The Ultimate Side Dishes For BBQ Chicken (18 Simple Yet Tasty Recipes)

Grilled or BBQ chicken is a staple in many backyards.

It’s cheap, healthy, delicious, and there is a different cut to suit many different recipes and styles.

However, there is one downside to eating chicken all the time.

You often get stuck in a loop of using the same old side dishes

So here are 10 side dishes for BBQ chicken that are big hits in my family! 

18 Delicious Side Dishes For BBQ Chicken

Secret Sauce Baked Beans

Beans are an essential side dish, but they can get a little boring. This recipe transforms your standard beans into something special! 

Smoked Garlic Bread

Who doesn’t love garlic bread?

But imagine how much better it is when smoked!

Not only do people go wild when I serve this on game day it has to be one of the simplest recipes you’ll ever find.

See the smoked garlic bread recipe here.


Want My Favorite Chicken Recipes?

Y’all are always asking for our favorite chicken recipes. So here they are!

Pit Boss Smoked Chicken Breast 

Smoked Chicken Wings

Cheese Stuffed Smoked Chicken Breast

Smoked Baked Potato With All The Toppings

These smoked potatoes are perfect for a crowd!

Just smoke your potatoes then set up a bar with all the toppings

See the recipe

Smoked Bacon Mac And Cheese

We have my classic mac and cheese above but this one here is my favorite. It has super crispy bacon which adds the perfect crunch

See the recipe for smoked bacon mac and cheese here.


Smoked Sweet Potatoes On A Traeger

Want to try something a little different from regular potatoes? Give these sweet potatoes a go! You’ll never go back to normal ones!

See the recipe: Smoked Sweet Potatoes

Grilled Carrots Topped With Brown Butter

All your guests will be fighting over these delicious carrots topped with brown butter!

See the recipe for: Grilled Carrots

Smoked Mash Potato

What could be better than smoky mash potatoes topped with extra cheese, bacon and scallions!

See the recipe for: Smoked Mash Potato


Classic Coleslaw

Chicken and coleslaw go hand in hand.

This coleslaw is packed full of veggies and is fantastic the next day in leftover chicken sandwiches! 

Grilled Brussel Sprouts

Take a classic and easily elevate it by throwing them in the smoker. Want to impress your guests more? Throw some crispy bacon on top.

Find the recipe here: Smoked Brussel Sprouts


Get Leftover Chicken?

If you have leftover BBQ or rotisserie chicken you can store it in the fridge.

It’s perfect for sandwiches or soups during the week. However, you might wonder how long rotisserie chicken is good for in the fridge? You can keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Smoked Mac & Cheese

grilled mac n cheese

You have had mac and cheese, but you have never had mac and cheese like this. This recipe is as comfort food as it gets! It is deliciously smoky, you will never make regular mac and cheese agian. 

Smokey, Sauce Chicken Wings

Pellet Grill Chicken Wings

Wings as a side to chicken?

I think you can pair chicken wings with ANYTHING! These wings are saucy, smokey, and super simple to make

Smoked Cream Cheese

Perfect to use instead of butter if you’re making a leftover chicken sandwich. Not only is it cheesy and creamy, you get a smoky flavor.

Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread

Like things a little spicy? You will love this twist on traditional cornbread. 

Buttermilk Biscuits

I don’t know why but my family seems to LOVE these fort cutting into ‘burgers’ and making little chicken sandwiches with grilled chicken thighs and the creamy slaw above. Delicious!

Smoked Queso

smoked queso dip recipe

A delicious cheesy condiment to put on your grilled chicken!

Charred Corn Salad

Once you make this you will never make plain old grilled corn again!

This is an also awesome side for smoked brisket at any gathering or bbq! 

Crunchy and Spicy Grilled Okra

I always overlooked okra. This recipe changed my view on it.

They are healthier than potatoes and just as delicious! 

Black Bean and Corn Rice Salad

This is a great second side to have if you are having the above-charred corn salad.

A real Mexican treat!

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

If you are looking for something a little more traditional these southern fried green tomatoes are perfect!

Remember to serve with plenty of hot sauce! 

Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Anything can be delicious wrapped in bacon, and brussels sprouts are no exception.

This is a super quick and easy side you can whip up at the last minutes.

Want My Favorite Chicken Recipes?

Y’all are always asking for our favorite chicken recipes. So here they are!

Pit Boss Smoked Chicken Breast 

Smoked Chicken Wings

Cheese Stuffed Smoked Chicken Breast

Not only sides can be healthy, but I also have some main which are good for you!

See my healthy smoker recipes,

NOW you don’t have to sacrifice delicious BBQ!

Smoke On


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking and getting out in nature with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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