven, they still taste heavenly!

11. Cucumber tomato salad

Serving chicken quesadillas with cucumber tomato salad is a great way to step up your quesadilla meal. 

Fresh tomatoes and cucumber combine thoroughly with other vital ingredients such as olive oil, red onion, basil, and dried dill. 

The red wine vinegar, on the other hand, gives that sweet and tangy variation while the salt and pepper balance the tanginess. 

The bonus part is you can make this cucumber salad in advance. 

Learn how to store them in this recipe.

12. Roasted carrots

These roasted carrots are a great choice to serve at your next quesadilla party. The deep and concentrated flavor of carrots gives a perfect blend to the flavor notes of cheese from chicken quesadilla. 

A mixture of olive oil and vinegar, along with fresh herbs and spices, brings extra flavors to the carrots.  

Quick tip: You can substitute any raw carrots in this recipe.

Here’s the recipe

The bottom line

There are no real secrets to choosing the perfect side dishes for chicken quesadillas. Just be sure to pick those sides that can complement your main course and not overpower its flavor. 

These twelve side dishes for chicken quesadillas are just a glimpse of those many recipes that go well with the sandwich. 

But trust me:  whether it’s rice and beans or roasted carrots, these sides are sure to put a tasty spin on your favorite Mexican sandwich!

What to serve with chicken quesadillas

What to serve with chicken quesadillas

Here are twelve side dishes that will bring out the best flavor of your favorite chicken quesadillas


  • Rice and beans
  • Pico de gallo
  • Guacamole
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Cilantro rice
  • Peach salsa
  • Sauteed onion
  • Fruit salad
  • Carolina coleslaw
  • Tortilla chips
  • Cucumber tomato salad
  • Roasted carrots


  1. Pick two or three chicken quesadilla sides that caught your attention
  2. Try making one of these chosen sides at home 
  3. Please share with us your favorite sides among the list

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