Best Sides for Honey Garlic Chicken

When I was younger, I always loved to help my mom in the kitchen. She would always give me a task to complete, and I would work diligently until it was finished.

One day, she asked me to help her prepare honey garlic chicken. I was so excited! That day, she taught me 95% of everything I know about honey garlic chicken. (I love you, mom)!

Now that I’m older, I still love to make honey garlic chicken. But now, I also like experimenting with different sides.

I know how well a good side dish can elevate your meal. That’s why I’m here to help. So that next time you’re serving up honey garlic chicken, you can elevate the dish.

Stay tuned. Get ready to add some new recipes to your repertoire and impress your guests with a fantastic meal!

Side Dishes for Honey Garlic Chicken

  1. Garlic Bread
  2. Spinach Soup
  3. Ginger Rice
  4. Pesto Pasta
  5. Teriyaki Tofu
  6. Stuffed Peppers
  7. Creamed Spinach
  8. Stir-Fried Vegetables

Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is number one on my list, and I’m sure you can tell why. This classic side dish is the perfect way to soak up all of the delicious sauce from the honey garlic chicken. Plus, it’s super easy to make!

You can never go wrong with a classic garlic bread recipe. But if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some additional herbs and spices to give it a unique twist. My personal favorite is rosemary garlic bread. The subtle flavor of rosemary pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the honey garlic sauce.

If you’re serving a large group, I would recommend doubling (or even tripling) the recipe. There’s nothing worse than running out of garlic bread!

Remember that garlic bread and honey garlic chicken share one thing in common – garlic! So, if you’re not a fan of garlic, this may not be the side dish for you.

Spinach Soup

This next side dish might seem like an odd choice, but hear me out. Spinach soup is the perfect way to add some greens to your meal. And it’s a great way to use up any leftover spinach you might have.

Plus, it’s a lighter option than some of the other sides on this list. So, if you’re looking for a healthier option, this is it.

I’ve noticed that whenever I add some grated nutmeg to this soup, it really takes it to the next level.

Additionally, if you have chicken broth, I’d suggest you use it to thin out the soup (if you don’t like thickness). Some people just use water, but I think that’s really basic.

Ginger Rice

If you’re looking for a side dish that’s packed with flavor, look no further than ginger rice. Whoa! I know, right? The ginger really kicks things up a notch.

It’s important to note that this dish can be a bit spicy. So, if you’re serving it to young children or people who don’t like spice, you might want to tone down the ginger.

One way to do this is to add less ginger when you’re cooking the rice. Another way to do this is to serve the ginger on the side so that people can add as much or as little as they want.

Personally, I think it’s best when served with steamed vegetables. But it’s really up to you!

I particularly love this side dish for its health benefits. Did you know that ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory? That’s why it’s often used to treat indigestion, nausea, and stomach pain.

Pesto Pasta

I had pesto pasta a lot while growing up, so I feel very obligated to add it to this list.

Beyond my childhood sentiments, pesto pasta is a great side dish for honey garlic chicken because it’s so versatile. You can use any type of pasta you want – gluten-free, whole wheat, white, etc.

Not to mention, it’s super easy to make. All you need is some pesto sauce and your favorite type of pasta. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add some additional ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes or olives. But if you’re looking for a quick and easy side dish, this is it.

When it comes to pesto sauce, you can either make your own or buy it pre-made. If you’re short on time, I would recommend buying it. But if you’re looking for a more authentic Italian experience, I would suggest making your own.

There are tons of recipes out there, so finding one shouldn’t be too difficult. Just make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand – basil, olive oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, etc.

Teriyaki Tofu

This next side dish is for all my vegetarians (and vegans) out there. Teriyaki tofu is a delicious, meat-free option that’s packed with protein.

I like to serve it with steamed rice and roasted vegetables. But you can really eat it however you want. Some people even put it on salads!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, I would recommend this one. It only takes about 15 minutes to make!

When it comes to tofu, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, you need to press the tofu before cooking it. This helps get rid of excess water so that the tofu can absorb more flavor.

Second, you need to cook it until it’s nice and crispy. I like to use a pan for this, but you can also bake it or fry it.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of tofu, there are so many different things you can do with it! So don’t be afraid to experiment.

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are a classic side dish that can be made with a variety of different fillings.

My personal favorite is rice, black beans, and cheese. But you can really use whatever you want – quinoa, ground beef, veggies, etc.

The best part about stuffed peppers is that they’re so easy to make. And they can be made ahead of time, which is always a bonus.

Simply stuff the peppers with your desired filling and bake them in the oven until they’re nice and tender. I like to serve them with a side of sour cream or salsa.

Creamed Spinach

My mother’s favorite side dish growing up was creamed spinach. And I have to say, I’m a big fan too.

Creamed spinach is a rich and creamy side dish that’s perfect for winter. It’s made with fresh spinach, heavy cream, and Parmesan cheese.

I like to serve it with roasted chicken or beef. But it would also be great with honey garlic chicken.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe, I would recommend this one. It only takes about 15 minutes to make!

When it comes to creamed spinach, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, you need to use fresh spinach. Frozen spinach will not work as well.

Second, you need to cook the spinach until it’s wilted. I like to use a pan for this, but you can also steam it or microwave it.

Once the spinach is wilted, add the heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir until well combined. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper to taste.

And that’s it! Creamed spinach is one of my favorite side dishes because it’s so rich and flavorful. Plus, it’s a great way to get your daily dose of greens.

Stir-Fried Vegetables

And last but not least, we have stir-fried vegetables. This is a great option if you’re looking for something healthy and flavorful.

I like to use a mix of different veggies – carrots, broccoli, peppers, onions, etc. But you can really use whatever you want.

Stir-frying is a quick and easy way to cook veggies. Simply add them to a hot pan with some oil and cook until they’re tender. I like to season them with soy sauce, garlic, and ginger.

Stir-fried vegetables make a great side dish for any type of protein. But they would be especially good with honey garlic chicken.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a good side dish for Honey Garlic Chicken?

There are a few different sides that would go well with Honey Garlic Chicken. Some of my favorites include rice, roasted vegetables, pesto pasta, and creamed spinach.

What is a good side dish with chicken breast?

Well, the term ‘good’ is relative to personal preferences. So, I’ll share with you some of my favorite sides to eat with chicken breasts, based on nutrition, taste, and flavor. They are roasted potatoes, sauteed kale, and roasted sweet potatoes.

What to serve with honey garlic chicken thighs?

Apart from the sides listed above, there are a few sides that I recommend serving with honey garlic chicken thighs. These include garlic mashed red potatoes, sauteed kale, and glazed baby carrots. All of these sides are packed with nutrients and offer a variety of different flavors.

Wrapping Up

My mother taught me a few lessons about making honey garlic chicken that I would like to share with you. They are as follows:

  • Always use fresh ingredients. This will make a big difference in the taste and flavor of your dish.
  • When it comes to sides, less is more. Stick to two or three sides that complement each other.
  • And last but not least, don’t be afraid to experiment. Try new things and see what you like. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to food.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them below. Thanks for reading!

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