20 Sides to Serve with Baked Chicken Breast

20 Sides to Serve with Baked Chicken Breast

Kelli Foster
Apr 9, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

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 10 easy side dish options to round out dinner.

Simple Salads

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.

Tangy Slaws

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.

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.

Oven-Baked Sides

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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