Best Side Dishes for Fried Chicken: 6 Side Dishes Recipes

28 Comments
3 minutes
August 4, 2022
Andi Gleeson

You can’t beat a good chicken dinner, but what will you have on the side? Read on to see some of my favorite side dishes for fried chicken!

Fried chicken is twice as good when it's paired with the best side dishes! Find six perfect recipe ideas to make with your next chicken dinner.

What Goes Well with Fried Chicken?

We live a few blocks from a little grocery store. When you walk within a block of the store around lunch or dinner time, you can hardly resist stopping in. Why? Because the scrumptious aroma of fresh fried chicken permeates the air! OMG. Fried chicken smells SO GOOD! My boys always beg me to buy it!

If you’re a regular at The Weary Chef, you know that I’m pretty wimpy when it comes to deep-frying foods. Like, I don’t do it, ever. A pot of hot oil sounds like a medical emergency or messy disaster just waiting to happen. I can make a mean pan-fried chicken or baked “fried” chicken, but when it comes to the real thing, I let the experts at the grocery store take care of it ;)

Grab yo' self some Safeway Signature Fried Chicken and find a perfect side dish recipe to go with it!

Even if you buy pre-cooked chicken, you can still make it a homemade meal with the side dishes! I put together a list of 10 of my favorite recipes to pair with crispy, delicious fried chicken. Check these out!

6 Side Dishes Recipes for Fried Chicken

Deviled Egg Potato Salad by The Weary Chef

Enjoy deviled egg potato salad as a side at your next BBQ!

Southern Biscuits by Life, Love, and Good Food

Southern Biscuits by Life, Love, and Good Food

Classic Macaroni Salad by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Classic Macaroni Salad by Love Bakes Good Cakes

Easy Creamy Mac and Cheese by The Weary Chef

Creamy Easy Mac and Cheese

Copycat KFC Coleslaw by Little Dairy on the Prairie

Copycat KFC Coleslaw by Little Dairy on the Prairie

Duke’s Mayonnaise Mashed Potatoes by Spicy Southern Kitchen

Duke's Mayonnaise Mashed Potatoes by Spicy Southern Kitchen

Did I leave out any of your favorite fried chicken sides? Tell me in the comments below!

 

Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

28 comments

Kira S
6 years ago

Other than the repugnant rage of a comment on the top, I would need to fully agree that these all look so yummy and perfect for fried chicken. If a certain someone is such a pro regarding sides, I’m not sure why she had to go searching. Plus, not everyone looking for chicken sides is US American and would welcome these already perfect classic pairings as suggestions…because why recreate perfection…

Mary
6 years ago

Corn on the cob.

alyssa faison
7 years ago

Either your children have giant hands or those are pigeon legs. You have the mac salad plated with a hot dog. In an article about fried chicken side dishes. 2 are potato dishes and 2 macaroni. Not much variety there. Disappointing. I came for help and got a commercial for Safeway.

Andi Gleeson
7 years ago

Hi, Alyssa. This is surely one of the rudest comments I’ve ever received, and it’s really uncalled for. I put together a list of classic side dishes for fried chicken. I’m not sure what kind of innovation you were looking for, but I hope you find it elsewhere.

Linda
7 years ago

Thank you for defending yourself, Love your recipes.

Crystal
7 years ago

Omg shut up .. how stupid lol.

April
7 years ago

My first time here and everything looks delicious. I was surprised to see such a vitriolic comment and it has no place here or on anyone’s blog

Sharon
6 years ago

OH ALYSSA!! Some people aren’t happy unless they are being as nasty and UGLY as possible. Sad, pathetic creature!! Embarrassing to be in the same species category as this troll, but I fine your recipes and side dish options to be VERY helpful and appetizing. Ready to make this meal tonight … Thanks!!

Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes
8 years ago

I am such a sucker for fried chicken …. it is one of my guilty pleasures!! Like you, I don’t like the mess and dealing with the grease – this definitely looks like the way to go and the perfect way to get my fried chicken fix! You can bet I’ll be watching for those Friday specials, too!! :D Thanks so much for including my potato salad with the other yummy side dishes!!

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

It’s so worth being a guilty pleasure. I love it too. Thanks, Jamie! xo

Cathy@LemonTreeDwelling
8 years ago

Such a perfect EASY weeknight meal! It all looks so good!

Angie | Big Bear's Wife
8 years ago

That mac and cheese is my favorite! Those are all perfect sides but I have to say that mac and cheese will always have my heart.

Renee Goerger
8 years ago

I love the looks of all these side dishes so much. A fried chicken dinner with all the sides is like one of the best things in the entire world!!!

Jenny B @ Honey and Birch
8 years ago

Everything looks delicious, especially that chicken!!

Amy Engberson
8 years ago

I swear I can smell fried chicken from a mile away, and when I get a whiff of it, I just have to have some! This fried chicken looks so yummy and the sides would take it over the top!

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

It seriously has to be one of the best smells. It’s irresistible! Thanks, Amy :)

Susannah Brinkley
8 years ago

You totally nailed it on these sides! <3

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

*highfive*

Ginny McMeans
8 years ago

Very tempting indeed! I am always spying the sides at Safeway. Something a little extra for my husband and he seems very happy about ti.

Andi @ The Weary Chef
8 years ago

They have a lot of good ones! Thanks, Ginny :)

Kacey @ The Cookie Writer
8 years ago

Arg, everything about this post has me drooling and wishing I was having some sides right now! Never enough sides for chicken!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks, Kacey!

Becky | The Cookie Rookie
8 years ago

I totally agree!!! All are perfect sides for Fried Chicken!!! My fave is the mac n cheese!!!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks, Becky! I am always in the mood for mac and cheese ?

Kelly @ Life made Sweeter
8 years ago

Everything looks amazing! My family is such a big fan of fried chicken and would gobble up everything including the side dishes in no time!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

That chicken is so good. It didn’t last long! Thanks, Kelly ?

Lisa @ Snappy Gourmet
8 years ago

Whoah! That chicken looks incredible! Great looking side dishes too!

Andi - The Weary Chef
8 years ago

Thanks, Lisa. It really is so good!

Leave a Reply

Your rating

Related Recipes