Need some new inspiration for what to serve with chicken Alfredo? I have 15 enticing options.
Chicken Alfredo and fettuccine go hand-in-hand. But there’s so much more to pair with it besides pasta.
Roasted veggies, rice pilaf, and mashed potatoes are just a few favorites.
I’m all about an Italian salad for a well-rounded meal. Although, no one can resist a big chunk of fresh garlic bread.
Whether you want uber cozy or simply healthy, these sides will breathe new life into this timeless classic.
1. Green Beans Almondine
Chicken alfredo with green beans almondine tastes like it came from mom’s kitchen.
It’s comforting, nutritious, and hits the spot.
The blanched green beans are tender yet retain their snap. Toss them with lightly toasted almonds and chopped garlic.
This dish takes only 20 minutes to throw together. And, it sneaks some green veggies into your meal.
2. Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts
These air fryer Brussels sprouts are addicting!
Lately, I want to eat them with everything. Including chicken Alfredo.
Crispy and tender, the air fryer cooks them to perfection.
And guess how long it takes? Just 10 minutes.
Toss your desired amount into the air fryer. Then, add it as a side to your meal.
It also goes great with fall pasta recipes, other proteins, buddha bowls, and more.
3. Ina Garten Mashed Potatoes
Longing for a hot meal of comfort food? Add mashed potatoes to the mix.
Mashed potatoes are just about as comforting as it gets. And nobody does it better than Ina Garten.
Fluffy and buttery, these copycat mashed potatoes are swoon-worthy.
Pile a heaping on your plate and dive in.
There’s no need to add gravy. Just an extra spoonful of Alfredo sauce will do.
4. Easy Italian Salad
Chicken Alfredo is a bit of a guilty pleasure.
Sure, you get a healthy dose of protein. Yet, you also get a good amount of fat and cream.
To make it more nutritious, pair it with this easy Italian salad.
The fresh ingredients present a nice contrast to the creamy sauce.
Unlike a ho-hum garden salad, it’s anything but lackluster.
The crisp bed of Romaine is full of tomatoes, pepperoncini, croutons, parmesan, olives, and radicchio.
Now, that’s my kind of salad!
5. Caprese Salad
Speaking of tasty salads, Caprese is always a crowd-pleaser.
The combo of fresh mozzarella, tomato, and basil drizzled with balsamic is flawless.
And it’s so easy! You can whip this up in 25 minutes.
Skip the reduction and you can add it to your meal in a fraction of the time.
Sometimes, I like to cheat and use a store-bought glaze.
Although, a simple drizzle of balsamic vinegar works, too.
6. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil
Have you tried bruschetta with chicken Alfredo yet? It’s the best!
The mix of tomatoes, garlic, and basil adds a burst of freshness. It also adds a ton of flavor.
To make it super juicy, use ripe tomato varieties like vine ripe or heirloom.
I also like to mix the topping into the dish and toss it with fettuccine. That way, you get a taste of bruschetta in every bite.
Although, you can’t go wrong with eating it on crostini.
7. Garlic Sauteed Spinach
My go-to side for chicken Alfredo is garlic spinach. It’s simple, tasty, affordable, and healthy.
Not to mention, it’s also quick and easy.
You saute the garlic in olive oil, mix in the spinach, and steam.
It’s full of healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. And let’s face it, it tastes good because it’s coated in garlic.
You can add other spices too like paprika, cumin, or red pepper chili flakes.
Or, double up on the garlic with garlic powder.
8. Caesar Salad
I love the versatility of a Caesar salad, don’t you? Like a simple green salad, it goes with all sorts of meals.
The trouble is, it’s not the healthiest of dressings.
So when it comes to a rich meal like chicken Alfredo, opt for a light dressing like this recipe.
It perks up red wine vinegar and olive oil with mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, and garlic.
Toss Romaine lettuce with it and add parmesan.
Oh, and don’t forget the croutons! The homemade croutons are the best part.
It’s a fantastic way to repurpose day-old bread and reduce food waste.
9. Roasted Vegetables
While cooking chicken Alfredo on the stove, pop some veggies into the oven.
It’s an easy way to make your meal more nutritious and well-balanced.
Mushrooms, broccoli, squash, or bell peppers, use any assortment you like.
Chop the veggies the same size and coat them in olive oil.
Drizzle on the balsamic and add garlic and dried herbs, too.
After about 15 minutes, it’s ready for your chicken Alfredo.
It’s flexible, wholesome, and foolproof. However, you might want to set a timer, just in case.
10. Homemade Breadsticks
Say what you want, but I just love Olive Garden’s chicken Alfredo.
So when I make it at home, I have to go all out with breadsticks and a garden salad.
While the latter needs no recipe, breadsticks do. And I have the best breadsticks for you!
They’re soft, buttery, and topped with garlic, parmesan, and Italian seasoning.
Needless to say, it’s perfect with your chicken Alfredo.
11. Best Garlic Bread
Garlic bread and chicken Alfredo? Sign me up!
This classic combo is sort of a no-brainer. This version, though, is extraordinary.
Garlicky, buttery, and cheesy, this garlic bread is heavenly.
It’s just begging you to sink your teeth in bite after bite. And be sure to sop up every last drop of Alfredo sauce.
It’s faster than breadsticks and easy to freeze.
Although, I doubt you’ll need to. This stuff is too good not to devour it all.
12. Scalloped Potatoes
Whipping up a homestyle meal for the family? Add scalloped potatoes to the menu.
Sure, they’re creamy. And yeah, they might be indulgent.
But when it’s cold outside, it hits the spot alongside chicken Alfredo.
Plus, it’s the one side dish that the entire family will eat. That right there is a blessing in itself.
So is the ingredients list! All you need are six staples hiding in your kitchen right now.
13. Oven-Roasted Broccoli
How do you get everyone to eat their broccoli? Roast it and smother it in Alfredo sauce!
The crispy and tender florets have a sprinkle of parmesan and garlic.
It’s super simple and nutritious. It also doesn’t take a whole lot of fuss or dirty a bunch of dishes.
To up the comfort food factor, add bacon to the pan.
Those fatty, salty pork bits will get everyone to devour all their broccoli. I guarantee!
14. Rice Pilaf
Chicken and rice is a family classic that never gets old. But if you want a little more flavor, go with rice pilaf.
From the fluffy texture to the savory flavor, it’s the perfect pairing.
Chicken broth, garlic, onions, and parsley make it more exciting than basic white rice.
And it requires little effort on your part.
Gluten-free and filling, this option adds more substance to your meal. It also helps soak up any leftover sauce.
15. Buttered Noodles
Spruce up your chicken Alfredo by turning fettuccine into buttered noodles.
This simple food hack ups the comfort food factor, making it even richer.
And you only need two extra ingredients: butter and parmesan cheese!
Once you try this, you’ll never serve your chicken Alfredo with plain pasta again.
The kids love it and you will too, especially if you serve it with garlic bread.
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