20 best side dishes for chicken

20 best side dishes for chicken
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It is difficult to find a more versatile meat product than chicken. It goes well with any side dishes – from ordinary crumbly rice to stewed or baked vegetables. Especially for you, we have collected 20 proven ideas in one collection!

1. Stewed zucchini with tomatoes

Braised zucchini with tomatoes
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Light in every sense and a healthy side dish – the perfect addition to chicken.

You will need: 700 g zucchini, 150 g carrots, 150 g onions, 3 cloves of garlic, 150 g tomatoes, 100 g bell peppers, spices.

Cooking: Peel and grate the tomatoes, and cut the rest of the vegetables into cubes. Fry the onion and garlic until translucent and add the carrots and bell peppers. Fry for another 5 minutes, add zucchini and carcasses for 10 minutes over low heat. Add spices and grated tomato, and after another minute remove the vegetables from the heat.

2. Rice with vegetables

Rice with vegetables
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Rice with vegetables is not only tasty, but also varied, because vegetables can be constantly changed.

You will need: 1.5 cups rice, 1 purple onion, 1 carrot, 1 bell pepper, 100 g green beans, 100 g corn, spices.

Cooking: Boil rice until tender. Cut the onion, carrot and bell pepper into cubes, and fry for a couple of minutes over high heat. Add beans and corn and cook for 2 more minutes. Send rice there, season, warm everything together and remove from heat.

3. Baked pumpkin with herbs

Baked pumpkin with herbs
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Pumpkin is a very versatile product for main courses, desserts, appetizers and, of course, side dishes.

You will need: 500 g pumpkin, 1 bunch of parsley, 3 tbsp. olive oil, 0.5 lemon, spices, 2 cloves of garlic.

Cooking: Mix olive oil, lemon juice, spices, crushed garlic and chopped parsley. Put the diced pumpkin there and mix. Wrap everything in a foil envelope and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes at 200 degrees.

4. Buckwheat with green peas

Buckwheat with green peas
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A very useful side dish even for children.

You will need: 1 cup buckwheat, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 cup green peas, 2 cups water, spices.

Cooking: Finely chop the onion with carrots and fry for 7 minutes. Add green peas and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add washed buckwheat and water, and simmer everything until the porridge is ready. Season to taste at the end.

5. Mushrooms in sour cream

Mushrooms in sour cream
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The simplest, but very tasty recipe for fried mushrooms. Suitable for all types, only forest cook longer.

You will need: 700 g mushrooms, 2 onions, 200 ml sour cream, spices.

Cooking: Roughly chop the mushrooms and fry over medium heat until almost cooked. Add the onion flakes and continue frying until golden brown. Pour in sour cream, season and simmer for another 10-15 minutes over low heat.

6. Bulgur with tomatoes

Bulgur with tomatoes
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Of all the grains, bulgur is one of the best options for chicken.

You will need: 100 g bulgur, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 60 g bell pepper, 150 g tomatoes, 100 ml water, spices.

Cooking: Finely chop the onion, carrot and bell pepper and fry until soft. Peel and chop the tomatoes in a blender. Send the tomato mass to the vegetables and stew for another 5 minutes. Put the washed bulgur and water there, and simmer until the cereal is ready. Season at the end.

7. Vegetable side dish for chicken

Vegetable side dish for chicken
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We advise you to fry vegetables for a short time and over high heat – this way they retain more benefits.

You will need: 1 zucchini, 1 bell pepper, 200 g champignons, 1 carrot, 200 g cherry tomatoes, 140 g cauliflower, spices.

Cooking: Randomly cut all the vegetables and mushrooms, and boil the cauliflower inflorescences for 3 minutes. Fry the mushrooms until soft and add carrots and bell peppers to them. After a couple of minutes, add zucchini and cauliflower, and after a couple more – cherry tomatoes. Continue frying for a minute or two, season the vegetables and remove from heat.

8. Couscous with spinach

Couscous with spinach
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Couscous garnish is good because it is prepared in a matter of minutes.

You will need: 350 g couscous, 1 bunch spinach, 2 green onions, 200 ml cream, 2 garlic cloves, 30 g butter, 1 tsp. turmeric, spices.

Cooking: Finely chop the spinach, green onion and garlic and fry them in butter until soft. Add cream, turmeric and spices and bring to a boil. During this time, steam the couscous according to the instructions, send it to the cream and mix.

9. Quinoa with vegetables

Quinoa with vegetables
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Quinoa is included in all the tops of the most useful cereals in the world, so we advise you not to ignore such a find.

You will need: 1 cup quinoa, 1 carrot, 1 bell pepper, 1 chili pepper, 2 garlic cloves, 70 g corn, 5 cilantro sprigs, spices.

Cooking: Boil quinoa according to instructions. Finely chop carrots, bell pepper , chili and garlic, and fry for a couple of minutes over high heat. Add corn and fry for another minute. Add the quinoa, spices and chopped cilantro, stir and remove the garnish from the heat after a minute.

10. Potatoes with cheese in foil

Potatoes with cheese in foil
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Tastier than regular baked potatoes can only be baked potatoes with butter and cheese!

You will need: 600 g potatoes, 150 g hard cheese, 40 g butter, spices, garlic and herbs.

Cooking: Rub a whole washed potato in the skin with spices, wrap in foil and bake for about 45-55 minutes in the oven at 200 degrees. Unfold the foil, cut open the potatoes and lightly mash the flesh with a spoon. Add butter with chopped garlic and herbs, sprinkle with grated cheese and bake for another 7-10 minutes.

11. Fried eggplant with vegetables

Fried eggplant with vegetables
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Add some mushrooms, cilantro or walnuts if you like.

You will need: 2 eggplants, 2 bell peppers, 2 tomatoes, 3 garlic cloves, spices.

Cooking: Cut all the vegetables into cubes and fry the eggplant until golden brown. Add bell pepper and fry for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic and spices, fry for a couple more minutes and remove the eggplant from the heat.

12. Cauliflower in tomato

Cauliflower in tomato
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Cauliflower is a very underrated garnish base, and for good reason. It also goes great with chicken!

You will need: 400 g cauliflower, 150 ml milk, 1 onion, 1 carrot, 1 bell pepper, 1 glass of tomatoes in their own juice, spices.

Cooking: Finely chop the onion, carrot and bell pepper and fry until soft. Grind the tomatoes in a blender and pour over the vegetables. Add cauliflower florets and simmer for 10 minutes. After that, pour in the milk with spices, and simmer for another 10 minutes.

13. Broccoli puree

Broccoli puree
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Broccoli puree is an ideal dish even for adherents of a strict diet. Cream can be replaced with vegetable broth.

You will need: 500 g broccoli, 5 tbsp. cream, 1 tsp butter, spices.

Cooking: Boil the broccoli florets in boiling water for 10 minutes until soft and immediately rinse with ice water. Add butter, cream and spices, and beat everything with a blender.

14. Mashed potatoes with spinach

Spinach mashed potatoes
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Another good alternative to classic mashed potatoes.

You will need: 800 g potatoes, 200 g spinach, 100 g butter, 70 ml cream, 2 garlic cloves, spices.

Cooking: Boil potatoes until tender. Finely chop the spinach and fry it until soft with garlic in a third of the butter. Add the spinach, the remaining oil, spices and warm cream to the potatoes, and puree with a blender.

15. Pineapple Rice

Rice with pineapple
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Chicken with pineapple is a combination that leaves no one indifferent.

You will need: 200 g rice, 200 g pineapples, 0.5 bell peppers, 0.5 onions, 1 tbsp. grated ginger, 1 garlic clove, 2 green onion feathers, spices.

Cooking: Boil rice. Cut the onion and bell pepper into cubes, and fry for 2 minutes over high heat. Add ginger, crushed garlic and chopped pineapples. Fry for another 2 minutes, and then add spices, chopped green onions and rice. Cook for 2 more minutes and remove from heat.

16. Green beans in soy sauce

String beans in soy sauce
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String beans are a completely self-sufficient side dish that does not need additions.

You will need: 200 g green beans, 2 garlic cloves, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 2 tbsp. sesame oil.

Cooking: Fry beans in sesame oil until soft. Add minced garlic and soy sauce, and fry for another minute. Garnish is ready!

17. Egg Fried Rice

Fried rice with egg
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The main thing here is that the rice does not boil and does not stick together.

You will need: 200 g rice, 3 eggs, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 1 bell pepper, 100 g green beans, 2 garlic cloves, 1 chili pepper, 3 tbsp. soy sauce, 10 g of ginger, spices, sesame.

Cooking: Boil rice until tender. Mince the garlic, onion, chili and ginger and fry for a minute. Add chopped bell peppers, carrots and green beans, and fry all together for another 3 minutes.

Pour in the beaten eggs and continue to fry until cooked through. At the very end, add rice, soy sauce, spices and sesame seeds, mix, warm up for a minute and remove the dish from heat.

18. Stewed vegetables in sour cream

Stewed vegetables in sour cream
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Another proven way to stew delicious vegetables.

You will need: 2 potatoes, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 100 g broccoli, 100 g corn, 1 eggplant, 1 bell pepper, 2 tomatoes, 150 g sour cream, spices, half a glass of water.

Cooking: Finely chop all vegetables. Fry onions, carrots and peppers for 5-7 minutes. Add the rest of the vegetables, except for the broccoli, and simmer everything covered for 10-15 minutes over medium heat. Add broccoli, sour cream and water, season andshi on low heat for another 15-20 minutes.

19. Braised cabbage in a pan

Braised cabbage in a pan
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The original recipe for stewed cabbage with green beans is just right for chicken.

You will need: 1 head of cabbage, 1 carrot, 1 onion, 150 g of green beans, 1 bunch of herbs, 70 g of tomato paste, spices.

Cooking: Finely chop the onion and carrot, and fry them with green beans for 7 minutes until soft. Add chopped cabbage, fry for a couple more minutes and add tomato paste with spices. Reduce the heat and simmer everything under the lid until the cabbage is soft. If necessary, add water and a couple of minutes before the end of cooking, add chopped greens.

20. Barley with vegetables

Barley with vegetables
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Sometimes you want something simple, but at the same time interesting. And barley comes to the rescue!

You will need: 2 cups barley, 2 carrots, 2 onions, 300 g canned green peas, spices.

Cooking: Rinse barley, soak for half an hour and fry until bright aroma in a dry frying pan. Separately chop and fry the carrots and onions. Add green peas with liquid and simmer for 5 minutes. Send barley to the vegetables and a fraction of water so that it completely covers everything. Season and simmer the porridge over low heat under a lid until cooked.

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