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What to Serve with Chicken Tinga? 12 BEST Side Dishes

Bored of the same old sides for dinner? We’ve got just the thing to spice things up. Chicken tinga on its own is amazing, but let’s face it: the right side kicks things up a notch.

Picture this: cheesy corn, crispy plantains, and tangy slaw.Your plate is about to get a serious upgrade. We’ve all felt that dilemma at dinner time.

We’re here to mix it up with some fab options. Let’s add some awesome sides to that chicken tinga. You won’t regret it!

Top 12 Side Dishes for Chicken Tinga

Here are the top 12 side dishes that pair perfectly with chicken tinga:

1 – Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro lime rice takes your typical side dish to the next level. We’re talking fluffy, fragrant rice jazzed up with fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. It’s bright and zesty, a perfect balance to spicy chicken tinga.

To make it, we need rice, lime juice, zest, cilantro, salt, and a bit of oil. Cook the rice. Mix in the juice, zest, and herbs. Let it soak in all that citrusy goodness!

2 – Charred Corn Salad

Who doesn’t love corn? We sure do. Charred corn salad is crunchy, smoky, and sweet.

Grilling the corn gives it a nice char and enhances the flavor. We toss it with diced red onions, bell peppers, fresh cilantro, and a squeeze of lime.

The mix creates a refreshing and bold dish. Balance the smoky corn with the zesty lime and crisp veggies. It’s simple and delicious.

3 – Avocado Salad

We’re all about simplicity with this avocado salad. Creamy avocados blend perfectly with fresh cherry tomatoes, red onion slices, and a drizzle of olive oil.

Each bite is packed with flavor with just a hint of tanginess from lime juice. Throw in some salt and pepper, and you’re set.

4 – Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges

We’re obsessed with these roasted sweet potato wedges. They’re crispy on the outside, tender inside. We love the natural sweetness balanced with a hint of smokiness.

Ingredients: sweet potatoes, olive oil, smoked paprika, salt, and a sprinkle of pepper. Toss them together and roast until golden.

They’re simple, but they’re packed with flavor. Perfect for spicing up our chicken tinga nights.

5 – Tangy Coleslaw

Tangy coleslaw adds a crisp, refreshing twist. We love the crunch of cabbage paired with the zest of apple cider vinegar. It cuts through the richness of chicken tinga perfectly.

Ingredients: shredded cabbage, carrots, apple cider vinegar, mayo, sugar, salt, and pepper.

Mix it all up in a bowl. Each bite is a mix of tangy and sweet, balancing out the savory main dish.

It’s simple and vibrant.

6 – Chipotle Mashed Potatoes

Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? Chipotle mashed potatoes add a spicy twist.

They’re creamy, smoky, and just the right amount of heat. We used russet potatoes, chipotle peppers, butter, cream, salt, and pepper.

First, boil and mash the potatoes. Then mix in finely chopped chipotle peppers, butter, and cream.

Each spoonful gives you smooth, spicy, and irresistibly flavorful potatoes. It’s our new favorite.

7 – Grilled Pineapple Salsa

We love grilled pineapple salsa for its vibrant flavors. Pineapple chunks get a caramelized touch from grilling, balancing their sweetness with a subtle smokiness. We mix it with diced red onion, jalapeños, and a hit of cilantro. Lime juice adds a zesty twist.

This salsa is perfect for those who crave a mix of sweet and spicy. Our tip: use a hot grill for the best char on the pineapple.

8 – Mexican Street Corn (Elote)

Who’s up for some elote? Mexican street corn is grilled, slathered in creamy mayo, and dusted with cheese and chili. We’ve got cotija, mayo, lime, and chili powder.

It’s smoky, tangy, and rich—all at once. Seasoning blends perfectly. Each bite is an explosion of flavor.

Grill until charred. Spread mayo, sprinkle cotija and chili. Squeeze lime.

We swear by it for adding zing to any meal. Total game-changer.

9 – Tomato and Onion Salad

We love this simple yet flavorful concoction of tomatoes and onions. It’s fresh, zesty, and adds the right balance to your meal.

We use juicy tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, olive oil, and a squeeze of tangy lemon. The hint of salt and pepper elevates it.

Each bite is a burst of crunch with refreshing tang. Pair it with your chicken tinga for an unbeatable combo.

10 – Grilled Zucchini and Squash

Let’s talk grilled zucchini and squash. These veggies are a simple, yet tasty side that pairs great with chicken tinga. We slice them up, brush with olive oil, and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. The grill transforms them, bringing out a slight smokiness and tender texture.

You get a mix of sweet zucchini and mild squash. It’s not just healthy; it’s downright delish.

11 – Charred Jalapeño Poppers

Ready for something spicy and cheesy? We sure are. Our charred jalapeño poppers bring the heat and the flavor.

Ingredients: Fresh jalapeños, cream cheese, shredded cheddar, and bacon bits. We slice and stuff the jalapeños, then toss them on the grill until they’re charred and smoky.

The cream cheese cools the spice, and the bacon adds a crunchy, savory bite. Perfect combo.

12 – Crispy Tortilla Strips

Crunchy, salty, and totally addictive, crispy tortilla strips are the perfect topping or side.

We make them by cutting tortillas into thin strips, lightly frying them until golden brown, and sprinkling with salt. The strips add a satisfying crunch to any meal, especially our chicken tinga.

They’re great for adding texture and a bit of a salty bite.

From soups to salads, these are a tasty addition.