Chicken Pot Pie is a popular dish for the winter. There is no doubt that people are planning to cook it to give the winter a tasty start.
Although pot pie has a little of everything in it, all great dishes are always better with a complimentary side. Pot Pie is a good standalone dish with chicken, vegetables and a buttery crust, but feeding multiple people may need a side dish to stretch it out.
If you are here, you’ve probably tired of the same old foods. That’s why this list is here to give you ideas. We searched the internet for the best ideas and found ideas better than just plain, old rice or steamed vegetables. The recipes in this list are sure to be requested again and again.
1. Homemade Apple Sauce
Apple sauce doesn’t always have to be eaten with lunch. Although you can just buy a bottle off the shelf, you can have it better if you make it yourself. All you need is:
- 4 Peeled and cored apples
- 1/4 cups of a sweetener of choice
- 3/4 cups of water
- 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon
Directions: All you have to do is cook all of the ingredients together until they are soft and then mash them until they are the consistency you want.
2. Oven Roasted Vegetable Mix with Parsnip
Roasted vegetables can be anything you want to put together, but how someone else cooks it could give you ideas. This recipe features parsnip, onions, thyme and potatoes. You could try it as it is or you could just throw something together. It’s all about whatever you like.
3. Cauliflower Mac and Cheese
If you are trying to add more vegetables to your diet, you can make cauliflower mac and cheese. What you’ll need is:
- Heavy cream
- Cream cheese
- Salt and Pepper
- Garlic powder
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Smoked sausage
- Optional toppings: pork rinds, parmesan cheese, more butter
Check out the chef’s website for detailed instructions.
4. Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Some people love brussel sprouts while others don’t. How cooks add flavor, though, sometimes makes all the difference. Maybe you can cook them with balsamic and walnuts. You’ll need:
- Brussel sprouts
- Olive oil
- A fresh lemon
- Grated parmesan cheese
- Balsamic vinegar
- Garlic powder
- Maple syrup
- Raw walnuts
Sounds tasty? Give it a try before it gets too hot outside because you’ll need the oven.
5. Cranberry Pear Sauce with Ginger and Rosemary
Who said you had to wait until Thanksgiving to have cranberry sauce? This recipe will make you ditch the canned stuff. For a good sauce, you start with getting:
- 12 Oz fresh cranberries
- 2 Medium pears
- 2 tsp fresh ginger
- 3 Tbsp fresh rosemary leaves
- 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 3/4 cup water
- Sea salt to taste
Just click on the subheading for detailed instructions.
6. Varieties of Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes are already a national favorite. You can just make old-fashioned mashed potatoes or jazz them up with new flavors. Basics with Babish has two different ways to add flavor on video. He even explains the effects of using different varieties of potatoes.
He introduces the Fully Loaded Mashed Potato with Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning, crispy bacon, scallions, chives and cayenne pepper. What are you waiting for? Give it a try!
7. Brown Butter Parmesan Corn
You can serve just buttered corn or you can spice it up. Cornbread will do, but we aren’t always in the mood for it. Try this:
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 2 cans drained corn
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground pepper
- 3 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
Get the directions for this recipe from its source linked in the above title.
8. Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Periodically, we want something sweet with our dinner. Your chicken pot pie is a perfect excuse to have mashed sweet potatoes. The Stay at Home Chef has a way to make mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon, honey and butter.
You start with peeling and cutting some sweet potatoes into cubes and boiling them like you would regular potatoes. All you need is milk, cinnamon, honey, and butter. You can watch how to make this on Youtube.
9. Corn and Grilled Zucchini Salad
A salad goes well with just about anything, but the simple lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad doesn’t always cut it. This corn and zucchini salad offers something different and has feta cheese. It also features arugula, lemon juice and olive oil. Give this a chance with your dinner.
10. Creamed Spinach
Creamed spinach is not to be forgotten as a side dish. It’s soft and lacks the bitterness of raw spinach. Who knew that spinach could be this good when cooked down with cream? This, too, goes with many things, so it’s worth a try.
11. Mixed Berry Trifle
If you’re still unsure after scrolling this far down this list, perhaps dessert is up your alley.
What’s a trifle? It’s a crumbled cake soaked in a liquid and put in between layers of fruit, jam, and something creamy such as pudding or custard. Aside from being a side dish for your pot pie, it can also salvage an otherwise good cake that broke up in a pan.
12. Sweetened Condensed Milk Bread
Aside from a trifle, a sweet bread always complements a dinner dish. This recipe will work if you already know how to work with yeast. Leftovers will even make a perfect breakfast next to a bowl of berries. It is also good when you want something other than garlic bread.
13. Bourbon Glazed Carrots
Carrots may already be in the pot pie, but more won’t hurt. The glaze is made from butter, brown sugar and bourbon with a little salt. This is good for special occasions, or just the occasional cold night.
14. Root Vegetable Gratin
Root vegetables are nutritious and are a good add-in for all kinds of meals. This root vegetable gratin by Food Wishes has thyme, garlic, potatoes, chicken broth and more. It’s much better than a quick dish out of a box.
15. Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Browned Butter
Balsamic vinegar is a good flavoring for vegetables. Turn plain old asparagus into a mouth-watering meal with salt, pepper and soy sauce. The best way to eat your vegetables is always with flavor.
16. Garlic Mushrooms and Onions
Another savory dish for variety is garlicky mushrooms with onions. It is also a good topping for steak. If you really want to go overboard, you can serve it with garlic bread as well. You can learn how to make this from the Poor Man’s Gourmet Kitchen’s YouTube channel.
17. Warm Cinnamon Apples
There’s almost nothing better than sweet apples spiced with nutmeg to warm up in the winter or fall. This is both easy and fast.
18. Fried Cabbage
Bacon doesn’t only have to be a side to breakfast. Try fried cabbage with bacon bits. The Stay at Home Chef has an easy recipe that is satisfying and easy to follow.
Chicken pot pie is everyone’s favorite. It can stand alone as a one dish meal, but it doesn’t hurt to have something next to it to make the meal better.
The recipes above range from simple to advanced, but one of them is bound to suit your needs. You can also just throw something together off the top of your head. Either way, you definitely won’t be disappointed by these sides.