Chicken wings are a favorite among finger foods. Succulent and flavorful, it is no wonder they are such a popular food. Whether serving as an irresistible appetizer or as part of the main meal, the versatility of chicken wings makes them an easy food to pair.
Here are 12 of our favorite side dishes to serve with chicken wings.
1. Stuffed Peppers
Jalapeno poppers are a well-known side to chicken dishes. But for a more mild and filling alternative, why not serve stuffed peppers instead? Raw or baked, they are an effortless and speedy side. We recommend filling with rice, cream cheese, and spring onions. You can personalize the filling according to your preferences; the choices are endless!
Dips are a great little filler food to plump out any meal. A cool, sour cream and chive dip, or perhaps some garlic mayonnaise, is ideal for dunking chicken wings. Whether combined for a more moist appetizer, or in addition to some of our other suggestions, such as onion rings or french fries, as part of a full meal, you can’t go wrong.
3. Onion rings
Onion rings are a no-brainer. A favorite to many, a greasy, crispy onion ring is the quintessential guilty pleasure. So when serving chicken wings, why not go all out, combine onion rings and sour cream and chive dip to top off your meal.
Rice is a staple carbohydrate and a base for many dishes. The non-offensive taste allows it to take on the flavors of other foods. We think fried rice with an assortment of veggies is the perfect pairing for sticky chicken wings of all the many rice dishes.
Cornbread is the ultimate southern comfort food and, while a little unconventional, actually pairs nicely with chicken wings. The subtle sweetness and fluffy texture works well with moist, succulent chicken wings. Add in one of our earlier mentioned dips, and you have a sublime medley of flavors.
6. Macaroni and Cheese
Mac and cheese is a timeless favorite, popular among children and adults alike. The creamy richness alongside the tangy flavor of chicken wings makes for the perfect comfort food duo. You can be as straightforward or fancy as you like; mac and cheese from a packet is a good budget option while quick and easy. Homemade macaroni and cheese can add some indulgence to your chicken wings if you have the time and expertise.
7. Pasta salad
Everyone loves pasta; it’s filling and can be enjoyed in a multitude of different ways. Pasta salad, in particular, is a superb addition to chicken wings, creating a substantial and more well-rounded meal. The rich creaminess pairs particularly well with spicy chicken wings!
8. Potato salad
Potato salad is a staple of any barbeque or buffet, a simple and versatile side dish that goes with a wide range of different mains. So it is no surprise that potato salad makes a great side to have with chicken wings. The rich and salty flavor of chicken wings is complemented wonderfully by the creaminess of potato salad. Additionally, the heat of the chicken contrasts nicely with potato salad which is traditionally served cold.
9. French Fries
It goes without saying that french fries are a delicious accompaniment to chicken wings. Crunchy, salty, and tasty, what could be better? If you want to add a little excitement to this well-loved classic, load them up! Sour cream, garlic mayo, cheese, and jalapenos are just a few great toppings you can load your fries with to make a luscious side to your chicken wings.
Chicken wings are rich and full-bodied when it comes to flavor. Coleslaw can make an excellent addition by providing a cool and creamy contrasting flavor. Coleslaw is easily sourced at most grocery stores and is a great budget option. If you are feeling more adventurous, you can always make your own with fresh veggies, which you can tailor to your personal taste.
11. Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is an age-old classic, often paired with barbeque and grilled foods. The sweet and salty flavor, combined with the slight crunch, compliments chicken wings wonderfully. There are various methods of cooking corn on the cob, such as boiling, though we recommend grilling or baking when serving with chicken. When cooked, add some butter and a pinch of salt and serve while hot.
12. Celery and Carrot Sticks
Celery and carrot sticks are a quick, low-effort side to add a little crunch. Simply peel and chop your carrots and celery into little sticks, add some hummus or guacamole, and you have the perfect healthy addition to your plate of chicken wings.