We have listed below the 24 best side dishes for chicken salad that you should absolutely try at least once in your life. Although some of the dishes on the list may be a bit odd to others, once you have tried and tasted them, you will definitely want more of them.
We surely tried to find the oddest yet most delicious pairing for the chicken salad, but there are also other recipes that you may find on the list wherein people have been doing it already.
The reason why we also added to the list the pairings that are quite unusual is because we wanted to challenge chicken salad lovers to get out of their comfort zone and try to taste new things!
1. Chicken Salad with Croissant by Simply Made Eats
You do not really have to worry about what to pair with your chicken salad; particularly when you have a croissant at home. It is always a perfect idea to stuff your croissant with a chicken salad because this classic recipe will not take much of your time to prepare.
Moreover, it will satisfy not only your cravings but also your taste buds. You just need to prepare all the necessary ingredients to make a chicken salad; just put them all inside the bowl and stir them well.
After doing so, cover it with plastic wrap and let it freeze in the fridge for about 30 minutes before serving. Then once ready, you can now stuff your croissant with the chicken salad. Awesome right?
2. Chicken Salad paired with Ciabatta Roll by What’s Mama Cookin 4 Us
Getting ready for work, and you want to bring some packed snacks? Well then, this chicken salad on a ciabatta roll is perfect for you, especially when you are in a rush.
Having the chicken salad as a spread on a ciabatta roll is not only healthy for you, but you will no longer have to worry during the process because the steps are absolutely easy to follow.
Well, ciabatta rolls are basically made with just 4 ingredients which include: flour, yeast, salt, and water. On the other hand, for the chicken salad, you will only need some sliced grapes, boiled and chopped chicken breasts, mayonnaise, walnuts, onions, apples, and celery leaves.
Aren’t the ingredients easy to find and prepare? You just have to mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, and voila! You now have a chicken salad spread for your ciabatta roll.
3. Wicked Baked Beans by Simply Scratch
You cannot think of a perfect side dish to pair with your chicken salad? Fret not, because we just got you covered. Make sure to try this pot of wicked baked beans, especially if you are fond of eating dishes that have a balance between sweetness and spiciness.
This recipe is so easy to follow and will not take much of your time to prepare as long as all the necessary ingredients are already prepared.
This wicked baked bean is a perfect pair for your chicken salad because of its spicy Jalapeños and smoky bacon that contrast with the sourness and sweetness of the crushed pineapple and sweet brown sugar, respectively. Moreover, its sauce will definitely make you drool!
4. Bread and Butter Pickles by Food Wishes
One of the picnic staples includes the bread and butter pickle. This side dish is often enjoyed and eaten the same way you eat a regular pickle. It is pretty much flexible because you can pair it with any kind of dish, including chicken salad.
You can also try and pair this side dish with all kinds of pastries, and it will still surely taste extraordinarily appetizing.
5. Fat Free Potato Chips by Brand New Vegan
Oh my goodness! Are you one of the people who are always conscious about their food intake? Worry not because we have found a perfect pairing for your healthy chicken salad, which is this fat-free potato chips!
Oops, you may tell us how come potato chips become a healthy pairing for chicken salad, wherein this snack is well-known to be unhealthy. Well, potatoes are generally healthy; what makes them unhealthy is the amount of sodium and oil used to make them!
These fat-free potato chips are so easy to make you do not even have to lift a finger that much! All you need is some sliced potatoes, some seasonings such as garlic and onion powder, paprika, and the like.
Have it cooked using a microwave oven then you are done! You can now scoop up your chicken salad with fat-free potato chips and enjoy the crunchiness of your food.
6. Cornmeal Pancakes by Wicked Wench
Cornmeal pancakes are one of the classic side dishes that plenty of people love. It is undeniable that this side dish is pretty much versatile to the point that you can even serve this as a pairing for your chicken salad.
This is perfect for all ages, kids, and other picky eaters because you can be very adventurous and tryout different flavors by adding some ingredients depending on your preference.
The recipe is very easy to make, though, because it is quite similar to the common pancake recipe. What are you waiting for? Grab your chicken salad in the fridge and try it out with your cornmeal pancake.
7. Crispy Cracker Bread by King Arthur Baking
Dude, are you dead tired and alone in your house? And you have nothing left in your fridge except for the chicken salad that your mom made before she left for an international business trip? Well, we are here to save you, so better not worry, okay? Y
ou can still get your stomach full with the chicken salad, especially when you pair it best with crispy cracker bread. Carbs can make you full, too, right?!
The steps in making crispy cracker bread do not take much of your time because it will only take you at least 3 hours to prepare and bake about 3 dozens of 3 inches of square cracker breads that you can enjoy regardless of what you are doing, may it be binge-watching Netflix series, reading books, or surfing the internet.
All you need is high-gluten flour, pizza dough flavor, instant yeast, olive oil, and water. Top and finish it off with some herbs, seeds, salt, and pizza seasoning of your choice then you are done. Its various flavors complement the chicken salad well. So what are you waiting for? Scoop some up and enjoy the meal!
8. Garlic Dill Pickles by Weekend at the Cottage
Another side dish best paired with your chicken salad is the garlic dill pickles. You can absolutely make one even if it is just your first time due to its wonderful recipe that does not require much skill to be able to ace it.
Moreover, you can probably enjoy this as your side dish with your chicken salad because the tenderness of the chicken and the crunchiness of the vegetables balances well with the brittleness of the garlic dill pickles.
9. French Baguette by Taste of Artisan
You may be a bit anxious thinking of what to pair your chicken salad with early in the morning. Geez, no worries because we have got great news for you, and it is lit! Do you have a French baguette at home? If you do not have one yet, then we will help you to make one!
It is crusty yet chewy and flavorful, making it a perfect pair for your chicken salad. It is so easy to make this French baguette recipe as long as you have all the necessary ingredients at home, such as: all-purpose flour, salt, water, yeast, and honey for additional flavor; then you can just follow the steps in this recipe.
Dude, we are not exaggerating when we say this, but chicken salad is a great spread onto your French baguette. The crunchy crust and the softness of the chicken salad are a perfect balance as they dance in your mouth as you chew them.
10. Grilled Lettuce by Heartbeet Kitchen
You might never have heard of it yet, but grilled lettuce has been making its name worldwide as a snack or as a side dish because of how tasty it is! You can pair it with a lot of dishes or just enjoy it by itself.
Did you know that grilled lettuce is also served and enjoyed with a chicken salad? Yes, you heard it right!
Make sure to try pairing your chicken salad with the grilled lettuce because the smokey flavor of the lettuce as well as the crispness of its edges, balances well with the creamy texture and the tenderness of the chicken.
11. Healthy Seed Crackers by Clean Eating Kitchen
Chicken dinner, chicken salad! Did you lose in a bet over an online game? That is okay! It is still GGWP or a good game well played! You lost the game already, and what makes it more annoying is that the only food left in your fridge is the classic chicken salad!
Frustrating, right? Fret not because we’ve got you covered! Why not pair it with a more vegan and gluten-free side dish? You might not have heard of it yet, but seed crackers are one of the go-to chicken salad pairings, among others.
This side dish is healthy in a way that it has no preservatives and is very nutritious. Moreover, the recipe is so easy to follow, and it will take you no more than half an hour! What are you waiting for? Dip this seed cracker into your bowl of chicken salad and devour it!
12. Crispy Okra Fries by Food Prime
Not all people are fond of Okra because of its slimy texture in the mouth once gobbled. But have you ever tried using it as a better and healthier replacement for French fries?
Yes, you heard us right! You can use Okra as a substitute for potato fries because it is rich in nutrients such as Magnesium, Vitamins A and C, and other antioxidants.
It is also good to consume Okra because of its health benefits which help in reducing the risks of serious and fatal diseases. Moreover, it is a perfect side dish for your chicken salad; the crunchiness of the thinly sized fried Okra matches well with the delicate texture of the chicken salad.
You do not have to worry about the crispy okra recipe because it will not take about 10 minutes to cook it. All you need is an Okra and have it thinly sliced before frying.
13. Cheddar Cheese Straws by Southern Living
Another one included on the list of the best side dishes for chicken salad is the Cheddar Cheese Straw. This cheddar cheese stick is not only ideal for a party snack but also as a side dish for your chicken salad.
People love the cheddar cheese straw because it is flavorful with a subtle hint of pepper. You will highly appreciate the balance between the meaty texture and the creaminess of the chicken salad as well the delicate flavor of the cheese.
The cheddar cheese straw is so effortless to make and will only take about half an hour, provided that all the 6 necessary ingredients are readily available and within your reach. This is definitely a big hit to the kids! Who does not love cheese? No one hates cheese, right?
14. Spinach Tortilla by Cooking Carnival
Have you ever heard of a spinach tortilla? We all know how healthy green leafy spinach is because of its richness in Iron, Potassium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and so much more which makes it a good choice to be an alternative to the usual tortilla we all know.
Spinach often helps in decreasing stress as well as preventing fatal diseases such as cancer and heart disease. So in case you have been watching out for your food intake because you are advised to have a healthy diet, then spinach tortilla is the best option to pair with your chicken salad.
15. Crispy Celery Sticks by Food Network
Are you a health buff who is always conscious about your food intake? However, eating almost the same dish every day can sometimes get a little bit boring, right? Fret not because we’ve got you covered!
Today, we are going to share with you an unusual food pairing, but you will absolutely enjoy and love this. Take the chicken salad out of your fridge and a bunch of celery. We are going to make a crispy celery stick that you can dip into your bowl of chicken salad.
This crispy celery sticks recipe does not take much time to prepare and will only take you less than an hour. Just make sure you have all the necessary ingredients, such as vegetable oil, all-purpose flour, seasonings such as black pepper and salt, beaten eggs, panko breadcrumbs, and of course, the celery stalks themselves.
The process of marinating, breading, and cooking the celery sticks is somewhat similar to cooking a fried chicken. Isn’t it so easy? Enjoy the balance between the crispy celery stick and the meaty chicken salad.
16. Oven Roasted Asparagus by Terri-Ann’s Kitchen
Another easy-to-make side dish for your chicken salad is the oven-roasted asparagus which is quite easy to make that will not take more or less than 10 minutes because you just have to place it in a pan, and sprinkle some seasoning of your choice for additional flavor, before letting it roast in the oven for quite some time.
Voila, your oven-roasted asparagus is finally ready to be devoured and dipped in a bowl of chicken salad. The roasted asparagus is a perfect side dish or snack to be paired with any kind of dish.
Moreover, it is not only rich in nutrients, but it is also quite good for your body as it has a lot of health benefits, which include brain boosters, helps in lowering your blood pressure, and it also helps in preventing cancer.
17. Creamy Chicken Potato Soup Recipe with Bacon by Fearless Dining
You might find creamy chicken potato soup with bacon and a chicken salad pairing a bit odd, but it is absolutely worth a try!
The creamy chicken potato soup balances well with the meaty texture of the chicken salad. These two work well, especially on a very cold winter day when you feel a little bit blue and just want to devour food that can give comfort.
18. Ham and Potato Soup by Tasty
If you want something hot to pair with your chicken salad, you should consider ham and potato soup. This recipe is very easy to follow, especially when you already have all the necessary ingredients within your reach as you cook it.
Moreover, the final outcome of this recipe is creamy yet filled with nutrients because of the vegetables included in it, such as potatoes, carrots, and more.
The creaminess of the hot ham and soup balances well with the crispness of the vegetables, as well as the tender texture and coldness of the entire chicken salad.
19. Sauteed Kale with Chicken Salad by Food & Wine
Another one on the list of side dishes that you can pair with your chicken salad is Sauteed Kale. The Sauteed Kale does not require much time to prepare.
You should not be worried about the ingredients simply because most of them are often available in the comforts of your home or at a local grocery store near you.
The key to this pairing is its freshness. Hence, make sure that you chill them first before serving them. Allowing it to chill for quite some time makes the kale breaks down while at the same time allowing the seasonings and flavors to blend together.
20. Cornbread by Preppy Kitchen
You might not know it yet, but cornbread is included in the highly recommended chicken salad side dishes. It is rich in flavor with a fluffy texture side dish that is extraordinarily similar to making a loaf of bread.
This is absolutely a must-try because the softness of the bread complements the texture of the chicken salad. This cornbread, together with the chicken salad, is best accompanied by some wine or hot coffee.
21. Easy Creamed Corn by The Blond Cook
As long as you are up for an adventure, your meal will never look and taste the same! Try pairing your delicious chicken salad with creamy corn. Though some people may find this pairing a bit odd but, trust us, we are not exaggerating when we say you might forget your name because of how good it is!
Or worse, you will get addicted to this pairing. It is a one-true pairing or what kids these days call OTP! The creamy corn has a perfect balance between sweetness and spiciness due to its seasonings, such as the sugar, black pepper, kosher salt, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and of course, the corn itself!
What makes this recipe more exciting is that it is ready to be eaten in just 15 minutes! Great, right? You do not have to waste much time just to prepare your meal, but it is still as scrumptious as it looks!
22. Bacon Crumbles by My Tiny Kitchen
This might be great news for bacon lovers out there because bacon is considered to be one of the best side dishes for chicken salad. People prefer enjoying and devouring their chicken salad with some bacon crumbles.
The tenderness of the chicken compliments well with the crunchiness and freshness of the vegetables, as well as the crispness of the bacon, making this trio a perfect combination. Anyone can easily do this crumbled bacon recipe, even those who are really bad at cooking.
This recipe can be done in less than half an hour, so you enjoy it as soon as you are done preparing it.
23. Homemade Brownies by Love and Lemons
You might find this pairing a bit odd, but some people find it great! It is the brownies and the chicken salad! Some people enjoy brownies as a side dish for their chicken salad. It is like a balance between a healthy and an unhealthy snack.
A battle between what you should eat and what you should not eat. However, life is too short not to enjoy delicious food, right? So make sure to try this pairing at least once in your life.
There is a balance between the sweetness and moisture of the brownies together with the creamy and textured chicken salad because of its vegetable and mayonnaise.
24. Classic Buffalo with Chicken Salad by At Home Cooking
Are you hungry? But you cannot think of something to eat to satisfy your empty stomach? Make sure that you try out this Classic Buffalo Chicken Salad with some chicken tenderloins!
This is a classic pairing that will certainly make anyone drool whoever sees the finished product. This classic buffalo chicken salad with some chicken tenderloins recipe is quite easy to make as anyone of age can ace this.
This is quite a healthy chicken salad pair because there is also a balance between the crunchiness of the lettuce and the softness of a handful of spinach leaves.
It is so easy to make because you just have to mix all the chopped vegetables and add some dressing altogether before putting in the classic chicken buffalo and the tenderloins. Finish it off by drizzling any ranch on top of your salad before devouring it!
You can now enjoy your chicken salad by choosing one of the 24 best side dishes for chicken salad we have listed above. You do not have to worry about your health because most of the best side dishes on the list are beneficial for you.
Hence, you will no longer have to worry about your food intake most especially when you are on a strict healthy diet. Therefore, you will be able to enjoy your chicken salad with its pairing without being guilty and anxious about your overall health.
24 Best Side Dishes to Serve With Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad paired with Ciabatta Roll by What’s Mama Cookin 4 Us
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