If you’re wondering what to serve with your balsamic chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for balsamic chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve balsamic chicken are garlic bread, wild rice pilaf, and roasted vegetables. You can also serve the chicken on a bed of angel hair pasta, mashed cauliflower, or a lemon parmesan risotto. For salad options, there’s a three bean salad, tomato cucumber salad, or spinach berry salad.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Three bean salad
Let’s start our list of sides with an easy three-bean salad.
This 12-minute salad has a combination of green beans, kidney beans, and garbanzo beans that are all soaked in a sweet and savory vinaigrette.
It’s a hearty salad that will add substance to your meal without outshining the balsamic chicken.
And it’s perfect for a summer evening (my mum would always make her bean salad for our summer parties).
Wild rice pilaf
Nothing screams comfort more than a big bowl of steaming wild rice pilaf.
Serve your balsamic chicken on top and you’re in for one yummy meal.
Wild rice has a chewier texture than regular white rice.
It also has a more nutty and savory flavor, making it an ideal pairing for your slightly sweet but tangy chicken.
Psst… for a low-carb alternative, you can serve cauliflower rice.
Tomato cucumber salad
A flavorful balsamic chicken needs a light accompaniment to go with it on warm evenings.
And what’s better than a quick 10-minute tomato and cucumber salad?
Bright, good-looking, and refreshing, this salad has a nice combination of soft and crunchy textures. And the cilantro and parsley make sure it’s packed with flavor.
If you want to jazz the dish up a bit, mozzarella works wonders.
Looking for a quick side dish for your balsamic chicken?
This steamed broccoli won’t let you down.
It’s healthy, delicious, and adds a nice pop of green to your plate.
If you want soft broccoli, steam it for 5-7 minutes. For a more crisp texture, 3-4 minutes is all you need.
You can experiment with flavorful seasonings for this side dish too. Make it cheesy with some parmesan. Or add red pepper flakes to make it spicy.
Spinach berry salad
Impress your guests with a balsamic chicken and spinach berry salad combo.
The salad is fresh and bursting with sweetness from the berries and the poppy seed dressing.
The salty feta cheese provides a wonderful contrast to the rest of the salad. And when you add the balsamic chicken you get an extra burst of tanginess.
Give this 15-minute spinach berry salad a shot. It’s honestly the perfect pairing.
Herby angel hair pasta
I normally like serving buttered noodles with a saucy chicken dish.
But I recently came across this angel hair pasta and I’m a convert.
Because the pasta is so thin, the sauce coats it beautifully, and barely any is left behind in the pan.
Plus it cooks at lightning speed!
Psst… add some fresh tomatoes to the top for a burst of freshness.
This 20-minute side dish is on the lighter side yet rich in flavors.
The mushrooms are glazed with a mix of balsamic, black pepper, and brown sugar, which gives them a similar flavor profile to the chicken.
Pair everything with the wild rice pilaf I mentioned earlier for an easy but delicious mid-week dinner.
Check out Rebecca’s recipe here.
Better-than-dominos garlic bread
Garlic bread is the perfect vehicle for mopping up the sticky sweet sauce on your balsamic chicken.
And it’s an instant crowd pleaser. You’re guaranteed clean plates when you serve garlic bread.
Learn how to make this better-than-dominos garlic bread here.
A colorful medley of roasted vegetables is my go-to side dish when I’m out of ideas.
Roasting fresh veggies brings out their sweet side and gives them a nice crisp exterior.
You can opt for the basics – carrots, potatoes, and some green beans.
Or go for a more Mediterranean theme with things like eggplant, peppers, and zucchini.
Smother everything in some garlic and a blend of herbs, and you’re good to go.
Follow cooking classy to learn more.
Lemon parmesan risotto
Lemon parmesan risotto is an elegant but comforting side dish for your balsamic chicken.
This beautiful Italian rice dish is filled with creamy goodness, which contrasts nicely with the sharper sauce of the chicken.
The lemon adds some vibrancy, and the peas bring a hint of sweetness.
And it only takes 35 minutes to cook this lemon parmesan risotto.
Mashed cauliflower is a low-carb version of mashed potatoes, but it’s just as creamy.
Just like regular mash, you can flavor it however you want. But this recipe keeps it simple with some sour cream, salt, and pepper.
That way you leave it as a blank canvas ready to absorb all the flavors of your balsamic sauce.
The best side dishes for balsamic chicken
- Three bean salad
- Wild rice pilaf
- Tomato cucumber salad
- Steamed broccoli
- Spinach berry salad
- Angel hair pasta
- Sauteed mushrooms
- Better-than-dominos garlic bread
- Roasted vegetables
- Lemon parmesan risotto
- Mashed cauliflower
What To Serve With Balsamic Chicken
- 1 portion balsamic chicken
- Prepare your balsamic chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: three bean salad, wild rice pilaf, tomato cucumber salad, steamed broccoli, spinach berry salad, angel hair pasta, sauteed mushrooms, better-than-dominos garlic bread, roasted vegetables, lemon parmesan risotto, and mashed cauliflower.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!