Good Side Dish Ideas for Chicken Tenders (12 Recipes)

Good Side Dish Ideas for Chicken Tenders bring the whole meal together! When you’re serving crispy chicken tenders, these are the best sides to pair and a great option to round out your menu!

old fashioned macaroni and cheese

Juicy chicken tenders, whether homemade or picked up from the store, are a popular dish. 

You’ll need a few options for the perfect side dish to accompany the chicken fingers.

So, whether you are searching for a great side dish you’ve never tried before or the tried and true classics.

Good Side Dish Ideas for Chicken Tenders

First, before we can chat about the side dishes, let’s chat about the delicious chicken tenders. I pick mine up from Publix but feel free to make them at home yourself. 

You’ll want to have your favorite sauce on the side for dipping: BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or my personal favorite, ranch dressing.

Great! Now that we have that out of the way let’s get to the side dish recipe ideas!

Chicken strips have almost a picnic sort of feel, so why not make up a Picnic Menu?

For a Picnic Menu, I’d serve the chicken tenders, potato salad, cucumber salad, and maybe a pasta salad if you really wanted to!

deviled potato salad recipe

Deviled Potato Salad is the perfect blend of egg salad and potato salad, with a hint of southern sweetness from the sweet relish. You can make this ahead of time, so if you’re serving this meal for Sunday Dinner you can just take it out of the fridge and serve!

Skillet Grilled Green Beans
Skillet Green Beans

Skillet Grilled Green Beans are an easy way to pair a green vegetable with your chicken. While this recipe originated on a grill, you can definitely make it on the stovetop. While these green beans use Garlic Expressions, you could use whatever your favorite Italian salad dressing is. And they’d be even better with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese! Yum.

Dad’s Creamy Cucumber Salad  – it’s the summertime favorite when you’re growing your own cucumbers!

A fresh salad is always a great side dish for chicken tenderloins. 

Caprese Caesar Salad takes a bed of romaine lettuce and tops it with a cherry tomato salad and mini mozzarella balls. It’s a healthy side dish option, and a great way to enjoy a light bite with your meal.

caprese caesar salad

One idea for a delicious side dish is to create a salad bar! Lay out cherry tomatoes, sliced red onion, other fresh vegetables, and anything you would put on green salads. This is the best way for people to make their own salad, and enjoy a complete meal!

Classic Side Dishes

old fashioned macaroni and cheese

Old Fashioned Macaroni and Cheese is the classic comfort food that begs to be served with crispy fried chicken. It’s the perfect match! Cheddar cheese, american cheese, and a bunch of others are mixed together with the pasta and baked to golden brown perfection.

hashbrown casserole with sour cream

Hashbrown Casserole is another flavorful side dish even your picky eaters will love! Sour cream is combined with frozen hashbrowns, cream of chicken soup, and cornflakes for an easy make ahead recipe to pair with your main dish. 

Incredibly flaky biscuits

Fluffy Biscuits, to me, isn’t a side dish, but more of an accompanying item on the menu. However, who doesn’t love slathering a southern biscuit with butter and stuffing it with a chicken tender?! Delish!!

fluffy biscuits for side dishes for chicken tenders

Air Fryer Side Dish Ideas

Use the power of your air fryer and serve sweet potato fries, onion rings, waffle fries, or regular french fries with your meal. It’s a great idea to make these at home so they’re hot and fresh when you’re ready to eat. 

For the pickiest eater, have your stand by chicken nuggets ready! Those little taste buds know their favorite chicken and it will make the meal time easier for you.

I love keeping frozen hush puppies at the ready-for meals like this. They go with everything, and the next time you make (or order!) chicken tenders, the hush puppies are a great addition!

What good sides would you add to your menu?

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