Sides for chicken breast? Tender, juicy and with a full-bodied flavor, chicken breast is the part you should never miss.
For the health conscious consumer, this is the choice part from a chicken.
And why should you not miss this part?
It is a sort of compromise; chicken thighs are considered darker, less lean meat, whereas chicken wings are leaner, but the flavor isn’t quite much, making chicken breast the in- between.
In this regard, it’s only fair to have the sides that go with it being equally as amazing, healthy and ever delicious.
In this article, you can expect to find out more on:
- Simple and easy side dishes for chicken breast.
- Vegetable side dishes for chicken breast.
However, this is not the last of it. In the categories, you’ll not only find elaborated recipes for each category, but also several mentions of other good sides for chicken breast. Read on.
1. Simple and easy side dishes for chicken breast.
With juicy, mouthwatering chicken breast, you definitely don’t want to spend a lot of time preparing a side dish.
With this easy side dishes, you can save up on time and money spent on ingredients.
Here is a list of amazing simple sides you can try:
- Creamy spinach tortellini.
- Peach & basil salad.
- Baked parmesan zucchini.
- Lemon glazed carrots.
- Broccoli with feta.
- Creamy mushroom peas.
How long can you freeze chicken breast? Read it here.
Lemon glazed carrots.
This a simple and easy to prepare side. With a sweet taste contrasted with a bit of tang, this recipe is a must try.
- Start off by slicing the carrot into thick slices.
- Put the carrots in pot or saucepan and add water to cover the carrots completely.
- Heat the saucepan on medium high heat, until the water comes to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer, until the carrots become tender. This can take about 6-8 minutes.
- Drain the carrots.
- Heat a fairly sized skillet on medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter, and when it melts, add the carrots and cook stirring occasionally.
- Stir in 1 tablespoon sugar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
- Add a bit of ground black pepper and salt to taste.
- Keep on stirring for 2-3 minutes or until when the sugar dissolves.
- Let it rest for 1-2 minutes before serving with baked chicken. Enjoy!
Creamy mushroom peas.
Away with the ordinary boring peas that you’re so used to.
These creamy mushroom peas are what you’d say peas on steroids. Spicy, delicious and everything good in between. And what’s best with these? They are super easy and simple to prepare.
- Add water to a saucepan. It should be enough to completely submerge the peas. Heat the pan on medium-high heat.
- Once the water boils, add 2 cups green peas to the pan.
- Cook for 5-8 minutes or until when the peas begin to become tender. Drain the peas, and remove the pan from the heat.
- Heat a fairly sized skillet on medium high heat, then add butter 2 tablespoons. Swirl to distribute the melted butter evenly.
- Add the chopped onion to the skillet followed by mushrooms. Stir continuously, cooking until the mushrooms and onions become tender. This should take a few minutes, 5 at most.
- Next drizzle all-purpose flour (1 tablespoon) on the mushrooms, as you stir cooking for 1 minute. Follow this up with 1 cup of light cream, and stir once again.
- Cook as you stir, until the mixture becomes thick and smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
- Turn off the heat, then let it rest for 6 minutes before serving with the chicken breast.
The peas can either be green fresh or frozen green peas.
2. Vegetable side dishes for chicken breast.
Vegetables make for amazing delicious sides to match with the ambrosial chicken breast delicacy.
But above all, they make for a healthy side dish, while still being refreshing and ever delicious.
Here is a list of amazing vegetable sides you can try:
- Cooked green beans.
- Irish creamed kale.
- Roasted frozen broccoli.
- Broccoli salad.
- Creamed spinach.
Roasted frozen broccoli.
Getting great amazing food that’s healthy, while it’s still cheap is hard tackle.
With roasted frozen broccoli, well; you get an amazing side to go with your chicken all at a low cost, together with the added convenience of preparing the frozen broccoli whenever you want.
Never gets better than that.
- Start off by placing a rack in the middle inside the oven.
- Pre-heat the oven to 450 OF, putting a baking sheet (rimmed) inside the oven.
- In a medium-sized bowl, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, freshly ground pepper (a pinch) and ½ a teaspoon salt. Mix to combine.
- Put the broccoli in this bowl, and combine with the other ingredients. Ensure the broccoli florets are well coated.
- Take out the baking sheet and place the broccoli florets on it, lining them evenly.
- Return the baking sheet to the middle rack and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until when the broccoli starts to brown.
- Take out the baking sheet, then evenly add Parmesan cheese to the broccoli.
- Place the baking sheet back in the oven, but this time use the upper top rack.
- Bake for 2 more minutes under the broil setting before removing the baking sheet from the oven.
- Evenly drizzle lemon juice over the broccoli. Toss to combine.
- Serve immediately with chicken breast. Enjoy
Just as is with chicken, the key to getting the broccoli crisp and crunchy, is high heat. Roasting/baking the broccoli under high heat.
As for the pepper, depending on how you like the spice in your food, you can add more or not use any at all.
With the broccoli florets, do not thaw, just put them in the oven as they are for best results.
And that’s it with sides for chicken breast.
Feel free to change things up in the recipes, and as for the sides that have been only mentioned, take the time to try them out with chicken breast. It’ll be totally worth your while.
Read my other post on how to cook chicken breast in an instant pot.