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What to Serve with Chicken Schnitzel (17 Best Side Dishes)

Are you wondering what to serve with chicken schnitzel? If so, you’ve come to the right place.

This list is everything you need if you’re looking to jazz up your chicken schnitzel.

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Here, I’ve included 17 recipes on what to serve with your delicious and crispy schnitzel. 

So, are you looking for something light and fresh? Or would you rather create a unique twist on the classic dish?

Either way, I have you covered. 

Let’s find out what side dishes best suit your homemade chicken schnitzel.

1. KFC Coleslaw

Despite the name, chicken schnitzel is really just a form of fried chicken.

With that in mind, it makes sense that KFC coleslaw would be a perfect side dish. 

Of course, you could go buy KFC coleslaw. But why do that when you can make your own copycat recipe at home?

It takes just 10 minutes and absolutely zero cooking. 

And yes, it tastes just as good as “the real thing.” 

2. German Potato Salad

German potato salad is another good option if you’re making schnitzel in the summer.

It’s cool, bright, and tangy but filling and flavorful at the same time. 

It’s also colorful, easy to make, and a massive hit with everyone who tries it. 

3. Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach is a simple, creamy, nutritious side item anyone can make.

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(No matter their skill or lack thereof in the kitchen.) 

You can even start with frozen spinach to make the process easier.

The recipe is cheesy, earthy, and packed with umami flavor. 

Plus, you can make it beforehand and warm it in the microwave later.

That makes it an excellent option for busy weeknight dinners

4. Scalloped Potatoes

I can eat scalloped potatoes with just about any meal. In fact, they’re one of my favorite ways to enjoy potatoes.

I love how thin and crisp they become on top while staying tender underneath.

I also appreciate that I can make them with five simple ingredients plus salt and pepper.

Unlike au gratin potatoes, scalloped potatoes aren’t cheesy. 

They’re still rich and indulgent, though, and everyone will come back for seconds. 

5. Buttered Noodles

Want to make your traditional chicken schnitzel a bit more classy?

Serve it over a bed of buttered noodles. Buttered noodles are tender, buttery, and cheesy. 

They have an incredible taste without being overwhelming.

That makes them a spectacular base for the crispy, well-seasoned schnitzel. 

6. Paula Deen Baked Beans

Baked beans are another recipe with which you can’t go wrong.

For as long as I’ve been alive, fried chicken and baked beans have always been summer staples. 

If my family had an outdoor event, you’d find those two things on the table.

So no one will fault you for pairing your schnitzel with some Southern-style baked beans. 

And you’ll only need six ingredients to make them, so it’s pretty much a win-win. 

7. Roasted Brussels Sprouts

I don’t know why Brussels sprouts get such a bad rap.

I love their crunchy texture and their earthy, greens-forward flavor. 

You’ll make these in your oven, but the process isn’t difficult.

If you want to simplify it even further, check out my article on air fryer Brussels sprouts instead. 

8. Ina Garten Mashed Potatoes

I’m not a brand or name snob, but I’m also not bereft of taste. And over the years, I’ve discovered something. 

If the name “Ina Garten” comes before a recipe, I will probably love it. 

That’s definitely the case with these Ina Garten mashed potatoes. Smooth and creamy, they will melt in your mouth. 

They’re the perfect example of one of my mom’s favorite sayings.

“When something is truly good, it doesn’t need a lot of bells and whistles.” 

You season these with nothing more than some butter, salt, and pepper.

Even so, they’re some of the best potatoes you’ll ever eat. 

9. Ina Garten Pasta Salad 

Yep, her pasta salad is just as spectacular.

It’s cool and light with a zesty dressing, juicy tomatoes, flavorful olives, and feta cheese. 

Every bite will make your taste buds scream with joy.

And because it tastes better cold, it’s the perfect make-ahead recipe to help you save time. 

10. Original Kraft Mac and Cheese

Any kind of fried chicken meal pairs nicely with mac and cheese.

Unfortunately, plain old mac and cheese from the box can quickly get boring. 

Take your macaroni up a notch with this delicious, ultra-cheesy recipe.

It might come from a boxed dinner, but no one will believe that. 

Once you’ve finished with this recipe, everyone will swear you made it from scratch. 

11. Onion Rings

Are you someone who likes to pair fried foods with more fried foods?

Hey, no judgment here! Some days, the crunchier my meal is, the better I like it. 

If that sounds like you, add some battered, deep-fried onion rings to your schnitzel.

They have crunchy outsides, tender, oniony insides, and the perfect seasoning mix. 

Just be careful; these are so good that they might overshadow the main course.

12. Perfect Roasted Asparagus 

All you really need to make the perfect roasted asparagus are four things: asparagus, oil, salt, and pepper.

Of course, if you want to jazz it up a little, you can add extra seasonings. 

This recipe recommends some of my favorite asparagus add-ins. Parmesan cheese and red pepper flakes can do a lot for asparagus.

(A pinch of garlic never hurts, either.)

Check out this recipe for more great options for flavoring your asparagus. 

13. Fried Cabbage

Need a low-carb side to serve with your schnitzel? How about fried cabbage flavored with bacon, onions, and garlic? 

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fried cabbage fan.

But even so, I enjoy this recipe, so that should tell you a lot about how good it is. 

14. Potato Fritters

Crunchy potato fritters are another fun side option that pairs well with anything.

They’re garlicky and have just a hint of heat from the cayenne pepper. 

They’re versatile, too. You can use them as a side item, of course.

However, they also make excellent appetizers or a yummy on-the-go breakfast. You can enjoy them any time of day. 

15. Sweet Potato Fries

I’m a sucker for sweet potato fries. Especially ones flavored with lemon pepper and Italian seasoning.

These crisp, crunchy fries have flavor in spades. 

They taste so good that you don’t even need anything to dip them in!

And they’re the ideal complement for chicken schnitzel or any other chicken dish. 

16. Air Fryer Potato Wedges

Of course, some people prefer potato wedges to fries. If that’s you, don’t worry, I have a recipe for you, too.

It’s a simple, convenient one that you can whip up in about 35 minutes. 

All you need are potatoes, olive oil, some seasonings, and an air fryer. It’s so simple that a child could do it.

(Don’t let them, though! Air fryers can still get pretty hot.) 

17. Simple Tossed Green Salad

And finally, you can’t go wrong with a simple tossed salad.

There’s a reason there’s at least one salad on just about every “what to serve with” article I write. 

Salads really do go with everything. Soup, pizza, sandwiches, steaks, and yes, even chicken.

Other than maybe breakfast, there’s just never really a wrong time for a salad. 

So save yourself some trouble and pull this together (without cooking) in about 15 minutes. 

What to Serve with Chicken Schnitzel (17 Best Side Dishes)

Wondering what to serve with chicken schnitzel? From coleslaw to buttered noodles to mashed potatoes, each of these side dishes is the perfect accompaniment.


  • KFC Coleslaw

  • German Potato Salad

  • Creamed Spinach

  • Scalloped Potatoes

  • Buttered Noodles

  • Paula Deen Baked Beans

  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts

  • Ina Garten Mashed Potatoes

  • Ina Garten Pasta Salad

  • Original Kraft Mac and Cheese

  • Onion Rings

  • Perfect Roasted Asparagus

  • Fried Cabbage

  • Potato Fritters

  • Sweet Potato Fries

  • Air Fryer Potato Wedges

  • Simple Tossed Green Salad


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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