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7 Vegetable Ideas To Serve With Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish that’s perfect for any special occasion or just a weeknight dinner.

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It’s made by braising chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, and peppers in a rich tomato sauce that’ll make your mouth water.

But what vegetables go best with it to balance out the meal?

You can pair your cacciatore with so many different options that I decided to put together a list of my favorites below.

Check out and decide what works best with your taste buds.

Crispy roasted potatoes

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Crispy roasted potatoes make a great side dish for chicken cacciatore.

Potatoes do not go well with chicken but also with many other types of meat.

Potatoes are a hearty and versatile root vegetable that can be eaten in many different ways.

They contain vitamin C, potassium, and fiber—all of which contribute to healthy muscle function and assist with digestion.

Potatoes are versatile enough that they can be seasoned in many ways, depending on your tastes or what other ingredients you’re cooking with at the time.

You may want to add herbs like rosemary or thyme if you’re serving them with other dishes containing those flavors (such as our chicken cacciatore recipe).

Or, if you’d rather spice things up more than usual: try adding cheese on top!

Buttered potatoes

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Some people might be tempted to make mashed potatoes, but while they’re delicious and easy to prepare, they’re not very visually appealing.

Buttered potatoes are a classic side dish that you can have ready in no time.

All you need is potatoes, some butter (you can use olive oil or even animal fat if you prefer), milk or cream (or half-and-half), salt, pepper, and your favorite herbs such as rosemary or thyme.

Serve hot alongside chicken cacciatore for an easy yet elegant meal your guests will love!

Grilled asparagus

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Grilled asparagus is a great vegetable dish to serve with chicken cacciatore.

It helps balance out the meal and makes it more nutritious—especially if you’re pairing it with another low-calorie or fiber-rich vegetable, like grilled red peppers or steamed green beans.

Asparagus is also a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C, folate, iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), and niacin (B3).

Those nutrients help prevent cancer, heart disease, and cognitive decline.

At the same time, asparagus contains antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body that cause cell damage/aging.

This veggie has a crunchy texture which is great for grilling.

It won’t get soggy or mushy even if you accidentally overcook it.

However, it is still best to retain the beautiful green color, crunchy texture, and naturally sweet flavor of asparagus after cooking.

Garlic broccoli

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Broccoli is a good source of vitamin C, which helps protect against colds and other infections.

Garlic is also a powerful antioxidant that reduces blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps protect against heart disease.

This tasty combination is sure to add a healthy boost of flavor to your meal.

Broccoli goes well with other vegetables so consider adding some diced mushrooms or bell peppers for extra texture and flavor.


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Zucchini is a good substitute for pasta because it’s less starchy and, therefore, more filling.

It also makes a great replacement for potatoes, as it contains fewer carbs than potatoes.

Zucchini is also high in fiber, which helps with digestion and keeps you feeling full longer.

This vegetable contains carotenoids that are converted into vitamin A when ingested by humans.

Zucchini has a mild flavor that goes well with many other vegetables and meat.

You can add it to pasta dishes or soups for a boost of nutrients and fiber.

Cheesy Jalapeno

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It’s time to bring out your inner Italian and try some cheesy jalapeno.

This simple side dish is so easy, and you can make it in less than 20 minutes.

It also packs a punch of flavor with its spicy kick and creamy cheese.

Cheesy jalapeno is an excellent accompaniment for chicken cacciatore because it’s rich and creamy—the perfect balance to the tomato sauce-based dish.

You can serve this on the side or mix it into your pasta or risotto for added flavor!

Green bean casserole

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Green bean casserole is a classic side dish that pairs well with chicken cacciatore.

This dish is a must-have on Thanksgiving tables, but you can also serve it year-round.

Green bean casserole is made with green beans, onions, and bacon—all baked in a creamy sauce that’s topped with crunchy bread crumbs.

It’s an easy side dish that tastes like comfort food!


As you can see, there are plenty of delicious ways to serve chicken cacciatore.

You can have a delicious meal by simply serving it over rice or pasta, or you can make a complete meal with some of the suggested vegetable side dishes that we discussed above.

The key here is to ensure all your vegetables are cooked through and served hot alongside your chicken dish!

Emily W.

Emily Wong is an Asian-American food writer the founder of With nearly 8 years of experience, she has a passion for making cooking accessible to everyone and sharing her personal experiences with food. Emily's vision for is to create a community of food lovers who are passionate about cooking, eating, and sharing their experiences with others. Read my story
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