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These side dishes for chicken make it a meal! Pick from top ideas like roasted and sauteed vegetables, rice, pasta, salads, and more.

Side dishes for chicken

Making chicken and want to make it into a meal? Here are our top 50 side dishes for chicken! We’ve combed our archives for ideas and we must say, this is one excellent list. There are colorful roasted and sauteed vegetables, fluffy rice and quinoa, creamy mashed potatoes, savory focaccia bread, and loads of crisp salads. There’s something for just about every season and occasion: ready to complete your meal and make you the culinary hero!

And now…50 top side dishes for chicken!

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Green Beans Almondine

50 Side Dishes for Chicken

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These side dishes for chicken make it a meal! Pick from top ideas like roasted and sauteed vegetables, rice, pasta, salads, and more. See below for our Green Beans Almondine recipe.


  • 1 pound French green beans (Haricot verts)*
  • 2 tablespoon salted butter (or olive oil or plant-based butter, for vegan)
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon


  1. Trim the green beans. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a large bowl of ice water.
  2. Blanch the beans: Add the beans to the boiling water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes (or 4 to 5 minutes for standard green beans)*, until tender but still crisp. Right when the beans are tender, remove them from the boiling water with tongs and transfer them to the bowl of ice water. Once cool, drain and pat them dry on a clean dish cloth. (You can blanch the beans up to 3 days in advance and refrigerate until completing Step 3.)
  3. Cook the beans: In a medium skillet, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the sliced almonds and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant but not yet browned. Add the dried green beans and salt and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until warmed through and almonds are lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more, until the garlic is fragrant. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest. Taste and add a few more pinches salt if necessary. 


*French green beans are thinner and more tender than standard green beans, but standard beans also work. Blanch them 4 to 5 minutes until just tender.

  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Vegetables
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Side dishes for chicken

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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