20 Healthy Sides for Baked Chicken – Great Pairings from Sweet Potatoes to Salads

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20 Healthy Sides for Baked Chicken – Great Pairings from Sweet Potatoes to Salads

There are many excellent ways to cook a delicious chicken, yet sometimes, what truly makes the dinner is the yummy side dishes. The fact that they are healthy is just a bonus! If you are looking for tasty and healthy side dishes to eat with your baked chicken, look no further! 

1. Baked Sweet Potato 

  • Calories: 112
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 26 grams

Sweet potatoes have many things going for them. First, they are sweeter than the typical vegetable sides paired with healthy chicken. Second, they are packed full of necessary nutrients that our bodies need. While many sweet potato recipes play upon the sweet factor by adding brown sugar, graham crackers, and more, those additives aren't exactly healthy. However, the natural sweetness of a sweet potato is all you need; pop it in the oven and bake for one to one hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you desire, you can add a little bit of butter, but honestly, it's not needed! 

Cook the sweet potatoes alongside the chicken for added flavor.

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2. Honey Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • Calories: 150
  • Fat: 4 grams
  • Carbs: 28 grams

One of the best things about roasting sweet potatoes is the natural caramelization that happens! These honey-roasted sweet potatoes add flavor and tenderness to the side dish, making it another excellent way to enjoy the sweet potato. 

3. Sweet Potato Wedges 

  • Calories: 112 
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 26 grams

Fries are often a guilty pleasure. The salty flavor and simplicity can be addicting. With these sweet potato wedges, you can have the simple concept of a fry but in a healthier-for-you version. Also, it doesn't hurt that flavor adds a little extra sweetness! 

4. Healthy Sweet Potato Custard Recipe 

  • Calories: 160
  • Fat: 2 grams
  • Carbs: 32 grams

This sweet potato custard recipe adds banana, sweet potato, and skim milk for a surprisingly tasty side dish. You can enjoy the sweet flavor of the sweet potato and banana while feeling guilt-free! The calorie count comes in at 160, with added potassium and protein. Additionally, if you use an egg substitute, the cholesterol in this dish can be lower. 

Sweet potato casserole
The sweet potato custard is surprisingly delicious, with banana and sweet potatoes!

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5. Healthy Stuffed Potatoes 

  • Calories: 113
  • Fat: 3 grams
  • Carbs: 17 grams

While baked potatoes can be higher in calories and not touted relatively as healthy as sweet potatoes, they can still make a somewhat healthy and delicious side dish for baked chicken. The added benefit of cottage cheese is another excellent healthy factor. In addition, you can add flavor and texture with herbs and parmesan cheese! 

Stuffed baked potatoes with cheese and egg
Stuffing potatoes can play up the health factor with the right ingredients.

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6. Greek Salad Recipe

  • Calories: 290
  • Fat: 10 grams
  • Carbs: 20 grams

Salads are excellent side dishes for baked chicken. Not only are they healthy, but the vegetables or fruit included pack plenty of nutrients that our bodies need. This Greek salad recipe plays upon the flavors of tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, olive oil, feta cheese, and more for a refreshing side dish that is delectable alongside baked chicken. 

Greek Salad
Greek Salad contains many yummy flavors that add to the texture and the visual appeal!


7. Caesar Salad

  • Carbs: 160 calories
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • Carbs: 7.6 grams

Caesar salad can be satisfying in flavor and texture. This tasty Caesar salad is straightforward to follow and tasty. The egg and lemon juice complement one another in a way that your taste buds will love you for! 

Note: Calories for Caesar salad will vary depending on the dressing used.

Caesar salad is a refreshing side that pairs great with baked chicken.

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8. Healthy Pasta Salad

  • Calories: 405
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • Carbs: 18 grams

Carrots, onions, and zucchini have added benefits in the nutrition department. This healthy pasta salad packs a punch in both flavor and texture. Furthermore, you can omit the tuna for a simpler pasta salad that complements a baked chicken, or even slice up the baked chicken and add it to the pasta salad. 

Delicious pasta salad with green lettuce, tomatoes and roasted chicken.
Add the baked chicken to the pasta salad, or enjoy it alongside this colorful and flavorful side.


9. Cobb Salad 

  • Calories: 290
  • Fat: 23 grams
  • Carbs: 5 grams

Cobb salad is another way to enjoy the benefits of healthy foods like boiled eggs, avocados, and greens. One option is to chop the baked chicken up into strips or chunks and toss in the cobb salad for a healthy lunch or dinner option. Another option is to enjoy the cobb salad as a side dish alongside the baked chicken! 

Note: While a traditional Cobb salad can be high in calories, there are simply ways to take the calories down a notch.

Cobb salad has plenty of flavors and textures that complement one another!

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10. Sweet and Healthy Fruit Salad

While vegetables are often the go-to for a healthier meal, fruit still has plenty of beneficial nutrients! This fruit salad is sweet enough to satisfy your sweet tooth, yet is a healthy option that you will want to make repeatedly. Additionally, it includes grapes, apples, pears, and yogurt, combining cinnamon and nutmeg for a tasty side! 

Note: Fruit salad will vary in calories depending upon the fruit and dressing used.

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Fruit salad is a delicious way to enjoy various fruit and their many flavors! The combinations are endless. Use apples, bananas, strawberries, or more!


11. Broccoli Salad 

There's no doubt that broccoli carries many health benefits. Yet sometimes it can feel a bit boring. However, you can add color and texture with this delicious broccoli salad! Onions, bacon, raisins, and broccoli tossed in mayonnaise, vinegar, and sugar (which can be omitted) bring a crisp and refreshing salad that is excellent as a side dish for home or even a potluck!  

Note: Broccoli has around 50 calories per cup. Therefore, the calorie count will depend on what is added to the dish.

Flavors, colors, and textures are all things that broccoli salad has going for it!


12. Fall Brussels Sprouts

  • Calories: 38
  • Fat: 0.3 grams
  • Carbs: 8 grams

Brussels sprouts, you either love them or hate them. However, there is no debate that they offer many health benefits! If you are willing to give Brussels sprouts another try, or if you love them, try this fall Brussels sprouts recipe. It is easy to prepare; you will have the Brussels sprouts on the table in less than 30 minutes! 

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Roasted Brussels sprouts bring out a deep and rich flavor that complements baked chicken.

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13. Roasted Asparagus 

  • Calories: 50
  • Fat: 3.5 grams
  • Carbs: 4 grams

Asparagus is another delicious side to go alongside baked chicken. With only three calories in each asparagus spear, they are excellent and guilt-free! Additionally, roasting asparagus with olive oil and seasoning adds a texture and flavor that can be hard to beat. 

Note: Asparagus has three calories in each spear.

Grilled asparagus on white serving dish.
Asparagus spears only have three calories in each one! Making it a healthy choice with any main dish.

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14. Quinoa 

  • Calories: 120
  • Fat: 1.9 grams
  • Carbs: 21.3 grams

Quinoa is a grain packed with many nutrients, from protein and carbohydrates to fat. Additionally, this side dish can leave you feeling full and satisfied. Quinoa can be cooked in water. However, broth will add to the flavor, which can be somewhat lacking. 

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Quinoa is a healthy and filling side option to eat alongside baked chicken.

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15. Healthy Italian Vegetable Bake

  • Calories: 27
  • Fat: Less than 1 gram
  • Carbs: 5 grams

With zucchini, eggplant, green beans, green peppers, onions, and more, it is hard not to love this tasty Italian vegetable bake! While it takes over an hour to prepare and cook, it is well worth it once this side dish hits your kitchen table! 

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Baking vegetables together adds flavor and a complex texture that pairs great with baked chicken.


16. Healthy Sunshine Rice Recipe 

  • Calories: 276
  • Fat: 6 grams
  • Carbs: 50 grams

This sunshine rice recipe is colorful and appealing to the eye! Substitute white rice for a healthier one, such as brown rice for an even healthier version. Celery, onions, orange juice, and more, the flavors leave an impact with this healthy side dish! 

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Rice and vegetables are a delicious way to enjoy plenty of flavors.


17. Green Beans and Potatoes 

  • Calories: 197
  • Fat: 0.4 grams
  • Carbs: 45 grams

There are many ways to enjoy green beans! It is only fitting that green beans and potatoes always seem to go together. They both have a delicious flavor and health benefits that are important! Add bacon, onions, and seasonings for even more impact. Also, you can omit the red potatoes if you want a side dish with fewer calories. 

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Fresh green beans pair well with potatoes or are great on their own!


18. Roasted Green Beans

  • Calories: 31
  • Fat: 0.1 grams
  • Carbs: 7 grams

Another way to enjoy green beans is by roasting them. The slow roasting method combined with seasoning and olive oil adds to the deep flavor and softening of the green beans. Adjust the time depending on if you prefer crispy or soft green beans. 

Roasted char-grilled green beans cooling in oven pan
Olive oil and seasoning is a simple way to enjoy roasted green beans.

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19. Ranch Roasted Carrots

  • Calories: 25
  • Fat: 0.1 gram
  • Carbs: 6 grams

Carrots and ranch make a great snack. However, with these ranch-roasted carrots, you can turn up the flavor by combining the two and creating a delicious side dish that goes beyond snacking. 

Calories: There are around 25 calories in one medium carrot.

20. Garlic Butter Zucchini and Mushrooms 

  • Calories: 161
  • Fat: 13 grams
  • Carbs: 9 grams

Sauteeing zucchini and mushrooms together with butter and garlic make for a delectable side dish. This recipe takes less than thirty minutes to prepare and cook, and the ingredients are simple, making it a perfect healthy side for baked chicken for any night of the week. 

Calories: 161

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