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What To Serve With Salt And Pepper Chicken [15 Tasty Sides]

Salt and pepper chicken is made from crispy chicken seasoned with salt, pepper, and other spices like five-spice powder and chili flakes. You can serve it as a main course or enjoy it as a snack like popcorn chicken.

Here are my 15 tried-and-tested ideas for side dishes that pair wonderfully with salt and pepper chicken.You can find everything from light and healthy dishes to rich and indulgent ones.

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.

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.

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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.

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Steamed bok choy

For a lighter touch, steamed bok choy is my go-to side.

Its tender leaves and crisp stems bring a nice texture to the dish, and you can dress the bok choy how you want. You can keep it plain, use a dash of soy sauce, or go all out and use oyster sauce.

Psst… I’m a big fan of baby bok choy because I think it has a slightly sweeter flavor.

Why we love this recipe: It’s quick, healthy, and adds a splash of green to your meal.

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Singapore noodles

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Korean spinach

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.

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Crab rangoon

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.

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Stir-fry veggies

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.

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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.

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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!

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Seaweed crackers

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.

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Pickled daikon radish and carrot

Introduce a tangy twist with pickled daikon radish and carrot. This side dish, with its refreshing acidity, will cuts through any oiliness in the chicken and cleanse your palate between bites. It’s a staple in many Asian cuisines for good reason.

If you’ve left the prep pretty late, make sure you slice the vegetables thinly so they pickle quicker. Thicker cut carrots or radishes can take a while to pickle properly.

Why we love this recipe: you can make this in advance because it lasts for a few weeks.

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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. 

What To Serve With Salt And Pepper Chicken [15 Sides]

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your salt and pepper chicken.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese fusion
Keyword: salt and pepper chicken side dishes, what to serve with salt and pepper chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 174kcal


  • 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!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 174kcal

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