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What Goes With BBQ Chicken

Are you wondering what goes with BBQ chicken? We’ve gathered 37 tasty side dishes, including classic sides like Southern potato salad and vinegar coleslaw, to non-traditional sides like pressgurka and saffron rice. 

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What Goes Well With BBQ Chicken?

When it comes to BBQ chicken, there are loads of delicious side dishes you can serve alongside it. Check out some of these mouth-watering options, from corn on the cob and coleslaw to tangy salad or sauces to dip the chicken in. These additions will take your barbecue chicken feast to the next level.

A serving dish of BBQ Chicken drumsticks.

Start with a Recipe for BBQ Chicken

If you don’t have a go-to chicken recipes, try baked BBQ chicken! The drumsticks are seasoned with a delicious, homemade BBQ rub and cooked to perfection in the oven. They roast for 35 minutes – resulting in crispy-skinned and juicy chicken. If baked BBQ chicken isn’t your thing, try them in the air fryer, smoker, or grill. And now that you’ve made it, let’s take a look at what goes with BBQ chicken?

The Most Popular BBQ Chicken Sides

1. Vinegar Coleslaw

A serving of vinegar coleslaw.

Tangy homemade vinegar coleslaw perfectly complements your favorite BBQ dishes, adding a refreshing zing and a satisfying crunch to every bite. Coleslaw is a classic side dish to serve alongside smoky BBQ chicken. For another variation, try homemade coleslaw with mint and cilantro.

2. Southern Potato Salad

A close up of Southern potato salad with a hard boiled egg.

Old-fashioned Southern potato salad features fork-tender potatoes and hard boiled eggs dressed in a well-seasoned and creamy sauce.

3. Gluten Free Pasta Salad

Gluten free pasta salad in a serving bowl.

Enjoy our gluten free pasta salad made with a variety of greens! The mouth-watering salad is a perfect side dish with any meal.

4. Healthy Potato Salad

Healthy potato salad in a serving bowl.

Healthy potato salad combines fork-tender potatoes, hard boiled eggs, celery, pickles, and onions, in a protein-packed Greek yogurt-based sauce. Creamy potato salad is a popular BBQ dide dish.

5. Baked Beans with Hamburger

Baked beans in a serving bowl.

Southern-style baked beans with hamburger aren’t just a tasty side for a BBQ or potluck. By combining baked beans with ground beef and bacon, it transforms the traditional American side into a filling and complete meal – all you need is a buttery side of cornbread!

6. Dutch Oven Mac and Cheese

A serving of mac and cheese.

If you’re looking for the creamiest, cheesiest side dish to pair with an entree, one-pot Dutch oven mac and cheese is the way to go. The comforting and cheesy side dish pairs well with BBQ chicken and is loved by both kids and adults.

7. Grilled Corn on the Cob

Four ears of corn on the cob flavored with butter.
Photo Credit: Homemade Heather

Corn on the cob is a fantastic side dish, offering a sweet and savory element to your meal. And if you’re looking for other recipes for cooking corn on the stovetop or in the oven, read how to cook corn on the cob.

Potato Side Dishes

8. Roasted Potatoes

Roasted potatoes on a serving plate.

Make perfectly seasoned and irresistibly crispy roasted rotatoes in the oven, and since they’re so versatile you can pair them with anything.

9. Air Fryer Hasselback Potatoes

A close up of air fryer hasselback potatoes.

Make crispy air fryer hasselback potatoes in 20 minutes by slicing the potatoes accordion-style and coating them in rich and flavorful garlic butter.

10. Air Fryer Frozen Sweet Potato Fries

Air fryer sweet potato fries in a fry cup.

Swap regular fries for sweet potato fries for a healthier twist. They are sweet, savory, and provide a delicious contrast to the smoky chicken.

Salad Sides for BBQ Chicken

11. Avocado Cucumber Tomato Salad

Avocado cucumber tomato salad in a serving bowl.

Loaded with fresh herbs, juicy tomato, crisp cucumber, and creamy avocado, the addition of olive oil and lime finishes our avocado cucumber tomato salad for a perfect side dish or light meal. 

12. Pressgurka

Pressgurka arranged in a swirl on a plate.

Pressgurka is a quick pickled salad that is a perfect combination of sweet and sour. Pair the pressed cucumbers with savory dishes like meatballs or zesty BBQ chicken.

13. Chickpea Salad

Chickpeas salad in a serving dish ready to eat.

Who doesn’t love a recipe that comes together quickly? Make our chickpea salad ahead of time or on the day of for a tasty meal with fresh ingredients and full of protein.

14. Sumac Onions

A small bowl of sumac onions.

Marinated sumac onions or Turkish onion salad are a tangy addition to grilled meats, kabobs, salads, and vegetable side dishes. And if onions aren’t your thing, try sumac cucumbers.

15. Piyaz

Piyaz in a serving dish.

Fasulye piyaz combines simple ingredients for a perfect side to serve alongside any main entree, including BBQ chicken.

16. Creamy Corn Salad

A serving bowl of creamy corn salad.
Photo Credit: Will Cook for Smiles

Creamy corn salad is a simple corn salad made with a creamy dressing, instead of vinegar-based, red onion, bell pepper, and parsley.

17. Mexican Slaw

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Mexican slaw easily stands on its own as a side dish, but adds an extra layer of flavor and crunch to savory dinner entrees.

Pasta Side Dishes

18. Classic Macaroni Salad

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Classic macaroni salad is a delicious make-ahead side dish that serves a crowd. It’s perfect for potlucks, picnics and summer cookouts!

19. Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

A serving bowl of Pesto tortellini salad with a large spoon in it.
Photo Credit: I Heart Eating

Easy five-ingredient pesto tortellini pasta salad takes just minutes to make and is packed with flavor.

20. Hawaiian Macaroni Salad

A serving bowl of Hawaiian macaroni salad with a large spoon in it.
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Hawaiian macaroni salad, or mac salad, is a uniquely tangy and creamy twist on your classic BBQ side dish.

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21. Saffron Rice

Saffron rice with chicken kabobs in the background.

Does rice go with BBQ chicken? I say yes! Saffron rice combines long-grain basmati rice and fragrant saffron threads; the rice boasts a vibrant yellow color with a unique and delicious flavor and is often paired with Iranian joojeh kabob.

22. Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas

Instant Pot black eyed peas in a bowl.

Instant Pot black eyed peas are known for bringing good fortune. Ours is smoky, spicy, and brimming with flavor, leaving you feeling lucky.

23. Chili Lime Grilled Pineapple

Grilled pineapple skewers are serving on a plate with lime wedges with chilies in the background.
Photo Credit: Masala and Chai

Chili lime grilled pineapple spears are going to be the best side dish at your next barbecue! They are rubbed with a lime and an Indian street-style spice mix of chili, chaat masala, and salt. And grilling pineapple slices brings out their natural sweetness, caramelizing them slightly to add a spiced-tropical touch to your BBQ chicken meal.

Vegetable Sides

24. Crispy Cauliflower Bites

A plate of crispy cauliflower bites with a side of ranch.

Crispy cauliflower bites are a tasty alternative to buffalo wings that combine fresh cauliflower and a flavorful breading to make a perfect appetizer.

25. Grilled Zucchini

Grilled zucchini in a serving dish with grilled chicken in the background.

Grilled zucchini cooks low and slow, making it the perfect side dish. Cook them on the warming rack with grilled chicken below for a perfect summer meal.

26. Vegetable Skewers

Colorful vegetable skewers lined onto a surface next to one another.
Photo Credit: The Forked Spoon

Grilled veggie skewers are perfectly charred, drizzled with tangy balsamic vinegar and brushed with a fresh garlic herb sauce. Made with red onion, zucchini, and colorful bell peppers, they are the perfect sides for BBQ chicken.

Bread Sides to Serve With BBQ Chicken

27. Buttermilk Cornbread

Two slices of cornbread stacked on a plate with a bowl of chili and more cornbread in the background.
Photo Credit: Little Sweet Baker

Moist and slightly sweet, buttermilk cornbread is an excellent accompaniment to BBQ chicken. You can serve it as muffins or slice it into squares.

28. Bacon and Cheese Muffins

A close up of bacon cheddar muffins in a bowl.
Photo Credit: Bites with Bri

Savory bacon and cheese muffins are so moist and flavorful. Serve them as a side dish with BBQ chicken for a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

30. Loaded Cornbread

Slices of loaded cornbread on a plate with BBQ sides in the background.
Photo Credit: The Cookin’ Chicks

Loaded cornbread kicks it up a notch with the addition of cheese, bacon, corn, and more! Its a perfect side dish with any meal.

Sauce and Salsa Recipes for Chicken

31. Serrano Crema

A bowl of freshly made serrano crema.

Serrano crema contains serrano chilies, fresh cilantro, a pop of garlic, and a combination of sour cream and yogurt to give the sauce a nice creamy texture. Olive oil, lime juice, and spices finish this sauce you’ll want to douse on absolutely everything- the perfect complement for chicken drumsticks.

32. BBQ Aioli

A small dish of BBQ Aioli.

Transform sandwiches, wraps, and BBQ recipes with savory homemade BBQ aioli – the smoky, creamy sauce will enhance the flavor of whatever you pair it with.

33. Mango Salsa

A small bowl containing or mango pico de gallo.

Sweet, spicy, and easy to make- serve our fresh mango pico de gallo as a dip or topping for the chicken; it’s so good you’ll want to eat it with a spoon. 

34. Chimichurri with Cilantro

A bowl of Chimichurri with Cilantro.

Elevate BBQ chicken with herbaceous chimichurri with cilantro. The addition of the zesty herb enhances the sauce’s flavor in the best way.

Dessert Pairings

35. Easy Peach Cobbler with Cake Mix

Easy peach cobbler with cake mix on a plate topped with whipped cream.

Our easy peach cobbler with cake mix or “dump cake” combines simple ingredients. Canned peaches, brown sugar, store-bought cake mix, and butter create a no-fuss summer dessert ready to serve in about an hour; it’s so easy it’s almost effortless!

36. Apple Tart Crumble

A slice of apple crumble tart.

If you’re a fan of apple pie, then this apple tart crumble recipe is for you! The easy-to-make tart will become an instant favorite with its soft pastry-like crust and sweet apple filling.

37. Banana Pudding Cups

A side view of three cups of banana pudding cups showing the layers.

Layers of creamy vanilla pudding, fresh slices of bananas, and a generous helping of crushed Nilla Wafers create a perfect grab-and-go dessert; prepare homemade Banana Pudding Cups to feed a crowd or as a delicious single-serve treat. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are some quick, no cook sides to serve with BBQ chicken?

• Potato Chips
• Cottage Cheese
• Tomato, Avocado Slices, Carrot Sticks
• Pickles
• Nuts
• Kimchi, Sauerkraut
Rainbow fruit skewers, Apple Slices, Strawberries, Oranges, Watermelon

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