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What To Serve With Fried Chicken Sandwiches [16 Best Sides]

A fried chicken sandwich is one of my favorite cheat meals. I like mine simple, crispy fried chicken in a soft bun with lashings of BBQ sauce. I’m drooling thinking about it now. But what’s good to eat alongside one?

Here are my 16 tried-and-tested ideas for side dishes that pair wonderfully with fried chicken sandwiches. You can find everything from light and healthy dishes, to rich and indulgent ones.

The best dishes to serve with fried chicken sandwiches are fries, sweet potato wedges, arugula tomato salad, and coleslaw. You can also serve onion rings, cheese curds, and candied jalapenos. Try macaroni salad, baked beans, and collard greens for more summer party dishes.

French fries

French fries are my go-to side for fried chicken sandwiches. They’re fantastic straight out of the deep-fryer, but also delicious when baked in the oven. 

You still get the same crispy potato goodness but with less grease! Just remember to dry your potatoes and bake them in a single layer for best results. 

Check out this oven-baked fries recipe for more tips and tricks. 

Sweet potato wedges

Bored of your usual French fries?

Switch things up and make some roasted sweet potato wedges instead. Earthly Provisions’ recipe involves drizzling your sweet potato wedges with hot honey butter and seasoning.

This gives your wedges a delectable combination of sweet, smoky, and savory flavors – yum! 

Arugula tomato salad

Add a fresh bite to your fried chicken sandwich with a serving of this healthy and colorful salad. 

It’s a simple dish, made with just four ingredients, but it’s brimming with delicious, natural flavors. The balsamic dressing you can whip up in mere minutes makes this salad tastier. 

This arugula tomato salad is an easy and quick way to add more nutrition to your meals. 


Need a dish to cut through the richness of your fried chicken sandwiches? Try this light and refreshing slaw. 

Its zesty lime and cilantro dressing, plus the tartness of the green apple, give you that tangy flavor to contrast with your fried chicken. 

Want a taste? Give it a try with PaleOMG’s jicama apple slaw recipe. 

Baked root chips

Love potato chips with your fried chicken sandwich? Why not try these baked root chips?

They’re crunchy and tasty, just like your usual bagged potato chips, but healthier. You can pick from loads of vegetables too including carrots, beetroot, and parsnips.

Follow the Roasted Root’s lead and whip up a buttermilk dipping sauce to pair with your homemade chips. 

Macaroni salad

Macaroni salads are a staple in picnics and outdoor parties. 

It’s served cold, so it’s a refreshing dish to help beat the sun’s heat. And everyone has their own version, but I love Will Cook For Smile’s macaroni salad recipe. It’s loaded with fresh diced and minced vegetables, all coated with a creamy, sweet-tangy mayo dressing. 

A hefty fried chicken sandwich plus this luscious salad is a winning picnic meal. 

Collard greens

This dish features warm, soft, tender greens coated in a silky, flavorful sauce. Sounds divine, right?

It’s usually cooked low and slow, taking a couple of hours to achieve these results. But this instant pot collard greens recipe will only take 40 minutes to make, from start to finish. 

Stuff them inside your chicken sandwiches or serve them on the side for a delicious and satisfying meal.

Broccoli salad

If you’re looking for a salad that doesn’t involve leafy greens, this dish is for you! It’s packed to the brim with crisp broccoli florets, bacon, onion, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. No leafy green in sight!

But what seals the deal for this salad is its finger-licking good creamy, no-mayo dressing. 

This broccoli salad deserves a spot in your weekly meal rotation. 

Mac and cheese

Feeling indulgent? Pair your chicken sandwiches with decadent mac and cheese. 

This classic comfort food doesn’t have to be complicated to be good – you just need a delicious, luscious cheese sauce coating your al dente pasta noodles. 

Still, you can follow Sugar Spun Run’s cue and whip up a quick panko topping to add a crunchy element to your baked mac and cheese.

Beer battered onion rings

Crispy onion rings are a treat, but ordering them in restaurants will cost you a pretty penny. So why not make them in the comfort of your kitchen instead?

It’s easier than you think – with this beer battered onion rings recipe, you’ll get light, extra crisp rings with a subtle sweetness. 

Serve them alongside your fried chicken sandwiches with your choice of dipping sauce. 

Cheesy zucchini tots

Have you ever had zucchini tots? These are a tasty alternative to your usual tater tots. 

Each piece is jam-packed with shredded zucchini, so your kids won’t be able to distinguish this nutritious ingredient hiding in plain sight. Plus, the sharp cheddar cheese will help mask the zucchini taste. 

Make your fried chicken sandwiches more nourishing with a helping of these cheesy zucchini tots and a marinara dipping sauce.

Read next: What To Serve With Tater Tot Casserole

Bourbon baked beans

These baked beans are a hearty side dish full of savory flavors. 

Aside from the molasses, barbecue sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, the bourbon adds a warm, tangy note. There’s tons of flavor in this dish.

Enjoy your bourbon-baked beans with a couple of fried chicken sandwiches and an ice-cold can of your favorite beer.

Cheese curds

Fried chicken sandwiches are great, but they usually don’t come with cheese as burgers do. 

You can just place a slice of your favorite cheese, but why not take it a step further and make these crispy cheese curds instead? These cheesy morsels are covered in crispy panko and parmesan coating. 

Warning: These are highly irresistible – good thing they’re a breeze to make.

Full Recipe: Air Fryer Cheese Curds

Candied jalapenos

Want to spice up your fried chicken sandwich? These candied jalapenos, also called cowboy candies, are exactly what you need. 

They’re like pickled jalapenos but sweeter, giving you a spicy-sweet flavor combination. 

Put a couple of these candied jalapenos in your sandwich or serve them on the side to get a delicious fiery kick.


Planning to jazz up your plain old chicken sandwiches? These waffles aren’t exactly a side dish, but you can ditch your buns and use these as a base instead. 

These aren’t your typical waffles either – they’re studded with pearl sugar, so you get sweet caramelized bits in every bite. Pairing these with your fried chicken sandwich is the perfect sweet-savory brunch combo. 

Want to give these a try? A Bountiful Kitchen has a sensational liege waffle recipe. 

Cucumber salad

When you’re craving something cool and refreshing alongside your fried chicken sandwich, a cucumber salad is the answer. It will add a light, hydrating touch to your meal.

Pro tip: this recipe by Our Salty Kitchen recommends salting the cucumbers for 30 minutes, but I always do more than that (up to 4 hours). The longer you strain the cucumbers the better the dressing sticks.

You can also strain the yoghurt to remove some of the liquid from that to get an extra creamy dressing.

What To Serve With Fried Chicken Sandwiches [16 Sides]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your fried chicken sandwiches.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried chicken sandwiches side dishes, what to serve with fried chicken sandwiches
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 237kcal


  • 1 portion fried chicken sandwiches


  • Prepare your fried chicken sandwiches according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside them.
  • Side dishes include: oven baked french fries, roasted sweet potato wedges, arugula tomato salad, jicama apple slaw, baked root chips, macaroni salad, instant pot collard greens, broccoli salad, this broccoli salad deserves a spot in your weekly meal rotation., baked mac and cheese, beer battered onion rings, cheesy zucchini tots, bourbon baked beans, air fryer cheese curds, candied jalapenos, and liege waffles.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 237kcal

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