If you’re wondering what to serve with your smoked chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, I list 15 of the most popular side dishes for smoked chicken.
In a rush? Here’s the short answer.
The best dishes to serve with smoked chicken are potato salad, grilled corn on the cob, green bean casserole, and coleslaw. Try roasted carrots, braised kale, caesar salad, and parmesan asparagus for lighter options. You can also serve mac and cheese, cornbread muffins, or bourbon baked beans.
Ready? Let’s jump right in.
French-style potato salad
Bored of your usual creamy potato salad?
Switch things up by making this French-style potato salad instead.
This potato salad has a vinegar-based dressing flavored with two types of mustard, cornichons, and fresh dill.
It’s light and herby, with a sharp, tangy kick that’ll go superbly with your smoked chicken.
One taste of this French-style potato salad might just make you forget about the traditional version.
Grilled corn on the cob
Grilled corn on the cob is a simple but delicious side dish you can make for your barbecue party.
But why not shake things up by brushing your corn with chili lime butter?
It’ll give your sweet corn a punchy, spicy flavor, making it even more perfect for serving with smoked chicken.
Warning: these grilled chili lime corn on the cob are highly addictive!
Jazz up your plain old roasted asparagus with this recipe.
There’s just one extra step – whipping up a crumb topping made with panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, and garlic.
This topping crisps up nicely as your asparagus roasts, giving you a satisfying textural contrast.
It’s the perfect spring side for some smoked chicken.
Green bean casserole
Planning to make smoked chicken the centerpiece for your Thanksgiving spread?
Then you need a green bean casserole to go alongside it.
This classic holiday dish is usually made with canned mushroom soup and beans, but making everything from scratch really elevates the dish.
Want to give it a try?
Check out The Novice Chef Blog’s green bean casserole recipe.
Want to make your traditional coleslaw healthier?
Swap the mayo for Greek yogurt.
It’ll give you a similar creaminess plus a naturally tangy flavor that contrasts beautifully with the deep savouriness of smoked chicken.
You’ll never make coleslaw the old way again once you get a taste of this creamy Greek yogurt coleslaw.
Southern-style mac and cheese
This mac and cheese will bring a delicious Southern flair to your chicken party.
What makes it southern?
LOTS of cheese, some eggs for richness, and of course a sprinkling of spice from the cajun seasoning.
It’s absolutely delish.
Make your smoked chicken meal more indulgent with a hefty serving of this easy Southern-style baked mac and cheese.
Want a low-effort, healthy side dish for your smoked chicken?
These glazed carrots are what you’re looking for.
Simply toss your carrots in a honey and garlic butter sauce, and then hand things over to your oven.
25 minutes later, you’ll have tender carrots with a delectable caramelized glaze.
Everyone will be grabbing second helpings of these honey garlic butter roasted carrots.
No smoked chicken meal would be complete without a side of braised leafy greens (okay this isn’t true, but it sounded good).
This is my favorite way to cook and eat kale.
This dish involves two cooking methods to soften your kale and maximize the flavors. It might sound like a bit of effort for a veggie side, but one bite will tell you why it’s worth it.
Try this braised kale today.
Traditional, Southern-style cornbread is fantastic, but its Northern cousin, which is sweeter and more cake-like, is equally impressive.
This recipe highlights Northern-style cornbread and it’s baked into muffin tins for easier access.
The bread’s sweetness is a delicious complement to the smokiness of your chicken.
All you need now is some gravy.
Watermelon and cucumber salad
In need of a light, summer side to accompany your smoked chicken?
Look no further than this salad.
The juicy watermelon and quick pickled cucumber slices are super refreshing.
And the addition of a red wine vinegar dressing and salty feta helps balance out the sweetness.
Beat the heat with this watermelon and cucumber salad.
BLT pasta salad
Pasta salads are another staple of barbecue parties.
And I think this recipe has just the right pasta-to-vegetable ratio (plus some crispy bacon because everyone loves bacon!).
The creaminess of this BLT pasta salad makes it a perfect complement to your smoked chicken.
Bourbon baked beans
Nothing beats partnering your smoked chicken with sweet, savory, and smoky baked beans.
And this slow cooker recipe couldn’t be easier.
Set your beans to cook on low in the morning and they’ll be ready just in time for dinner.
Don’t have a slow cooker? Check out this recipe.
Pineapple shrimp skewers
Turn your smoked chicken into a fun, surf-and-turf meal with a side of these pineapple shrimp skewers.
Your juicy shrimp and sweet pineapples are infused with a spicy garlic lime marinade and then cooked until they’re slightly charred. YUM!
The pineapple skewers will be done in a flash, so don’t take your eyes off them.
If you want to keep things simple, caesar salad is the way to go.
It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser, quick to make, and uses easy-to-find ingredients.
Pop a couple of slices of smoked chicken over this caesar salad for a light dinner.
Looking to sneak more vegetables onto your guests’ plates?
Ditch the shrimp and pineapple idea and serve some Mediterranean vegetable kebobs instead.
You can get creative with the veggie mix, but I like to stick to red onions, peppers, and some zucchini.
Your guests will be racing to get hold of these vegetable kebabs – so make enough!
The best side dishes for smoked chicken
- French-style potato salad
- Grilled corn on the cob
- Parmesan asparagus
- Green bean casserole
- Southern-style mac and cheese
- Roasted carrots
- Braised kale
- Cornbread muffins
- Watermelon and cucumber salad
- BLT pasta salad
- Bourbon baked beans
- Pineapple shrimp skewers
- Caesar salad
- Vegetable kebabs
What To Serve With Smoked Chicken
- 1 portion smoked chicken
- Prepare your smoked chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: French-style potato salad, grilled corn on the cob, parmesan asparagus, green bean casserole, coleslaw, southern-style mac and cheese, roasted carrots, braised kale, cornbread muffins, watermelon and cucumber salad, BLT pasta salad, bourbon baked beans, pineapple shrimp skewers, caesar salad, and vegetable kebabs.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!