30 BBQ Chicken Sides

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These BBQ chicken sides will take your backyard gatherings and summer barbecue parties to the next level. From refreshing salads to savory bites, these recipes are easy to make and will impress your guests.

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The Best BBQ Sides

No summer barbecue is complete without delicious, mouthwatering sides! Check out my top recipes for sides for BBQ chicken.

1
Cheesy noodles on a plate with a fork.
Spicy Mac And Cheese
Spicy Mac And Cheese with a kick from jalapeño. Luscious, creamy and made with simple ingredients.
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2
Kale Slaw
Delicious Healthy Kale Slaw
Crunchy, tangy kale slaw full of color and texture. This salad is bursting with creamy dijon, maple syrup and a few other ingredients. The hero side to any dish! 
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3
White bowl with charred broccoli and toppings mixed in.
Charred Broccoli
Charred Broccoli is a wonderful, bright side dish with notes of tart lemon and sweet dates. A nutritious, easy recipe. 
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4
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Air Fryer Zucchini Fries
Crispy, crunchy, gluten free, zucchini fries baked in the air fryer or the oven. Perfect snack, appetizer or side. Full of savory flavor. 
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5
Small white plate with cornbread on it and jalapeños. A butter knife with butter on it.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Without Eggs
This Cornbread is made without eggs! It's full of jalapeño and cheddar in every bite, ready in less than 30 minutes and it's delicious. 
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6
Bread up close on a cutting board with jam.
Overnight Bread
Overnight bread is made with four ingredients, no kneading and ready to bake overnight. Crispy golden outside, fluffy soft inside.
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7
Vegetarian Stuffed Mini Peppers
Vegetarian Stuffed Mini Peppers
This is an easy, tasty, minimal ingredient snack or light lunch. These Vegetarian Stuffed Mini Peppers are roasted to perfection and stuffed with hummus and optional cheese. They only take 15 minutes to whip up in the air fryer or oven. 
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8
Crispy Baked Avocado Fries
Crispy Baked Avocado Fries
Baked avocado fries are a fun snack with lots of crunch. Pair it with any dipping sauce and you have yourself quite the fun appetizer. Ready in under 30 minutes.
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9
Oven Baked Jalapeño Poppers on parchment paper.
Oven Baked Jalapeño Poppers
Oven Baked Jalapeño Poppers are stuffed with goat cheese, crispy panko breadcrumbs and a light drizzle of buffalo sauce. A fun switch up from the classic!
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10
Garlic roll on a white plate with a butter knife.
Garlic Rolls
Fluffy, buttery garlic rolls with minimal steps and delicious flavor. These rolls will be on your weekly rotation.
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11
Green serving plate with twice baked potatoes an sour cream on tip.
Mediterranean Air Fryer Twice Baked Potato
Air Fryer Twice Baked Potatoes are an easy meal prep, customizable and flavor loaded! This recipe will have the family craving seconds. 
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12
Grey pottery bowl with roasted carrots and parsnips and honey on the side.
Honey Roasted Carrots and Parsnips
Delicious sweet savory Honey Roasted Carrots And Parsnips are a side dish favorite. Easy, addictive and pair great with many main dishes. 
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Refreshing Side Salads

A balanced meal is important even at parties! Make these light and refreshing salads for healthy BBQ sides.

13
Avocado Corn Salad
This avocado corn salad comes together in 15 minutes, it's tangy, crunchy and downright addicting. Fresh ingredients perfect for summer.
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14
White ceramic bowl with deviled egg potato salad. Green onions on top and to the side with a spoon. Up close photo.
Deviled Egg Potato Salad
Deviled Egg Potato Salad is a barbecue classic made with simple ingredients. Combining two favorite sides into one delicious dish. 
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15
White bowl full of fresh veggie and a silver fork on a counter.
Grilled Zucchini Salad
This grilled zucchini salad is full of crunchy, delicious veggies, cheese and a fresh honey lime dressing. 
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16
White bowl with fresh ingredients, cucumbers and a silver fork on the side.
Greek Cucumber Salad
Greek Cucumber Salad is refreshing, flavorful and a wonderful lightened up side dish for any meal. 
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17
Grilled peaches on greens in a serving platter.
Grilled Peach And Burrata Salad
Grilled peach and burrata salad is easy to grill up, perfect summer salad and gathers both sweet and savory components. Ready in 20 minutes
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18
Southwest Chipotle Pasta Salad in a white bowl.
Southwest Chipotle Pasta Salad
This southwest pasta salad will knock your socks off with flavor. It's vibrant, crunchy, creamy and totally dairy free. The perfect healthy pasta salad to change up the rotation.
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19
White ceramic bowl with watermelon basil salad in it and a silver fork.
Watermelon Basil Salad
This watermelon basil salad is uniquely refreshing, light and always a hit! Made with a honey lime dressing. Ready in 10 minutes. 
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20
Grey bowl with pasta and bacon in it and a fork with pickles.
Dill Pickle Salad
Dill pickle salad is bursting with a creamy dill pickle dressing, crunch in every bite. Topped with crispy bacon, a pickle lovers dream dish.
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21
Roasted Corn Salad With Poblano Peppers
Roasted Corn Salad With Poblano Peppers
Delicious, addictive Roasted Corn Salad with roasted chopped poblano peppers is the perfect texture side to add a little spice and flare to your next meal. 
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22
White ceramic bowl with zesty pasta salad in it with Italian dressing on the side. Up close photo.
Zesty Italian Pasta
Zesty Italian Pasta Salad has lots of texture from fresh crunchy vegetables and packed with flavor for homemade Italian dressing.
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23
White ceramic bowl with brussel sprout salad in it and silver spoon.
Roasted Brussel Sprout Salad
This warm roasted brussels sprout salad is vibrant, served warm and drizzled with tangy honey mustard vinaigrette. 
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24
White bowl with mixed greens and avocado on top. Mixing utensils to the side.
Mixed Greens Salad
A delicious, nutrient dense Mixed Green Salad full of flavors from simple ingredients with an optional homemade dressing.
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25
White bowl with kale and chickpeas, loads of veggies and dressing on the top.
Chickpea and Kale Salad
This Chickpea and Kale Salad Recipe With Lemon Honey Dressing is full of nutritious, filling ingredients, ready in under 15 minutes.
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Delicious Dips

These savory dips are perfect to add to your summer cookout, loaded with cheesy and zesty flavors that complement BBQ chicken!

26
Smoked Queso in a black cast iron with jalapeños on top.
Smoked Queso
Easy smoked Queso, is a tastier version of queso. Made with real cheese and a huge crown pleaser. 
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27
Black cast iron with corn and cream cheese mixed and topped with cilantro. Gold serving spoon in the mix to serve.
Cream Cheese Corn Dip
Cream Cheese Corn Dip is a crowd pleasing, creamy, easy appetizer. This recipe is lip smacking good and you can make it ahead of time. 
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28
Tomato Relish in a large serving bowl with a silver serving spoon.
Tomato Relish
This tomato relish is insanely delicious. It has a rich, nutty flavor from seasoning and it pairs wonderfully on so many dishes, or use it as a chip dip. Easy, and loved by everyone. 
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29
The Best Fresh Mango Salsa
Mango Pico De Gallo
This fresh mango pico de gallo is one of our summer favorites. It has a sweet and savory combination that pairs well with so many dishes.
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30
Grey bowl with pineapple, tomatoes, jalapeños and more.
Pineapple Pico De Gallo
Super easy, tasty, pineapple pico de gallo. Full of crunch, spice and sweet notes from chopped pineapple. Perfect for tacos! 
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BBQ Must-Haves

While we already have the delicious side dishes covered, you’ll need a few more things to ensure a successful party.

  • Having a reliable grill is essential for any barbecue party, don’t forget to bring charcoal or propane gas too.
  • Bring essential grilling tools like tongs, a spatula, a grill brush, and a meat thermometer to help you cook your BBQ chicken to perfection!
  • Make sure to grab your favorite bottle of BBQ sauces and marinades for juicy and flavorful barbecue dishes!
  • Where there’s delicious food, there has to be drinks to keep your guests refreshed. Stack up on water, soda, beer, wine, and cocktails.
  • Set your table and make sure there are enough plates, cups, utensils, and napkins for everyone.

The Best BBQ Pairings

If you’re looking for more recipes to fire up the grill, here are some of our favorite barbecue dishes:

BBQ Chicken Sides FAQs

What are some great make-ahead BBQ sides?

There are so many great make-ahead recipes from this list! You can definitely prepare spicy mac and cheese, overnight bread, and jalapeno cheddar cornbread ahead of time. When preparing salads in advance, make sure to separate the dressing until ready to serve. Store them properly in airtight containers, and if needed, refrigerate them to maintain freshness.

How do I keep dishes warm during a barbecue?

If you’re hosting a barbecue and want to make sure your side dishes stay warm, you can use chafing dishes or warming trays. If you’re looking for a more portable solution, insulated food containers are a great choice. They’re easy to transport and can keep your dishes warm for hours.

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