Taylor’s Table – Episode 23 – Side Dishes

Side dishes such as salad, potatoes and bread are commonly used with main courses throughout many countries of the western world. … For example, a “side salad” usually served in a small bowl or salad plate, in contrast to a large dinner-plate-sized entrée salad

15 Southern Side Dishes For Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is my absolute favorite Southern dish. Sure, it’s simple – it’s basically just chicken coated in batter and then deep-fried until golden brown. Yet somehow, it tastes like heaven!

It’s got that crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside quality that’s just so irresistible. With the perfect gravy to go with it, it’s the quintessential comfort food.

Here are 12 tasty side dishes that will transform your fried chicken into a Southern Feast!

1. Biscuits

Biscuits are a true Southern staple. I don’t think you can even call it a Southern meal without biscuits on the table!

And oh my, the pairing of fried chicken and biscuits is just to die for. The flakiness of the biscuits perfectly complements the tenderness of the chicken.

While there are a ton of biscuit recipes out there, for me simple buttermilk biscuits are always the best.

2. Mac and Cheese

Fried chicken is all protein, so you’ll want something starchy to round out your meal. And when it comes to Southern starches, nothing fits the bill better than good-old mac and cheese.

3. Baked Beans

Baked beans might be a common side for barbecue, but it also tastes amazing with fried chicken. Its sweet and smoky flavors complement the savory chicken wonderfully.

Plus baked beans are also hearty, so it will easily satisfy those growling tummies. 

4. Cornbread

Apart from biscuits, cornbread is another baked good that pairs amazingly with chicken. Whether it’s sweet or savory, the tender and crumbly bread just tastes fantastic with fried chicken.

7. Coleslaw

Whether you use the more traditional mayo-based dressing or go the tangier vinegar-based route, coleslaw is an excellent way to round out your fried chicken meal.

It’s refreshing, crispy, and tangy,which pairs perfectly with the rich and savory fried chicken.

8. Corn on the Cob

Corn on the cob may be a super simple side, but sometimes, something simple is all you really need. Especially if you’re eating such a delectable entrée like fried chicken.

My advice: instead of just boiling corn on the cob in water, cook it in milk and butter! It makes the corn even more flavorful and gives it that extra Southern flair.

9. Fried Okra

You’re already deep-frying chicken, so might as well use that oil to make fried okra! And if you care to make it even more interesting, add some crushed pecans to your cornmeal batter for an extra crispy side. Believe me, this little addition is insanely good!

10. Fried Green Tomatoes

Now if you can’t get enough of fried stuff, here’s another goodie that tastes amazing. Fried green tomatoes are as Southern as it gets.

Plus, they’re crazy good and easy to make! Just coat green tomato slices in cornmeal batter and fry them until golden brown.