When fall finally returns, we start to crave roast chicken. You can eat it just out of the oven on the first night, make chicken salad for lunch the next day, and make chicken noodle soup after that.
Make your roast chicken dinner even better with a selection of tasty sides. We have plenty of suggestions to help you fill the table. Here are our top 25 sides for your roast chicken dinner.
First, Roast Your Chicken
It's very simple: How To Roast the Perfect Chicken
This recipe is perfect from spring all the way until the fall, when the last of the carrots and beets make their appearance at the farmers market. It is a delightfully fresh pairing for roast chicken.
For anyone who enjoys salt and vinegar chips, this is how to add that same flavor to your dinner table. The sharpness of the vinegar cuts through and balances the richness of the chicken.
When you've spent all your time getting your roast chicken just right, you need a side dish that's a snap to make, which is exactly where this Broccolini recipe comes in. You can prep it while the chicken roasts and pop it in the oven to cook while the bird rests.
Upgrade your normal Brussels sprouts with a drizzle of pomegranate molasses, which helps balance the earthiness of the sprouts. And shanklish? It's a delicious labneh-based dipping sauce.
Sometimes the best meals are the simplest. This glazed carrot recipe is foolproof, and is a great one to have in your back pocket on a busy weeknight.
Would you believe that this side dish only takes five minutes to make? Thanks to frozen butternut squash, you can get this on the table in no time. And the spicy side is a welcome departure from traditional pairings for roast chicken.
The plumped-up dried cherries and crunchy walnuts give this salad great texture, and the Gouda shavings are irresistible.
Orzo salads might be one of our favorite dishes to serve with roast chicken. They are in that zone somewhere between a pasta dish and a grain salad, and this version with butternut squash is decidedly fall-appropriate.
Sometimes you don't want something overly heavy or rich alongside your roast chicken, and that's when this broccoli salad comes in handy. It's almost slaw-like in texture.
This side dish is utterly simple and utterly delicious. The tender veggies benefit from the rich brown butter sauce, and the hint of lemon keeps it from tasting too heavy.
Chicken and wild rice were practically made for each other. But instead of a heavy cream-based soup or a rich pilaf, this wild rice salad keeps things on the lighter side so that the roast chicken can really shine.
Those few lingering radishes at the farmers market are just begging to be made into this dish. If you've only eaten radishes raw, you're in for a treat. Braising them tempers their heat and brings out a bit of sweetness.
This recipe puts a fresh twist on the classic combination of chicken and broccoli. And if you have a bag of frozen broccoli, you can get this side dish on the table in just five minutes. It's a recipe worth memorizing.
Take advantage of the few lingering summer squash to make your traditional gratin even more appetizing. Of course, the creamy goat cheese helps, too.
In the summer months, we like our salads light and refreshing to compensate for the hot temperatures. But once it starts to get cooler, we'll start adding hot bread croutons to our salads. If you've closed up the grill, make everything in the oven for the same warm results.
This warm lentil salad, inspired by a trip to France, is the perfect dish to accompany roast chicken for a dinner party. It hits that sweet spot of being simple but impressive, and will have your guests raving.
Kale sometimes elicits an eye roll since it's such a trendy ingredient, but if you've had your fill of it in salads or grain bowls, try it in this rich, buttery incarnation.
Butternut squash and sweet potatoes have a lot in common, and can be frequently swapped in any given dish, but you rarely see them served together. This roasted side dish changes that, and will have you thinking about combining them more often.
You might actually be able to trick your kids into eating cauliflower, thanks to this buttery recipe that tastes more like mashed potatoes than cauliflower. Even better? It only takes five minutes to whip up.
You can make this rich, comforting side dish with either fresh or frozen corn, making it a winner year-round. Just be sure to make as much as your slow cooker can handle — your dinner guests will want seconds.
This is one of those transitional sides that works just as well in late summer as it does in early fall. Mostly because we can't get enough of the fresh dill flavor.
Let's face it — mac and cheese goes with everything. Especially when the mac and cheese in question is prepared on the stovetop and practically drowning in breadcrumbs.
Perfectly cooked green beans require two steps: sautéing and steaming. The good news is that you can do it all in one pan. And then the fun begins as you choose just how you want to season or top them. We have 10 fantastic ideas.
Take advantage of the fact that you can actually get decent cherry or grape tomatoes year-round by making this tasty tomato side dish. It's easy to prep while the chicken is resting before being served.
Ratatouille is one of our favorite dishes when we want a veggie-filled, but warming side dish. And of course, we'll always choose to prepare something in the slow cooker if we have the option to.