Rotisserie chicken is a classic comfort food that’s crisp on the outside, juicy on the inside. Whether you roast it yourself or get it from the store, it’s always savory and satisfying.
But during those busy weekdays, a store-bought rotisserie chicken makes dinner soooo much easier. Pair it with a few different side dishes and you’ve got a delicious dinner for at least two days.
Here are 13 quick and easy side dishes that will transform your Rotisserie Chicken into an unforgettable meal.
1. Mashed Potatoes
Let’s start with the basics. When it comes to side dishes, mashed potatoes are arguably the most popular and well-loved, and for good reason. This creamy, buttery, and cheesy dish is so delectable it’s nearly impossible to stop with just one serving! It goes well with so many different meals. Steak? Sure! Pork chops? Heck yeah! Rotisserie chicken? No doubt!
2. Scalloped Potatoes
When it comes to sides, potatoes always hold a special place in my heart. But, aside from mashed potatoes, why not try something else? Sure, they are delicious and taste fantastic with just about anything, but if you want something new and exciting, how about some scalloped potatoes?
This dish gives you incredibly soft and tasty potatoes underneath a thick layer of crisp on the outside, creamy on the inside cheese crust. I suggest making a ton of this because this will be a guaranteed hit!
3. Mashed Cauliflower
Here’s another delectable alternative to the common mashed potato – mashed cauliflower! Cauliflower is a lot healthier and lighter than potatoes, so you can enjoy this buttery side dish without the guilt.
Mashed cauliflower with garlic is oh so creamy and tasty, you’ll think it’s sinful but it’s not! Amazing.
4. Roasted Butternut Squash
This recipe is concrete proof that the simplest things make the most delicious meals. Butternut squash is already extremely tasty on its own, so you need not worry about seasoning it too much. Just a bit of salt and pepper will do.
Drizzle it with some olive oil, leave it in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes, and Voila!
Broccolini is the equally beautiful cousin of broccoli. It has smaller florets and longer stems than broccoli, and it’s got a milder flavor. But, if you season it with garlic and lemon, it makes for a stunningly crunchy companion to rotisserie chicken.
And, it’s good for the body to boot! What more can you ask for?
6. Roasted Carrots
Since you’re already serving roasted chicken, you might as well serve it with a roasted side. Carrots are the perfect candidate for roasting because they just taste exceptionally better when roasted and caramelized to perfection.
Season it with honey, coriander, and caraway, and you’ve got a simple side dish to die for. And, another thing I love about it is that it goes well with so many other main dishes as well! Try it with steak, fish, and pork, and it will definitely not disappoint.
7. Garlic Rice
Ahh. Rice. I don’t know about you, but to me, rice is the perfect way to round out any meal. This starch goes oh so well with any protein, and rotisserie chicken is no exception.
Just the thought of pouring some of those lovely chicken juices over a hot steaming bowl of rice already makes my mouth water.
Want to make your rice taste even better? Saute it with lots of rice and butter. Heaven.
8. Grilled Corn
Pair your chicken with some sweet and juicy corn. Grill it to perfection to achieve that beautiful char and slather it with warm butter. Next, top it with whatever you want! My top picks are always cheese and crunchy bacon bits, but feel free to experiment.
9. Spinach Salad
Spinach salad is perfect for those who want a filling side dish minus the calories. And even if you say you’re not a salad or spinach person, I bet with some sweet and tangy strawberries, red onions, and goat cheese, you’ll surely change your mind.
10. Watermelon Strawberry Salad
Here’s another guilt-free way to level up your chicken dinner: serve it with a bowl of watermelon strawberry salad. The sweetness in the salad complements the savory chicken perfectly!
To make, just combine strawberries, watermelon, olive oil, and feta cheese. Garnish with basil and season with salt and pepper. What an effortless and refreshing summer salad!
11. Grilled Mushrooms
I sometimes feel bad for mushrooms because they rarely get the attention they deserve. It’s usually used as a minor ingredient, but this earthy guy deserves to be the star!
So, go ahead, skewer some mushrooms, drizzle them with a balsamic-soy glaze, and grill! I guarantee you even the non-mushroom fans will fall in love with this dish.
12. Baked Asparagus
Picture this: long stalks of green crunchy asparagus covered entirely in ooey-gooey creamy cheese. Now, doesn’t that sound like a stunning side dish? The crispiness of the asparagus and the creaminess of the cheese go so well together.
13. Grilled Sweet Potatoes
You know what flavor tastes best with savory? Sweet! You know the best side to get sweet flavors from? Sweet potatoes! You know what cooking method works best with sweet potatoes? Grilling!
You know where I’m going with this? You got that right: grilled sweet potatoes. Yup, give those delicious sweet potatoes a nice roasted char to make the perfect side dish for rotisserie chicken.