What to serve with chicken and waffles at your next brunch gathering? Well look no further as I’ve rounded up a list of 7 great side dishes that you can serve along with this classic Sunday brunch dish. These delicious sides will make this main dish become a complete meal and provide tons of added flavor and texture to your brunch spread.
Before I delve into these delicious recipes that are the perfect match for those fluffy waffles and crispy chicken, I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t at least share how you can make this classic dish a bit healthier.
In my recipe post, How to make low carb chicken and waffles, I share a few tricks on how to shave some calories and fat from this meal. Generally when you go to any favorite brunch spot and order this dish, it can come in at a whopping 1100 calories! The macro breakdown looks something like: 97g carbs, 65g fat, 36g protein. Talk about not being too friendly to your waistline. I still enjoy eating all the yummy foods, I just don’t want it to the be the ONLY meal I have in a day. Knowing that this dish clocks in at 25g carbs, 16g fat, 36g protein and approx. 320 calories you see why I’ll opt for this low carb version any day.
HOW TO MAKE CHICKEN AND WAFFLES HEALTHIER
My low carb waffles start with Kodiak Cakes Carb Conscious Buttermilk Flapjacks simply add the ingredients listed on the package, mix well and pour the batter into your waffle maker and remove once golden brown. Of course if you wanted to spice up the waffles to suit your taste buds you can do that as well. Below I offer a few alternatives for mix-ins:
Savory Waffles – Savory waffles are a delightful twist on the traditional sweet waffle recipe. Instead of the usual sweet ingredients like sugar and syrup, savory waffles incorporate savory flavors and ingredients to create a savory and satisfying dish
- Cheddar cheese + green onions
- Spinach + ham + cheese
Sweet Waffles – Sweet waffles are a classic and beloved breakfast or brunch dish that is versatile and offers a perfect combination of sweetness, texture, and endless possibilities for customization.
- Brown Sugar + pecan
- Strawberry + chocolate chip
Just know that whatever additional ingredients you add will change the nutritional content of the base mix.
Next the chicken that is a household favorite are my air fried crispy chicken tenders. They make the perfect addition to the waffles recipe. By using the air fryer it’s a great way to cut some additional calories and fat. However although these are air fried they are still cooked to a crispy perfection filled with tons of crunch.
For full recipe details of both the low carb waffles and the air fried crispy chicken visit my blog on How to make low carb chicken and waffles + video.
ROUND UP OF BEST SIDE DISHES
Now that we’ve covered that, let me offer you some mouthwatering suggestions for the perfect side dishes to complement your meal. Please keep in mind that since I hail from the south, these sides are predominantly scrumptious comfort food options and may not be the most figure-friendly choices.
Mac N Cheese
I feel like mac n cheese is a great place to start as a perfect complement to an already sweet and savory dish. This one from Carita over at Seasoned to taste blog is so scrumptious, it will truly leave you wanting more. “One thing about macaroni and cheese, it’s the gift that keeps on giving! I’ve yet to meet anyone that doesn’t love mac and cheese, do they exist? What I love most about macaroni and cheese is it’s versatility. There’s several ways to prepare it and the add-ons are endless. Personally, I love lobster mac and cheese and you can never go wrong with adding smokey gouda or bacon, should I keep going?”
The best part about her mac n cheese is that there’s no baking or boiling and the prep is very minimal. Just throw everything in the pot, give it a stir and in less than one hour, you have creamy, cheesy tasty macaroni and cheese!
Nothing says American south than a good bowl of grits. They are so creamy and delicious that it would make the perfect compliment to the fried chicken pieces. Check out this Buttery and creamy grits recipe from Razzle Dazzle. ” Enjoy a pot of Buttery and Creamy Grits, enhanced with half-and-half and milk for a smooth, savory, and flavorful taste with each spoonful.”
What to serve with chicken and waffles, well a good portion of soul food like collard greens. They are a true southern dish and would be a great option to serve along with this savory chicken. These from Grandbaby Cakes promises to be just like grandma used to make. “These authentic Southern Collard Greens are braised in a savory meat flavored and perfectly spiced pot liquor resulting in an amazing tender silky texture!”
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
I’m a huge fan of sweet potatoes however these are not just any potatoes. These garlic parmesan roasted sweet potatoes will knock your socks off.
“Garlic Parmesan Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe – Tender, extra-flavorful and easy to make, these roasted sweet potatoes are coated with parmesan cheese and all kinds of spices!”
While it may not be a traditional side dish, green beans make for easy preparation in the kitchen. These skillet green beans from Healthy seasonal recipes will have them on the table in 15 minutes. “These simple skillet green beans are a perfect healthy side dish. All you need is a pile of fresh string beans, one pot, garlic, olive oil and a little spice!”
Scrambled Egg Whites
In addition to being a great source of protein, egg whites are also low in calories and fat. Egg whites are also a versatile food that can be used in a variety of ways. They can be scrambled, boiled or fried. Making them an overall great brunch menu option. Sometimes scrambled eggs can be watery however Kelly of The Antony Kitchen, provides some great tricks to get the perfect scrambled eggs every time.
provides a perfect combination of sweet and tart which makes them a good idea to pair with these crispy waffles and breaded chicken. This one from Kristine’s Kitchen is dressed with honey lime dressing which makes it sweet and full of fresh flavor. This easy fruit salad recipe is a favorite summer side dish or dessert!
I hope this round up answers your burning question of what to serve with chicken and waffles. Hopefully you will try one of these delicious side dishes for your next brunch as they will all make the perfect side dishes for your next gathering.
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