Fire Up the Grill: 20 Sides for Grilled Chicken

A plate with grilled chicken, potatoes, and tomatoes with a glass of wine nearby.

Looking for a delicious side dish for your next weeknight dinner? Impress your dinner companions with these mouthwatering sides for grilled chicken that go beyond the usual suspects. Discover the pairings that perfectly complement grilled chicken, from marinated tomatoes to dairy-free mashed potatoes.

The information provided on this site is based on my personal experience living with alpha-gal syndrome. I consistently cite and link to expert sources, but nothing published on this site should be perceived as medical advice.

Alpha-gal sensitivities vary by person. You should understand your dietary restrictions, making any adjustments needed, and directing any questions to your physician.

Grilled chicken is a classic entree, but we alpha gals eat SO MUCH chicken that it starts to get pretty routine. That’s where the perfect accompaniment comes in. Not only does it complement the flavors of your grilled chicken, but it can turn an ordinary meal into a culinary masterpiece. Whether you’re a fan of fresh vegetables, crave carbs, or want to try something more exotic, these sides for grilled chicken will leave your taste buds singing.

From the smoky heat of Hatch green chile potato salad to the creamy dreaminess of homemade Lebanese hummus, these delectable side dishes are more than an afterthought. They’re co-stars in a meal that’s sure to impress and bring amazing flavors to your dinner table!


20 grilled chicken side dishes.

NOTE: Because the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that most people with alpha-gal can tolerate “moderate, lean dairy,” some of the recipes below may include butter, cheese, or another dairy product. If you are an alpha gal who avoids dairy, please make a dairy-free substitution. From vegan butter to plant milk cheeses, Miyoko’s is one of my favorite brands. And, even if you can tolerate dairy, I recommend that alpha gals stick with vegetarian cheese.

A bowl filled with tomatoes and bread.
Photo Credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

1. Marinated Tomatoes

These marinated heirloom tomatoes are a game-changer for your grilled chicken meals. Soaked in a zesty blend of olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic, and oregano, they bring a burst of incredible flavor that complements the smokiness of the chicken.

Grilled asparagus on a white plate.
Photo Credit: Lara Clevenger.

2. Grilled Asparagus

This asparagus side dish is simple, yet it’s the perfect sidekick for grilled chicken. Cooked on a Blackstone griddle, the asparagus spears get a delightful crunch, seasoned only with garlic, salt, and pepper. It’s a quick and healthy addition to just about any meal.

A bowl of pasta salad with olives, tomatoes and black olives.
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3. Linguine Pasta Salad

A change from your typical pasta salad, this linguine pasta salad is an amazing side dish that pairs well with grilled chicken. Fresh veggies like cherry tomatoes and cucumbers mingle in a simple yet zesty vinaigrette of olive oil and red wine vinegar in an appealing side dish that brings extra flavor to the table.

A bowl of pasta with vegetables and parsley.
Photo Credit: Through the Fibro Fog.

4. Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

This roasted vegetable pasta salad has a medley of bell peppers, zucchini, and butternut squash that is roasted to perfection and then tossed in a unique tahini maple dressing. The result is a creamy, flavorful side that pairs exquisitely with grilled chicken. The savory flavor is truly unforgettable.

Black bean and avocado salad.
Photo Credit: Casual Foodist.

5. Black Bean Salad with Avocado

This versatile side is bursting with bold flavors thanks to black beans, cherry tomatoes, corn, and avocado seasoned with a zesty lime and cumin dressing. The combination of fresh ingredients and bold spices makes it an irresistible companion to grilled chicken.

A bowl of hummus with chickpeas and spices.
Photo Credit: Plant Based Folk.

6. Lebanese Hummus

This homemade hummus is a creamy, dreamy dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and garlic. It’s a perfect side for dipping chunks of grilled chicken. 

A bowl of potato salad with green peppers.
Photo Credit: Three Olives Branch.

7. Hatch Green Chile Potato Salad

Thanks to the smokey heat of Hatch green chiles, this potato salad side dish is a spicy twist on the classic potato salad recipe. It’s a unique side that enhances the flavors of grilled chicken.

Green beans in a blue and white bowl.
Photo Credit: The Sound of Cooking.

8. Sweet and Savory Sauteed Green Beans with Basil

Fresh green beans are perfectly sautéed and finished with a splash of cooking sake and rice cooking wine in this grilled chicken side dish. Fresh basil finishes it off with an aromatic touch.

A spoonful of macaroni salad in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: You Say Potatoes.

9. Classic Macaroni Salad

Craving that iconic KFC macaroni salad but want to make it at home? This copycat recipe nails it! Elbow macaroni mingles with finely diced celery, shredded carrot, and sweet pickles, all enveloped in a homemade mayonnaise-based sauce. It’s a nostalgic yet fresh side dish that pairs wonderfully with grilled chicken.

A bowl of macaroni salad with carrots and celery.
Photo Credit: Strength & Sunshine.

10. Vegan Macaroni Salad

If vegan macaroni salad is more your style, this recipe features red bell pepper, celery, and carrots, all tied together with a homemade vegan mayo. The result is a delicious dish that pairs exceptionally well with grilled chicken.

A plate of grilled potato wedges with a dipping sauce.
Photo Credit: Rich and Delish.

11. Crispy Greek Fries

Take regular French fries to the next level with these Greek Fries. Seasoned with dried herbs, lemon zest, and garlic, these russet potatoes bake to a perfect golden brown and finish with a touch of crumbled feta cheese.

A bowl of green salad with a wooden spoon.
Photo Credit: My Chef's Apron.

12. Cucumber Salad

Pair your grilled chicken with this healthy cucumber salad for a burst of freshness. Made with a crisp English cucumber, avocado, and cilantro, the salad is lightly dressed in extra-virgin olive oil and lemon juice. It’s a vibrant and health-conscious side that harmonizes well with grilled dishes.

Beet salad with feta and walnuts.
Photo Credit: Sunglow Kitchen.

13. Sweet Potato Salad

For a side dish that’s as colorful as it is flavorful, try this sweet potato beet salad. Sweet potatoes and beets are roasted to perfection, then tossed with walnuts and feta, all brought together by a honey balsamic dressing. It’s a feast of fall colors for the eyes and a perfect match for grilled chicken.

Roasted sweet potato fries in a bowl on a newspaper.
Photo Credit: Haute and Healthy Living.

14. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

These aren’t your average fries. They’re sweet potatoes seasoned with a unique blend of cinnamon and paprika for a sweet, warm, and smoky flavor. Baked to crispy perfection, they’re a health-conscious choice that doesn’t skimp on taste.

Three stacks of biscuits on a wooden table.
Photo Credit: Sourdough Brandon.

15. Cheddar Cheese Sourdough Biscuits

These biscuits are flaky, fluffy, and full of cheesy goodness, thanks to the inclusion of sharp cheddar and fresh chives. The sourdough discard adds a subtle tang, making these biscuits an unforgettable side to your grilled chicken feast.

Corn salad with tomatoes and basil in a white bowl.
Photo Credit: Flavor the Moments.

16. Sweet Corn and Tomato Salad

Pair grilled chicken with this corn and tomato salad for a quick and easy side. It’s a delightful mix of tender corn, sweet cherry tomatoes, and fresh basil, brightened by a zesty lime dressing.

Two bowls of pasta with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil on a tiled background.
Photo Credit: The Cinnamon Jar.

17. Italian Pasta Salad

Add the flavors of Italy to your grilled chicken with this cold pasta salad. Your favorite pasta is tossed with sweet cherry tomatoes, peppers, olives, and mozzarella, then seasoned with a sweet, tangy dressing that’s irresistibly good. 

A bowl of broccoli salad with cranberries and sunflower seeds.
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18. Easy Broccoli Salad

Go green with this broccoli salad that’s not just another leafy side. It’s a crunchy medley of raw broccoli, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries, all brought together by a tangy dressing of avocado oil mayonnaise, lemon juice, and maple syrup

Pineapple salsa in a white bowl with tortilla chips.
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19. Fruit Salsa

Add a sweet and tangy twist to your grilled chicken with this Fruit Salsa. A medley of mango, pineapple, and strawberries is enhanced with a dash of cinnamon, lime juice, and honey.

Dairy-free mashed potatoes with slivered mushrooms in a bowl.
Photo Credit: Cook Eat Live Love.

20. Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes

For the comforting flavor of mashed potatoes without the potential allergy-triggering dairy, this grilled chicken side dish is a game-changer. Vegetable broth and olive oil bring the creaminess you crave without any butter. 

Looking for More Chicken Side Dishes?

Alpha gals tend to eat a lot of chicken. Fortunately, I’ve got you covered with even more delicious side dishes! Be sure to also check out these flavorful options:

What are Your Favorite Sides for Grilled Chicken?

What are your go-to sides for grilled chicken? Did any of these recipes make your mouth water and inspire you to try something new? Share your thoughts, favorite recipes, and other recommendations in the comments section below.

Thank you for sharing!

15 thoughts on “Fire Up the Grill: 20 Sides for Grilled Chicken”

  1. I made this marinated tomatoes with grilled chicken and after blending the olive oil and red wine vinegar, it really brought out the sweetness of the tomatoes. Definitely making this again!

  2. Oh wow, so many lovely recipes here that I want to make. Thank you for putting them all together in one place!

  3. My go-to sides for grilled chicken are usually roasted veggies like potatoes or asparagus. Saving this post so I can try them! I’m particularly excited to try those marinated tomatoes!

  4. Thanks for all these great recipes! Super love the cheddar cheese sourdough biscuits and it goes really well with grilled chicken. The crispy greek fries also looks great and sounds delicious, I might reserved it when I have some grilled chicken again over the weekends.

  5. I book marked a ton of these recipes to use when the weather starts warming up and the grill gets going. Thank you for sharing!

  6. The macaroni salad will be on my Easter dinner table this year. I’m smoking 4 chickens, my son is grilling a dozen chicken legs and thighs, and another son is deep frying 2 pounds of gizzards and livers.
    Have a wonderful Easter!

  7. Wow, you have given me a lot of new and delicious sounding recipes.
    I intend to try them all as we cook out a lot. I’m a bit tired of chicken
    and not so fond of ground turkey so main the main protein course has
    been a challenge. Thank you for the various recipes and the cookie
    Recipes at Christmas.

  8. Grilled asparagus is one of my all-time favorite sides, especially during BBQ season. I made it last night to go with our grilled chicken and it was absolutely delicious. The garlic, salt, and pepper really brought out the natural flavors of the asparagus. Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad is definitely on my to-make list for this weekend. I love the idea of colorful veggies tossed in tahini maple dressing.

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