Chicken pot pie is a classic comfort dish that pairs well with so many sides, from corn on the cob, to sweet potatoes, and salads. Chicken pot pie is packed to the brim with rich, delicious flavors and southern sides with chicken pot pie are one of those delicious dishes that you must try.
There is nothing not to love about a chicken pot pie, from its flaky crust to the filling that is cheesy, creamy, and meaty. It is also a substantial and hearty meal, packed with carbs, fats, protein and vegetables.
Still, this doesn’t mean it can’t be enjoyed with a side or two! Especially when entertaining guests you want to show off your cooking prowess with some mouth-watering sides that fill your guests up!
If you’re making a chicken pot pie for the first time and don’t know where to start with side dishes, or if you’re a pot pie pro and just need some side dish inspiration, below you’ll find 15 stunning Southern inspired sides.
These sides don’t overpower the pie, just make it shine even brighter! You’ll also find a couple of desserts to enjoy after you’ve finished your pot pie, and one classically Southern beverage.
Let’s get into it!
Let’s begin with an appetizer that is both crunchy and refreshing. You can’t get much richer than a chicken pot pie, so a light serving of crisp, raw vegetables cut right through the creamy richness of the pie.
Crudite couldn’t be easier to prepare. All you need to do is slice up some broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, and cucumbers and arrange them in a nice platter with yogurt dip in the middle.
Crudite really shows off your vegetables in an attractive display, and makes your fave veggies much more exciting!
Chicken pot pie is mainly salty and savory, but you can’t go wrong with a side dish that has contrasting textures and flavors. This is where mashed sweet potatoes come in!
Sweet mashed potatoes are creamy, smooth and just sweet enough to cut through the rich chicken pot pie filling.
However, this recipe walks a little on the savory side, so the sweet mashed potatoes are not too sweet.
The recipe does this by incorporating fresh parsley that is finely chopped, as well as green onion, sour cream, and butter.
To add a bit of sweetness to your chicken pot pie, why not serve it with some caramelized carrots and parsnips? Preparing these carrots and parsnips is simply a case of cooking them in brown sugar and butter.
They also have a hint of rosemary and thyme to make them even more delicious, and would make a good addition to your roast dinner as well.
Chicken pot pie is a labor of love. Not only is it quite technical, but time-consuming too.
Therefore, your side dishes should be quick to whip up, but also compliment the flavors of the pie. Enter corn on the cob!
Corn on the cob simply needs to be boiled for around 10 minutes, but to cut down on cooking time even more you can just pop them in the microwave! It’s a super speedy way to get beautifully sweet corn.
Roasted Brussels sprouts are another side dish that provide a light and crunchy contrast to the rich creaminess of a chicken pot pie, and throwing some salty, smoky bacon into the mix just adds even more texture and flavor.
This side is sure to really elevate your chicken pot pie and makes for one colorful plate. This recipe only consists of two ingredients, and can be ready in no time.
Who doesn’t love mac & cheese? Well, this is a healthier take on mac & cheese that swaps out the pasta for cauliflower.
You still get that creamy texture and all the cheesy goodness, but none of the starch that can sometimes be a bit too filling. This recipe is easy to prepare in just five minutes and is keto-friendly.
You may associate applesauce more with pork chops, but apple sauce provides a fruity, sweet contrast to a chicken pot pie with a little extra spice.
The sweet flavor of applesauce is refreshing enough to balance out the spices of your pot pie, and apples marry beautifully with carrots, celery, chicken, and onions.
The main ingredients of a chicken pot pie!
You can choose to make unsweetened applesauce, or a sauce that is infused with cinnamon, but either way you’ll have one stunning sauce.
You may not have time to whip up a tasty side, and that’s where an excellent sauce like this cranberry recipe comes in.
Cranberries have a wonderfully tart flavor, and to make this sauce you just need to season them with some rosemary, sage, and thyme.
It’s certain to make your cheesy and creamy chicken pot pie sing. Delicious!
True, chicken pot pie has its fair share of veggies, but it is still missing some greenery. This fruit and vegetable salad is sure to give your chicken pot pie some much-needed fiber.
This salad is crisp, nutritious and refreshing, the perfect contrast to a hearty, rich chicken pot pie.
This salad really showcases spinach, and while you may be skeptical that the tangy orange dressing works with chicken pot pie, it really does!
To make this salad just toss together cheese, nuts, oranges, spinach and your favorite berries before drizzling them with the citrus vinaigrette.
Roasted veggies on the side of a chicken pot pie is a great way to beef up your already hearty dish without overwhelming it.
What veggies you choose to roast is up to you, but we recommend bell peppers, carrots, cauliflowers, or potatoes.
Of course, there is also roasted broccoli topped with Parmesan. It’s both creamy and crunchy, as well as delicious.
It can be ready in no time too. All you need to do is coat broccoli florets in olive oil before sprinkling some Parmesan cheese on top.
German potato salad may be missing the creamy mayo dressing that makes traditional potato salad famous, but the vinegar-based coating in this recipe is just as delicious.
Plus, chicken pot pie is so rich and savory that we need a tangy flavor to cut through.
This German potato salad also has a generous amount of bacon. What’s not to love?
While most potato salads are chilled in the fridge before serving, this potato salad is served warm from the stovetop, which just makes it more unique!
When all the ingredients are blended together, you get a beautiful medley of flavors and ingredients working together in harmony.
German potato salad is delicious enough to enjoy every day of the year, and can be the sidekick to so many dishes.
Missing from our roasted veggies entry, nutritious, roasted asparagus spears provide a nice crunch to your chicken pot pie. All you need is a bit of lemon juice and pepper for extra flavor!
Couldn’t be simpler. This quick recipe calls for asparagus spears, garlic, a touch of lemon juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper.
If chicken pot pie calls for a light, refreshing side then it makes sense that it should be followed by a light, refreshing dessert. This refreshing salad can incorporate all of your favorite fruits.
You can either serve some apple, kiwi slices, melon and pear on their own, or you could drizzle them with honey or maple syrup for extra sweetness.
Another refreshing dessert, watermelon is such a mighty fruit that you can enjoy it on its own without having to incorporate it into a salad. Not only is it juicy and sweet, but so good for you!
Plus, its attractive pink color is sure to make your mouth water.
We finish our list with a refreshing beverage. Why not enjoy your chicken pot pie with a tall glass of unsweetened ice tea? Its mild, refreshing flavor contrasts beautifully with the rich chicken pot pie.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Makes Chicken Pot Pie Different From Traditional Chicken Pie?
In the South, some make a distinction between chicken pot pie and traditional pot pie by referring to traditional chicken pie as ‘chicken and pastry.’
These pies are savory alternatives to fruit pies or cobblers with little or sometimes no vegetables. Meanwhile, chicken pot pies only contain a pastry lid and are filled to the brim with veggies.
How Do You Make Chicken Pot Pie Filling Thicker?
To make your filling thicker, you can try adding 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water to your mixture and bringing it to a simmer.
How Do You Know When Your Chicken Pot Pie Is Ready To Eat?
Chicken pot pies should usually be baked in the middle of a 350-degree oven, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes.
The internal temperature should make the pie nice and bubbly and reach 160-degrees. The pie lid should be golden brown.
Why Does Chicken Pot Pie Fall Apart?
A pasty lid should be flaky, but if it is too flaky then your crust may be too dry. If this is the case, tear it into chunks and return it to your food processor.
Process with 1-2 teaspoons of water, before wrapping into a disk and leaving in the fridge for about an hour. Your dough should be able to stick together without being too sticky.
Chicken pot pie is one of the most comforting meals you can enjoy, but to really elevate it you need a milder, more refreshing side dish.
We hope that our above picks have inspired you next time you’re wondering what to serve with your chicken pot pie!
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