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Best Side Dishes for Fried Chicken

Find 17 of the best side dishes for fried chicken. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods with that crispy outside and juicy, tender meat on the inside. For our family, it is pure comfort food that is just so irresistible.

For years, I worked at a local restaurant that is famous for its fried chicken. We made tons, yes tons of chicken lightly dusted in batter, then deep-fried until golden brown.

Food this good deserves the perfect side dish. We’ve got you covered with some of our favorites, from mashed potatoes to coleslaw.

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Easy Side Dishes for Fried Chicken

From traditional to a bit more modern recipes, you are sure to find a few family favorites.

Slow Cooker Baked Beans

Easy Slow Cooker Side Dish

This recipe just ticks all the baked beans boxes for our family. The beans are nestled in a slightly sweet and tangy sauce. 

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Corn on the Cob

Cooked Corn on the Cob with Butter Melting on it

There is nothing like fresh, sweet corn with lots of butter and sprinkled by salt.

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Corn Fritters

Corn Fritters

These homemade corn fritters are made with just the right balance of flavors, plus they’re so simple to put together. 

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Southern Potato Salad

Southern Potato Salad

This easy and traditional Southern Potato Salad is a recipe that has been handed down through the ages. 

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Homestyle Potato Salad

How to Make Homestyle Potato Salad

This is potato salad the old-fashioned way, with eggs, celery, and relish.

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Rich Buttery Mashed Potatoes

The Secrets to Rich, Buttery Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a staple at any family holiday dinner. This is my favorite recipe because they’re so creamy, buttery, and delicious.

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Best Coleslaw Ever

Creamy coleslaw in a bowl

This really is the BEST Cole Slaw recipe you will ever have! This has been a family staple for over 35 years.

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Sweet and Tangy Cilantro Lime Slaw

Vinaigrette Coleslaw

This vinaigrette-based slaw has a balance of flavors from sweetness of fruit to the tangy punch of rice vinegar and lime.

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Old-Fashioned Three Bean Salad

Serving the Three Bean Salad

The zippy flavors and textures of this old-fashioned three bean salad really do make it the perfect summer salad to serve at any barbecue, potluck, or relaxing weekend meal.

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Garlic Green Beans

Garlic Skillet Green Beans

This recipe for skillet garlic green beans is a delicious side dish that is ready in just 15 minutes. Perfect for fresh produce and let’s face it, anything with garlic in the recipe must be scrumptious.

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Broccoli Cheddar Pasta Salad

broccoli, pasta, and cheddar cheese salad

This is almost like a broccoli slaw. It is an addictive blend of tricolor rotini pasta, cheese, onion. broccoli, and a delicious creamy cider coleslaw dressing.

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Southern Baked Mac and Cheese with Breadcrumbs

Southern baked mac and cheese with a crunchy, golden brown breadcrumb topping. Made with gruyere and white cheddar cheese. Creamy, cheesy, and comforting.

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Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This mashed sweet potatoes with coconut milk recipe is one of my go-to side dishes. It is very easy to make and very simple. 

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Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Pudding

This easy cheddar jalapeno cornbread pudding is the best comfort food side dish. Made with homemade or leftover cornbread, this savory bread pudding is a tasty side dish for the holidays or weeknight dinner.

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Lightly toasted French bread is slathered in dairy free garlic butter to make Vegan Garlic Bread. Not only does the butter go on top of the bread, but it goes on each individual slice as well! Fresh parsley, Italian seasoning and two forms of garlic flavor this versatile side dish.

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Dill Pickle Pasta Salad

While the pasta salad with dill pickles is a simple recipe, the results are creamy and delicious. It makes a perfect side for any family meal or gathering. 

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Creamed Spinach

This is the best creamed spinach recipe ever. With just 6 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep, you can have cheesy, bacony keto creamed spinach at the dinner table in no time. 

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