Forget “tastes like chicken.” We prefer “tastes like healthy.” Chicken is an easy, nutritious addition to your menu—but don’t let it hog your table. Pair it with one of these 8 healthy sides for chicken recipes.
Chicken is a fantastic food choice when you’re looking for a high-quality protein that satisfies the appetite. Chicken meat contains essential amino acids and is naturally low in sodium. We love chicken because it’s super-versatile. Incorporate it into comfort foods, ethnic cuisine, or create your own signature recipe—no matter how you serve it, chicken is an excellent foundation for so many healthy dishes.
We’ve chosen versatile side dishes that pair well with many recipes. Like all the meals on SkinnyMs., these healthy sides for chicken recipes use clean-eating superfoods that nourish your body with antioxidants and vitamins without sacrificing flavor. For chicken entrée ideas, check out 10 Easy and Delicious Chicken Recipes or Honey-Glazed Chicken Skewers with Couscous Salad.
1. Balsamic Roasted Carrots
Serve up a side of healthy goodness with this fresh take on ho-hum carrot recipes. We’ve seasoned them with balsamic vinegar, fresh thyme, and more.
2. Parmesan Zucchini
You’ll love pairing this tender five-ingredient side dish with your favorite chicken recipes.
3. Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes
Ditch the comfort food guilt with healthy sides like this one. The dish yields tender, lightly seasoned taters.
4. Green Bean and Tomato Salad
Surprise your family with clean eating flair! This delicious salad is packed with antioxidants.
5. Lentils and Pea Risotto
Made with extra virgin olive oil, this side dish for chicken recipes is a light, healthy alternative to traditional risotto recipes.
6. Herbed Couscous with Arugula and Pistachios
The combination of whole wheat couscous and herbs like cilantro and mint makes this a fresh dish to serve with your favorite entrées.
7. Crispy Oven Fries
A family favorite! These crisp oven fries are one of those healthy sides for chicken recipes like sandwiches and hoagies.
8. Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
With 49 calories per serving, flavorful mashed cauliflower is a nutritious and delicious alternative to mashed potatoes.
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