What to Serve With Butter Chicken: 20 Tasty Side Dishes

Butter Chicken sides

Butter chicken is a delicious and popular Indian dish that many people love. It's great, but what should you serve with it to make your meal even better?

In this post, we'll explore some tasty and easy-to-make side dishes that will perfectly complement your butter chicken. Get ready to make your next meal a memorable one with these fantastic ideas!

Butter Chicken sides

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The best side dishes to serve with butter chicken are rosemary bread, gluten-free bread, cilantro lime rice, brown rice, cauliflower tots, scalloped potatoes, steamed vegetables, blooming onion, tostadas, broccoli, onion bhajis, naan bread, chapati, samosa, cucumber raita, mint chutney, garlic breadsticks and saag. 

Now, let's get cooking!

20 Butter Chicken Sides

1. Rosemary Bread

Rosemary Bread

Butter chicken tastes scrumptious with butter chicken. The saucy and creamy dish makes a great pair with bread and gives you a fulfilling meal to enjoy.

You can eat the bread by soaking it in the gravy and enjoying the buttery taste with the soft bread.

Read the tagged recipe to make the best rosemary bread in your instant pot.

2. Gluten-free Bread

Gluten-free bread

Do you crave gluten-free bread with butter chicken? If yes, we have the perfect recipe for you!

Enjoy making the softest bread in your instant pot. Then slice it and serve the bread while it is hot. It is healthy and perfect to experience a fulfilling meal.

3. Cilantro Lime Rice

Cilantro Lime Rice

Butter chicken and rice have an excellent partnership. Therefore, when making butter chicken, ensure to serve it with cilantro lime rice. This recipe has a perfect tangy flavor, complementing your main dish wonderfully.

Also, thanks to its ingredients, this rice dish is refreshing and ideal for summertime lunch or dinner.

4. Brown Rice

Brown Rice

Are you on a diet, or are being serious about your calorie count? In either case, serve butter chicken with brown rice. Brown rice has lesser calories than white rice and is also healthier.

Besides, brown rice is fulfilling and perfect for anyone who wants to have one meal every day.

5. Cauliflower Tots

Cauliflower tots

These are gluten-free kebabs made from cauliflower rice. Other ingredients include potatoes, salt, water, and olive oil. It is a perfect dish to have with buttery chicken.

Besides, you can also enjoy these tots as snacks.

6. Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

You can also have scalloped potatoes with butter chicken. This creamy dish tastes divine, thanks to the soft potatoes with a cheesy taste.

You can make scalloped potatoes within 20 minutes using the tagged recipe. Enjoy them with butter chicken and share your views with us.

7. Steamed Vegetables

Steamed VegetablesServe yourself or your guests with some steamed vegetables and butter chicken. The combination is divine because steamed vegetables help cut through the heavy chicken dish and balance your meal.

You can customize your bowl of vegetables according to your liking.  Also, season as per your taste preference.

8. Blooming Onion

Blooming Onion

Have you ever tried blooming onion with butter chicken? If not, now is the time to experiment.

Blooming onion is an excellent recipe featuring onion cut, flour, salt, pepper, oregano, cumin, thyme, paprika, cayenne pepper, milk and oil.

Use the tagged recipe and create an excellent side dish.

9. Tostada


Air-fryer tostadas are crunchy, delicious, and versatile. They taste great with butter chicken and go ideal with its gravy.

You can make these tostadas in your air fryer. However, baking them in an oven can also be an option if you don't have one.

10. Broccoli


If you are running out of time, and don't have any left to prepare a lavish side dish, just serve some broccoli. Broccoli tastes great with butter chicken. However, ensure to boil and then season it with salt and pepper for taste.

11. Onion Bhajis

Onion Bhajis

Since butter chicken is an Indian dish, pair it with something in the same region. We love onion bhajis and believe they go great with the chicken dish.

Onion bhajis are crispy and savory and feature thinly sliced onions coated in a thick chickpea flour batter. Try the tagged recipe, and thank us for this wonderful recommendation.

12. Naan Bread

Naan Bread

Butter chicken tastes scrumptious with naan. Naan is a soft bread that tastes divine with the gravy in your butter chicken. You can get bread from the store and warm it in your oven.

However, we suggest you make it home and experience its soft texture and delicious taste.

For more ideas, you can also check out What To Eat With Naan Bread.

13.  Chapati


Chapati is a flatbread, often served with curries like butter chicken. You can make it with wheat flour and enjoy its simple taste and puffy texture.

If you haven't made a chapati before, follow the procedure in the tagged recipe and get cooking.

14. Samosa



Butter chicken and samosas are like two sisters that get along really well. Samosas are like puffs with a filling. You can customize the filling according to your tastes; however, many people consider potato filling for their samosas.

You can also cook chicken and beef samosas for a non-vegan treat.

15. Cucumber Raita

Cucumber raita

This is one of the easiest side dishes to make with butter chicken. With just a few ingredients, you can create a refreshing cucumber raita and reduce the intensity of flavors in your butter chicken.

The main ingredients of the raita are cucumber and yogurt. You can make it less or more spicy by increasing or decreasing the spices, salt, and pepper.

16. Mint Chutney

Mint Chutney

Mint chutney is gluten-free and vegan. It is a refreshing condiment with an amazing taste. It tastes great with butter chicken and can also be frozen for future use.

17. Kachumber Salad

Kachumber Salad

This exotic salad can be prepared within a limited budget and only a few ingredients. Although this salad has many variations, the best one includes cucumbers, onions, and tomatoes.

If you want to make this refreshing salad as a side dish with butter chicken, follow the tagged recipe.

18. Roasted Broccoli

Roasted broccoli

Instead of having boiled broccoli, we suggest trying roasted broccoli with butter chicken. This side dish is crunchy and healthy, perfect to balance your chicken dish. Also, it can get ready within a few minutes.

19. Garlic Breadsticks

Garlic BreadsticksThese sticks are delicious, wholesome, crispy, and tempting. Make loads of these and enjoy them with butter chicken.

You can make these breadsticks to replace any type of bread. However, make sure that you make a big batch of these as they finish pretty quickly.

20. Saag


Finally, you can serve saag with amazing butter chicken. Saag is a vegetarian dish and is loved in North India. It is also quite appetizing and has many health benefits.

Cook saag and butter chicken and enjoy both with makki ki roti. The roti is a flatbread made from maize flour. It is delicious and fulfilling.

Butter chicken is a wholesome dish with an excellent taste and texture. You can enjoy it with roti, naan, kachumber salad, raita, saag, steamed vegetables, brown rice, cauliflower tots, and gluten-free bread.

If you haven't made this dish before, follow all the instructions in the tagged recipe and create the dish for yourself and your family.

Share your feedback and enjoy your meal!

Best Side Dishes For Butter Chicken

  1. Rosemary bread
  2. Gluten-free bread
  3. Cilantro lime rice
  4. Brown rice
  5. Cauliflower tots
  6. Scalloped potatoes
  7. Steamed vegetables
  8. Blooming onion
  9. Tostadas
  10. Broccoli
  11. Onion bhajis
  12. Naan bread
  13. Chapati
  14. Samosa
  15. Cucumber raita
  16. Mint chutney
  17. Kachumber salad
  18. Roasted broccoli
  19. Garlic breadsticks
  20. Saag

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Butter Chicken sides

What To Serve With Butter Chicken

Butter chicken is a creamy and rich dish that tastes great with many side options. You can have it with raita, bread, rice and naan and experience a satisfying meal.
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: Butter Chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 butter chicken


  • Cook butter chicken at home using your favorite recipe.
  • Make a side dish from the list above. You can serve it with naan bread, rosemary bread, gluten-free bread, kachumber salad, mint raita, chapati, tostadas, cilantro lime rice, garlic breadsticks, blooming onion scalloped potatoes and brown rice.
  • Serve and enjoy a wonderful meal 🙂
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