What to Serve With Chicken Meatballs? 20 Best Side Dishes

chicken meatballs side dishes

Chicken meatballs are the perfect weeknight meal to drive away your worries.

You can make this amazing recipe using your instant pot within a few minutes.  In addition, you only require five ingredients but can also add grated cheese, caramelized onions, bacon bits, and other things to make this dish more wholesome and exciting.

But you can't have chicken meatballs alone. You need to pair this dish with some side options to make it more fulfilling.

chicken meatballs side dishes

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The best side dishes to serve with chicken meatballs are farro, mashed potatoes, red beans and rice, rice pilaf, wild rice soup, cheese risotto, baked ziti, borscht, lo mein, zucchini alfredo, buttered egg noodles, udon, sauteed green beans with garlic and spaghetti. 

Now, let’s get cooking!

1. Farro


Chicken meatballs are tender, juicy and delicious. So, you can easily pair them with any side option with a mild flavor. In that case, you can serve it with farro, a whole grain with an earthy texture and flavor. This grain is richer than rice and can make you feel full for a long duration.

Besides, to cook farro, you just need water and salt. So, try this recipe and let us know how this side dish turned out.

2. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes topped with ground pepper and leaves in a brown bowl with wooden spoons on side

Do you want to pair chicken meatballs with a creamy dish? If yes, make a bowl of mashed potatoes and enjoy it with your main saucy dish.

Follow the tagged recipe to make the best mashed potatoes.

Enjoy this mashed potato with butter and curb hunger with a complete meal.

3. Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

This is another amazing match to your chicken meatballs. Red beans and rice is a healthy and nutritious dish with amazing benefits. It is also fulfilling, and the red beans taste great with the juicy chicken balls.

You can serve this combination to a group of friends visiting you for lunch on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It is definitely a crowd-pleaser and sits well with all types of people.

4. Rice Pilaf

brown rice with corn, carrots pieces, green peas and mushroom in a blue bowl

Rice Pilaf is a fragrant rice recipe with loads of vegetables and flavors. Make sure that you use basmati or jasmine rice for this dish. Other ingredients required are carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, beans, and all the mentioned sauces.

This dish is a complete meal on its own. But with chicken meatballs, you get more delicious elements on the plate.

5. Wild Rice Soup

Wild rice mixed with carrot cubes and sliced mushrooms top view

Wild rice is actually grass, cooked to perfection to create a healthy dish for you. This soup is creamy and rich with mushrooms, carrots, cloves, and other healthy ingredients. It has a soothing texture and an even more delicious flavor.

Pair this unique soup dish with chicken meatballs to elevate its mild taste. Also, you can increase your protein content by serving chicken with this dish.

6. Cheese Risotto

Cheese Risotto

This risotto has vegetable broth, lemon juice, goat cheese, and spinach. It is a unique dish and not for everyone. But when served with chicken meatballs, the combination does become quite appetizing and tasty.

Try this on our request and share your feedback.

7. Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is one of the best pasta dishes on offer. It is cheesy and gooey and hence pairs well with chicken meatballs.

As per the recipe card, you need more than one cheese to add to this recipe. If you don't like cheese, you can reduce the quantity accordingly.

Serve this pasta when it is hot, and enjoy it with your favorite cold drink.

8. Borscht


If you think the sauce in your chicken meatballs isn't enough, make some borscht and serve it with your main dish. This is a healthy soup featuring carrots, beetroot, potatoes, onions, cabbage, and tomato paste.

You can make this dish by adding salt and pepper for the mild seasoning. Enjoy it hot and let it warm you on a winter night.

9. Lo Mein

Lo Mein

This Chinese dish pair well with chicken meatballs. It contains veggies and noodles. Moreover, you can add beef, chicken, and any type of seafood to elevate its taste.

But if you plan to have the dish with chicken meatballs, we recommend adding seafood to your noodles and veggies. This way, you can get a well-balanced meal.

10. Zucchini Alfredo

Zucchini noodles topped with melted cheese and ground pepper on blue bowl

Now, this is a new side dish to serve with chicken meatballs, but believe us; it tastes divine. Zucchini alfredo is lightweight and creamy. It is also one of the best dishes for people who don't like having noodles in their meals.

Make sure to make this alfredo dish cheesy but not too heavy. This is because you should have your side as light as possible to pair it with chicken meatballs.

11. Buttered Egg Noodles

Buttered Egg Noodles

This is a simple dish that you can prepare within a few minutes. Egg noodles cooked in butter and broth are incredibly soft, rich, and delicious. Once they are ready, you can top them with chicken meatballs and enjoy the beautiful combination.

12. Udon


These homemade udon noodles are hard to make, but every effort put in is worth it. The results are ver rewarding, and the process is fun.

You can prepare udon with your kids by following the tagged recipe with all the steps and instructions. Serve the dish with chicken and meatballs, and enjoy the combination at dinner.

13. Sautéed Green Beans with Garlic

Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic

Plain sauteed green beans may taste boring and bland with chicken meatballs. So, follow the tagged recipe and cook them with garlic. Garlic adds a nutty flavor and a beautiful aroma to the dish.

You can also change the seasoning of the final dish according to your taste. Don't let the green beans become soft and cold before serving. Instead, serve them hot while they are crunchy and flavorful.

14. Spaghetti


There are no points for guessing what goes best with chicken meatballs. It has to be loads of spaghetti. You can get a spaghetti packet from the store, just boil the noodles and serve it with the meatballs.

However, it is always to elevate the flavor of your dish by adding new flavors. If you want to follow the tagged recipe, you will have to season your spaghetti with red chili flakes, garlic, salt, black pepper, and some parsley.

15. Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread

If you are not in the mood to cook rice at home, follow this recipe and bake a heartwarming loaf of garlic bread. It is crispy, delicious, and welcoming. You can make it beforehand and then toast it before serving.

16. Skewered Vegetables

Skewered Veggies

Have all your favorite vegetables on a skewer and grill them to give yourself a delicious side with chicken meatballs. These vegetables taste great together and are so crispy that you will even love having them alone. Follow all the instructions if you haven't made this recipe before.

17. Cauliflower Rice Salad

Cauliflower Rice Salad

This salad is packed with different vegetables and flavors. This is a Greek-style salad and perfect for people who are fans of Greek-style food. Serve this salad with chicken meatballs and appreciate the blend of flavors and textures on offer.

18. Spinach Gratin

Spinach Gratin

Next up, we have spinach gratin to serve with chicken meatballs. This is a wholesome and soulful dish with excellent nutrients and flavors.

Although this recipe demands lots of ingredients, the results are worth the effort and money spent. You can make this dish for a crowd and let them appreciate your amazing cooking skills.

19. Masala Rice

Masala Rice

Do you want to give your guests a taste of Asian cuisine? In that case, make some masala rice with chicken meatballs. This rice dish is spicy, but you are transported to India with every bite. This rice dish will impress your guests with flavors and rich spices.

20. Fried Finger Fish

Fried fish

Finally, if you think your chicken meatballs deserve a partner, cook some crispy fried finger fish. The tagged recipe helps you make the most delicious finger fish that you can serve with tartar sauce.

Final Takeaway

Chicken meatballs is a great recipe to satisfy your cravings for a tender, saucy, and soothing dish. It can be eaten alone but tastes great with some special side dishes. We have listed our top 20 sides in the article above, so try them each and comment on which ones deserve your thumbs up.

We are waiting for your feedback.

20 Side Dishes For Chicken Meatballs

  • Farro
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Wild Rice Soup
  • Cheese Risotto
  • Baked Ziti
  • Borscht
  • Lo Mein
  • Zucchini Alfredo
  • Buttered Egg Noodles
  • Udon
  • Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic
  • Spaghetti
  • Garlic Bread
  • Skewered Vegetables
  • Cauliflower Rice Salad
  • Spinach Gratin
  • Masala Rice
  • Fried Finger Fish

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chicken meatballs side dishes

What to Serve With Chicken Meatballs

Chicken meatballs are tender, saucy and juicy. They are best served with these 20 side dishes that you can easily make at home.
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Instant Pot Chicken Meatballs, meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2
Author: Corrie


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  • Make the best chicken meatballs for lunch or dinner.
  • Make a delicious side dish as well. You an try farro, mashed potatoes, red beans and rice, rice pilaf, wild rice soup, cheese risotto, baked ziti, borscht, lo mein, zucchini alfredo, buttered egg noodles, udon, sauteed green beans with garlic and spaghetti.
  • Serve together and enjoy a hearty meal 🙂
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