Roast chicken is a timeless classic that never ceases to leave us feeling comforted and totally satisfied. And hey, you don't even need to roast it yourself — picking up a rotisserie chicken on the way home from work totally counts!
Roast chicken doesn't need a lot to turn it into a meal — a simple side or two will do. From roasted potatoes to simple salads, here are 14 side dishes to round out 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.
The key to nailing this simple side is to always start with more spinach than you think you need. If it seems like too much, it's probably just about right.
For this super-simple side, thick chunks of sweet potato are roasted and then dusted with a snowy layer of nutty Parmesan that turns irresistibly crisp around the edges after a few minutes under the broiler.
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.
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.
Radishes are just getting ready to pop up at the farmers market! 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's hard to beat this simple summery side with roast chicken. Pull it together as soon as the chicken goes in the oven, so the cukes have plenty of time to soak up some tang.