What side dishes are best for grilled chicken? From potatoes to veggies, there are so many choices!
What to serve with grilled chicken
Grilled chicken is one of the best dishes to enjoy all year long.
From spring to fall, as long as the weather is nice, the grill is a workhorse. (At least around my house, anyway.)
But what goes with grilled chicken? So many things. Let's talk about a few ideas. Depending on how many people I'm having over, I usually aim to pick one dish from 2-3 of these categories.
If you are serving a grilled chicken dish with a theme, such as fajitas or cilantro lime chicken, you might want to choose dishes that match the cuisine. The same goes for flavor — if your chicken has been rubbed with lemon pepper seasoning, pick side dishes that will complement.
Scroll down for a full list of 20+ side dish recipes to enjoy with grilled chicken!
Grilled chicken works with all kinds of grains and starches. From buttery corn-on-the-cob to Mexican rice to a nice plate of homemade risotto, there are all kinds of grains you can enjoy with grilled chicken.
Grilled chicken also makes a great protein on top of a green salad or you can serve the salad on the side.
Potatoes get a category all their own! Whether they're mashed, fried or roasted, potatoes are always a crowd favorite with grilled chicken. Potato salad is my favorite for summery get-togethers.
Making shrimp too? Check out these side dishes for grilled shrimp!
If you're serving a crowd, it never hurts to have a basket of bread on the table. Whether it's biscuits or rolls, people will love it. (Don't forget to set the butter on the table an hour before to soften.)
Once you figure out what to serve with grilled chicken, you will have tons of recipe ideas to come back to every time you make it.
Sauces For Grilled Chicken
Chicken pairs well with all kinds of sauces and dressings. These would be perfect for all kinds of salads, pasta or grain bowls, tacos and wraps.
- Ranch dressing is delicious with grilled chicken, especially on salads.
- Homemade garlic aioli is a great dipper for chicken, veggies and potatoes.
- Apricot sweet & sour sauce is perfect for Asian-inspired dishes.
- A homemade enchilada sauce will work well if you want to make chicken enchiladas.
- Mix chicken with pasta and homemade basil pesto (or kale pesto) for a tasty Italian dish.
- This yum yum sauce is just like a restaurant’s and ready in only 3 minutes! It is a perfect side accompaniment for grilled chicken.
And now, let’s get into some ideas for what to serve with grilled shrimp! I carefully curated these side dishes for shrimp from my own website and others on the web to bring you a variety of different veggies, cuisines and cooking methods.