As far as dishes go, chicken is one of the most popular. Just think about it.
There are endless ways to prepare chicken – roasted, deep-fried, glazed, etc.
But there is one more you got to try. Yes, we’re talking about bourbon chicken.
This Cajun-style Chinese dish originated on Bourbon Street in New Orleans during the 18th century.
Despite the name, bourbon is not actually the main ingredient here.
The secret lies in the sauce mixture and how we prepare it.
Cook your chicken to a fine crisp and glaze it with the wonderful sauce.
A chicken dish calls for several side dishes.
So, if you’re wondering what to serve with bourbon chicken, stick around.
Check out our top ten picks below.
Why Consider Serving Side Dishes with Bourbon Chicken?
No matter how you prepare it, chicken tastes best when paired with a couple of sides.
With bourbon chicken, you have an unlimited number to choose from.
The spicy, smoky, and sweet combination goes well with multiple sides.
Moreover, they are subtle, so you get a perfect balance of flavors.
Plus, you get that pleasing aroma from the bourbon that blends well with anything from a simple salad to a cheesy risotto.
We have to ensure the flavors don’t overpower each other and maintain that perfect balance.
Moreover, side dishes add variety to the dinner table.
Nobody wants to munch on the chicken alone.
Side dishes add texture and color.
This calls for a hearty and delicious meal.
What to Serve with Bourbon Chicken? 10 BEST Side Dishes
1. Veg Fried Rice with Mushrooms
Fried rice is the ultimate go-to when meat dishes are concerned.
Rice balances everything and creates a harmony of flavors.
And fried rice with bourbon chicken just screams yum.
The creamy goodness of bourbon chicken with a plate of aromatic fried rice is what you want for your next dinner.
The rice with veggies offers earthy and fresh textures missing on the platter.
You have every kind of vegetable at your disposal.
Our favorites for the ultimate fried rice include beans, cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and more.
Add mushrooms to that, and you are set.
2. Southern Potato Salad
There is nothing that can go wrong with chicken and potatoes.
Honestly, these two dishes are made for each other.
But instead of mashed or baked, why don’t you give potato salad a try?
This salad will give more character than your regular boiled potatoes.
We can add a southern twist to this salad by adding sliced boiled eggs, pickles, and celery.
This perfect side dish creates a harmony of flavors with the creamy bourbon chicken.
Plus, the flavors aren’t overpowering.
But if you want, you can experiment with various seasonings to give it more kick.
It is a simple yet effective side dish option for your next brunch or dinner party.
3. Fettuccine Alfredo
Italian meets Chinese cuisine with our next side dish option.
Yes, you guessed it-it’s a pasta dish.
And a Fettuccine Alfredo, to be more specific.
Fettuccine Alfredo is a dish dating back as far as 1914.
This classic Italian dish features pasta drenched in the infamous Alfredo sauce made of butter, garlic, and cheese.
And with the bourbon chicken, you get an irresistible mash of two creamy dishes.
All of these take less than fifteen minutes to prepare.
You can add chopped vegetables, mushrooms, etc.
, for more color.
But if you want less, you can keep it simple and enjoy the simple slurpy pasta with the rich bourbon chicken.
4. Garlic and Bacon Green Beans
What is a great way to enjoy green beans? Try garlic and bacon green beans.
This side dish will elevate your meal to the next level.
This simple dish looks the part.
But there is no messing about with the flavors and textures.
The beans and bacon add a bit of crunch to your meal alongside the delicious bourbon chicken.
Plus, it’s easy to make too.
The beans offer a rich and starchy taste which pairs well with your favorite bourbon chicken.
You can also spice things up a bit with your favorite seasonings, and you’re all set for a delicious treat.
5. Fresh Greek Salad with Balsamic Dressing
Finding someone who does not like Greek salad would not be easy.
The fresh ingredients combine to give you a perfect partner dish with bourbon chicken.
Traditional ingredients like cucumber, tomato, onions, and oregano offer richness in nutrients.
This low-calorie salad is a perfect salad to have with any meats.
And that includes a creamy serving of bourbon chicken.
And it might sound fancy, but this salad is easy to prepare.
Seriously, there’s nothing much to it-just a few basic ingredients.
Present this at your next dinner party and watch everyone go bonkers.
6. Hakka Noodles with Stir-Fried Veggies
Combining veg Hakka noodles with bourbon chicken is a match made in heaven.
It is an all-Chinese party with this one here.
Hakka noodles usually feature diced meats.
But you can keep this one “meatless” and toss in some of your favorite stir-fried vegetables.
Quick and easy to prepare, these noodles call for something savory.
And that is what bourbon chicken will provide.
Couple that with chopped veggies like carrots, beans, capsicum, etc.
, and you have yourself a delightful dinner plate.
7. Brussels Sprouts and Pecan Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
A veggie salad is your ticket for the ultimate healthy food experience.
And there’s nothing quite like a crunchy sprout and pecan salad with a savory chicken dish.
This salad is a fun way to step your Brussels sprouts game up a notch.
Adding pecans will only make it better.
The final touch is that zesty lemon vinaigrette which brings this beautiful dish together.
It offers nutty and crunchy textures to your meal.
Plus, that little touch of lemon vinaigrette freshens everything up to create an excellent harmony of flavors with your bourbon chicken.
8. Quinoa Upma
This next dish is a clash of cultures as Chinese cuisine meets Indian.
Upma is a favorite porridge-style breakfast dish among Indians.
Traditionally, it uses semolina, but we will add a twist to tradition by using quinoa.
And with Indian dishes, you have a lot going on.
This recipe includes lentils, cashews, ginger, chopped veggies, and several other seasonings.
Quinoa upma makes for a special treat for your taste buds.
It is nutty, fresh, and slightly sweet.
And with all the other savory essences going on, you get a great combo with the bourbon chicken.
9. Cheesy Garlic Pull-apart Rolls
Want something warm and toasty? Garlicky dinner rolls are the perfect option.
Bread goes well with any dish.
And chicken is no exception.
Plus, these fluffy bread rolls are a great alternative to other types of bread.
The garlic and buttery taste complement the sweet and smoky chicken so well.
These rolls are also perfect for mopping the chicken gravy with each bite.
You can also have fun making mini sandwiches with some shredded bourbon chicken bits.
Knead your dough for at least 5-6 minutes.
You want to have them soft and moist to go with the bourbon chicken.
10. Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
Looking for something fresh and herby to go with your bourbon chicken? Make yourself a bowl of Mediterranean chickpea salad.
This salad is packed with flavors from all the different ingredients like peppers, feta cheese, cucumbers, parsley, etc.
And adding some chickpeas will only do more good than harm.
It is a perfect salad to pair with meaty dishes like bourbon chicken.
You get the nutty, fresh, and zingy hints from the salad.
Combine it with the smoky and sweet chicken, and everyone will ask for second helpings.
Chicken dishes are versatile because they pair well with a ton of sides.
You can never go wrong with a simple salad bowl or roasted veggies.
But the door is always open for you to get ambitious with the side dishes.
Bourbon chicken packs a ton of flavors.
But despite the name, you can hardly taste the bourbon.
Nevertheless, you want your sides to be subtle and not distract you from the beautiful chicken goodness.
We hope our top ten picks provide enough variety.
We are sure you can pick anyone and have yourself a great meal.
And there’s nothing wrong if you pick more than one too.