What to Serve With Orange Chicken? 14 Best Side Dishes

Orange chicken is a go-to dinner recipe for many people, and my Instant Pot Orange Chicken recipe is the most popular chicken recipe on the blog.

I imagine people love it for the same reasons I do. It's easy to make, super flavorful, and incredibly versatile! There are so many different side dishes to serve with orange chicken. I've gathered 14 of my favorite complimentary side dishes for you to consider serving the next time you're wondering what to serve with orange chicken.

chicken pieces in orange sauce with parsley on top

Looking for a quick answer?

The best side dishes to serve with orange chicken are jasmine rice, homemade Chinese egg noodles, and fried wonton. If you want to incorporate some vegetables into the meal, you can serve your orange chicken atop a bed of nutritious zucchini noodles or steamed bok choy. You can even keep the meal authentically Chinese with some hot and sour soup or chow mein. There are so many options to try.

So, let’s get cooking!

1. Jasmine Rice

Cooked jasmine rice in a brown bowl with fork on side

What I love about jasmine rice is that will add some aromatic elements to any meal which is especially delicious against the citrus in the chicken. You can even take it a step further into Flavorville by adding some of your favorite herbs and spices like saffron, turmeric, or garlic.

2. Fried Wonton

Whether you are making orange chicken or not, you should probably make these crispy wontons immediately. Seriously, stop what you are doing and go make these. at the very least, bookmark this recipe because they are an amazing snack or appetizer as well as the perfect side to a serving of orange chicken.

3. Chow Mein

Ramen noodles with broccoli, bell pepper, carrot, onion and spices with chopsticks on side

You won't have any need for Chinese takeout once you pair this orange chicken recipe with my vegetable chow mein recipe. It's packed full of flavor, and best of all, it will take you less than 20 minutes to prepare. Less time that it would take to have it delivered.

4. Broccoli with Garlic Sauce

This broccoli with garlic sauce is such a delicious and easy side dish to make you'll find yourself craving it. Plus, all of the garlic and broccoli are an excellent boost to your immune system.

5. Zucchini Noodles

 Zucchini Noodles with basil and parmesan cheese on top

The thing I love most about these zucchini noodles is that they are quite unassuming and taste just like any other noodle. The difference is that you don't feel heavy after eating these zucchini noodles as you do after eating a pasta noodle. Not only that, but they give the meal a nice nutrition bonus as well!

6. Homemade Chinese Egg Noodles

If you're a noodle purist at heart, though, these yummy homemade egg noodles just might win your heart. If you haven't made your own noodles by hand yet, I will say it does take time to perfect, but once you get the hang of it, you will never eat store-bought noodles again. Well, you might, but you probably won't enjoy it.

7. Bok Choy

cooked bock choy in a white bowl top view

If you are thinking about what to serve with orange chicken, this quintessential Chinese vegetable is chock full of nutrients like vitamins A and C, fiber, and antioxidants that will make your body smile. Make your mouth smile by adding this easy, vegan garlic sauce.

8. Brown Rice and Vegetables

Brown rice mixed with corn, carrot, peas, broccoli and spices on white bowl

If you have picky eaters, topping this brown rice and veggies with your saucy orange chicken is a great way to get them to eat a fulfilling and balanced meal, hopefully without them minding the vegetables too much.

9. Hot and Sour Soup

A Chinese food staple, this hot and sour soup will warm your soul on a cold day. It's also very customizable, so you can add in more or less of the flavors you want, you can even make it vegan with a few simple substitutions.

10. Spaghetti Squash

Spaghetti squash cut in half with parsley on white plate

Spaghetti squash is another excellent alternative to a flour-based noodle, and it's so versatile that you can serve it with several different dishes, including orange chicken.

11. Stir-Fried Oyster Mushrooms

Fun guys will really appreciate this recipe. Get it, Fungi. I can't help myself when there is a 400lb pun in the room. Seriously though, if you are a fan of mushrooms, you will love this Korean side dish.

12. Vegetable Medley

Yellow bowl filled with carrot, potato and pumpkin cubes topped with rosemary spring

What's not to love about a pile of delicious veggies?! But can we just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful these veggies would look alongside some orange chicken? You are serving orange and yellow fantasy in 11 minutes flat.

13. Cucumber Salad

This light and fresh cucumber salad is an excellent addition to orange chicken, and it is so easy to make. It's also an excellent option for lunches or a midday snack that you can feel good about.

14. Fried Rice

Cooked rice mixed with peas and carrot cubes served in a white plate

Another quick and easy side dish to serve with orange chicken is my vegetable fried rice recipe. Using a few simple ingredients, you can have a healthy, hearty, and tasty side dish in just 3 minutes!

Best Side Dishes to Serve With Orange Chicken

  • Jasmine Rice
  • Fried Wonton
  • Chow Mein
  • Broccoli With Garlic Sauce
  • Zucchini Noodles
  • Homemade Chinese Egg Noodles
  • Bok Choi
  • Brown Rice and Vegetables
  • Hot and Sour Soup
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Stir-Fried Oyster Mushrooms
  • Vegetable Medley
  • Cucumber Salad
  • Fried Rice

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If you love orange chicken as much as I do, you'll love this collection of quick and tasty side dishes for when you are thinking about what to serve with orange chicken.
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Course: dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Instant Pot Orange Chicken, Orange Chicken, what to serve with orange chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Corrie


  • 1 orange chicken


  • Prepare your favorite orange chicken recipe.
  • Select a side dish such as jasmine rice, fried wonton, chow mein, broccoli with garlic sauce, zucchini noodles, homemade Chinese egg noodles, bok choi, brown rice and vegetables, hot and sour soup, spaghetti squash, stir-fried oyster mushrooms, vegetable medley, cucumber salad, or fried rice and prepare.
  • Serve while fresh, and enjoy!


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