If you’re wondering what to serve with your salt and pepper chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 39 of the most popular side dishes for salt and pepper chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best side dishes to serve with salt and pepper chicken are pineapple fried rice, salt and pepper chips, Singapore noodles, and Asian chopped salad. You can also serve garlic green beans or cucumber salad. Try crab rangoons or seaweed crackers for fun and tasty options.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
Pineapple fried rice
You can’t have a Chinese main without some fried rice.
There’s a load of different ways to do fried rice, but this pineapple version is my favorite to serve with salt and pepper chicken.
The sweetness from the pineapple is just what you need to offset your savory chicken.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a vibrant dish that’s perfect for entertaining.
Salt and pepper chips
If you can’t get enough of that salt and pepper combination, these chips are the way to go.
They’re a popular Chinese takeaway item in the UK, but you can easily make them in the comfort of your own kitchen.
You can either bake, deep-fry or air fry them – I usually go with air frying because it’s healthier.
Why we love this recipe: the chunky chips mean you get lots of fluffy potato goodness.
Chow mein is the classic Chinese noodle dish, but why not mix things up a bit and serve your salt and pepper chicken with these Singapore noodles instead.
The loaded noodle recipe calls for curry powder in the sauce which adds a nice depth of flavor, plus some background heat.
Why we love this recipe: the thin noodles keep the dish from getting too heavy.
Chinese garlic green beans
These Chinese-style green beans are the perfect veggie side dish for your salt and pepper chicken.
The green beans are flash-fried, giving you blistered exteriors and crisp-tender interiors.
Plus, they’re brimming with that delectable garlicky flavor.
Why we love this recipe: a family serving of these green beans only takes 10 minutes to cook!
Asian chopped salad
This chopped salad is loaded with colorful produce like purple cabbage and red pepper.
Then it’s topped with crunchy cashews and crispy noodles, and finally, everything is tossed with a bright Asian-style dressing.
Its sweet-tangy flavors are just what you need to cut through your salty chicken dish.
Why we love this recipe: it looks amazing on the table.
Honey sriracha brussels sprouts
Spruce up your plain old roasted sprouts by tossing them in a honey sriracha sauce.
The resulting dish?
Slightly charred brussels sprouts with caramelized edges and a lip-smacking spicy twist.
These are a far cry from mushy boiled sprouts!
Why we love this recipe: you can make it up to 4 days ahead of time.
Egg drop soup
Egg drop soup is a staple for any Asian feast.
It features delicate egg ribbons in a luscious, light broth.
You can serve it as a starter before your salt and pepper chicken, or alongside the chicken to act as a warm palate cleanser.
Why we love this recipe: it’s made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Why not go on a little fusion adventure and serve a Korean side with your chicken?
This Korean dish is one of my favorite ways to eat spinach.
The spinach is only blanched, so it keeps some bite and you don’t lose too much nutritional goodness.
And then a bold gochujang sauce is mixed in to add some heat.
Why we love this recipe: this flavorful and healthy dish comes together in just five minutes.
These crispy crab rangoons are guaranteed to be a hit – no one will be able to resist the sweet and silky crab and cream cheese filling.
Plus, like your salt and pepper chicken, these are amazing (and very moreish) with a sweet chili sauce.
Why we love this recipe: it will add a nice crunchy texture to your dinner.
You can’t really go wrong pairing your salt and pepper chicken with a simple vegetable stir-fry.
Aside from a finger-licking-ly good sauce, the perfect stir fry needs a mix of crunchy veggies.
And the key to avoiding soggy veg is to start with ones that take the longest to cook (I’m looking at you, carrots!).
Why we love this recipe: you can use any veggies you happen to have in your fridge.
Chinese cucumber salad
This cucumber salad is simple, but don’t count it out.
It’s refreshingly tangy and spicy and adds an excellent cooling contrast to your salt and pepper chicken.
It calls for smashing the cucumbers, which gives them rougher edges and means they catch as much as the sesame dressing as possible.
Why we love this recipe: it’s perfect for summer, or if you’re after a no-cook dish.
Sesame-ginger noodle salad
This cold noodle salad offers a vibrant bite to contrast your heavier salt and pepper chicken.
The nutty soba noodles are tossed in a light, flavorful sesame-ginger scallion sauce – it’s great for a quick lunch.
Why we love this recipe: this dish tastes even better the next day, making it perfect for meal preps!
This is a popular Chinese snack made from seaweed and spring roll wrappers.
I like to serve it with salt and pepper chicken for that extra umami flavor these crackers impart.
They’re fun to make too!
Why we love this recipe: the crackers are usually deep-fried, but the recipe uses an air fryer instead.
What sauce goes well with salt and pepper chicken
Salt and pepper chicken is terrific with a sweet chili sauce. A ginger scallion sauce or a traditional gyoza sauce are great options too. Try a ginger soy dipping sauce or a spicy ginger lime sauce if you want a spicy kick.
Best sauces to pair with salt and pepper chicken
- Sweet chili sauce
- Ginger scallion sauce
- Quick gyoza sauce
- Ginger soy dipping sauce
- Spicy ginger lime sauce
The best side dishes to serve with salt and pepper chicken
- Pineapple fried rice
- Salt and pepper chips
- Singapore noodles
- Chinese garlic green beans
- Asian chopped salad
- Honey sriracha brussels sprouts
- Egg drop soup
- Korean spinach
- Crab rangoon
- Stir-fry veggies
- Chinese cucumber salad
- Sesame-ginger noodle salad
- Seaweed Crackers
What To Serve With Salt And Pepper Chicken
- 1 portion salt and pepper chicken
- Prepare your salt and pepper chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: pineapple fried rice, salt and pepper chips, Singapore noodles, Chinese garlic green beans, Asian chopped salad, honey sriracha brussels sprouts, egg drop soup, Korean spinach, crab rangoon, stir-fry veggies, Chinese cucumber salad, sesame-ginger noodle salad, and seaweed crackers.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!