15 Side Dishes to Serve with Roast Chicken

15 Side Dishes to Serve with Roast Chicken

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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 15 side dishes to round out your roast chicken dinner.

First, Roast Your Chicken

It's very simple: How To Roast the Perfect Chicken

1. Garlicky Parmesan Sweet Potatoes

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.

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2. Easy Buttery Garlic Rice

Start with a generous pat of butter and plenty of thinly sliced garlic and you're in for a pot of rice that is anything but boring.

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3. Easy Lemon-Ginger Spinach

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.

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4. Oven-Roasted Frozen Broccoli

Not only can you roast broccoli straight from the freezer, but it is down right delicious and irresistibly crispy. Top it with a shower of grated Parm and finish with a squeeze of lemon for good measure.

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5. How To Make Glazed Carrots

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.

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6. Light & Easy Broccoli Salad

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.

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7. How To Make Scalloped Potatoes

A dish of these creamy potatoes is a surefire way to turn roast chicken into a downright comforting dinner everyone around the table will devour.

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8. Braised Radishes with Shallots and Bacon

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.

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9. Irish Creamed Kale

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.

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10. Garlic & Sour Cream Mashed Cauliflower

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.

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11. 3-Bean Israeli Couscous Salad

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.

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12. How To Cook Green Beans

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.

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13. Salt and Vinegar Cucumbers

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.

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14. Salt & Vinegar Potatoes

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.

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15. Sheet Pan Roasted Tomatoes & Mushrooms

Since the oven's already fired up, this sheet pan side feels like a natural fit. The tomatoes soften enough to make them a little bit saucy, which is perfect for dragging your chicken through.

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