What to Serve With Sweet and Sour Chicken: 20 Best Side Dishes

Sweet and Sour Chicken side dishes

Sweet and sour chicken is a popular and flavorful dish that has captured the hearts of food lovers around the world.

But why stop there? In this post, we're going to explore 20 tasty side dishes that can elevate your sweet and sour chicken experience to new heights.

These scrumptious sides have been handpicked to complement the dish's tangy and sweet flavors, adding variety and balance to your meal.

Sweet and Sour Chicken side dishes

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The best side dishes to serve with sweet and sour chicken are brown rice, glutinous rice, egg rolls, chicken wings, french fries, lentil salad, potato salad, gluten free bread, sauteed vegetables, broccoli, baked sweet potatoes, candied yams, prawn toast, pork dumplings, scallion pancakes, cucumber salad and crispy kale.

Now' let's get cooking!

Sides For Sweet and Sour Chicken

1. Brown Rice

Brown rice

Sweet and sour chicken tastes incredible with brown rice. Brown rice has a nutty flavor and quite a distinct aroma, making it ideal for lunches and dinners. Besides, this rice can be enjoyed by anyone on a diet, thanks to its low-calorie content.

Use the tagged recipe and make brown rice at home by following a few simple steps.

2. Glutinous Rice

Glutinous rice This rice recipe is easy and quick. If you are looking for a simple side dish, make glutinous rice at home, and you are good to go.

Since this is a budget-friendly dish, you will see yourself saving a lot when choosing to make it. With just a few ingredients, this rice dish pairs well with sweet and sour chicken and can feed a crowd.

3. Egg Rolls

egg rolls

Egg rolls are crispy with a chicken and vegetable filling. They are pretty delicious and can be made in a batch and then cooked in an air fryer as required.

Many restaurants serve egg rolls with sweet and sour chicken, and you can, too, by making them at home.

4. Chicken Wings

Chicken wings

There is nothing like too much chicken. If you are a chicken lover and can't live without it, you can pair sweet and sour chicken with chicken wings.

Now, to make sure that you consume a healthy side dish, cook these wings in an air fryer and reduce the amount of oil used.

Chicken wings prepared through this method are crispy, delicious, and scrumptious. Cook as many as you can using the tagged recipe. These wings are loved by adults and kids alike.

5. French Fries 

French Fries

Prepare french fries with sweet and sour chicken, and you will never want to try anything else. The combination is divine, to say the least.

In addition, there is no complicated technique required to cook french fries. Even a kid can prepare them using the mentioned recipe.

However, we suggest cooking a big batch of french fries, and they finish quicker than expected.

6. Lentil Salad

lentil salad

Make this light lentil salad to serve with sweet and sour chicken. This salad contains cucumbers, onions, dates, lentils, water, bay leaves, vinegar and parsley leaves.

We recommend serving this salad during summer because of its refreshing taste. Ensure to make a big bowl because it finishes quite quickly.

7. Potato Salad

Potato salad

This creamy potato salad is a perfect solution to a wonderful side dish. It contains potatoes, onions, brown mustard, yellow mustard and some other vital ingredients to give a scrumptious salad.

Pair it with sweet and sour chicken and taste various flavors and textures. Also, since this is an easy side dish and budget-friendly, you can prepare a big bowl for a family gathering.

8. Gluten Free Bread

Gluten free bread

You can also have your sweet and sour chicken with easy and delicious gluten free bread. This bread is pretty fresh and fluffy. Besides, you can make it at home using your instant pot.

Gluten free bread should be served warm after you have successfully sliced it.

9. Sauteed Vegetables

Sauteed Vegetables

Are you craving some green and healthy vegetables with sweet and sour chicken? If yes, we have a suggestion for you.

Served a bowl of sauteed vegetables with your chicken dish and thank us later. You can pick all your favorite vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, asparagus, zucchini, peas, and many more, and sautee them using salt, pepper, garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.

10. Broccoli


Since sweet and sour chicken doesn't have greens, it makes sense to add them using your side dish. So, instead of cooking a vegetable medley, you can only serve broccoli with your main dish.

It is so easy to make. You simply require broccoli, water, salt, and pepper to create an amazing side dish with a great texture and flavor.

Combine broccoli with chicken, and you are good to go.

11. Baked Sweet Potatoes

Baked sweet potatoes

Have you ever tried baked sweet potatoes with sweet and sour chicken? If not, now is the time to experiment and experience both dishes together.

The sweet potatoes and chicken blend well with each other. These potatoes are also creamy, adding a delicious touch to your main dish.

12. Candied Yams

Candied Yams

Make the best candied yams using the tagged recipe. So, what is this dish?

Candied yams is one of the top-rated side dishes containing canned sweet potatoes, marshmallows, brown sugar, and butter. The instructions are quite simple, and after a short cooking process, you get a scrumptious and wholesome side option to try with your favorite sweet and sour chicken.

Also, this dish is loved by children. So, if your kids run from chicken dishes, serve this as a side dish and see them eating their meals easily.

13. Sesame Prawn Toast

Sesame prawn toast

This is a crispy toast topped with a prawn mixture and coated with sesame seeds. Then, the toast is fried until it turns golden brown. A prawn toast gets ready within 20 minutes and can be served with sweet and sour chicken.

This toast recipe is addictive. So, as a warning, ensure to take care about the quantity when serving to a crowd and save yourself from any embarrassment.

14. Pork Dumplings

Pork dumplings

We have tagged one of the best recipes to create the most delicious pork dumplings. These dumplings are soft and chewy and feature an excellent filling.

Yes, these dumplings are flavorful and worth investing your effort in making them. Serve these dumplings with your favorite main dish, and enjoy the blend of pork with chicken.

15. Scallion Pancakes

Scallion pancakes

Have you ever had scallion pancakes? These are Chinese pancakes that are super flaky and crispy.

These pancakes are vegan and slightly chewy.

To make these unique pancakes, you need flour, water, salt, green onion, and vegetable oil. Yes, only a few basic ingredients can help you make a wonderful side dish within a few minutes.

For even more ideas, check out what to serve with scallion pancakes.

16. Cucumber Salad

Cucumber salad

Prepare an easy cucumber salad with your sweet and sour chicken. This is an easy salad and requires you to have cucumbers, salt, red onion, white vinegar, water, sugar, and dill.

This refreshing salad is an excellent summer side dish and tastes divine at lunch and dinner. Make it using a few simple steps and enjoy it with family and friends.

17. Crispy Kale

Crispy kale

Since sweet and sour chicken is a Chinese dish, crispy kale is a great addition to your meal. All you have to do is sprinkle some sesame seeds and Chinese five-spice on your kale before you place the leaves for roasting. The resultant dish has a satisfying flavor and texture, perfect for anyone who wishes to experience good food.

18. Veggie Stir-fry Noodles

Veggie stir-fry noodles

You can't say no to veggie stir-fry noodles. This side dish is a staple in all Chinese meals and pairs well with almost all dishes. You can make these noodles using your favorite vegetables and stir-frying them before adding them to boiled noodles.

The flavorful noodles can then be served with sweet and sour chicken, making a perfect meal for the day.

19. Three Bean Salad

Three bean salad

This is an easy salad for days when you are running out of time. The beans used are kidney beans, cannellini beans, and garbanzo beans. The salad also contains red onions, parsley, celery, and a delicious dressing.

20. Russian Salad

Russian Salad

Our final pick is the beautiful and creamy Russian salad as a side dish. This salad contains potatoes, carrots, eggs, and even ham. There are many versions of this salad, as some people also like adding apples and pineapples for a sweet flavor.

Cook a feast by serving sweet and sour chicken with your favorite side dish. We have shared 20 options for you, so get cooking!

Sweet and Sour Chicken Side Dishes

  1. Brown rice
  2. Glutinous rice
  3. Egg rolls
  4. Chicken wings
  5. French fries
  6. Lentil salad
  7. Potato salad
  8. Gluten free bread
  9. Sauteed vegetables
  10. Broccoli
  11. Baked sweet potatoes
  12. Candied yams
  13. Prawn toast
  14. Pork dumplings
  15. Scallion pancakes
  16. Cucumber salad
  17. Crispy kale
  18. Veggie stir-fry noodles
  19. Three bean salad
  20. Russian salad

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What To Serve With Sweet and Sour Chicken

These 20 side dishes taste great with sweet and sour chicken. You can cook rice, salads or even baked potatoes for a complete meal!
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Course: dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


  • 1 sweet and sour chicken


  • Make sweet and sour chicken at home using your favorite recipe.
  • Make a side dish from the list above. You can eat it with broccoli, sauteed vegetables, potato salad, lentil salad, gluten free bread, Russian salad, baked sweet potatoes, chicken wings, french fries, brown rice, egg rolls and cucumber salad.
  • Serve and enjoy a wonderful meal 🙂
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