What To Serve With Chicken Parm: Delicious Side Dish Ideas!

Indulge your taste buds in the mouthwatering delight of Chicken Parmesan, a classic Italian-American dish that promises to transport you to a realm of irresistible flavors and textures. Once you try it, you’ll understand why it’s a cherished classic that has stood the test of time. But what should you serve with the best Chicken Parmesan?

Side Dishes That Complement Chicken Parm

When serving Chicken Parmesan, it’s important to have side dishes that complement the flavors and textures of the dish. Here are some tasty and versatile options to go with your main course!


Serve Chicken Parm with a side of spaghetti or fettuccine tossed with garlic butter. Alternatively, you can try this Pasta with Spaghetti Meat Sauce. If you prefer a meat-free option, this Vegetarian Spaghetti Sauce is a great choice!


A crisp, refreshing salad can balance the richness of Chicken Parm. Pair it with a simple Green Salad, a Classic Caesar Salad, or try the flavorful That Good Salad recipe.

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted Root Vegetables are a great side dish to Chicken Parm, especially as the first hints of crisp Autumn air appear. They pair well with the main dish for a hearty and warm meal.

Roasted Veggies

Garlic Bread

Enhance your meal with Hasselback Homemade Garlic Bread. This recipe features MORE butter, cheese, garlic, and bread in every single bite, making it a delicious accompaniment to Chicken Parm.

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Hasselback Garlic Cheesy Bread

Mashed Potatoes

Buttery Mashed Potatoes are a comforting side dish that pairs nicely with Chicken Parmesan. For an extra burst of flavor, try Garlic Mashed Potatoes.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

For a twist on traditional potatoes, consider serving Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Chicken Parm. They combine the best of both mashed potatoes and sweet potatoes, resulting in a smooth, creamy, and buttery delight.

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Green Beans

Toss your prepared green beans in olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast them in a hot oven. The result? Roasted Green Beans, a new favorite side dish to accompany Chicken Parmesan.

Roasted Green Beans


Instant Pot Risotto is an easy and tasty side dish, saving you from the hassle of standing over a pan stirring for 30+ minutes. Simply set it and forget it until it’s ready to enjoy, 30 minutes later.



For a fresh and crunchy side, toss cabbage, carrots, and onion with a homemade creamy coleslaw sauce. Get ready to make the coleslaw of your dreams!



Try the irresistible Craigo’s Breadsticks, packed with cheesy, yeasty, salty, and garlicky goodness. They are the perfect accompaniment to Chicken Parmesan.

Craigo's Breadsticks

Antipasto Platter

Create an antipasto platter with olives, cured meats, cheeses, and roasted red peppers for a more elaborate spread. Here’s an affordable Cheese Board recipe that you can make to create your perfect side dish!

Cheese Board

Zucchini Noodles

For a gluten-free option, sautéed or roasted zucchini noodles (zoodles!) make a healthy and flavorful side dish.

Cucumber Salad

Fresh and crisp, Grandma’s Cucumber Salad is a refreshing choice that pairs well with Italian cuisine.

Cucumber Salad

Broccoli Salad

Crunchy and cold, Broccoli Salad provides a contrasting texture and a cooling effect. It complements Chicken Parm perfectly.

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Broccoli Salad

Caprese Salad

Enjoy the classic flavors of a Caprese Salad made with cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, sweet basil, and a homemade garlic balsamic dressing. It’s the perfect salad all year long.

Caprese Salad

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes go with just about any dish and take minimal time to prepare. Customize them with different seasonings or follow a base recipe for an easy, comforting, and filling side dish.

Roasted Potatoes

Creamed Spinach

Creamed spinach is a rich and creamy side dish that beautifully complements the flavors of Chicken Parm.

Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

This Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad combines the depth of flavor from roasted veggies with the great texture of quinoa. It’s a healthy and flavorful addition to any meal.

Quinoa Salad

Sautéed Mushrooms

Sautéed mushrooms with garlic and fresh herbs add an earthy and savory dimension to your meal.

French Bread

Serve some crusty French bread or baguette with butter or olive oil for a simple and delightful side.

Simple Bruschetta

Bruschetta is an easy Italian appetizer that always goes over well. Try toasted bread rubbed with garlic and topped with diced garden tomatoes, fresh basil, and a hint of balsamic vinegar.


Roasted Brussels Sprouts

This super easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe offers a delicious vegetable side dish. Enjoy the brown, crispy exterior with a tender middle. It’s the perfect simple accompaniment to any dinner.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Orzo Salad

A cold orzo pasta salad with diced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, feta cheese, and a lemon-oregano dressing makes a refreshing side salad for your meal.

Maple Glazed Carrots

These sweet, buttery, and crunchy Maple Glazed Carrots will change your perception of glazed carrots. They are the perfect side dish that will make you forget you’re eating vegetables.

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Maple Glazed Carrots


Fluffy couscous with roasted vegetables or herbs adds a light and flavorful touch to your meal.

Sautéed Spinach with Garlic

Quickly sautéed spinach with garlic and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes creates a simple and healthy side dish.

Oven Roasted Asparagus

With just three ingredients and 15 minutes, you can make this amazingly simple yet delicious side dish. Customize the seasoning to your liking!

Roasted Asparagus

Spaghetti Squash

If you’re looking for a low-carb alternative to pasta, Spaghetti Squash is a great option. It can be easily cooked in the crockpot, as demonstrated in my Crockpot Spaghetti Squash recipe.

Garlic Bread

Softened butter stirred together with fresh minced garlic, herbs, and two kinds of cheese creates the best cheesy garlic bread. It’s the perfect sidekick to Chicken Parmesan.

Garlic Bread

Brown Rice

For a simple and non-competitive flavor profile that pairs nicely with Chicken Parm, consider serving brown rice. It’s an excellent gluten-free alternative to pasta.

Brown Rice

Get Creative!

We’ve provided a variety of side dishes to suit different tastes and dietary needs. Don’t stress over the decision; go with what makes your taste buds dance. Feel free to mix things up and craft a meal that’s uniquely you alongside the delicious Chicken Parm with tomato sauce.

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