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What to Serve with Chicken Pesto Pasta? 12 Side Dishes

Chicken pesto pasta is a hit by itself, but let’s make it a star-studded meal. We’ve all been there, right? Staring at the pasta, thinking, what sides make this epic? Well, we’re here to help.

Picture this: a cozy night in with a plate of that creamy, basil-loaded pasta. It deserves a sidekick, no? Let’s talk garlic bread, a crispy Caesar salad, or even some roasted veggies.

These sides are not just extras; they’re essentials. So, get ready to take notes, because your chicken pesto pasta is getting new best friends. Let’s make your next dinner memorable.

Top 12 Side Dishes for Chicken Pesto Pasta

Here are some delicious and easy options for side dishes to serve with your chicken pesto pasta:

1 – Garlic Bread

Who doesn’t love garlic bread? Crispy edges and buttery centers are irresistible. We slather ours with a mix of butter, minced garlic, parsley, and a dash of sea salt. Toast it until golden brown. The flavors are rich with a hint of tang from the garlic.

The aroma? Oh, that’s heavenly. It’s simple, quick, and pairs perfectly with anything.

2 – Caprese Salad

We adore Caprese salad. It’s a vibrant mix of ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and aromatic basil.

Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle sea salt. You’ll notice the tangy tomatoes, creamy cheese, and fresh herbs creating a perfect balance.

Personal tip: add a splash of balsamic glaze. It elevates the flavors without overpowering the dish.

3 – Roasted Broccoli

We’ve got crunchy, roasted broccoli for you. It’s got that crisp texture with a bit of char. We toss it in olive oil, sprinkle on some garlic powder, sea salt, and a touch of pepper.

Roasting brings out a nutty flavor that just works. Add a squeeze of lemon for brightness. It’s simple and tasty.

Broccoli at its best!

4 – Parmesan Roasted Potatoes

Potatoes, parmesan, olive oil, sprinkle rosemary. We love them crispy outside, soft inside. Garlic-y taste blends with cheesy goodness. We roast until golden perfection. Best with a touch of sea salt. Add black pepper for a slight kick.

We can’t get enough of these. Parmesan melts and crisps up. Utterly addictive. Simple, savory side dish.

5 – Mediterranean Couscous Salad

Couscous, a tiny pasta, mixes with fresh veggies. We like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and red onions. We toss it with a lemony olive oil dressing. This salad is light, zesty, and fresh. It’s a great balance of citrus and crunch.

Pro tip: Feta cheese and Kalamata olives give it a salty kick. Great with every bite!

6 – Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts have never tasted so good. We roast them until they’re crispy on the outside and tender inside. Toss them in balsamic glaze for that sweet and tangy finish.

The caramelized edges? Oh, they’re incredible. We add a touch of sea salt to balance the flavors. Roast until golden brown.

Our secret ingredient? A sprinkle of Parmesan for extra oomph. Trust us, these Brussels sprouts aren’t your usual greens.

7 – Lemon Garlic Asparagus

Lemon garlic asparagus is one rockin’ side dish. It’s fresh, zesty, crisp, and oh-so-tender. We toss asparagus in olive oil, a lot of minced garlic, sea salt, and pepper. Then roast until lightly charred.

There’s a fresh lemon juice squeeze at the end. It’s vibrant. Taste bright citrus. Love the crunch? Us too. This dish balances flavors perfectly.

8 – Caesar Salad

We’re big fans of Caesar salad. Crisp romaine, crunchy croutons, and shaved Parmesan. The secret is in the dressing: tangy, creamy, with a kick of garlic. It’s just the best.

Personal tip: For the dressing, we mix together garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Toss with fresh grated Parmesan and black pepper. This combo brings a rich, savory flavor that’s hard to resist.

We sometimes add a sprinkle of capers for a briny punch. The crisp lettuce contrasts perfectly with the creamy dressing. Every bite is a melody of textures and flavors. Caesar salad as it should be.

9 – Garlic Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower

We love garlic parmesan roasted cauliflower. It’s crunchy, cheesy, and just the right amount of garlicky. We slather cauliflower with olive oil, minced garlic, and lots of grated parmesan. Roast it until it’s crispy and golden.

The cheese melts perfectly, adding a savory touch. Personal tip: add a sprinkle of fresh parsley for that extra pop of flavor.

10 – Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms

Our pesto stuffed mushrooms are a game-changer. They are juicy, earthy mushrooms filled with creamy, herby pesto. It’s a burst of flavor with every bite.

Mushrooms are our vessels for a delightful mix of pesto, Parmesan, and breadcrumbs. They’re roasted until tender and golden. Add a squeeze of lemon for zest.

Personal tip? We love a bit of crushed red pepper for a spicy kick.

11 – Balsamic Glazed Carrots

We have a love affair with these balsamic glazed carrots. They’re sweet, tangy, and full of flavor. Carrots roasting in olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and a touch of honey. Perfect caramelization.

The glaze adds a rich depth. Every bite is a sweet-tart explosion. Pro tip: Add a sprinkle of fresh thyme for aroma.

12 – Parmesan Crusted Zucchini Fries

Ready for a twist on fries? Our parmesan crusted zucchini fries are crispy, cheesy, and full of flavor. We coat zucchini spears in breadcrumbs and grated parmesan. Then bake until golden brown. These fries have a crunchy exterior and tender inside.

Taste the cheesy goodness and savoury herbs. We like them with a side of marinara for dipping. Perfect for snacking anytime.