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What To Serve With Turkey Breast – 13 Delicious Side Dishes

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

In this article, I list 13 of the most popular side dishes for turkey breast.

In a rush? Here’s the short answer.

The best side dishes to serve with turkey breast are mashed potatoes and gravy, candied sweet potatoes, honey roasted carrots, and cranberry cornbread. For something a little different, try celeriac puree or ratatouille. And for an easy fresh side, you can’t beat a tossed salad.

Ready? Let’s jump right in.

Read next: what to have with turkey in the summer

Easy rice pilaf

Got some leftover turkey from your Thanksgiving dinner and need a quick side dish to go with it?

Rice is always easy. 

And don’t worry, this rice pilaf is far from boring!

To make rice pilaf, you toast the rice in butter, simmer it in broth, and infuse it with aromatics such as parsley and garlic. 

The result is soft, fluffy, and flavorsome rice.

Candied sweet potatoes

Covered in delightful syrup, these candied sweet potatoes are a great festive side dish for your turkey breast.

They boast a tender, melt-in-your-mouth inside with a sticky, caramelized exterior. 

The dish will look and taste like it took you ages to make, but in reality, it couldn’t be easier.

This candied sweet potatoes recipe is definitely fancy enough to grace your dinner party table.

Mashed potatoes and gravy


Take the standard mashed potato up a notch by serving it covered in a delicious gravy.

This finger-licking-good combo is super yummy and the gravy will help hide any dryness from the lean turkey meat. 

And who does the best mash and gravy? KFC (iykyk).

Head over to recipetineats.com for a superbly realistic copycat KFC recipe.

Green bean casserole

Green beans are a versatile side, but the only way to eat them with a holiday bird like turkey is in a green bean casserole.

The green beans are smothered in a creamy mushroom sauce and then topped with crunchy fried onions. 

You can’t help but take a bite right away.

This green bean casserole is a quintessential holiday side that screams nostalgia.

Cranberry cornbread

Cranberries and turkey go together like sausages and mash. 

And cornbread is a staple at holiday dinners.

Combine them both in this cranberry cornbread, sweetened with some maple syrup. 

Serve this cranberry cornbread warm with some extra cranberry sauce on the side. So festive!

Celeriac puree

Celeriac puree is a smooth and creamy side dish, similar to mashed potatoes.

But it has a nuttier taste that works really well with the mildly gamey turkey breast.

The best part?

It’s low carb, making it a healthy alternative. 

Spoon a dollop of celeriac puree alongside your turkey breast for a restaurant-worthy plate.


Anyone who grew up watching Disney knows what ratatouille is – both the movie and the dish.

At its core, it’s a collection of tasty vegetables.

But when you thinly slice those vegetables and arrange them in a pretty-looking pattern, they turn into a show-stopping dish.

And yes, this ratatouille tastes as good as it looks!

Psst… not fussed about the presentation. Check out this no-fuss ratatouille instead. 

Roasted acorn squash

Acorn squash deserves a plate on your holiday table.

Like its cousins pumpkin and butternut squash, it’s mildly sweet and nutty.

And roasting it in the oven will intensify its autumnal flavors.

There are a few ways you can customize the dish. Like adding a sprinkle of cinnamon or some brown sugar for a more smokey flavor. 

Don’t be surprised to see your guests swooning over this roasted acorn squash (and check out this article for ideas on what else to serve with acorn squash).

Sauteed brussels sprouts

Want an easy stovetop recipe to serve with your turkey breast?

Let me introduce you to sauteed Brussel sprouts.

I know what you are thinking, but nope, they’re not the bitter or mushy Brussel sprouts from your childhood.

Trust me. You’ll be hooked from the first bite of these crispy, charred morsels. 

Wellplated suggests adding some nuts or cheese and a handful of lemon for a dish that’s bursting with flavor.

Fresh green salad

Nothing is as easy as tossing some fresh greens in a bowl. 

This simple salad is the perfect side when you don’t have much time, but need something tasty. It’s got sunflower seeds, bacon crumbles, and red onion to add crunch.

And an easy 6-ingredient dressing to tie everything together. 

Serve it alongside your turkey breast for a bright and healthy meal.

Macaroni and cheese

Looking for something warm and comforting that everyone will love?

Macaroni cheese is my go-to comfort meal and a favorite of my familys.

And for good reason.

The rich, cheese sauce is irresistible and pairs well with a mild meat like turkey. 

Say hello to this baked mac and cheese recipe filled with ooey-gooey deliciousness.

If you want to add some color, pop some broccoli on the plate too.

Roasted carrots

Add a vibrant splash of color to your turkey breast with these roasted carrots.

Roasting carrots enhances their flavor, bringing out their inherent sweetness, and gives them a lovely bronzed color.

They’re a world away from bland steamed carrots!

These honey garlic butter roasted carrots are perfect for a quick weeknight meal.

Flaky biscuits

If you’ve got a sauce planned for your turkey breasts these flaky biscuits will make a great addition to the meal.

They’re tender, flaky, and buttery, perfect for mopping up leftover juices. 

They’re also easy to make, with just six simple ingredients. 

Ready to start baking?

Try this flaky butter biscuits recipe for a melt-in-your-mouth biscuit experience.

The best side dishes for turkey breast

  • Easy rice pilaf
  • Candied sweet potatoes
  • Mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cranberry cornbread
  • Celeriac puree
  • Ratatouille
  • Roasted acorn squash
  • Sauteed brussels sprouts
  • Fresh green salad
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Roasted carrots
  • Flaky biscuits

What To Serve With Turkey Breast

In this short recipe, I show you exactly what to serve with your turkey breast.
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: smoked turkey breast side dishes, what to serve with turkey breast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 189kcal


  • 1 portion turkey breast


  • Prepare your turkey breast according to your favorite recipe.
  • In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
  • Side dishes include: easy rice pilaf, candied sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, cranberry cornbread, celeriac puree, ratatouille, roasted acorn squash, sauteed brussels sprouts, fresh green salad, macaroni and cheese, roasted carrots, and flaky biscuits.
  • Serve immediately and enjoy!


Serving: 100g | Calories: 189kcal

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