If you’re wondering what to serve with your chicken wings, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 60 of the most popular side dishes for chicken wings.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with chicken wings are loaded potato skins, mozzarella sticks, pepperoni pizza, and fried onions. For a more complete meal, serve them with broccoli cheddar rice or blue cheese mac and cheese. Salad options include carrot celery and cucumber salad or a creamy slaw.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Chicken wings are a staple at party spreads so it’s common to see them paired with other indulgent treats like loaded potato skins, nachos, and pizza.
But if you’re feeling adventurous, why not try some stuffed shishito peppers for a change?
Loaded potato skins
Whether you’re throwing a game day party or just serving a regular weeknight dinner, potato skins are superb with chicken wings.
They’re fun to eat, lightly crisp, with gooey, cheesy middles that are simply delicious.
And like chicken wings, they’re fantastic with some horseradish sauce (trust me – you need to try it!).
Why we love this recipe: they taste as good as they look.
Wonton mozzarella sticks
Take your usual mozzarella sticks to the next level by ditching the breadcrumbs and using wonton wrappers instead.
Wonton wrappers have an earth-shatteringly crunchy bite (okay not quite earth-shattering, but you get the idea), and they stay crispy for ages.
Plus, you don’t have to deal with the mess of a breading station.
Why we love this recipe: it’s the perfect finger food for a party.
Ditch your usual bagged chips and whip up these kale chips instead.
They’re healthier than your standard potato chips and a breeze to make.
And if you use an air fryer you don’t need too much oil to get them extra crisp.
Enjoy your chicken wings with a side of these kale chips for a guilt-free meal (and if you have any leftovers, here’s how to store them)
Why we love this recipe: each serving has only 63 calories!
Baked blooming onion
Watch your guests marvel over this show-stopping game-day appetizer!
It’s like onion rings, but fancier.
Each onion petal is covered with egg white and breadcrumbs, giving them a crispy crust.
(and if you don’t have eggs, here are some substitutes for breading)
Your guests can each pull off a few petals and dip them into the spicy dipping sauce (or whatever dipping sauce you decide to go for).
Why we love this recipe: you don’t have to deal with any deep-frying.
Stuffed shishito peppers
If you love jalapeno peppers, you have to try shishito peppers.
They’re generally milder, but the catch is every once in a while you’ll get an extra spicy one – it’s like playing Russian roulette!
I like stuffing these peppers with cream cheese and salami and baking them for a tangy, smoky treat.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser.
Homemade pepperoni pizza
Go into any pizza chain and they’ll have wings as a side option.
It’s the perfect marriage of two ultimate comfort foods.
And making your own pizza is actually pretty simple!
You can whip up your own dough… Or use a pre-made one.
And the best part? You get to choose your toppings! With wings, my go-to is a classic pepperoni.
Why we love this recipe: it looks like it came out of a pizzeria.
Another game-day spread option is a platter of these homemade pretzel bites.
Like their original, twisted counterparts, these are soft and chewy, with a salty kick.
This recipe serves the pretzel bites with beer cheese dip (yum!), but they’d also be great with a honey mustard sauce, or a spinach artichoke dip.
Why we love this recipe: they’re ready in less than 30 minutes.
Sauces and dips
A platter of wings wouldn’t be complete without a dipping sauce.
Try a spinach and artichoke dip if you’re craving something creamy and decadent. Or go with a sriracha mayo for a fiery kick.
You can also go the extra mile and toss the chicken wings into a finger-licking good sauce.
Mildly sweet and sour buffalo sauce is a popular choice for its added heat, but my personal favorite is lemon pepper for its zesty twist.
Spinach and artichoke dip
An easy finger-food side for wings is a dip with some crunchy tortilla chips.
This dip is a comforting mixture of spinach, artichokes, and cheese – it has grassy undertones and is filled with nutrients.
And you can serve it hot or cold!
Psst… it goes great with pretzel bites too (I mentioned these above).
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for sharing.
Lemon pepper sauce
Toss your chicken wings into this lemon pepper sauce before serving to take them up a notch.
It’s quick, easy, and only requires five ingredients to make.
And the citrusy, peppery punch will brighten up your day
Psst… you can serve this as a dip too!
Why we love this recipe: this sauce can be used for other proteins and even as a pasta sauce.
Step aside sriracha mayo, there’s a new spicy dipping sauce in town!
You can simply combine gochujang and mayonnaise and call it day, but My Korean Kitchen takes it a step further by adding lemon juice.
It’s a simple addition, but lemon juice offsets the mayo’s creaminess and adds an extra zing that makes this sauce highly addictive.
Why we love this recipe: it’s impossible to mess up.
If you want to make your chicken wings meal more satisfying, a starchy side is the way to go.
Mashed potatoes are always a great option, but why not add an Asian twist with fried rice?
Or you can whip up a fast-food-inspired meal by pairing your wings with crispy fries.
Broccoli cheddar rice
Chicken wings aren’t just for game days.
They’re also excellent for a filling meal, especially when served with a side of this broccoli cheddar rice.
This upgraded rice dish is cheesy, creamy, and studded with crisp-tender broccoli florets.
Pro-tip: not a fan of cheddar? Use gruyere or parmesan.
Why we love this recipe: it’s an easy, indulgent one-pot dish.
Garlic parmesan sweet potato fries
If you’re a fan of sweet-savory flavor combos, then these sweet potato fries are for you.
You’re free to flavor them however you want, but this recipe calls for tossing them with garlic butter, freshly grated parmesan, and manchego cheese.
Psst… don’t overload your sheet pan to ensure the fries don’t steam.
Why we love this recipe: the spicy aioli dip is divine.
Beer and blue cheese mac and cheese
Give your usual mac and cheese a tasty twist with this recipe.
The addition of beer adds an earthy flavor that works really well with the salty blue cheese.
But I do need to warn you… you will probably need a nap after finishing off your meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s nice and creamy so will balance out any heat from your wings.
Garlic mushroom quinoa
Quinoa is my go-to alternative for rice. They don’t differ in terms of calories, but quinoa is loaded with more protein and fiber, giving it a healthy edge.
And quinoa is even better when studded with juicy, umami-loaded mushrooms in every bite.
Pair a cup with your chicken wings for a satisfying and nourishing meal.
Why we love this recipe: it’s great for meal preps.
Vegetables and salads
Veggies are a great way to give your chicken wings a nourishing boost. You can go the fresh route, with a classic Greek salad or everyone’s favorite Caesar salad.
Or you can fire up the oven and toss in some brussels sprouts to roast and caramelize.
But for those busy days, I like stir-frying greens like asparagus for a quick and easy meal.
Sometimes all you want is a bit of salad with your chicken wings.
And this Greek salad is a go-to in my household.
It’s made with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and feta. And then everything’s tied together with a simple red wine vinaigrette.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great side for lazy days when you don’t want to do any cooking.
Southern collard greens
Give your chicken wings the full Southern treatment by serving them with collard greens.
The collard greens are simmered with bacon and smoked ham, leaving them tender and oh-so-delicious.
You’ll notice a lovely collard liquor at the bottom of your pot – it’s chock-full of flavor and nutrients, so don’t leave it out when serving.
Why we love this recipe: it’s traditional and tasty.
Napa cabbage Asian slaw
This slaw is a lighter, tastier version of your traditional coleslaw.
It features a colorful combination of crunchy veggies and a zippy, Greek yogurt-based soy and ginger dressing, giving you the perfect cooling contrast to your hot chicken wings.
Why we love this recipe: it’s super easy to make for a crowd.
Carrot cucumber and celery salad
Everyone knows that carrot sticks and celery go with chicken wings.
But I bet you’ve never tried turning them into a salad. And with some juicy cucumber to add even more freshness? YUM!
Psst… you could even add a blue cheese dressing.
Why we love this recipe: it transforms simple ingredients into something super tasty.
Honey butter skillet corn
Corn is delicious in all forms, but this has to be my favorite way to cook it.
It’s indulgent – but everyone deserves to treat themselves sometimes.
And it’s a great partner for chicken wings – it has a sweetness that works so well with juicy chicken.
Why we love this recipe: it only takes 15 minutes.
Vegetable stir-fry is one of my favorite takeout dishes to replicate.
What I love is how customizable it is. You can use any veggies you want, and even add protein or nuts to make it more filling.
Just remember to start cooking the hardier veggies first (I’m looking at you carrots!), so the softer ones don’t go soggy quickly.
What sauce goes with chicken wings?
Ranch dressing or blue cheese dip are my go-to sauces for chicken wings. If you want a kick to your dip, go for a honey mustard or horseradish sauce. For something different, try a sweet chili or peanut dipping sauce.
Best sauces to serve with chicken wings
- Herbed buttermilk ranch dressing
- Honey mustard sauce
- Creamy horseradish sauce
- Barbecue sauce
- Blue cheese dressing
- Sweet chili sauce
- Peanut dipping sauce
What To Serve With Chicken Wings
- 1 portion loaded potato skins
- 1 portion broccoli cheddar rice
- 1 portion southern collard greens
- 1 portion kale chips
- 1 portion wonton mozzarella sticks
- 1 portion beer and blue cheese mac … and more
- Prepare your chicken wings according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: loaded potato skins, wonton mozzarella sticks, kale chips, broccoli cheddar rice, baked blooming onion, stuffed shishito peppers, napa cabbage Asian slaw, homemade pepperoni pizza, spinach and artichoke dip, garlic parmesan sweet potato fries, carrot cucumber and celery salad, southern collard greens, pretzel bites, beer and blue cheese mac and cheese, honey butter skillet corn, and Greek salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!