No game day is complete without chicken wings, the quintessential party food. Reasonable people may disagree on what kind of sauce is best or on flats vs. drums, but there is no denying that wherever there is a gathering of people and good times, chicken wings reign supreme. From the crispy skin, to the juicy meat inside, to the tantalizing array of sauces to coat them in, chicken wings are the ultimate crowd favorite. As wonderful as they are, it does beg the question, what to serve with chicken wings?
If you’re tired of old classics like celery and blue cheese or plane jane French fries but aren’t sure what else to serve alongside your sumptuous chicken wings, fear not. Thankfully, I have compiled this list of delicious, fun, creative sides to serve with chicken wings that will be sure to wow all the guests at your next party. These are all incredibly tasty dishes that are easy to put together and pair wonderfully with all kinds of wing sauces. Whether you’re coating wings in smokey barbecue, classic buffalo, tangy honey mustard, savory teriyaki, spicy habanero, or anything in between, these sides are all up to the challenge.
21 Chicken Wings Sides Dishes
1. Cream Cheese with Hot Pepper Jelly and Crackers
It’s not a party without a few dips, and cream cheese with hot pepper jelly and crackers is an ideal dip to go with chicken wings. It offers a sweet, spicy, and vinegary counterbalance to go with the meaty, juicy wings. Just take a block of softened cream cheese and slather it with a hot jar of your favorite hot pepper jelly. If you’re not a fan of spicy foods, a sweet pepper jelly will work just fine as well.
2. Homemade Potato Chips with French Onion Dip
Everybody loves chips and dip, they’re the perfect salty, crispy complement to chicken wings. But have you ever made your own? It’s actually much easier than you might think and much more delicious than store-bought. If you have a mandolin slicer or even a vegetable peeler, you can easily slice russet potatoes thin and fry them until golden brown, crispy, and delicious in a pot of oil on the stove. Next comes the homemade French onion dip. To make it, just dice a couple of onions, slowly caramelize them in butter, and let them cool before mixing them with sour cream. Then, season with salt, pepper, a little Worcestershire sauce, and a splash of cider vinegar to create your own French Onion chip dip.
3. Pretzels with Beer Cheese Dip
Pretzels are crunchy, salty, and addictive, making them a great crowd pleaser to serve with wings. But what’s even better than wings with just pretzels? Wings with pretzels and beer. To combine all these, make a delicious dip by cooking butter and flour together, adding a bottle of beer, and cooking it down before adding some shredded cheddar until it comes together into a creamy beer cheese dip. Use pretzel sticks to scoop up this dip and get the best of gameday delights.
4. Hummus and Veggies
Sliced raw veggies are a must with chicken wings. Their cool, fresh, raw crunchiness offers an incredible contrast to the soft, hot, savory wings. However, by now, you’re probably wondering what else to serve with them besides ranch and blue cheese. Give hummus a go. Whether you choose to buy a pack of hummus or make your own, it is a delicious, healthy dip for veggies that will bring something new and exciting to your gameday table.
Spinach artichoke dip is a true gameday classic. The rich creaminess works especially well as contrast to spicy chicken wings. It’s easy to make, just mix together cream cheese, mayo, parmesan and mozzarella cheese, canned artichoke hearts, and chopped frozen spinach. Then, bake together into golden-brown, bubbly goodness. Serve with some pretzels, crackers, or bread, to soak up this divine flavor.
6. Red Cabbage and Apple Coleslaw with Mustard Dressing
Classic white cabbage coleslaw with mayo dressing is a well-known chicken wing sidekick, buy why not try a new spin on it? Take thinly sliced red cabbage, toss it with sliced green onions, sticks of green apple, and a zesty dressing of Dijon mustard, honey, cider vinegar, and a little olive oil. The result is a punchy, vinegary slaw that cuts through the richness of the chicken wings and will leave you coming back again and again for more.
7. Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle
Do you need something light and fresh to pair with your chicken wings? Try making caprese salad skewers. They’re everything you love about caprese salad all on a convenient party skewer. To make them, just stick mini balls of mozzarella cheese, sliced cherry tomatoes, and a couple leaves of basil onto a skewer. Then, season the skewers with some salt and pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar for a great party salad.
8. Cucumber Salad
Chicken wings are hot and savory, so it’s always nice to have something cool, healthy, and fresh salad to go with them. Cucumber salad is just that, a simple, tasty dish to serve with wings. Simply slice some cucumbers thinly and make an easy dressing of sour cream, salt, pepper, and a splash of cider vinegar for a cool, deliciously refreshing side dish for wings.
9. Cous-Cous Salad
Cous-cous is an amazing healthy carb that can be turned into a tasty salad to go with chicken wings. It’s a great vehicle to add some healthy and fresh flavors to go with rich, savory chicken wings. Simply boil some cous-cous, let it cool, and add some diced cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions, and parsley. It can be dressed with a simple but delicious dressing of olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
10. Crispy Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
French fries are a classic pairing with chicken wings, but have you ever wanted something slightly classier and healthier? Enter these crispy roasted fingerling potatoes. They’ve got all the crispy deliciousness of French fries but with more flavor, more elegance, and they’re baked instead of fried. Simply take some fingerling potatoes, slice them in half, and roast them with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Once they’re a beautiful golden brown, serve with your condiment of choice.
11. Grilled Mexican Street Corn
Part of the beauty of chicken wings is that they are fun, interactive, and leave you licking your fingers to get every last morsel of deliciousness. So, why not pair them with another finger-licking crowd favorite? Grill up some cobs of corn and rub them with butter, chili powder, queso fresco, and chopped cilantro for a smokey, spicy, south of the border twist on corn on the cob.
A little squirt of fresh lime will add the perfect citrusy freshness to pair with your chicken wings. After your meal you can even check out our mexican desserts to compliment your main.
12. Parmesan Baked Zucchini
Whenever serving chicken wings, it’s nice to have a little vegetation. One of the most underappreciated veggies is zucchini and coating it with parmesan is one of the tastiest ways to cook it. Just take slices of zucchini, bread them with breadcrumbs and parmesan, and bake them until golden brown and crispy. The result is a tasty, healthy vegetable side to pair with your wings.
13. Bacon Wrapped, Blue Cheese Stuffed Dates
If you’ve never stuffed dates with blue cheese and wrapped them in bacon, you’re missing out. Luckily, they’re really easy to make, just open up the dates, stuff them with some blue cheese, wrap bacon around them, stick them with toothpicks, and roast until crispy. The salty bacon, sweet dates, and funky blue cheese create a sensational melody of flavor in your mouth. These are the ultimate toothpick foods to serve with chicken wings.
14. Teriyaki Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts
Perhaps one of the only foods more popular than chicken wings is bacon. One of the best ways to turn bacon into a delicious party favorite is by wrapping some strips around water chestnuts, sticking them with toothpicks, and roasting them until crispy and delicious. Then, toss them with a little brown sugar and teriyaki sauce to make an outrageously tasty glaze to coat the water chestnuts. This creates incredible little morsels that go amazingly well with chicken wings, particularly any wings tossed in an Asian-flavored sauce.
When you’re having a party or just a little peckish, try out this copycat TGI Friday’s potato skins that will be the perfect addition to your game night. Chicken wings and potato skins are a winning combination but this version from TGI Friday’s may just steal the limelight, they’re that good.
16. Teriyaki-Pineapple Bites
Speaking of teriyaki, try adding it to pineapple for a sweet and savory side dish for chicken wings. Simply cut large chunks of pineapple, roast them until golden brown, and toss them with teriyaki sauce and grated ginger to make delicious little teriyaki-glazed pineapple bites. Just stick a toothpick in these bad boys and watch them disappear.
Popcorn is the quintessential snack food, so it’s great to serve with chicken wings, but have you ever tried jazzing it up a little? With just a couple simple ingredients you can turn ordinary popcorn extraordinary. Try adding caramel to your popcorn. Making salted caramel popcorn is the perfect addition to chicken wings as a snack. popcorn for an Italian twist. Whatever you choose, the flavor of your popcorn is limited only by your imagination.
Buffalo is one of the most popular flavors of chicken wing sauce, so why not incorporate it into some side dishes? One delicious vehicle for buffalo dip is this amazing buffalo chicken dip recipe. This way, you can get all the flavor of buffalo wings in a slightly different package.
Chicken wings and burgers is one of the holiest matrimonies in all the food world. So next time you’re serving chicken wings, grab some slider buns and ground beef and make delicious mini sliders. You can go traditional with just ketchup and mustard, make barbecue sliders with bacon and cheddar, or even make Mexican burgers with pepper jack and jalapenos. There is no end to the incredible combinations of wings and sliders.
20. Corn Dog Bites
Now that I’ve mentioned wings with hamburgers, I would be remiss not to bring up hot dogs. For a fun twist on hot dogs, cut them up small and drop them in batter before frying them in a pot on the stove to make tasty little pillows of mini corn dogs. What’s not to love?
21. Fried Mac N’ Cheese Balls
Creamy, delicious mac n’ cheese is an all-time favorite to serve with juicy chicken wings, but shockingly, it can actually be improved upon. Instead of just making plain mac n’ cheese, you can let it cool, roll it into balls, and bread it with flour, eggs, and breadcrumbs. Then, fry them till golden brown. They’ll be crispy on the outside and positively oozing with molten, cheesy liquid gold on the inside. Next best thing to these are our Bisquick sausage cheese balls that also go down a treat at a party.
Now you know exactly what goes with chicken wings! You’ll have no excuses for your next get together with friends. We could have said the obvious dishes such as these copycat wingstop fries, this KFC copycat coleslaw or even jalapeno poppers but we decided to go a little left field and provide some options that will have your guests giving you more credit for your dishes. All of these dishes require little effort to make but they’ll have your guests singing your praises until next year. Have other suggestions? Let me know down below.