We all love chicken done on the BBQ, but what sides are best to serve your BBQ chicken with? Well, here are 10 of our favourite best sides for barbecued or smoked chicken to give you some ideas and inspiration.
Some are classic, others are a little more creative but all are delicious.
What do you like to serve with your BBQ chicken? Let us know in the comments below!
- 10 Best Sides to Serve With BBQ Chicken
- 1 BBQ Chicken with Mexican Style Chipotle Rice
- 2 Smoked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
- 3 Chilli Cheese Cornbread
- 4 Chipotle BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon
- 5 Classic Potato Salad Recipe
- 6 Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing
- 7 Smoked Dauphinoise Potatoes with Chicken Barbecue
- 8 BBQ Chicken Pasta
- 9 A Super Healthy Side for Chicken – Quinoa Salad
- 10 Corn Ribs
- Further Help with Chicken Recipes for Barbecue
10 Best Sides to Serve With BBQ Chicken
1 BBQ Chicken with Mexican Style Chipotle Rice
This is a great side dish for BBQ chicken because it has all the smoky, spicy, citrus flavours of Mexican cooking, perfectly complementing your crispy charred smoky chicken.
It also has plenty of healthy tasty vegetables in there, along with a lime and chipotle kick.
It’s such a good dish in itself you might not even need the chicken!
2 Smoked Mac and Cheese with Bacon
Mac and cheese is always a great option for serving with BBQ chicken, but you have tried adding bacon and smoking it?
Those extra smoky, bacony flavours really elevate an already tasty, creamy dish like mac and cheese.
3 Chilli Cheese Cornbread
This delicious recipe from Jamie Oliver is a brilliant take on a classic BBQ side dish. The caramelised onions, sweetcorn and jalapeno chillies give cornbread a major upgrade.
It really is a fantastic sweet, tasty and slightly spicy side dish that will compliment your chicken wonderfully.
4 Chipotle BBQ Baked Beans with Bacon
BBQ baked beans are an obvious pairing for barbecue chicken, but these are no ordinary BBQ beans.
There is a whole pile of extra tasty ingredients to make this a whopper of a side dish. Think smoky chipotle flavours, tangy apple cider vinegar, sweet BBQ sauce and bacony deliciousness.
This could well become your new favourite beans recipe.
5 Classic Potato Salad Recipe
Potato salad is a classic choice of side for any BBQ main, including chicken.
This recipe is classic, simple, elegant and flavourful. It’s creamy, tangy and tasty in all the right ways for a perfectly balanced potato salad.
6 Thai Slaw with Peanut Dressing
We all know that coleslaw is a great BBQ chicken side dish, but you really need to try this Thai slaw alternative for something special and different.
The creamy Thai peanut dressing is delicious with the crunchy texture of the various vegetables. We love the lime and chilli hit here too.
7 Smoked Dauphinoise Potatoes with Chicken Barbecue
We love the slightly smoky flavour mixed with the garlic, creamy sauce on these smoked Dauphinoise potatoes.
Doing them on your BBQ or smoker is definitely worth the result for not too much extra effort.
Perfect for a Sunday dinner or family get together.
8 BBQ Chicken Pasta
This easy and quick barbeque chicken pasta is perfect for a speedy weeknight dinner.
It’s also delicious, smoky, cheesy and full of creamy goodness.
Don’t let the simplicity put you off – the flavours really pack a punch!
9 A Super Healthy Side for Chicken – Quinoa Salad
If you are watching your weight, or you’re wanting a health kick try this superfood quinoa salad with your chicken.
Quinoa has a delicious nutty taste and is a very nutritious alternative to rice. This colourful and exciting salad looks good on the plate and tastes good in your mouth.
10 Corn Ribs
For the vegans, vegetarians and curious carnivores among us corn ribs are a delicious side dish that matches well with chicken or any BBQ main.
When you cut the corn into rib shapes and smoke them slow and low on the BBQ they change shape taking on smoke flavour and charring delightfully.