I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to breaded chicken.
I love the crispy breading, the juicy chicken, and the amazing flavor. But I also know that it can be tricky to find a good side dish to serve with it.
Ugh! Tell me about it.
You know how breaded chicken can be a bit heavy, so you need a side dish that is light and fresh? And how you simultaneously need something a bit heavy, so it doesn’t feel like an afterthought? What about the frustration of breaded chicken recipes with sides that don’t work?
Yup! That’s my story. But I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be yours.
I’ve spent years perfecting my breaded chicken recipes. During that time, I experimented with lots of side dishes. Some were hits, some were misses. But I’ve finally settled on some breaded chicken side dishes that are guaranteed to please.
Let me show you.
Side Dishes for Breaded Chicken:
- Mac and Cheese
- Classic Creamed Spinach
- Squash Casserole
- Hush Puppies
- Fried Green Tomatoes
- Fried Okra
- Broccoli Salad with Cranberries
- Paper Ranch pasta Salad
- Zucchini Boats
- Candied Carrots
- Sweet Potato Chips
Mac and Cheese
We are going to start with a classic, my friend. You can’t go wrong with mac and cheese as a side dish for breaded chicken. It’s the perfect comfort food. Whether it’s a cold winter day or you’re just feeling down, breaded chicken and mac and cheese will hit the spot.
Let me tell you a secret: the key to good mac and cheese is in the breading. I know, it sounds counterintuitive. But trust me, it works.
The breading on the chicken helps to bind the cheese sauce to the pasta, creating a rich and creamy dish that is out of this world. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, you can top it with a breadcrumb topping.
Another thing you’d have to note about mac and cheese is that you can never take the risk of not getting the sauce right. You want a sauce that is creamy and cheesy, but not too thick. That’s why I like to use a mixture of cheddar and Gruyere cheese for my sauce.
The creamy sauce and cheesy goodness pair so well with the crispy breading on the chicken. And it’s such an easy dish to make! You’ll be done in NO time.
Classic Creamed Spinach
This dish is a bit more sophisticated than mac and cheese, but it’s just as delicious. It’s incredible how well spinach and breaded chicken go together.
An added advantage is the fact that it’s a great way to get your greens! The spinach is packed with nutrients that will help you stay healthy. The vegetable is high in iron, calcium, and vitamins.
It’s also important to get the right balance of flavors in this dish. You don’t want the spinach to be too bland or too overpowering. That’s why I like to use a mixture of fresh and frozen spinach. The frozen spinach provides a nice base, while the fresh spinach gives it a pop of flavor.
I also add a bit of garlic and onion to give the dish some depth of flavor. And, of course, I use cream cheese to create a rich and creamy sauce.
This dish is so good that you’ll be eating it long after the breaded chicken is gone!
Creamed spinach is the perfect side dish for breaded chicken. It’s rich and creamy, but still light enough to not weigh down the meal.
It is my opinion that breaded chicken and squash casserole were made for each other. This dish is the perfect balance of sweet and savory.
The squash provides a lovely sweetness, while the breading on the chicken gives it a nice crunch. And the casserole is packed with flavor, thanks to the addition of onions, garlic and herbs.
This dish is also incredibly easy to make. You simply cook the squash and mix it with the other ingredients. Then, you bake it in the oven until everything is hot and bubbly.
Squash casserole is the perfect side dish for breaded chicken. It’s easy to make and packed with flavor. Simply divine. Mouthwatering. Delicious!
These little fried balls of cornmeal are absolute perfection. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And they go so well with breaded chicken.
Apart from being an utter delight to the mouth, this delicious side dish can also be a great conversation starter. For instance, while I was in line at the grocery store, the woman behind me complimented my breaded chicken and asked what kind of side dish I was making. When I told her hush puppies, she looked at me like I was crazy.
“Hush puppies? Isn’t that a bit…I don’t know…strange?”
I simply smiled and told her about my fascination with where the name originates from. According to legend, hush puppies were created to keep dogs from barking. Get it?
While that may or may not be true, one thing is for sure: these little fried balls of cornmeal are absolutely delicious.
Hush puppies are a must-have breaded chicken side dish. They are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. And they are incredibly easy to make. All you need is a few ingredients and a deep fryer.
The hardest part of making hush puppies is waiting for them to be done! They are so worth the wait, though. I promise you, they will not disappoint.
Fried Green Tomatoes
This classic southern dish is the perfect side for breaded chicken. The breading on the chicken gives it a nice crunch, while the fried green tomatoes provide a lovely sweetness.
If you’ve never had fried green tomatoes before, you’re in for a treat. They give breaded chicken a whole new dimension. And they are so easy to make!
All you need is a few green tomatoes, some flour and bread crumbs, and a deep fryer. You simply bread the tomatoes and then fry them until they are golden brown.
I know how this may come off, but I absolutely love fried okra. It’s one of my favorite breaded chicken side dishes.
Okra is a lovely vegetable that is often overlooked. It has a delicate flavor and a unique texture. And when it’s breaded and fried, it takes on a whole new life.
This dish is so easy to make. Simply bread the okra and fry it until it’s golden brown. Serve it with breaded chicken, and you’ve got a meal that is sure to please.
Broccoli Salad with Cranberries
I love cranberries. Apart from their lovely flavor, they also have a lot of health benefits. So when I found this recipe for broccoli salad with cranberries, I knew I had to try it.
This salad is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. The cranberries provide a lovely sweetness, while the breading on the chicken gives it a nice crunch. And the broccoli gives the salad a lovely texture.
Paper Ranch Pasta Salad
I have always been fascinated by my own desire to consume breaded chicken. I remember the first time I had it, I was at a friend’s house for dinner. Her mom had made this amazing breaded chicken and served it with pasta salad.
I was in love. The breading on the chicken was so crispy, and the pasta salad was so flavorful. I knew I had to get the recipe.
And so I did. The pasta salad is made with a variety of vegetables, including broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes.
This dish is so easy to make, and it’s always a hit at potlucks and parties.
Boats are for transportation. They carry you from one place to another. Maybe that’s why Zucchini boats are such a wonder. They will carry your tastebuds to flavor town.
I love zucchini boats. They are a fun and easy way to eat breaded chicken. And they are so versatile. You can fill them with anything you like.
I usually fill mine with a variety of vegetables, including broccoli, carrots, and tomatoes. But you can really use any vegetables you like.
Whenever I think of breaded chicken, I always think of my mom’s candied carrots. She would make them for me whenever I was feeling down. And they always made me feel better.
Candied carrots are a fun and easy way to dress up breaded chicken. They are so sweet and delicious. And they are so easy to make!
Sweet Potato Chips
What is not to love about sweet potato chips? They are crispy, salty, and full of flavor. And they make the perfect side for breaded chicken.
Even if you’ve never made sweet potato chips before, I promise you they are so easy to make. And they are definitely worth the effort.
Also, if you’ve had a bad day, or you’re just feeling down, sweet potato chips will definitely cheer you up.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are some vegetable sides for breaded chicken?
Some of my favorite vegetables to eat with breaded chicken include fried green tomatoes, fried okra, broccoli salad with cranberries, paper ranch pasta salad, and zucchini boats.
What are some breading tips for breaded chicken?
Breading chicken can be a little bit tricky. Here are a few tips to help you get the perfect breading:
- Use a light hand when breading the chicken. You don’t want to overdo it or the breading will be too thick.
- Make sure the chicken is dry before you bread it. This will help the breading to adhere better.
- Use a variety of flours for the breading. This will give the chicken a more complex flavor.
- Season the breading well. This will give the chicken more flavor.
- Fry the chicken in oil that is at least 350 degrees Fahrenheit. This will ensure that the chicken is cooked through and that the breading is nice and crispy.
What are some of your favorite breaded chicken recipes?
I absolutely love breaded chicken. Some of my favorite recipes include breaded chicken Parmesan, breaded chicken Milanese, and breaded chicken Florentine. I also love to make a simple breaded chicken by coating it in flour, eggs, and bread crumbs and then frying it. It’s so delicious!
That would be all for now. But what I want you to take away from all of these is that breaded chicken is amazing and you should definitely try it pairing it with any of these side dishes. And if you have any breading tips or favorite recipes, please share them in the comments below! I would love to hear from you!