Tuscan chicken combines all the typical flavors of the Tuscan region in Italy. Its creamy sauce is infused with garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and Italian herbs, and then cooked with tender chicken breasts. A splash of white wine completes the dish,
After experimenting with loads of different combinations, I’ve come up with 20 delicious sides that pair perfectly with Tuscan chicken.
The best side dishes to serve Tuscan chicken are garlic mashed potatoes, fried gnocchi, and cheesy garlic bread. For healthy vegetable options, try roasted broccoli, zucchini noodles, or cauliflower rice. Salads like arugula parmesan salad or a beet salad are also lovely side dishes.
Salads are always a welcome addition to dishes as rich and creamy as Tuscan chicken, especially during the summer months.
You can go with a well-known leafy salad like Caesar, or stick to Tuscan roots with a juicy panzanella salad.
Fresh garden salad
Ready for the easiest side ever?
The classic garden salad is elegant and simple.
You can whip it up on any day, no matter how busy you are. And it’s really easy to customize.
Pick your favorite greens and salad veggies, mix them all together in a bowl and then drizzle over the tangy mustard vinaigrette.
Why we love this recipe: it’s ideal for a hot summer day because there’s no cooking involved.
Arugula parmesan pine nut salad
We all need a few simple yet delicious salads in our back pocket and this is a great example.
The peppery flavor of the arugula will contrast beautifully with the creamy Tuscan chicken sauce, keeping the whole meal from getting too heavy.
And the pine nuts add some crunch. You can use any nuts you like though!
Why we love this recipe: you only need 5 minutes to make it.
Colorful beet salad
This beautiful beet salad is warm and earthy – it’s like a half-salad-half-vegetable side.
It also has a simple citrus vinaigrette that will give a zesty hint of orange to your Tuscan chicken dinner.
The bright red color will stun your guests. And if you need to save time, you can make the salad up to 3 days ahead.
Why we love this recipe: it looks as good as it tastes.
Match your Tuscan chicken with this Tuscan-style bread and tomato salad.
It’s crunchy, colorful, and bursting with bright flavors – perfect for when you want a refreshing side that still has substance.
It would also work great as a starter before the chicken, and you can jazz it up by using burrata instead of mozzarella.
Why we love this recipe: you can’t go wrong with the classics.
Caprese salad with balsamic glaze
Kick off your Tuscan chicken feast with a Caprese salad. This starter sets the stage for an Italian feast with its simple symphony of ripe tomatoes, creamy mozzarella, and fresh basil. The balsamic reduction cuts through the rich cheese and adds a contrasting color.
For a twist, try adding a sprinkle of toasted pine nuts for crunch or swap traditional mozzarella for its smoked counterpart to echo the rustic notes of the main dish.
Why we love this recipe: It’s a simple yet sophisticated starter.
A Greek salad, with its crisp vegetables and punchy flavors, offers a refreshing counterpoint to the savory Tuscan chicken. The coolness of the cucumbers, the juiciness of tomatoes, and the sharpness of red onions all balance each other out, and then you’ve got feta and olives for salitness.
For a personalized touch, I add marinated artichoke hearts or roasted red peppers to my Greek salad. And I keep the dressing simple – olive oil, lemon juice, and oregano.
Why we love this recipe: Its freshness works well with a hearty Tuscan chicken.
Soak up all the creamy goodness from your Tuscan chicken’s sauce with a starchy side dish!
I especially love mopping my plate clean with a crusty slice of French baguette, and garlic mashed potatoes are never a bad idea either.
Garlic mashed potatoes
A saucy chicken dish goes with mashed potatoes like strawberries go with cream.
The mash will soak up all the wonderful flavors of the Tuscan sauce, meaning each bite will be filled with flavor.
And this recipe crashed through my expectations – it’s creamy and delicious in all the right ways.
Psst… yukon gold potatoes are the best type of potato to use for mash.
Why we love this recipe: it’s simple and easy to make so perfect for busy evenings.
Want to turn your dinner into the ultimate comfort meal?
Then this fettuccine alfredo pasta is exactly what you’re looking for.
The pasta is a warming, creamy blend of cheese and garlic. Add in the Tuscan sauce and you have a meal that’s worth smiling about.
Did I mention that this alfredo is guilt-free? The recipe uses vegetable broth and skimmed milk instead of lashings of cream.
Why we love this recipe: it’s indulgent but light at the same time.
Easy cheesy garlic bread
Who doesn’t like garlic bread? Add some cheese and you have a guaranteed winner.
It makes for a scrumptious side next to your Tuscan chicken.
And you can use the bread to mop up any the leftover sauce, so not a single drop of flavor goes to waste.
Why we love this recipe: you’ll get heaps of compliments.
Simple fried gnocchi
Add some more Italian flair to your meal by making fried gnocchi to go with your Tuscan chicken.
These potato dumplings have a soft, spongy texture that will soak up all the sauce, as well as the herby butter they’re fried in.
And it only takes 15 minutes!
Why we love this recipe: it’s easy but elegant, meaning it’s great for something like date night.
Baked mushroom rice
Making Tuscan chicken for a crowd?
This baked mushroom rice is a breeze to prepare for lots of people.
You just need to cook the mushrooms before tossing them in the oven with some rice, broth, and herbs.
After about 35 minutes, you’ll have a fluffy, buttery rice dish loaded with umami and juicy, golden brown mushrooms.
Why we love this recipe: the earthy flavors will compliment your tangy Tuscan chicken so well.
Herb roasted potatoes
Herb roasted potatoes are a hearty and easy side to make for Tuscan chicken.
The key to perfecting this dish lies in the selection of herbs. Rosemary, thyme, and oregano mirror the Tuscan seasoning, so that’s what I’d go for. And to achieve that perfect crispy outside, don’t overcrowd your pan and ensure your potatoes are cut to a uniform size.
For an adventurous spin, mix in sweet potatoes or carrots to introduce a sweet note.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a budget friendly option.
Creamy polenta has a smooth, velvety texture and mild, buttery flavor making it the perfect base for a rich Tuscan chicken. I always stir in som freshly grated Parmesan cheese as the polenta cooks, to add some umami.
If creamy polenta isn’t for you, then you can also try grilled or fried polenta which has a firm texture and can hold its shape.
Why we love this recipe: polenta is a blank canvas.
Sourdough is my favorite type of bread, it’s fun to make and feels like a real accomplishment when you pull it out of the oven. Plus your house will smell amazing.
All you need to do is serve a slice or two alongside your Tuscan chicken, but if you want to go the extra mile, brush the bread with olive oil and sprinkle over some Italian herbs before lightly toasting.
Why we love this recipe: if you bake a whole loaf you can have sourdough for days.
Give your Tuscan chicken an extra nourishing boost with a veggie side dish!
Roasted veggies are a popular choice, but if you don’t want to fire up the oven, steamed veggies are the next best option.
And if you want something reminiscent of the tasty starchy-heavy sides, try cauliflower rice.
All a tasty chicken main really needs is some green veggies next to it.
Enter: lemon parmesan roasted broccoli.
Not only is it easy to make, but it’s also delicious!
Pro tip: make sure your broccoli is as dry as possible before tossing it in oil – this will help it get extra crispy.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a super delicious way to eat broccoli.
Spinach parmesan zucchini noodles
Craving some pasta but trying to cut down your carb intake?
Don’t worry, these zucchini noodles have you covered.
They’re fun to make, fun to eat, and of course tasty. Especially when they’re covered in the sauce from your chicken.
You only need 5 ingredients to make these .
Why we love this recipe: you can enjoy second helpings with no guilt!
Cilantro lime cauliflower rice
Rice doesn’t have to be boring.
This cilantro lime cauliflower rice is healthy, bright, and zesty.
It’s a great low-carb option that will freshen up any meal, especially like Tuscan chicken which has a decadent sauce.
Psst… not a fan of cauliflower rice? You can also use normal rice.
Why we love this recipe: it’s a great way to sneak more vegetables into your meal.
Roasted lemon pepper asparagus
Want your Tuscan chicken to be the star of the show but think it needs something more?
Try adding roasted lemon pepper asparagus as a side dish.
It provides a nice crunchy texture, and has a hint of acidity to counteract the rich cream sauce. But it won’t overpower the dish.
Why we love this recipe: asparagus is a sure sign that summer is nearly here!
Sweet creamed corn casserole
I can only describe this side dish as the perfect lovechild of cornbread and creamed corn, and when I say perfect – I mean perfect.
It has just the right amount of sweetness that’ll have you coming back for seconds.
Psst… your dinner is going to be pretty heavy with this and Tuscan chicken, so plan for a nice big nap afterwards.
Why we love this recipe: it’s kid friendly.
Sautéed green beans
Another really simple but tasty side I find myself making a lot is sautéed green beans.
It’s a much better way of cooking them than boiling because they keep some crunch and their vibrant green color.
You can also infused them flavors like garlic or ginger. YUM.
Why we love this recipe: it’s light and healthy.
What To Serve With Tuscan Chicken [20 Sides]
- Spinach parmesan zucchini noodles
- Simple fried gnocchi
- Lemon pepper asparagus
- Fresh garden salad … and more
- Prepare your Tuscan chicken according to your favorite recipe.
- In the meantime, choose one of the following sides to serve alongside it.
- Side dishes include: lemon parmesan roasted broccoli, garlic mashed potatoes, fresh garden salad, fettuccine alfredo, spinach parmesan zucchini noodles, easy cheesy garlic bread, arugula parmesan pine nut salad, simple fried gnocchi, cilantro lime cauliflower rice, roasted lemon pepper asparagus, sweet creamed corn casserole, colorful beet salad, baked mushroom rice, and panzanella salad.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!