This article was updated on the 13th of August 2023 for clarity and freshness.
If you’re wondering what to serve with your lemon chicken, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, I list 33 of the most popular side dishes for lemon chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes for lemon chicken include grilled asparagus, orzo salad, and spinach mushroom couscous. You can also serve veggies like roasted vegetables or Greek green beans. For a healthier accompaniment to lemon chicken, try serving it with a quinoa salad or no-stir brie risotto.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Salads are an excellent accompaniment for your lemon chicken if you want to keep it lean and healthy. You can’t go wrong with leafy green salads, but I highly recommend going with a starch or pasta-based salad if you’re craving something heartier.
If you’re searching for an easy side dish that tastes and looks great, try out this healthy quinoa salad today.
The mangoes, bell peppers, and avocado bring bright pops of color that make this salad oh-so-enticing. While the nutty flavor of the quinoa and chickpeas complements the citrusy taste of the lemon chicken so well. Plus, both elements are great sources of protein and fiber, which will help you feel fuller for longer.
Mediterranean orzo salad
This is another excellent starch-based salad you can serve with your lemon chicken. The orzo makes it filling enough for lunch or dinner, while the colorful veggies add more nutrients to complete the meal.
All the elements are tied together with an herb vinaigrette made with a base of canola and olive oil, which adds flavor but isn’t overwhelming.
The great thing about this salad is everything holds up well and even gets tastier over time, making this a fabulous meal prep dish. Make it on a Sunday night and pack it with your lemon chicken for the next day’s lunch.
Pair your lemon chicken with a starchy side for a complete meal. Alfredo pasta is always a hit in my household and pairs well with the vibrant citrusy notes of lemon chicken. But why not try a rich risotto if you want something fancy?
You can also try roasted potatoes for a delicious and effortless option.
No-stir brie risotto
Classic risotto requires constant stirring, which is why many find it intimidating. Good thing Half-Baked Harvest’s version is much easier.
You only need to stir the rice when you add the extra broth, lemon juice, parmesan, and brie cheese towards the end of cooking. No more mixing until your arm falls off with this recipe, but you’ll still get that soft, creamy goodness we all love about risotto.
Slice your lemon chicken and prop it over a bed of this easy risotto for a restaurant-worthy meal.
Roasted lemon potatoes
Can’t get enough lemony goodness? Try serving your lemon chicken with these roasted Greek potatoes.
Unlike traditional recipes, Sprinkles and Sprouts’ version involves roasting the potatoes with a lemony broth. This means the spuds won’t turn out as crispy, but they’ll be infused with a bright, savory flavor that’ll have everyone clamoring for seconds. Plus, they develop perfectly fluffy insides that’ll make every bite satisfying.
And the best part? These spuds are gluten-free, so anyone can enjoy them.
Spinach mushroom couscous
The combination of spinach, mushrooms, and couscous is a classic one, but don’t let its simplicity fool you. It’s delicious, nutritious, and easy to make.
Plus, the earthiness of the mushrooms, combined with the mild sweetness of cooked spinach offsets the citrusy notes of your chicken, offering a more balanced bite.
You can enjoy the lemon chicken on the side, but I like shredding it up and mixing it with the couscous for an easy one-pot meal.
Looking to keep your lemon chicken meal low-carb? Pair it with any veggie side dish. Roasted vegetables are a no-brainer for their ease and nutritional value, but you can also go with steamed veggies if you don’t want to fire up the oven.
Garlic roasted vegetables
You can’t go wrong with pairing your lemon chicken with these roasted vegetables. They’re healthy, delicious, and the earthy flavors will complement the lemon flavor of your chicken perfectly.
Cooking Classy uses a simple blend of garlic, fresh thyme, and rosemary for seasoning. But you can easily add other herbs or spices to personalize these veggies. I personally like adding a pinch of cayenne pepper for a lightly fiery kick.
Pro-tip: aim to chop the veggies uniformly so they cook evenly.
Greek green beans
Lemon chicken is a classic dish, but if you’re looking to add variety to your plate, try adding some braised green beans.
This colorful, flavorful side dish is easy to make and will add a pop of color to any plate.
The braising process makes the beans tender and juicy, bringing out their natural sweetness. And the addition of potatoes makes sure you won’t leave the table hungry.
Cabbage steaks are super-easy to make, and they’re so tasty. They’re especially perfect for lemon chicken because the lemon flavor offsets the bitterness of cabbage.
Erin from Platings + Pairings also includes a recipe for a garlicky creme fraiche, which pairs superbly with your lemon chicken.
The last time I served these was at a dinner party, and my guests were totally wowed — and yours will be too.
Roasted brussels sprouts
Have you ever tried roasted Brussels sprouts as a side dish for lemon chicken? It sounds weird, but it’s delicious.
Roasting the Brussels sprouts gives them a nutty flavor that pairs well with the sweet-and-sour sauce on your lemon chicken. And the lemon chicken itself is juicy and tender (well it should be), so it contrasts well with the crunchy coating on the sprouts.
Steamed lemon broccoli
When you’re in a mad rush, try steamed broccoli. It’s a great way to add some freshness to your meal, and you can have it on the table in no more than 10 minutes. I think my record is 4 minutes and 30 seconds, thanks to my Instant Pot! You can still steam the broccoli florets the old-fashioned way over the stove, although this will take a couple of extra minutes.
Pro tip: add a spritz of fresh lemon juice before serving your steamed broccoli to jazz it up a bit.
Looking to switch things up? Skip the steamed veg and grill your asparagus spears instead. It’s extra work since you’ll need to set up the grill, but it’s worth it.
Over the grill’s open heat, the asparagus spears quickly become crisp-tender and get infused with a distinct smokiness that pairs well with your zesty lemon chicken.
The only challenge with grilling asparagus spears is they can easily fall through the grill, so make sure to arrange the spears perpendicular to the grates. Or you can use a grill basket.
What To Serve With Lemon Chicken [33 Ideas]
- 1 portion buttered risotto
- 1 portion braised green beans
- 1 portion steamed lemon broccoli
- 1 portion quinoa salad
- 1 portion roasted lemon potatoes
- 1 portion garlic roasted vegetables … and more
- Prepare your lemon chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: buttered risotto, Mediterranean orzo salad, spinach mushroom couscous, garlic roasted vegetables, braised green beans, roasted lemon pepper potatoes, cabbage steaks, quinoa salad, roasted brussels sprouts, steamed lemon broccoli, and grilled asparagus.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!