Chicken Pot Pie is a classic comfort food that’s bursting with rich flavors. From the flaky crust to the meaty, creamy, and cheesy filling, it’s an irresistibly tasty dish from top to bottom.
And because it’s got all the essential components – carbs, protein, veggies, fats – it can easily be served as a complete meal in itself.
But then again, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to add more food to the table. When you’re serving a lot of guests, you’ll want to accompany your chicken pot pie with other dishes to round out the meal.
Just keep in mind that chicken pot pie should be treated like the star that it is. When picking dishes to serve with the ever scrumptious CPP, may it be appetizers, sides, or dessert, you want mild flavors so as not to overpower the entrée.
So without further ado, here are 15 Southern side dishes to serve with chicken pot pie.
Let’s start your meal with a clean and crunchy appetizer. Chicken pot pie is super rich, so a light plate of crisp raw veggies is perfect for cutting through that savory flavor.
Just slice up some carrots, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, and cauliflower, arrange them in a nice platter, and place a yogurt dip at the center.
While chicken pot pie has some veggies in it, it’s still quite lacking in roughage. Add some fiber to your meal by serving some salad on the side. It’s light, crisp, and nutritious – a fantastic contrast to the rich and hearty entrée.
A spinach salad with a tangy orange dressing will go well with your savory casserole. Toss together spinach, oranges, cheese, nuts, your favorite berries, and drizzle them with the citrus vinaigrette. How sublime.
3. Roasted Veggies
Serving a side of roasted veggies is a brilliant way to bulk up your meal without overpowering your entrée. You can use whatever veggie you like, such as carrots, potatoes, bell peppers, and cauliflower.
But here’s my suggestion: roasted broccoli topped with Parmesan. It’s creamy, crunchy, and downright delicious.
It’s incredibly easy to make, too. Coat some broccoli florets in olive oil, sprinkle them with parmesan cheese, and pop them in the oven. Not only does it go well with CPP, but pretty much any other entrée!
4. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Chicken pot pie is all about savory and salty flavors, so why not add some contrasting flavors and textures? Enter mashed sweet potatoes.
It’s smooth, creamy, and has the right amount of sweetness to cut through the richness of your casserole. And you can also use the mash to mop up the gravy!
5. German Potato Salad
You don’t have to be German to love this potato salad variation. Sure, it doesn’t have that creamy mayo dressing that we know and love, but believe me, this vinegar-based coating is also just as good.
And, since chicken pot pie is super savory, you’ll want this tangy dish to contrast the flavor. Plus, it’s got bacon – lots and lots of it – so it will be a fan favorite for sure.
6. Glazed Carrots and Parsnips
Give your casserole a sweet side by serving caramelized carrots and parsnips. Just cook these guys in butter and brown sugar and you’re done!
7. Corn on the Cob
Chicken Pot Pie is not the easiest dish to cook. It takes a while to make, so you’ll want an effortless side dish that will still complement the entrée’s flavors and textures. A simple corn on the cob will do the trick.
Just boil those golden beauties for several minutes and you’re all set. If you want a faster approach, here’s a suggestion: microwave them! It cuts your cooking time but still yields a delightful sweet corn.
These nutritious spears will give your CPP a contrasting crunch, and all you need is some lemon juice and pepper to flavor it! It couldn’t get any easier than that.
9. Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
For another light and crunchy side dish, how about some roasted Brussels sprouts? Pair the sprouts with some salty and smoky bacon for more flavor and texture!
This pair forms a delightful combo that enhances the flavor of the chicken pot pie. The colors also add more vibrancy to your plate.
10. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
If you are a huge fan of mac and cheese, here’s a great alternative that goes well with chicken pot pie. Using cauliflower instead of pasta will make a lighter dish without sacrificing flavor. You still get all that creamy and cheesy goodness, minus all the filling starch.
11. Unsweetened Iced Tea
Now for a refreshing beverage. A tall glass of unsweetened iced tea is everything your chicken pot pie needs. The mild flavor of the tea offers a refreshing contrast to the rich dish.
If you’ve got a spicy chicken pot pie, you’ll want something fruity for contrast. And that’s what applesauce does. It gives a sweet and refreshing flavor that cuts through the spices of your casserole.
Plus, apples have a wonderful relationship with chicken, carrots, celery, and onions; so whether unsweetened or infused in cinnamon, applesauce will taste terrific with your entrée. It’s a no-brainer!
13. Cranberry Sauce
Don’t have time to make complicated sides? No problem! A simple cranberry sauce is all you need.
Just season the tart berries with rosemary, thyme, sage, and rosemary, and you’ll get a flavorful sauce. It’s perfect with that creamy and cheesy chicken pot pie. Together, they create a beautiful symphony of flavors. Yum.
14. Fruit Salad
Give your palate a light dessert to round out the meal. A nice clean salad comprising your favorite fruits will do the job well.
You can serve some apple, melon, pear, and kiwi slices as is, or you could drizzle them with maple syrup or honey for more sweetness. How delightful!
Last on our list is another simple and refreshing dessert. Watermelon is such a phenomenal fruit, it deserves a special mention!
You need not serve it with other fruits because it’s already spectacular on its own. It’s sweet, juicy, and oh so good for the body. Plus, that rich luscious red hue is gorgeous.