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25 Side Dishes to Serve with Fried Chicken

These side dishes for fried chicken are the perfect compliment for everyone's favorite crispy, crunchy main. We've got recipes for the classics, like coleslaw, and some fresh ideas too.

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Cool Beans Salad

This protein-filled dish could be served as a colorful side dish or a meatless main entree. When you make it, double the recipe because it will be gone in a flash! The basmati rice add a unique flavor and the dressing gives it a bit of a tang. Janelle Lee, Appleton, Wisconsin

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Be sure to pair these sides with one of our favorite fried chicken recipes.

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Roasted Fresh OkraTaste of Home

Roasted Fresh Okra

If you have picky eaters who worry about texture, roasted okra is marvelous. It's OK to crowd the pan. Okra shrinks as it cooks. Anna Katsoulis, Greenville, North Carolina

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Creamy ColeslawTaste of Home

Creamy Coleslaw

For me, this is the best coleslaw recipe because a package of shredded cabbage and carrots really cuts down on prep time. This creamy coleslaw recipe is great for potlucks or to serve to your family on a busy weeknight. Renee Endress, Galva, Illinois

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Cherry Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Cherry Tomato Salad

This recipe evolved from a need to use the bumper crops of delicious cherry tomatoes we grow. It's one of my favorite cherry tomato recipes, especially at cookouts. Sally Sibley, St. Augustine, Florida

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Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea SaladTaste of Home

Vibrant Black-Eyed Pea Salad

My black-eyed pea salad reminds me of a southern cooking class my husband and I took while visiting Savannah, Georgia. People go nuts for it at picnics and potlucks. Danielle Lee, Sewickley, Pennsylvania

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Garlic-Herb Pattypan SquashTaste of Home

Garlic-Herb Pattypan Squash

The first time I grew a garden, I harvested summer squash and cooked it with garlic and herbs. Using pattypan squash is a creative twist. Kaycee Mason, Siloam Springs, Arkansas

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Barley Corn SaladTaste of Home

Barley Corn Salad

A great alternative to pasta salads, this colorful side dish adds refreshing herb flavor to corn, barley, and red and green peppers. Bring it to your next get-together and see how fast it disappears! Mary Ann Kieffer of Lawrence, Kansas

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Crispy Smashed Herbed PotatoesTaste of Home

Crispy Smashed Herbed Potatoes

Golden brown and buttery, these spuds live up to their tantalizing name. A sprinkle of fresh herbs when theyre hot out of the oven maximizes the flavorand the pretty. Althea Dye, Howard, Ohio

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Bacon Collard GreensTaste of Home

Bacon Collard Greens

A staple of Southern cuisine, these collard greens with bacon make for one incredible side dish. Marsha Ankeney, Niceville, Florida

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Thymed Zucchini SauteTaste of Home

Thymed Zucchini Saute

Simple and flavorful, this recipe is a tasty and healthy way to use up all those zucchini that are taking over your garden. It's ready in hardly any time! Bobby Taylor, Ulster Park, New York

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Farmers Market Orzo SaladTaste of Home

Farmers Market Orzo Salad

Orzo is a tiny pasta shaped like rice. We use it as a base for veggies, lemony vinaigrette and cheeses such as mozzarella, feta or smoked Gouda. Heather Dezzutto, Raleigh, North Carolina

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Moms Buttermilk BiscuitsTaste of Home

Moms Buttermilk Biscuits

These fluffy biscuits are so tasty slathered with butter or used to mop up every last drop of gravy off your plate. I can still see Mom pulling these tender gems out of the oven. Vera Reid, Laramie, Wyoming

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Cleo's Potato SaladTaste of Home

Cleo's Potato Salad

My mom, Cleo Lightfoot, loved cooking all kinds of different recipes, but her favorite meal was one she made when hosting backyard barbecues in the summer. She would make her famous ribs, baked beans and this delicious potato salad. Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Parmesan Potato WedgesTaste of Home

Parmesan Potato Wedges

I recommend serving these Parmesan potato wedges alongside a salad for a light lunch or serving them as a side dish with a chicken or beef entree. Beth Ask, Ulster, Pennsylvania

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Heirloom Tomato SaladTaste of Home

Heirloom Tomato Salad

This is a simple yet elegant dish that always pleases my guests. Not only is it tasty, but it is healthy, too. The more varied the colors of the tomatoes you choose, the prettier the salad will be. Jess Apfe, Berkeley, California

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Macaroni ColeslawTaste of Home

Macaroni Coleslaw

My friend Peggy brought this coleslaw to one of our picnics, and everyone liked it so much, we all had to have the recipe. Sandra Matteson, Westhope, North Dakota

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Three-Bean Baked BeansTaste of Home

Three-Bean Baked Beans

I got this recipe from an aunt and made a couple of changes to suit our tastes. With ground beef and bacon mixed in, these satisfying beans are a big hit at backyard barbecues and church picnics. I'm always asked to bring my special beans. Julie Currington, Gahanna, Ohio

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Honey CornbreadTaste of Home

Honey Cornbread

It's a pleasure to serve this moist cornbread to family and guests. Honey gives it a slightly sweet taste. Most people find it's difficult to eat just one piece. Adeline Piscitelli, Sayreville, New Jersey

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Black-Eyed Peas with Collard GreensTaste of Home

Black-Eyed Peas with Collard Greens

Time to gather round the table, y'all! This dish has special meaning on New Year's Day, when Southerners eat greens for future wealth and black-eyed peas for prosperity. Athena Russell, Greenville, South Carolina

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Honey Mustard Red Potato SaladTaste of Home

Honey Mustard Red Potato Salad

This summer cookout star is crunchy-delicious with a brilliant zesty dressing. Brittany Allyn, Mesa, Arizona

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Fresh Cucumber SaladTaste of Home

Fresh Cucumber Salad

Crisp, garden-fresh cukes are always in season when we hold our family reunion, and they really shine in this simple salad. The recipe can easily be expanded to make large quantities, too. Betsy Carlson, Rockford, Illinois

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Veggie-Stuffed TomatoesTaste of Home

Veggie-Stuffed Tomatoes

This recipe is my wife's favorite, she loves when I cook it for her. The tasty, meatless stuffing is perfect for a side dish, but it's also filling enough for a whole meal. Scott Szekretar, Islip, New York

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Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden SaladTaste of Home

Crunchy Lemon-Pesto Garden Salad

I love using vegetables straight from the garden in preparing this salad. If I pick the squash and cucumbers early enough, their skins are so tender that there's no need to remove them! Best of all, it's easily adaptableany fresh veggie from the garden can be swapped in with delicious results! Carmell Childs, Clawson, Utah

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Hasselback Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes

Treat your sweet-salty tooth! Sweet potatoes dressed with buttery, herby, garlicky goodness make for a stunning, delicious side dish. Lauren Knoelke, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Lemony Green BeansTaste of Home

Lemony Green Beans

You can throw together this dish in minutes using ingredients you probably already have on hand. Thats the beauty of it. Jennifer Tarantino, Rutherford, New Jersey

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.