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What To Serve With Roast Chicken – 45 BEST Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 45 of the most popular side dishes for roast chicken.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with roasted chicken are herb stuffing, dinner rolls, parmesan duchess potatoes, and roasted vegetables. You can also serve green beans almondine, cranberry rice pilaf, or broccoli cheese casserole. Most importantly, a luscious gravy is a must-serve with roasted chicken.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Roasted vegetables

This is one of the easiest and most traditional roast chicken sides you can make. 

This particular recipe goes down the root vegetable route with carrots, sweet potatoes, and onions. 

But you can use anything you have on hand.

Pro tip: keep the seasoning simple to let the natural flavors of the veg shine through.

Why we love this recipe: you can roast your veggies on the same tray as your chicken, so they absorb some of the drippings.

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Pesto pasta salad

This pasta salad is loaded with Italian-inspired ingredients like artichoke hearts, arugula, pepperoncini peppers, and olives – all tossed in fresh basil pesto. 

The bright, zesty flavors are all fabulous with roasted chicken.  

Pro-tip: make your own basil pesto for the best results.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a great meal prep option.

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Cranberry pecan wild rice pilaf

This rice pilaf is a must-have side for an autumnal roasted chicken dinner.

The rice is cooked in a mixture of chicken broth and apple juice, then seasoned with herbs.

And it doesn’t stop there – adding dried cranberries adds some tartness, while pecans add some much-needed texture.

Why we love this recipe: it brings a festive feel to any meal.

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Buttery peas and mushroom

Want something nice and easy?

Try these peas and mushrooms.

The earthiness from your mushrooms contrasts with the peas’ sweetness, and the whole thing only takes 10 minutes to get on the table. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for those busy weeknight dinners.

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Buttery herb stuffing

Your Sunday roast wouldn’t be complete without this herby stuffing. 

The outside is crunchy, while the inside is soft and fluffy – perfect for soaking up any leftover juices or gravy.

And don’t be put off by the celery, I promise you won’t be able to taste it.

Why we love this recipe: you can use the leftovers for a breakfast hash, or in a sandwich the next day.

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Rosemary dinner rolls

Take your standard dinner rolls up a notch by adding some rosemary.

Rosemary has a blend of lemony, woody flavors that go great with chicken.

And the best part? You can use these rolls to make your leftover stuffing sandwiches the next day!

Psst… these rolls are best enjoyed warm. 

Why we love this recipe: you can make a big batch and freeze them.

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Kale caesar salad

This version of the classic caesar salad features a tangy Greek yogurt-based dressing and slightly bitter kale leaves for a more grown-up feel.

Serve this alongside your roasted chicken, or prop a couple of chicken slices on top for a light, protein-filled meal. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s a guilt-free side dish.

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Parmesan duchess potatoes

Skip your usual mashed spuds and give these fancy duchess potatoes a try.

They’re golden and crisp on the outside, with irresistibly creamy interiors. 

The key to perfecting this dish is getting an extra smooth potato mixture so you can pipe it without issue – a sieve is great for this (or a potato ricer).

Why we love this recipe: it elevates your humble mashed potatoes into something restaurant-worthy.

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Green beans almondine

This classic French dish features crisp-tender green beans topped with crunchy almonds.

It’s a simple, tasty side dish that will complement your chicken without overshadowing it.

Pro-tip: heavily salt your water when blanching the green beans for flavor and to preserve their gorgeous green hue. 

Why we love this recipe: it boasts 4.5 stars from 456 ratings.

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Roasted spaghetti squash

Love pasta but trying to reduce your carb intake?

Don’t worry, this spaghetti squash has your back. Roasted and shredded squash forms noodle-like strands with an almost al dente bite.

This recipe smothers the faux noodles in a simple brown butter sauce. YUM!

Why we love this recipe: you can serve it inside the hollowed-out squash, making for a fun presentation.

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Smashed brussels sprouts with tahini

You’ve probably heard of smashed potatoes, but have you ever heard of smashed brussels sprouts? 

Like spuds, boiling and flattening these sprouts before roasting makes them extra flavorful because the sauce (lemon tahini sauce here) has so many little nooks to fall into.

Why we love this recipe: it’s a great way to jazz up brussels sprouts.

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Collard greens and kale 

Give your roasted chicken the complete Southern treatment by pairing it with this kale and collard greens side dish. 

A dash of salt, pepper, and a spritz of lemon juice is added to the sauteed leafy veggies, giving you a delightfully zesty and nourishing side dish. 

Psst… for a fiery kick, add a few dashes of hot sauce. 

Why we love this recipe: it’s simple but impactful.

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Rosemary gruyere popovers

Popovers (or Yorkshire puddings) are a must-have for any kind of roast – especially a roast chicken.

Their light, airy texture means they don’t make the meal too heavy. And they’re perfect for mopping up the gravy.

Adding rosemary and gruyere elevates these popovers to dinner-party-worthy status.

Why we love this recipe: they’re really addicting.

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Broccoli cheese casserole

This classic combo of broccoli and cheddar cheese is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser.

Crisp tender broccoli florets are smothered with a three-cheese and sour cream mixture before being baked for 20 minutes.

Just thinking about the cheesy florets alongside a juicy, herb-roasted chicken makes my mouth water.

Why we love this recipe: it’s comfort food heaven.

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Pomegranate quinoa

Take a more Middle-Eastern approach to your side dish by adding some pomegranate to the mix.

I think pomegranate is a really underutilized ingredient, and it just so happens to go great with chicken.

The sweet pop you get is balanced out in this salad with some salty feta.

Why we love this recipe: quinoa is filling, but also packed with nutrients.

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Spring salad

A spring salad at its most basic is a mix of all the best veggies spring has to offer – this one uses asparagus, radish, and pea shoots.

Plus some orzo to give it slightly more substance.

Psst… grill the radish and asparagus for that charred flavor.

Why we love this recipe: it has a super unique and tasty scallion dressing.

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What herbs go well with roast chicken?

Traditional herbs that are used with roast chicken include thyme, rosemary, sage, and oregano. If you want to try something a little different, basil, tarragon, and marjoram also taste great with roast chicken. 

What salads go well with roast chicken?

My go-to salad to serve with roast chicken is a Caesar salad, but any simple leafy green salad would be perfect. For a hearty option, try a pesto pasta salad, a grilled vegetable orzo salad, or a pomegranate couscous salad. 

The best salads to serve with roasted chicken

Web Story: What To Serve With Roast Chicken

What To Serve With Roast Chicken

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your roast chicken.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American, British
Keyword: roast chicken side dishes, what to serve with roast chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 164kcal


  • 1 portion roast chicken


  • Prepare your roast chicken according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: roasted vegetables, pesto pasta salad, cranberry pecan wild rice pilaf, buttery peas and mushroom, buttery herb stuffing, rosemary dinner rolls, kale caesar salad, parmesan duchess potatoes, green beans almondine, roasted spaghetti squash, smashed brussels sprouts with tahini, collard greens and kale, broccoli cheese casserole, pomegranate quinoa, and spring salad.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 164kcal

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