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What To Serve With Chicken Mole – 13 Delicious Side Dishes

If you’re wondering what to serve with your chicken mole, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for chicken mole.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with chicken mole are arroz Mexicano, corn tortillas, papas con chile, avocado fries, nachos, or roasted Mexican potatoes. Try pineapple pico de gallo, Mexican chopped salad, or pickled onions for a more refreshing side. Fresas con crema is great if you want a dessert.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Corn tortillas

A Mexican meal is not complete without tortillas on the side.

And it’s easy to understand why. You can stuff them with the chicken and make tacos, or you can use them to mop up any leftover sauce. 

Either way, it’ll be delicious.

You can easily buy tortillas in the grocery store, but if you want to make your own,  grab a bag of masa harina and follow this corn tortillas recipe.

Pineapple pico de gallo

If you’re not happy serving the same-old pico de gallo, why not mix things up a little?

Add some pineapple for a vibrant pop of color and flavor.

The juicy pineapple pairs wonderfully with the spicy jalapenos, and the tangy-sweet flavor complements the richer chicken mole.

The last time I served this pineapple pico de gallo at our dinner table, the bowl was emptied in a matter of minutes!

Mexican chopped salad

Mexican chopped salad is a light and fresh side for your chicken mole. 

The Mexican twist comes from corn and cilantro, but otherwise, this is a pretty standard side salad. 

It’s super easy to make and the dressing adds a nice tartness. 

The Slimming eats recipe suggested adding black beans or feta if you want to beef the salad out a little.

Roasted Mexican potatoes

Chicken and potatoes – Mexican style. 

These potatoes are crispy and fluffy, the perfect combination for soaking up every drop of the thick and luscious mole sauce.

And they’ve got enough flavor that they won’t be totally bland if you happen to eat one without any sauce.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Try these roasted Mexican potatoes. They’re baked, not fried.

Avocado fries

I thought I’d tried it all when I had some avocado ice cream.

But then I came across these avocado fries. 

Crispy on the outside and velvety on the inside, the fries have a creamy flavor that helps mellow out the mole chicken.

Warning: These avocado fries are highly addictive. Indulge responsibly.

Pickled onions

Chicken mole is a heavily spiced, deeply flavorsome dish.

So all you really need is a simple side.

And nothing is as simple as a jar of pickled onions.

Their tart flavor will help cut through the richness of your sauce, and the vibrant pink hue will look very attractive next to the deep brown chicken. 

Anytime you need some extra tang, these pickled onions will be there for you.

Homemade refried beans

What’s more Mexican than refried beans?

Canned beans taste okay, but your chicken mole deserves the best. And homemade refried beans are best (they’re healthier than the canned version too).

They’re comforting, warm, and slightly spicy, which works well with the earthy undertones of chicken mole.


Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of homemade refried beans.

Arroz mexicano (Mexican rice)


Arroz Mexicano, aka Mexican rice, is a simple but satisfying side for chicken mole. 

The fluffy rice will get coated with the mole sauce and the mild tomato flavor will bring some sweetness to the dish. 

Even better, arroz Mexicano is ready in 35 minutes and you only need a few ingredients. Easy-peasy!

Don’t want tomato-based rice? Cilantro lime rice is a great idea too!

Papas con chile

Otherwise known as tex-mex mashed potatoes.

Take the famous comfort food to new heights by adding in some peppers, jalapenos, and cheese. 

It’s kind of like a mix between potato salad and mash – but whatever it is, it’s fun!

And when this papas con chile starts mixing with the mole sauce, it adds a whole new level of yumminess.

Sauteed zucchini

If you have the chicken and the carbs sorted – the next thing you need is vegetables. 

These sauteed zucchini are easy to make and taste great. I mean, anything smothered in garlic butter is going to taste great!

The best part?

You only need 10 minutes to make these sauteed zucchini.

Tip: add the butter and garlic towards the end to avoid burning it.

Chicken mole nachos

I love nachos. Who doesn’t, right?

So I go above and beyond to give nachos the respect they deserve.

And chicken mole is definitely a worthy topping.

The crunchy nachos and gooey cheese elevate the chicken mole into something spectacular.

Serve these chicken mole nachos on your next game day and be prepared for everyone to ask for the recipe!

Chipotle corn salsa

Sure, tomato-based salsas are great.

But I think corn based ones are better. This salsa will brighten up your plate and make everything feel more summery. 

Make a large batch using this roasted chili corn salsa (chipotle copycat) recipe and store the leftovers in your fridge for the next day.

Fresas con crema

Craving a dessert for after your smokey chicken mole?

Try fresas con crema (strawberries and cream).

Fresas con crema is a traditional Mexican dessert of strawberries covered in a sour cream and sweetened condensed milk sauce. 

Not a fan of strawberries?

You can also use apples, grapes, blueberries, or pretty much any fruit you want!

The best side dishes to serve with chicken mole

  • Corn tortillas
  • Pineapple pico de gallo
  • Mexican chopped salad
  • Roasted Mexican potatoes
  • Avocado fries
  • Pickled onions
  • Homemade refried beans
  • Arroz mexicano (Mexican rice)
  • Papas con chile
  • Sauteed zucchini
  • Chicken mole nachos
  • Chipotle corn salsa
  • Fresas con crema

What To Serve With Chicken Mole

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your chicken mole.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: chicken mole side dishes, what to serve with chicken mole
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories: 133kcal


  • 1 portion chicken mole


  • Prepare your chicken mole according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: corn tortillas, pineapple pico de gallo, Mexican chopped salad, roasted Mexican potatoes, avocado fries, pickled onions, homemade refried beans, arroz mexicano (Mexican rice), papas con chile, sauteed zucchini, chicken mole nachos, chipotle corn salsa, and fresas con crema.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 133kcal

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