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What To Serve With Monterey Chicken – 11 Best Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 11 of the most popular side dishes for Monterey chicken.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best dishes to serve with Monterey chicken are Spanish rice, jicama slaw, macaroni salad, pineapple mango salsa, and mashed cauliflower. For healthier options, try collard greens, arugula salad, Southwestern succotash, and green beans. You can also serve buttermilk biscuits and roasted potatoes.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Mexican rice

Getting bored with your usual steamed white rice?

Take some extra steps and whip up this vibrant Mexican rice instead. 

It’s brimming with delicious flavors, courtesy of spices, chicken broth, and salsa.

The salsa also gives this dish its signature fiery orange hue. 

I can’t recommend this instant pot Mexican rice enough. It’s the perfect accompaniment for your loaded Monterey chicken.

Cilantro jicama slaw

Unlike your usual coleslaw, this recipe heavily features jicama, a juicy root vegetable with a satisfying crunch. 

This veggie partnered with fresh red cabbage gives you a great texture contrast with your tender chicken. 

Plus, with the cilantro and the creamy lime dressing, you get a refreshing citrusy note to cut through the richness of your Monterey chicken. 

Try it for yourself with Isabel Eats’ jicama slaw recipe. 

Macaroni salad


This dish is a must-have at barbecue parties and potlucks. 

What sets it apart from your usual pasta salads is it’s dressed in a sweet and tangy creamy mayo-based dressing.

Its sweet and tangy flavor pairs superbly with your Monterey chicken’s barbecue notes.  

Everyone will be lining up for seconds of this simple but tasty macaroni salad

Pineapple mango salsa

If you want to spruce up your Monterey chicken, ditch the diced tomato and bell pepper topping and whip up this pineapple mango salsa instead.

Aside from a pop of vibrant colors, this salsa gives you a refreshingly sweet-zesty flavor combination that goes perfectly with your Monterey chicken. 

Ready to give it a try?

Popular food blog ‘Little Broken’ has an excellent 15-minute pineapple mango salsa recipe. 

Mashed cauliflower

Thanks to this cauliflower alternative, you can still enjoy a luscious, creamy mash with fewer calories. 

Unlike other recipes, Pass Me Some Tasty’s version calls for roasting the cauliflower, not boiling it.

This prevents the mash from being soupy and soggy and adds a delightful nutty flavor. 

Prop your Monterey chicken over a bed of this low-carb mash and drizzle some of the barbecue sauce over it.


Buttermilk biscuits

Homemade is always the way to go with buttermilk biscuits.

Don’t be intimidated – these are way easier to make than you think. 

The Cafe Sucre Farine’s recipe calls for mixing warm melted butter with super cold buttermilk.

This simple hack guarantees you get super flaky layers with minimal fuss.

Light, flaky, buttery biscuits served with cheesy, barbecue-y Monterey chicken…

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Southern Instant pot collard greens

Looking for something healthy and delicious?

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

This dish usually takes two to three hours to cook, but using an instant pot significantly reduces cooking time.

Just 30 minutes of prep and cooking will yield you tender and savory collard greens with a delicious broth you can drizzle over your chicken. 

Here’s the full recipe: Southern Instant Pot Collard Greens

Duck fat roasted potatoes

What’s so special about roasting your potatoes in duck fat you ask?

Crisp, golden-brown crusts that don’t go soggy seconds after taking them out of the oven.

Want a taste?

Let RecipeTinEats walk you through the best roasted potatoes you’ll ever make. 

And if you don’t have duck fat, don’t worry. There are loads of great substitutes (chicken fat is one example).

Baby arugula and strawberry salad

Add a fresh, crisp bite to your Monterey chicken with this arugula salad. 

This salad is chock-full of flavors guaranteed to make your tastebuds dance. 

The naturally bitter arugula, sweet strawberries, salty feta, and tart lemon vinaigrette all combine to give you a perfectly balanced bite.

This baby arugula and strawberry salad deserves a spot in your weekly meal rotation. 

Southwestern succotash


Want to make your Monterey chicken more nourishing?

Serve it alongside a heaping helping of this vibrant succotash. 

Adding black beans and chickpeas gives a delicious southwestern twist to this Midwest classic. 

Plus, they make the dish heartier and more satisfying.

The Blond Cook’s recipe calls for ¼ teaspoon of chili powder, but you can easily increase it if you like it spicy. 

Skillet green beans

Looking for a simple dish that you can whip up in a flash?

These skillet green beans are just what you need. 

Aside from the green beans, you only need six ingredients and a quick 15 minutes to put it all together.

This dish might look plain, but it packs a flavorful punch, courtesy of the garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon zest.

Give this skillet green beans recipe a try for dinner tonight!

The best side dishes for Monterey chicken

  • Mexican rice
  • Cilantro jicama slaw
  • Macaroni salad
  • Pineapple mango salsa
  • Mashed cauliflower
  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Southern Instant pot collard greens
  • Duck fat roasted potatoes
  • Baby arugula and strawberry salad
  • Southwestern succotash
  • Skillet green beans

What To Serve With Monterey Chicken

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your Monterey chicken.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Monterey chicken side dishes, what to serve with Monterey chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 290kcal


  • 1 portion Monterey chicken


  • Prepare your Monterey chicken according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: Mexican rice, cilantro jicama slaw, macaroni salad, pineapple mango salsa, mashed cauliflower, buttermilk biscuits, southern instant pot collard greens, duck fat roasted potatoes, baby arugula and strawberry salad, southwestern succotash, and skillet green beans.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 290kcal

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