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What to Serve with Chicken and Broccoli? 14 Side Dishes

Alright, so we’ve got chicken and broccoli. Classic combo, right? But sometimes we need to jazz things up. We’ve all been there, staring at those plain plates, thinking, “What else can we add?”

We’re here to save the day with some side dish magic. Let’s get right to it. We’ll mix things up with a few favorites and some you might not have tried yet.

Simple, quick, and no-fuss ideas that’ll make dinner way more interesting. Ready to get those taste buds excited? Let’s get to it!

Top 14 Side Dishes for Chicken and Broccoli

Here are some delicious and easy side dishes that will elevate your chicken and broccoli dinner to a whole new level:

Side DishMain IngredientsFlavor ProfileDifficultyTime
Lemon Herb QuinoaQuinoa, lemon, parsleyFresh, citrusyEasy20 min
Honey Glazed CarrotsCarrots, honey, butterSweet, savoryEasy25 min
Garlic Parmesan Roasted CauliflowerCauliflower, garlic, Parmesan cheeseSavory, garlickyMedium30 min
Tomato Basil SaladTomatoes, basil, balsamic vinaigretteFresh, tangyEasy10 min
Roasted Red PotatoesRed potatoes, rosemary, olive oilSavory, herbyEasy40 min
Spinach and Feta Stuffed PeppersBell peppers, spinach, feta cheeseSavory, tangyMedium35 min
Orzo with Lemon and DillOrzo, lemon, dillLight, zestyMedium20 min
Grilled ZucchiniZucchini, olive oil, garlicSmoky, garlickyEasy15 min
Buttered Corn on the CobCorn, butter, saltSweet, butteryEasy15 min
Avocado and Mango SaladAvocado, mango, limeSweet, tangyEasy10 min
Parmesan Crusted AsparagusAsparagus, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbsSavory, crunchyMedium20 min
Couscous with Dried FruitsCouscous, dried apricots, almondsSweet, nuttyEasy15 min
Pesto Pasta SaladPasta, basil pesto, cherry tomatoesFresh, herbyMedium25 min
Sautéed Swiss ChardSwiss chard, garlic, olive oilEarthy, garlickyEasy15 min

1 – Lemon Herb Quinoa

We’re not talking boring. This quinoa is the real deal, packed with zesty lemon and fresh herbs. It’s light, fluffy, and bursting with flavor.

We love the tangy kick the lemon gives, paired with the earthy notes of fresh parsley and cilantro. Perfect for adding a bit of brightness to your chicken and broccoli.

Plus, it’s super easy to make. Just cook the quinoa, mix in lemon juice, zest, olive oil, and herbs. Simple. Tasty. Done.

2 – Honey Glazed Carrots

They’re sweet and savory at the same time, making them a perfect side dish. Carrots, honey, butter, and a pinch of salt.

We love how the honey caramelizes, giving a crispy edge.

The butter adds richness that’s hard to beat.

These carrots are not just tasty, they’re super easy to whip up.

3 – Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

We have crispy edges and a tender interior. Ingredients: Cauliflower florets, grated Parmesan, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

The flavor is rich, with savory garlic and nutty Parmesan blending perfectly. It’s like our taste buds just won the lottery.

A quick roast in the oven makes it easy to prepare. We tried it last night and couldn’t stop munching. Love the crunch with every bite.

4 – Tomato Basil Salad

Let’s talk about flavor explosions with minimal effort. Our Tomato Basil Salad is fresh and vibrant.

You’ll need cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella balls, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.

Cherry tomatoes are sweet and juicy. Fresh basil adds that herbal zing. Mozzarella’s creamy texture ties it all together.

Just toss everything together, and you have a punchy, colorful salad.

5 – Roasted Red Potatoes

Roasted red potatoes are the stars of easy, everyday meals. We season them with olive oil, garlic, and rosemary for that savory punch. Crispy edges meet tender interiors; it’s love at first bite.

Red potatoes bring a natural sweetness. The mix of garlic and rosemary creates an aromatic delight. We love how simple they are to prep and roast.

6 – Spinach and Feta Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are like edible bowls of joy. Bright bell peppers stuffed with a hearty mix of spinach and tangy feta. We love the contrast of the sweet peppers and the salty feta. Spinach adds a rich, earthy depth.

You’ll need: bell peppers, spinach, feta cheese, olive oil, garlic, and a hint of lemon. The peppers get soft and juicy. Meanwhile, the filling is creamy and savory. It’s a dish that’s satisfying and easy.

Roast the stuffed peppers until the tops start to brown. The kitchen smells amazing.

7 – Orzo with Lemon and Dill

Orzo with lemon and dill is our go-to for freshness. The lemon zest brightens every bite, while the dill brings an herbal note that just works. Boil orzo and toss it with lemon juice, zest, fresh dill, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

We love how refreshing and light it feels. It pairs wonderfully with chicken and broccoli. This side kicks simple flavors up a notch without much effort. This dish combines simplicity with a zest that keeps us coming back for more.

8 – Grilled Zucchini

Grilled zucchini is a summer favorite for us. Thinly sliced with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

These green gems are smoky and slightly sweet. They develop a perfect char.

Ingredients are simple: zucchini, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

We grill them until they’re tender with crispy edges. This side dish complements chicken and broccoli beautifully.

9 – Buttered Corn on the Cob

Who here loves corn on the cob? We sure do. Buttered corn on the cob is the epitome of summer.

Ingredients are simple: corn, butter, salt, and pepper. The flavor is sweet and buttery. We grill it for that perfect char.

Our top tip: roll the corn in a mix of melted butter and spices. It’s a straightforward treat that never gets old.

10 – Avocado and Mango Salad

We’re all about freshness. Avocado and mango make a dynamite duo. They bring creamy and sweet in one bite. Use ripe avocados, juicy mangoes, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and a hint of salt.

This salad is a flavor bomb. The lime juice keeps it tangy. Red onion adds a crunchy snap. It’s quick, straightforward, and colorful. Personal favorite for summer BBQs. It’s a go-to side dish that’s always a hit.

11 – Parmesan Crusted Asparagus

We’ve got asparagus, parmesan, and a few seasonings – simple, right? This side dish brings the crunch with a nutty, savoury twist. Asparagus, parmesan, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

It’s all about that oven-baked crispiness. Roasting these thin spears brings out their natural sweetness.

We’ve made this for family dinners, and it’s always a hit.

12 – Couscous with Dried Fruits

Couscous with dried fruits is our fun twist on a classic. It’s both sweet and savory, perfect for a balanced bite.

We use couscous, dried apricots, raisins, almonds, and a drizzle of honey. The sweetness from the dried fruits contrasts with the nuttiness of the almonds. It’s a flavor combo we can’t get enough of.

Cook your couscous, toss in chopped dried fruits, almonds, and a splash of honey. It’s that simple.

We’ve made this for gatherings, and it’s always a standout.

13 – Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is our favorite for its fresh, nutty flavors. Loaded with basil pesto, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, and pine nuts.

Basil gives a punch of green goodness. Pine nuts add a toasty crunch. Cherry tomatoes bring sweetness. Mozzarella ties it all together.

Quick to whip up and always a hit. Perfect for BBQs or weeknight meals. Adult and kid-approved.

14 – Sautéed Swiss Chard

Swiss chard is seriously underrated. Picture vibrant green leaves with crimson stalks, sautéed to perfection.

Flavor? Earthy, with a slight tang from the lemon. We’ve made this for weekday dinners and it’s a fuss-free delight.

Pro tip: Don’t skip the lemon juice—it brightens everything up.