I first tried chicken ala king when I was in college. I was visiting my friend at her apartment, and she served it up for dinner. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised! The creamy sauce and chicken were delicious together.
Since then, I’ve learned that chicken ala king is a great dish to serve for a casual dinner party. It’s easy to make and can be served with a variety of side dishes.
However, I had a little bit of a struggle figuring out what sides to serve with chicken ala king. I didn’t want the usual suspects like mashed potatoes or green beans. I wanted something that would complement the dish without being too heavy or overwhelming.
After experimenting and trying out different combinations, I’ve come up with a list of my top 18 side dishes to serve with chicken ala king.
So, keep reading for some delicious options!
Best Sides For Chicken Ala King
- Rice Pilaf
- Buttered Noodles
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roasted Veggies
- Basmati Rice
- Garlicky Green Beans
- Naan Bread
- Cheese Rolls
- Roasted Broccoli With Garlic And Parmesan
- Garlic Bread
- Oven Roasted Potatoes
- Garlic Parmesan Angel Hair Pasta
- Brussel Sprouts
- Summer Panzanella
- Zucchini Squash Casserole
This dish has only a few ingredients, but they work together so well to create a flavorful and fragrant side.
Rice pilaf is the perfect accompaniment to chicken ala king because it soaks up all of the delicious sauce.
Buttered noodles are another classic side dish to pair with chicken ala king.
If you are looking for something a little more creative than mashed potatoes or roasted veggies, buttered noodles are a great option.
They are super easy to make and only require a few ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Plus, they go well with just about anything!
I love pasta because it is so versatile. You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you want.
For chicken ala king, I like to keep the pasta simple. I usually just add a little butter, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. However, you could also add some sauteed veggies or even some chicken to the pasta for a heartier dish.
Biscuits are always a good idea. They are perfect for sopping up all of that delicious sauce.
Plus, they add a little bit of extra warmth and comfort to the dish.
So, if you are in need of a little extra crunchiness in your life and you don’t mind getting your hands a little messy, biscuits are the way to go.
Mashed potatoes are another classic side dish that goes well with chicken ala king.
They are creamy and smooth, which contrasts nicely with the crispy chicken and vegetables in the dish.
When making mashed potatoes, try to use Yukon Gold potatoes. They have a buttery flavor that pairs well with the chicken and sauce.
I am a big fan of roasted veggies. They are so easy to make and you can pretty much roast any vegetable that you like.
My personal favorite vegetables to roast are Brussels sprouts, carrots, and sweet potatoes. But you can feel free to get creative and roast whatever vegetables you have on hand.
Basmati rice is a long grain, aromatic rice that originates from India.
It has a nutty flavor and a slightly chewy texture that everyone seems to love. Basmati rice pairs well with chicken ala king because it can soak up all of the delicious sauce.
Garlicky Green Beans
Green beans are a classic side dish, but they can be a little boring on their own. That’s why I like to jazz them up by including some spice.
I add garlic to my green beans for an extra punch of flavor. You could also add some red pepper flakes if you want a little bit of heat.
Naan is a traditional Indian leavened flatbread that is soft and fluffy with a slightly charred flavor. It’s traditionally made in a tandoor oven, but you can also make it in a regular oven.
Naan bread pairs well with chicken ala king because it is the perfect vessel for scooping up all of that delicious sauce.
Plus, it’s always fun to eat with your hands!
Cheese rolls are a delicious and easy way to add some extra flavor to your meal. They are basically just flour tortillas filled with cheese, but they pack a big flavor punch.
Cheese rolls pair well with chicken ala king because the cheesy goodness pairs nicely with the rich sauce. If you want a little bit of extra crunch, you could also add some bacon or sausage to the cheese rolls.
Roasted Broccoli With Garlic And Parmesan
If you see me eating chicken ala king, there’s a 99.99% chance that I’m also eating roasted broccoli.
I am obsessed with this dish! The broccoli is crispy and charred on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside. And the garlic and Parmesan add an extra depth of flavor that takes this dish to the next level.
Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. 😉
I know that stuffing isn’t technically a side dish, but it goes so well with chicken ala king that I had to include it on this list.
Stuffing is the ideal vehicle for all of that delicious sauce. It’s also a fantastic method to add some crunch and texture to the dish.
By now, you know I’m a sucker for garlic. It doesn’t matter what dish I’m eating, I always find a way to add garlic to it. It’s no surprise that I love garlic bread.
Garlic bread is the perfect way to add some extra flavor to chicken ala king. It’s crispy and crunchy on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. Plus, that garlic flavor pairs so well with the rich sauce. Yum!
Oven Roasted Potatoes
Whenever we’re getting into the colder months, I find myself craving comfort food more and more. And one of my all-time favorite comfort foods is roasted potatoes.
There’s just something about those crispy, salty potatoes that hits the spot every time.
Garlic Parmesan Angel Hair Pasta
If you’re looking for a lighter option, garlic Parmesan angel hair pasta is the way to go.
There are some of my personal hacks that a number of people may not agree with, but everyone has their own preferences. But one thing I know is that this side dish is a simple and tasty method to add some extra flavor to chicken ala king.
The garlic and Parmesan enhance the dish’s complexity by adding an additional dimension of taste.
Furthermore, it’s a great way to sneak in extra vegetables.
You just gotta love it.
Let it not be heard that I don’t like my fair share of vegetables. In fact, I love them – especially when they’re roasted to perfection.
Brussel sprouts are one of my favorite vegetables to eat. They have a slight bitterness that is offset by their sweetness. And when they’re roasted, they become crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
They pair well with chicken ala king because they provide a crunchy contrast to the creamy sauce. Plus, they’re a great way to sneak in some extra veggies. 😉
When you think of chicken ala king, you might not think of a light and refreshing salad. But this summer panzanella is the perfect side dish for chicken ala king.
The salad is made with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, and bread. It’s then tossed in a light dressing made with olive oil, vinegar, and herbs.
The salad is the perfect way to balance out the richness of chicken ala king. It is also very nutritious.
Zucchini Squash Casserole
I know. I know. A casserole might not be what you’re looking for when you think of a light and refreshing salad. But trust me on this one. This zucchini squash casserole is AMAZING.
The casserole is made with fresh zucchini, yellow squash, onions, garlic, and a variety of spices. It’s then baked to perfection.
So, if you are looking for a veggie dish that is light and refreshing, but still packed with flavor, I highly recommend this dish.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What nationality is Chicken ala king?
Chicken ala king seems to have come from nowhere, but it is believed that Charles Ranhofer, a French chef, invented it. People also believe that in 1881, a chef at the famous Claridge Hotel in London, England developed this dish for sportsman J. R. Keene.
What is Chicken ala King sauce made of?
The sauce is typically made with a roux, milk or cream, chicken broth, and seasonings. The vegetables commonly used in chicken ala king are mushrooms, green bell peppers, and pimentos.
Why is it called chicken ala king?
Some say it is named after Patron E. Clarke King, while others believe it was because the dish was invented and served in the Bellevue hotel in Philadelphia by William Bill King.
Enough has been said about chicken ala king. It’s time to get into the good stuff – what to serve with it!
I hope you enjoyed my list of side dishes.
There are so many different side dishes that you can serve with chicken ala king. It’s a very versatile dish and can be paired with a wide variety of flavors.
So, don’t be afraid to experiment. And most importantly, have fun! 🙂