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Chicken breasts are a meal-plan mainstay, because even when I pull a pack from the freezer without a plan for cooking it, I know I can pop them in the oven for a simple, satisfying supper. As for a side, anything and everything is fair game when it comes to pairing food with mild-mannered chicken breasts.
Whether you love a good salad or slaw that can be tossed together in minutes, or a roasted veggie side that can cook alongside the chicken, here are 20 easy side dish options to round out your dinner.
Part of the beauty of mild-mannered chicken breast is that it can partner well with just about anything. So on the nights I want a fresh, somewhat healthyish dinner, I throw together a simple salad with whatever veggies I have hanging out in the crisper, sometimes bulking it up with any leftover grains.
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Radish and Goat Cheese Farro Salad Bowl Go to Recipe
This hearty grain salad is a celebration of spring radishes and all their flavors, textures, and forms. First, grab the most colorful bunch of radishes you can get your hands on; the array of pinks, purples, and reds will make you smile.
While the chicken is cooking, it takes next to no effort to toss together a crunchy slaw that’s packed with flavor. It’s certainly easy to prep the veggies for a slaw, although I am all in favor of taking advantage of those super-convenient pre-shredded bags in the produce section for a time-saving shortcut.
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Cabbage and Apple Slaw with Honey-Lime Dressing Go to Recipe
Great slaw can upstage salad whenever it gets a chance. This one, full of sweet and crisp apples and dressed with honey and lime, is familiar yet not run-of-the-mill. It pairs with everything from a ham sandwich to fish tacos, but is satisfying enough to stand on its own as a meatless meal.
Quick Stovetop Sides
Once the chicken goes into the oven, it’s hands-off cooking, which leaves you with just enough time to toss together a quick stovetop side, like cauliflower rice, spinach, a pot of couscous, or some meaty, herbed mushrooms.
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Asparagus & Radishes with Mint Go to Recipe
This quick, easy side dish tosses them together with a handful of mint. If these are the elves, then mint is the good fairy of spring, and deserves to appear as often as possible.
The oven’s already on, so why not take advantage of it and cook up some veggies right alongside the chicken?
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Brown Butter Radishes Go to Recipe
Bathed in warm brown butter, hit with a healthy squeeze of lemon juice, and finished with a loving sprinkle of flaky sea salt, this radish recipe is such a stunner of a side dish that it may cause you to plan an entire dinner party around it.
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Roasted Carrots with Orange Go to Recipe
The hint of bitterness in a roasted orange rind might not be for everyone; the bitter-averse can toss the carrots with four orange slices instead of little slivers, and fish them out before serving.