Chicken tenders are a staple meal for many families. They are versatile, simple to prepare, and taste great and my favorite chicken tender recipe always comes out juicy and delicious.
Whether you are trying to appease the picky eaters in your household, or are trying to meet certain dietary restrictions, chicken tenders are one dish that almost anyone can get on board with. The hard part is trying to find a side dish to serve with chicken tenders that is just as appealing.
Looking for a quick answer?
The best chicken tenders side dishes are french fries, asparagus Fries, mashed sweet potatoes, biscuits, mac & cheese, BBQ baked beans, and potato salad.
So, let's get cooking!
1. French Fries
Of course, I had to start things off with the classic chicken tender side dish...french fries! Golden, crispy and delicious, this is a side that everyone loves, including the kids!
Have some fun with this traditional meal and serve it up with a variety of different sauces like BBQ sauce, ranch dressing, spicy mayo, or honey and see what everyone's favorite sauce is!
These brussels sprouts are always a crowd-pleaser and they are easy to make, ready in under 15 minutes. Spice them up with a bit of paprika or make them sweet with some balsamic reduction drizzled on top. Either way, you're family will love all the little bite-sized goodness.
Another classic pairing to serve with chicken tenders is these smokey, sweet, BBQ baked beans.
The key to a great baked bean recipe is in the BBQ sauce. It's important to have a good quality BBQ sauce to get the boldest flavor from this dish. You can even use the leftover BBQ sauce to dip your chicken tenders in. Welcome to flavor town!
These zucchini noodles, or zoodles, are a deliciously healthy alternative to your run-of-the-mill chicken tender side dishes. Packed with garlic and basil these zoodles are excellent on their own or you can serve them as a pasta dupe with your favorite sauce. They are so good, your kids won't even know they're eating veggies.
5. Potato Salad
This potato salad recipe is loaded with flavor from the dill to the spring onions and pickles there is nothing boring about this summertime classic.
The best part about this recipe is the inclusion of microgreens that give a nutritional boost and added texture. Everyone will love this new take on the classic side.
6. Mac & Cheese
While many might say that french fries are the best side dish to serve with chicken tenders, I would have to say that Mac & Cheese is my favorite pairing. And yes that's a hill I'm willing to die on.
What's not to love about a hearty serving of ooey-gooey macaroni and cheese to go with crispy, juicy chicken tenders? The pairing of these two classic comfort foods is just good for the soul.
For a healthier alternative to french fries, try these deliciously healthy asparagus fries. They will fulfill that craving for the salty crispy goodness of french fries but without the added carbs and fat as these beauties are baked, not fried.
With the addition of parmesan cheese to the mix, these "fries" will quickly become your newest favorite side dish to serve with chicken tenders.
While we have established the potato as being a classic staple to serve with chicken tenders, you might want to consider the sweet potato as your next side dish.
Unlike their white, yellow, red, and Russert counterparts, this sweet potato mash is packed with nutrients that will support immune, eye, gut, and brain health. Plus they taste so good your kids won't even mind that they are eating healthy.
While you might have had fried pickle spears before, these delightfully crispy fried pickle chips are addictive. You've been warned!
A fun take on a side dish to serve with chicken tenders, these fried pickles can also be served as an appetizer at your next party. Plus you can substitute the Italian seasoning for any other herbs and spices to create your own flavor combination.
Being that we are in the midst of butternut squash season, it only makes sense that this simple and flavorful soup makes the cut. There's nothing better than a bowl of hot butternut squash soup on a cold autumn evening. Except maybe for one that is paired with some tasty chicken tenders.
Plus, this recipe makes such a large batch that you can store the remainder in an airtight container and freeze up to three months to enjoy again on another cold night!
Nothing says comfort food quite like chicken and biscuits smothered in gravy. These flakey buttery biscuits will have your family coming back for seconds. No need to worry about excess here but if you do happen to have any of these fluffy biscuits left over, you can have them with a bit of jam or use them to make breakfast sandwiches the next morning.
12. Mushroom Risotto
While this might not be what you typically think of when you are choosing a side dish to serve with chicken tenders, this is a dish that will bring a bit of sophistication to the dinner table. It's also very easily adaptable to suit your tastes or even the season. Add pumpkin in the fall, kale in the winter, asparagus in the spring, and peas in the summer!
Best Side Dishes to Serve With Chicken Tenders
- French Fries
- Brussels Sprouts
- BBQ Baked Beans
- Zucchini Noodles
- Potato Salad
- Mac & Cheese
- Asparagus Fries
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Fried Pickles
- Butternut Squash Soup
- Mushroom Risotto
What to Serve With Chicken Tenders
- Prepare your favorite chicken tenders recipe.
- Choose a side dish from the list above and make it as well.
- Serve together and enjoy 🙁