Fried chicken is a family favorite and many people love to put it on their dinner table. And today, we want to make it easier than ever to enjoy fried chicken without getting sick of the same dinner. These quick and easy recipes are guaranteed to become a family favorite too!

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Sides for Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is perfect for a family dinner or even a quick weeknight meal. Delicious on its own but serving it with some tasty sides will blow your mind and taste buds.

And these delicious side dishes for fried chicken will be sure to make the meal even better.

We’ve gathered up 21 of the best fried chicken side dishes including everything from classic macaroni salad, french fries and potato salad to more unique ideas, there’s something here for everyone!

What To Serve With Fried Chicken

Some of the best side dishes are roasted vegetables, a loaded side salad, or even mashed potatoes

There really are endless possibilities when it comes to pairing food with fried chicken. Check out some of our favorite side dishes:

  • Rotini Pasta Salad – A classic summer salad recipe loaded full of delicious ingredients like olives, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese.
  • Strawberry Fennel Salad With Homemade Vinaigrette – A quick and refreshing side dish to add a pop of color and fresh flavors to your dinner.
  • Sweet Potato Fries or classic French fries
  • Tater Tots
  • Simple Salads
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Coleslaw

Now, for those mouth-watering fried chicken sides! Bon Appetit!

21 Tasty Sides For Fried Chicken

From mashed potatoes to macaroni and cheese, there are so many delicious sides that go well with crispy fried chicken.

1. Easy Smothered Potatoes

This versatile Southern side dish goes great with fried chicken. Made entirely from pantry staples with minimal prep and effort in less than 25 minutes, this is well-loved by the family potato side dish. Get the recipe here: Easy Smothered Potatoes

2. Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries

This fantastic method to deep fry & season sweet potatoes is the perfect complement to fried chicken. This recipe ensures you have the perfect seasoned sweet potato fries every time. They will turn out golden crispy on the outside and soft on the inside for that comforting sweet and savory bite.  Get the recipe here:  Deep-Fried Sweet Potato Fries

3. Creamed Corn

Creamy and perfectly seasoned, this Creamed Corn recipe is ready in under 15 minutes! An easy tasty side dish to prepare for the holidays or any night of the week, and goes well with everything. Get the recipe here: Creamed Corn

4. Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

This Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad is creamy and loaded with hard-boiled eggs. Quick and delicious and the perfect addition to any meal. Get the recipe here: Deviled Egg Macaroni Salad

5. Purple Sweet Potatoes With Miso Butter

Way more interesting than a boring ole’ baked potato and they’re delicious. Plus just look at the color – everyone will be impressed! Get the recipe here: Purple Sweet Potatoes With Miso Butter

6. Smothered Green Beans

Sweet and sour smothered green beans almost make the side dish the star of the show. They are a little sweet but have plenty of umami and bacon to round them out and make them a savory side. Get the recipe here:  Smothered Green Beans

7. Air Fryer Tater Tots

This method of making tater tots in the air fryer makes them taste deep-fried but much healthier. Made straight from frozen, you’ll have the best tots in less than 10 minutes. Kids love this healthy side dish. Get the recipe here: Air Fryer Tater Tots

8. Heirloom Tomato & Cucumber Summer Salad

Bring balance to a plate of fried chicken by adding a side of this easy summer side dish bursting with tomatoes and cucumbers lightly coated in a homemade tangy red wine vinaigrette. Get the recipe here: Heirloom Tomato & Cucumber Summer Salad

9. Classic Macaroni Salad

This cool, creamy Classic Macaroni Salad recipe, can be easily customized with ham and colorful vegetables and is perfect for pairing with crispy chicken. Get the recipe here: Classic Macaroni Salad

10. Rustic Yukon Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes make a deliciously simple side dish and it couldn’t get any easier than with this easy no-peel buttery mashed potatoes made with Yukon golds. Get the recipe here: Rustic Yukon Mashed Potatoes

11. Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms

The ultimate slow cooker side dish. This easy and flavorful dish will instantly elevate any meal you choose to add it to, making it a great option to serve with crunchy fried chicken. Get the recipe here: Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Mushrooms

12. KFC Coleslaw Recipe

This copycat KFC Coleslaw whips together in just a few minutes and tastes just like the original. It is creamy, tangy, and packed full of flavor that no one can resist. Get the recipe here: KFC Coleslaw Recipe

13. Root Vegetable Mash

Change it up a bit with this yummy root vegetable mash. Same creamy, fluffiness as mashed potatoes, but made with your favorite root veggies, including potatoes. Beautiful colors, extra nutrients and the ultimate comfort food. Get the recipe here: Root Vegetable Mash

14. Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

These Crispy Baked Potato Wedges are the perfect side dish for juicy fried chicken and can even be a delicious meal all by themselves. Get the recipe here: Crispy Baked Potato Wedges

15. Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

Easy to make brussels sprouts in a delicious cheese sauce that only takes 20 minutes on the stovetop. Get the recipe here: Cheesy Brussels Sprouts

16. Kicked-Up Canned Baked Beans

An easy and delicious way to make ordinary canned baked beans taste as though you made them from scratch! Get the recipe here: Kicked-Up Canned Baked Beans

17. Broccoli Salad

Made with no mayo, this easy Broccoli Salad side dish is super healthy, quick to make, and also perfect for a picnic! Get the recipe here: Broccoli Salad

18. Stovetop Mac and Cheese

It wouldn’t be a fried chicken dinner without Mac and Cheese. And this creamy mac and cheese made on the stove is ready in 25 minutes! Get the recipe here: Stovetop Mac and Cheese

19. Onion Rings

Onion rings are a tasty treat and a popular pairing for fried chicken. Get the recipe here: Easy Onion Rings

20. Watermelon Salad

This easy fruit salad is full of hydrating foods like watermelon, cucumber, jicama & blueberries and topped with a simple coconut lime dressing. Every bite is refreshing, crunchy, creamy, and slightly sweet + tangy!

Prep it in 20 minutes & serve it as a quick side dish with your fried chicken dinner. Get the recipe here:  Watermelon Salad with Cucumber, Jicama & Blueberries

21. Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread

Serving fried chicken and cornbread is a classic, and this easy recipe gives you homemade golden cornbread with crisp edges and a fluffy middle in half an hour! Get the recipe here: Cast Iron Skillet Cornbread


There you have it! 21 yummy side dishes that are a great addition to a fried chicken meal any night of the week.

Which of these delicious recipes will you be serving?

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Jersey Girl Cooks
Jersey Girl Cooks
2 years ago

Lots of great side dishes to choose from. Thanks for including my mac and cheese!