Everyone loves a great alfredo! Whether you are a fan of my chicken alfredo or you have another recipe that you prefer, it is always a versatile dish that can be augmented to fit your family's tastes. Maybe that means making it meatless, using different cheeses, adding shrimp, or incorporating some vegetables.
Chicken alfredo is a great meal to serve even the pickiest of dinner guests because it has so many different side dishes options that are equally as pleasing.
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The best side dishes to serve with chicken alfredo are bruschetta and garlic bread, obviously. If you're looking for something on the lighter side, a Caprese salad or some roasted broccoli would do the trick. Or you could whip up some chicken quarters or bacon to add to your alfredo or a fresh caesar salad.
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The best part of a nice saucy pasta dish is sopping up all the extra sauce with a piece of fresh bread. This Rosemary bread is easy to make and will taste so good with your favorite alfredo sauce.
Another classic side that goes well with any pasta dish is a fresh Italian salad. A simple, flavorful dressing and a sprinkling of Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano go a long way with this side.
Some roasted broccoli is an excellent side dish if you have picky eaters who aren't into eating their vegetables. Simply chop it up after it's been cooked and fold it into the chicken alfredo before serving.
A Caprese salad is a fresh and vibrant side dish to serve with chicken alfredo. You can use any tomatoes you have on hand, but my favorites are Roma or Cherry tomatoes because they bring out the sweetness in the basil.
Both asparagus and bacon taste great in an alfredo dish. You can serve this bacon-wrapped asparagus as an appetizer or as a side dish. For something different, try wrapping the asparagus in prosciutto instead of bacon.
A classic bruschetta with lots of basil is hands down my favorite side dish to serve with chicken alfredo. Not only is it so so good, but it's a great recipe to use your Roma tomato, garlic, and basil harvest if you're a gardener.
This garlicky spinach is another one that you can serve on its own as a side dish, or you can mix it directly into your chicken alfredo. Spinach is a superfood full of iron, calcium, fiber, and a host of other vitamins and minerals that support good heart, blood, eye, liver, and kidney health. So if you have picky eaters that need a super boost of health, this is a good veggie to try and sneak into a meal.
8. Green Beans
Green beans can also be chopped up and folded into the pasta or served as a separate side dish. If making as a side, drizzle the beans with some lemon juice before serving for some added flavor.
9. Caesar Salad
There's nothing better than a fresh salad made with homemade dressing, and this caesar salad recipe is no exception. The dressing isn't a heavy cream dressing. It's nice and light, so it pairs well with a heavy pasta dish like chicken alfredo.
10. Corn on the Cob
Corn is such a simple side dish, and it's almost always a crowd-pleaser. Serve it with some butter, salt, and pepper, or go with more of a Mexican street corn vibe and load it with cheese, mayo, cilantro, garlic, salt, and lime.
You can't go wrong with breadsticks and pasta. These ones are loaded with garlic, parmesan, and butter, but you can totally customize your breadsticks however you want. Maybe you bake them with just a bit of cheddar sprinkled on them. Or you could brush them with some olive oil and add your favorite seasonings like everything bagel seasoning or sesame seeds.
This recipe will make about 12 breadsticks. If you have extra, they are good to keep handy as snacks, or you can freeze them and take them out as needed.
Hear me out. While serving a bacon side dish with chicken alfredo might seem strange at first, you aren't thinking big picture! This crispy bacon can be chopped up and added to the alfredo sauce or even used to zhuzh up your caesar salad. Bacon, after all, does make everything better.
13. Garlic Bread
I couldn't possibly leave garlic bread off this list. This simple garlic bread recipe can be ready in 10 minutes if you are pressed for time. If you want to really impress your diners, though, give this roasted garlic bread recipe a try. You can roast your garlic up to three days before you need it saving yourself some time when you do want to make this decadent recipe.
14. Chicken Quarters
So just like with the bacon, you can make these juicy chicken quarters in advance and use the chicken in your alfredo, or make your side salad more hearty. Chances are you will have plenty of chicken left over from this recipe to use for a meal on another night.
Best Side Dishes For Chicken Alfredo
- Rosemary Bread
- Italian Salad
- Caprese Salad
- Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
- Garlicky Spinach
- Green Beans
- Caesar Salad
- Corn on the Cob
- Garlic Bread
- Chicken Quarters
What to Serve With Chicken Alfredo
- 1 Chicken Alfredo
- Prepare your favorite chicken alfredo recipe.
- Select a side dish like rosemary bread, italian salad, broccoli, caprese salad, bacon wrapped asparagus, bruschetta, garlicky spinach, green beans, caesar salad, corn on the cob, breadsticks, bacon, garlic bread, or chicken quarters, and prepare.
- Serve together and enjoy!