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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.