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What To Serve With Chicken Nuggets – 17 Tasty Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 17 of the most popular side dishes for chicken nuggets.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with chicken nuggets are peas and mushrooms, caesar salad, and garlic fries. Try onion rings, baked beans, or bacon and collard greens for more comforting options. For fun dishes, try cheese waffles, popcorn shrimp, or cheesy quesadillas.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Buttered corn and green beans

Make your chicken nugget meal more nutritious with this kid-friendly veggie side dish. 

Everyone loves corn because of its inherent sweetness, and the green beans add some nice variety. 

The vegetables are seasoned with butter and fresh herbs so they’re super tasty. 

Even the pickiest eater at your table should love these buttered corn and green beans!

Cheddar cheese waffles

Make these waffles to go with your chicken nuggets for a playful take on the classic chicken and waffles. 

And these aren’t any old waffles. They’re savory and cheesy, with extra crisp edges and light, airy insides.  

These cheddar cheese waffles are so good you’ll want them for any meal of the day (not just breakfast). 

Psst… make some hot honey to add a delicious sweet kick to your meal.

Garlic herb fries

If you want to keep things simple, these garlic herb fries are an excellent accompaniment to your chicken nuggets. 

They’re easy to make and are cooked in the oven, so you don’t have to worry about deep-frying them.

You’ll also need a dip to pair with your baked garlic herb fries. Haylie suggests serving a refreshing avocado ranch dip. 

If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can never go wrong with some BBQ sauce.

Popcorn shrimp


Hosting movie night for your family and friends?

Jazz up your usual chicken nugget snacks with the addition of popcorn shrimp. 

They’re light and crunchy, with a slightly nutty flavor thanks to the addition of parmesan in the breadcrumbs. 

No one will be able to resist these parmesan-baked popcorn shrimp, so make enough for seconds.

Caesar salad

Mix your chicken nuggets into a Caesar salad for a delicious, light lunch. 

It only takes a few minutes to throw together, so it’s perfect when you’re in a rush. 

Foodie Crush’s salad recipe calls for a mixture of mayonnaise and sour cream to get an ultra-creamy Caesar dressing. 

And if you want to spruce the salad up even more, add some bacon crumbles.

Southern baked beans

Baked beans are hearty and flavorful, and the sauce is so good you’ll be mopping the plate clean with your chicken nuggets. 

These Southern baked beans are sweet from the molasses, smokey from the bacon, and a little tangy from the vinegar. 

They’re so much better than the store-bought stuff.

Must love home has an excellent recipe.

Greek yogurt coleslaw

A fresh, crunchy coleslaw is always an excellent choice for a side dish. 

I tend to pair a creamy coleslaw with chicken, but find that mayonnaise can get too heavy.

So I like to serve this Greek yogurt coleslaw instead.

It’s got the same creamy qualities as mayonnaise, but it’s lighter and healthier. 

This Greek yogurt coleslaw is guaranteed to be your new go-to slaw for picnics and potlucks.

Beer-battered onion rings

Looking for a crowd favorite to pair with your chicken nuggets? 

Make these onion rings. 

It might seem like an impossible task, but it’s actually pretty simple.

Everything you need is most likely in your pantry already. Except maybe the beer, but who’s going to say no to an opportunity to buy beer.

Warning: these beer-battered onion rings are highly addictive.

Collard greens

Want a vegetable side to go along with your baked beans and chicken nuggets?

You can’t go wrong with Southern-style collard greens. 

Collard greens can take a while to become soft, but using an instant pot will significantly reduce the cooking time to just 12 minutes. 

Make these instant pot collard greens for a quick, nourishing dinner.

Air fryer zucchini chips

These zucchini chips are an ideal side to your chicken nuggets when you fancy some potato chips, but also want something healthy.

They’re nice and crispy, and this recipe uses a lime and chipotle seasoning mix which is so tasty!

Much better than the standard salt and pepper or herby marinades. 

Don’t be surprised if you finish a whole batch of these air fryer chipotle lime zucchini chips in one go.

Jalapeno poppers

Chicken nuggets and jalapeno poppers are both perfect party food. 

They’re easy to prepare in big batches and will put a smile on your guests’ faces. 

These jalapeno poppers especially, thanks to their crispy bacon wrapping. 

The smokiness of the bacon and fieriness of the jalapenos creates a great contrast to the creamy filling. 

Try these bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers from the Kitchnn.

Copycat KFC gravy

Ever tried recreating your favorite fast food meals at home?

This gravy tastes just like the KFC gravy (but a million times better because it’s homemade!).

Serve it warm and dip your chicken nuggets into it, or pour it all over the nuggets. It’s up to you.

Add a spoonful of mashed potatoes to the plate and you have a warm, comforting meal.

Homemade spaghetti-o’s 

Transport everyone back to their childhoods with these homemade spaghetti-o’s.

Your nuggets, these, and the sweetcorn and green bean side I mentioned earlier will make for a nostalgic dinner.

And your kids will love it!

Plus, you’ll only need 20 minutes to get dinner on the table so it’s great for a mid-week meal.

Garlic butter rice

Serve your chicken nuggets with a helping of this tasty rice dish for a complete, hearty meal.

Your humble rice is taken up a notch with the simple addition of garlic, chicken broth, and butter.

And you can save the leftovers of this garlic butter rice to make egg-fried rice the next day!

Peas and mushrooms


Normally it’s peas and carrots – but I’m not much of a fan of carrots, so here’s a simple side of peas and mushrooms for you.

Peas always remind me of summer and will bring a much-needed splash of color to your plate of nuggets.

Fresh or frozen peas work for this recipe.

Cheese quesadillas

In a rush?

These cheese quesadillas are the easiest dish you can make to go with chicken nuggets.

You only need 3 ingredients and 10 minutes to whip up two servings of this dish. 

No child or adult won’t be able to resist warm, gooey cheese. 

They might seem unconventional, but these cheese quesadillas will go down a storm.

Mojo picante

Level up your nugget dip game with this Spanish-themed mojo picante.

The bright dip has a certain zing that’ll keep you dipping for more. 

It’s got a warm sweetness from the bell peppers, and some nuttiness from paprika and smoky cumin. 

And if you want some extra heat, you can add a dash of green chili pepper.

The best side dishes for chicken nuggets

  • Buttered corn and green beans
  • Cheddar cheese waffles
  • Garlic herb fries
  • Popcorn shrimp
  • Caesar salad
  • Southern baked beans
  • Greek yogurt coleslaw
  • Beer-battered onion rings
  • Collard greens
  • Air fryer zucchini chips
  • Jalapeno poppers
  • Copycat KFC gravy
  • Homemade spaghetti-o’s
  • Garlic butter rice
  • Peas and mushrooms
  • Cheese quesadillas
  • Mojo picante

What To Serve With Chicken Nuggets

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your chicken nuggets.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken nuggets side dishes, what to serve with chicken nuggets
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 296kcal


  • 1 portion chicken nuggets


  • Prepare your chicken nuggets according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: buttered corn and green beans, cheddar cheese waffles, garlic herb fries, popcorn shrimp, caesar salad, southern baked beans, greek yogurt coleslaw, beer-battered onion rings, collard greens, air fryer zucchini chips, jalapeno poppers, copycat KFC gravy, homemade spaghetti-o’s, garlic butter rice, peas and mushrooms, cheese quesadillas, and mojo picante.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 296kcal

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