9 Side Dishes To Serve With Curried Chicken

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It’s comforting, hearty and delicious — but what should you serve with curried chicken?

Because while it may be delicious on its own, this dish isn’t complete without some kind of garnish or side dish.

It’s not as simple as steamed vegetables or rice either — there are many different foods that can accompany your chicken dinner.

Here are some tips on what to serve with curried chicken:

Coconut rice

Tasty Bite Organic Coconut Rice, Microwaveable Cooked Rice, 8.8 Ounce...

Coconut rice is a good side dish for curried chicken because it’s creamy, flavorful, easy to make and can be made with or without coconut milk.

Coconut rice pairs well with curried chicken and other spicy foods because it has similar spices and flavors of curry powder.

This recipe includes coconut milk but if you don’t have any on hand or are looking to reduce your sugar intake feel free to use water instead.

To make the rice, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

Add 1 tablespoon coconut oil and swirl it around until melted.

Add one cup of long grain white rice and stir continuously so that each grain gets coated in oil.

Steamed cauliflower

365 by Whole Foods Market, Organic Cauliflower Florets, 10 Ounce

Cauliflower is a cruciferous vegetable, making it an excellent carbohydrate source for low-carb diets.

This cruciferous vegetable is also high in allicin, which has been linked to cancer prevention.

Cauliflower is also a good source of dietary fiber, potassium and manganese.

It contains no cholesterol and is low in calories.

In addition to being a great side dish for curried chicken, this recipe can also be used as a substitute for rice in other dishes.

For example, if you’re serving your favorite pasta sauce with spaghetti, instead of using penne or another type of noodle made from wheat flour, you could use cauliflower.

I personally love this dish because it has such a nice texture and is packed full of vitamins and minerals.

Sauteed greens

Bok Choy Organic, 1 Each

If you need a quick and easy side dish, sauteed greens are perfect.

You can use any variety of greens, but mustard greens, collards or kale work well in this recipe.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic (or more if desired) and 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger root.
  2. Add 3 cups chopped mustard greens, collards or kale to the hot pan along with pinch of salt.
  3. Stir constantly until the leaves wilt down into soft tender pieces.
  4. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.
  5. Serve alongside curried chicken.

Sliced cucumbers and red onions

Fresh Brand - Mini Cucumbers, 16oz

If you want to serve your curried chicken with salad, there are a few things you can do to jazz up your plain leafy greens.

First, add a little salt and pepper.

Then drizzle on some olive oil and squeeze some lime juice over them.

To finish it off, chop up some cilantro, mint and parsley for garnish.

Now that you know how to make curried chicken, it’s time to get cooking!

You can find all the ingredients at your local grocery store or farmer’s market.

For more ideas about what else might go well with curried chicken, check out our guide on pairing food with different wines.

I love this recipe for curried chicken because it’s so easy to make and the flavors are incredible.

I serve it with cucumbers and red onions because they’re crisp and refreshing, but you can also use any other type of vegetable that suits your taste.

The best part about this recipe?

It’s super healthy, so you don’t have to feel guilty after eating it!

Pita bread and hummus

Franz Seattle International, Greek Pita White, 17 oz

Pita bread and hummus are a great combination.

Pita bread is crunchy, chewy, and flavorful—perfect for scooping up all that delicious hummus.

And hummus is an excellent source of protein, fiber, iron and Vitamin C (a superfood!).

This recipe makes a generous amount of hummus, so you can make it ahead and store the leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

You can use any kind of pita bread you like; whole-wheat or multi-grain pitas will provide fiber and nutrients, while white pitas are soft and chewy.

Rosemary-scented potatoes

Potato Creamer Gold Organic, 24 Ounce

Rosemary-scented potatoes make a lovely side dish to go with the curried chicken.

To prepare them, simply cut up your potatoes (I use small red ones here) and place them in a baking dish with some olive oil, salt and chopped rosemary, thyme and garlic.

Bake the potatoes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour or until they feel soft when you poke them with a fork.

Then drizzle some lemon juice over everything for extra zing!

I like to add butter too because it makes everything taste better.

Also: more salt is always good.

Medjool dates and pecans

Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Medjool Dates, 2 Lbs - Soft Chewy Texture...

If you’re in the mood for something sweet and crunchy, medjool dates and pecans are a great alternative to bread.

They go well with curried chicken because they’re sweet and also provide a bit of texture contrast.

Medjools are also super healthy—they contain antioxidants that can help protect against heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Pecans, on the other hand, are packed with protein but low in calories and they’re high in fiber.

They also provide plenty of magnesium and potassium.

So if you’re looking for something healthy to go with your curried chicken, opt for medjool dates.

Naan bread

365 by Whole Foods Market, Naan Tandoori Original, 12 Ounce

This is one of the most common ways to serve this dish, and it’s easy enough that you can make it yourself.

Naan is a type of flatbread found in Central Asia, particularly in India and Pakistan.

It’s leavened with yeast and cooked on a tandoor oven (similar to a pizza oven).

This type of bread has become popular worldwide as an accompaniment for Indian curries such as chicken tikka masala and other North Indian dishes.

Because naan is baked in the oven, you don’t have to worry about any extra ingredients being added during cooking time that might spoil your dish—which means you can enjoy this healthy option with confidence!


MDH Dahi Vada Raita Masala 100g

Raita is a yogurt-based sauce that can be served cold with roasted meats, curries, or other Indian dishes.

It’s often made with cucumbers or other vegetables, but the main ingredient to keep in mind is the yogurt — make sure yours isn’t too sour.

Served as a dip or side dish, raita is delicious and refreshing on its own.

However, if you’re looking for more of an exotic touch to your meal, add some mint leaves into the mix and you’ll have yourself a tasty treat!

The flavors in this dish are similar to that of a traditional Indian curry.

If you’re not familiar with curries, they tend to have notes of nutmeg and cloves as well as rich spices like cumin seeds or coriander seeds.

Raita goes perfectly alongside curried chicken because both dishes share those deep, earthy flavors.


There are many other dishes that can go great with curried chicken, but this list should help you get started.

We hope you enjoy all these recipes and please let us know in the comments if you have any questions or suggestions.