What to Serve With Chicken Tenders

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Wondering what to serve with your fresh batch of chicken tenders? Here are 17 satisfying side dishes to please your taste buds.

Chicken tenders are an attractive choice for a meal because they are simple to make and filling. Served with the right side they are more than just a snack.

With so many foods out there, choosing the right side can be a challenge. The perfect side dish should complement the taste and texture of the tenders.


17 Side Dishes To Serve With Chicken Tenders

1. Baked Macaroni and Cheese

When it comes to side dishes, none are more perfect for chicken tenders than a large helping of gooey baked macaroni and cheese.

The secret is to bake the macaroni covered up in the oven so the top layer does not get too hard. This way the cheese stays moist.

2. French Fries

French fries and chicken tenders are a sports bar favorite. This team is the perfect finger food combination. Paired together, you don’t need a fork.

This meal is best served with your favorite condiment. Try dipping your tenders in different sauces to switch up the taste.

3. Potato Salad

Creamy and tender, potato salad adds a mild flavoring to chicken tenders. The rich texture of the salad adds a home-style flavor.

Adding boiled eggs is a quick way to bring in more flavors. Make sure to season your potatoes well. Bland potato salad is a no-no.

4. Coleslaw

Coleslaw is a classic dish that pairs well with chicken tenders. The crunch of the cabbage complements the tenderness of the chicken well.

Eating coleslaw is a great way to add vegetables to your meal.  Use low-fat ingredients in your slaw to cut down on the calories.

5. Sweet Potato Fries

A health-conscious substitute for regular French fries, sweet potato fries is a mouthwatering way to watch your calories without compromising taste.

If you want your fries to have a little more crunch, cut them into thin strips and bake for an extra five minutes.

6. Cheesy Broccoli

Topping your broccoli with cheese sauce adds flavor and texture. This creamy side dish pairs well with the crispy coating of the tenders.

Different cheeses can be used to spice up your broccoli. For a zesty flavor, use fiesta blend shredded cheese.

7. Garlic Butter Asparagus

Asparagus cooked in a garlic butter sauce is a delicious choice for a side dish. Tasty and nutritious, this vegetable is a great way to eat healthy without giving up great taste.

For a little more crunch, add some almonds. The crunchiness of the almond complements the crispy coating of the tenders.

8. Broccoli and Potato Soup

Nothing says home-style more than a spoonful of broccoli and potato soup. The creamy texture and rich flavor blend well with the juiciness of the tenders.

To give it a little more flavor add in some bacon or ham to your broccoli and potato soup. For a low-fat alternative, use turkey bacon instead.

9. Fried Pickles

If you are in the mood for a crunchy side dish for chicken tenders, go with fried pickles. Tangy, and crispy, this dish adds a little kick to your meal.

Ranch or sesame dressing can be used to spice up your pickles. Remember, low-fat dressing adds just as much flavor, without the extra fat.

10. Cornbread

Cornbread is a southern favorite that everyone enjoys. Its sweet, rich, flavor makes it a satisfying choice for chicken tenders.

To sweeten up your cornbread, add a little brown sugar to the mix. The brown sugar will give your cornbread a thicker texture.

11. Honey glazed carrots

For an easy way to sweeten up your veggies, try adding a honey glaze to your carrots.  This is a tasty way to fill your plate with vegetables.

Because these carrots are glazed, there is no need for dipping sauce. Simply sprinkle a little of the honey glaze on your tenders and voila.

12. Baked Apples

Bakes apples is an easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without the hassle of actually baking a whole apple pie.

Top your baked apples with Carmel, chocolate, or your favorite icing for a simple dessert. Served with tenders this meal is the perfect blend of sweet and salty.

13. Baked Beans

Baked beans and chicken tenders are the perfect combinations for dinner night. Baked beans are appeasing because of their nutritional value and flavor.

Try adding a little barbeque sauce to your beans for a Smokey flavor. Be sure to thoroughly cook be beans. Failure to do so can be toxic.

14. Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is my favorite side dish because of its rich texture and tangy taste. Served with chicken tenders this is a great way to get your veggies.

For a bit more crunch and flavor, add in a little bacon to your pasta salad. Ham can also be used for a meatier meal.

15. Creamed Corn

Just like chicken tenders, creamed corn is easy to make. This meal can be done in no time. It so convenient creamed corn can be bought in a can.

Add in a little garlic and butter to your creamed corn for a more robust taste.  The distinct flavor of the garlic will make your corn stand out.

16. Wild Rice

Wild rice is surprisingly nutritious and packed with flavor. The chewiness of the rice compliments the crunchy exterior of the chicken tenders.

Throw in some extra herbs and spices to give your rice some flare. Add in a can of cream of mushroom for a creamier taste.

17. Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a hearty, nutritional addition to your chicken tender meal. They are a great source of potassium and taste great as well.

Put some cheese in your mashed potatoes for a cheesy delight your whole family will enjoy. If you are looking for a way to cut calories, use low-fat milk.

Wrap up

Chicken tenders are a great source of protein and they taste great as well. The ultimate finger food, tenders are a mealtime delight.

If you enjoy chicken tenders and have some tips or suggestions you would like to share about this yummy food, leave a comment below.

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