15 Easy Romantic Chicken Dinner Sides

Cooking for someone is one of the most meaningful gifts of affection I know, so making a romantic dinner for two is a great way to start the celebration.

We bring you our best Easy Romantic Chicken Dinner Sides for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or romantic dinners.

In this list, you will find the best and most varied list of 15 easy side dishes to serve in your romantic chicken dinner.

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Chicken is one of the most popular white meats in the world, it is one of the most commonly used proteins for lunches and dinners.

Being a dish that is a must on our tables, what are the best side dishes for a romantic chicken dinner? There is a wide variety of side dishes that can elevate your dish for a special occasion and today I present them to you.

I have compiled a list of side dishes that you can combine with chicken as a main course in your romantic dinner and I hope it will help you create an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

Here’s what we’ll cover in this article:

Let’s get into it!

1. Roasted Peppers

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Roasting peppers is one of my favorite ways to eat bell peppers, the skin blisters, and the flesh becomes soft and sweet.

Roasted peppers are an easy and delicious recipe that you can have ready in less than 30 minutes.


  • 4 medium mixed peppers

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Garlic Powder

  • Dried oregano


  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Prepare your baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cut the peppers into quarters or to the desired size and remove the seeds and membranes.
  • Spread olive oil evenly over peppers and season to taste with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and oregano.
  • Roast the peppers in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until they are soft and some of the tips are golden brown.
  • Serve and enjoy!

If you like vegetables you have to try Roasted Peppers as a side dish for your romantic chicken dinner.

2. Caprese Salad

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One of the most, easiest, elegant, and tasty salads that can be, the Caprese Salad will be perfect as a fast and easy Romantic Chicken Dinner Side

Sweet-tangy tomatoes, silky cheese, and crisp basil combine to produce a beautiful blend of flavors and textures that will have you wanting more.

You will be surprised at how few ingredients you need and how quickly you will have it done.


  • 3 whole ripe tomatoes thickly sliced

  • 12 oz. mozzarella cheese cut into thick slices (the same size as the tomatoes)

  • 2 cup balsamic vinegar

  • Extra-virgin olive oil

  • Fresh basil leaves

  • Salt

  • Grounded black pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, cook the balsamic vinegar for 10 to 20 minutes or until boiling over medium-low heat, allow the balsamic vinegar to reduce to a thicker glaze and set aside.
  • Place a slice of tomato and mozzarella to complete the platter and garnish with basil leaves between the slices.
  • Drizzle olive oil over the salad and then repeat the process with the balsamic reduction and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • You can get creative with the presentation, serve and enjoy.

As you can see in the directions this salad is very quick to make, you can make it while the chicken is in the oven and you will have everything ready in time.

3. Spinach and Strawberry Salad

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A salad that could not be missing from this list is the Spinach and Strawberry Salad. The fact that it has strawberries is already romantic for me.

This salad goes great with red and white meats like chicken and is perfect for special occasions because it looks super cute and fancy but it is really easy to make.


  • Salad Ingredients
  • 10 oz of baby spinach

  • 1 lb. strawberries

  • ¾ cup raw pecans

  • ¾ cup shredded feta cheese

  • ½ small red onion

  • Dressing Ingredients
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 ½ tbsp poppy seeds

  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Toast the pecans: chop them up and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake them at 350 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes, remember to stir occasionally so that the pecans brown evenly.
  • Cut red onions into thin slices and soak in water until soft, drain and reserve.
  • In a bowl, mix the spinach, strawberries onions, and a little of the dressing until moistened.
  • Add the feta, and the toasted pecans and toss. Serve and enjoy!

Note: If you don’t have an oven you can toast your pecans in a skillet over medium heat until browned it will take from 2 to 5 minutes.

4. Scalloped Potatoes

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Potatoes and chicken will always be a good combination and Scalloped Potatoes are a phenomenal recipe to include as a Romantic Chicken Dinner Side.

Let’s see what you need to prepare this delicacy and how to make it yourself.


  • ¼ cup butter

  • 1 large onion diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped

  • ¼ cup flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • 1 cup of chicken broth

  • ½ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper

  • 3 lbs. thinly sliced white potatoes


  • Melt the butter, and add the onion and garlic over medium-low heat. Cook for 3 minutes or until onion is softened, then add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
  • Lower the heat and mix in the milk and chicken broth. Add to the previous mixture a little at a time until it thickens. Keep adding a little liquid at a time while whisking until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and boil for about 2 minutes.
  • Grease a baking dish and add the potatoes to the bottom, season with salt and pepper, and pour a little of the cream sauce on top.
  • Repeat the process in layers up to the top of the baking dish or finish with the cream sauce. Cover and bake for 45 minutes.
  • Uncover and bake for another 35-45 minutes or until golden brown and potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown.
  • Let cool slightly and serve.

Note: I recommend making this dish before the chicken or at least at the same time, as it is important to let it cool for at least 15 minutes before serving so that the sauce thickens.

5. Ratatouille

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Ratatouille is the perfect recipe to serve as a side dish to impress your favorite person at your romantic chicken dinner.

Although it may not seem so from the presentation and fame, this recipe is simple to make and today I will tell you how to make it.


  • Ratatouille ingredients
  • 3 medium tomatoes, sliced and chopped

  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced and chopped

  • 1 small eggplant, sliced and the slices cut into quarters

  • 1 small onion, sliced and chopped

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • Salt and pepper

  • Sauce ingredients
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

  • 1 tsp herbs de Provence

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil

  • Salt to taste


  • Preheat oven to 375º F.
  • Blend all sauce ingredients in a blender until smooth and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Spread the sauce in a thin layer in a medium-sized round or oval casserole dish.
  • Place the tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant, and onion in a spiral, alternating them, make sure they are all the same size, drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until vegetables are tender and sauce is bubbling.
  • Let cool slightly, serve, and enjoy!

This mix of sautéed vegetables combined with tender or crispy chicken is the perfect combination.

Whether you roast the chicken grill or broil it, the Ratatouille will bring a lot of freshness and bright colors to your dish.

6. Garden Salad

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Garden salad goes great with chicken and white meats in general.

It is so delicious, colorful, and easy to make that it had to be on this list as a side dish for a romantic chicken dinner.


  • Salad
  • 1 small head of lettuce cut into large bite-size pieces

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved

  • 1 cucumber, sliced

  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated

  • 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped

  • Dressing
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • ½ tsp Dijon mustard

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ½ tsp black pepper


  • In a glass jar with a lid mix all the dressing ingredients and adjust to taste. You can add a touch of sugar if you want a sweet touch.
  • Mix all the salad ingredients in a bowl, pour the dressing and mix.
  • Serve as a side in your romantic dinner with chicken and enjoy.

For a refreshing and light accompaniment to your romantic chicken dinner, the Garden Salad is the perfect side dish.

The combination of textures, from the crunchy vegetables of the Garden Salad to the tender chicken, creates a delicious contrast that will keep your dish balanced and interesting.

7. Honey Roasted Carrots

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Sweet, healthy, and quick to make, Honey Roasted Carrots is one of my favorite sides of all time.

I want to share this recipe with you so you can complement and elevate your meal with a sweet touch.


  • 8 medium carrots, peeled

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  • ¼ cup honey

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350º F
  • Place whole carrots in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil, and honey on top and season with salt and pepper to taste, toss until evenly coated.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender, you can prick them with a fork to see if they are tender.
  • Serve and enjoy.

I love this dish as a side dish for your romantic chicken dinner because the honey complements the savory flavors and the natural sweetness of the carrots gives it a refreshing touch that goes great with the chicken.

8. Celeriac Puree

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I have to admit that I recently discovered this puree, looking for ways to incorporate other veggies into my diet, I came across the Celeriac Puree and the truth is that I loved it.

There are many veggies with which you can puree and try other flavors, being the puree a perfect accompaniment for chicken, Celeriac Puree could not be missing from this list.


  • 1 celeriac root

  • 900ml milk

  • 200g butter

  • 2 tsp grated nutmeg

  • 2 tsp black pepper

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley


  • Peel the Celeriac and cut it into medium pieces.
  • In a medium saucepan, place the chunks, pour milk to cover, and boil for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Once soft, mash the celeriac directly in the saucepan until smooth.
  • Add the butter and stir until melted, add the nutmeg and season to taste.
  • Before serving, top with a little more melted butter, chopped parsley, and another grating of nutmeg.

Pures in general are a perfect and very safe option to serve with chicken.

But, Celeriac Puree will be a pleasant surprise to the palate that will highlight not only your dish but also your culinary qualities, in the end, it’s all about impressing your partner, right?

9. Fettuccine Alfredo

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Is there anything more romantic than Italian food? Fettuccine Alfredo is one of the most popular pasta dishes ever and an excellent choice to add to your romantic chicken dinner.

It is a classic Italian food and can be served at your romantic dinner with chicken as a side dish.


  • 1 lb Fettuccine pasta

  • 1 ¼ cups grated Parmesan cheese

  • 6 tbsp butter

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream

  • 2 tbsp Italian parsley

  • ¼ tsp salt

  • ¼ tsp pepper


  • Cook the fettuccine in water with salt and oil for 12 minutes or until aldente, and save some pasta water.
  • In a frying pan, melt the butter, over medium heat, brown the chopped garlic and add the heavy cream.
  • Reduce the heavy cream and cook for 5 to 8 minutes, then add half of the Parmesan cheese to the mixture and whisk well until melted.
  • Mix the Alfredo sauce with the fettuccine pasta and add half of the Parmesan cheese. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese and add a little pasta water if necessary so it doesn’t thicken too much.
  • Garnish with Italian parsley, serve, and enjoy!

There’s something about Italian food that has always been romantic for me, maybe it’s because of the spaghetti scene in Lady and the Tramp, I don’t know. What is for sure is that this is a perfect dish for your romantic chicken dinner.

Note: If you want to make the perfect Alfredo sauce, click here.

10. Herbed Rice Pilaf

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Herbed Rice Pilaf is a simple side dish for your romantic chicken dinner, a flavorful alternative to white rice.

It is easy to prepare, very tasty and the most important thing is that it will not take away from the main dish, which makes it an ideal side dish for your romantic chicken dinner.


  • 1 ½ cups long-grain white rice

  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 oz vermicelli

  • 1 onion, grated

  • 1 clove garlic, chopped

  • ¼ tsp dried thyme

  • ¼ tsp dried rosemary

  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped

  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth

  • 1 ¼ tbsp kosher salt


  • In a bowl pour hot water over the rice to cover it and let it rest, after a couple of minutes wash the rice with cold water until the water runs clear, drain the water, and set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter, add the diced vermicelli pasta, and cook for about 3 minutes or until the pasta is golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the grated onion and chopped garlic to the pan and cook for about 4 minutes until the onion is soft but not browned, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the rinsed rice and cook for about 3 minutes, until the edges of the rice begin to turn transparent, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the broth, thyme, rosemary, and salt, and bring to a boil.
  • Once the water has reduced, reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed about 10 minutes.
  • Once done, let the rice rest and add the parsley.
  • Serve and enjoy.

This recipe is perfect as a side dish for your romantic chicken dinner as it combines very well with all the proteins.

11. Onion Rings

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Onion rings are an excellent side dish for your chicken dinner.

They contrast nicely with the moistness and softness of the main dish, giving it a crunchy touch, so these onion rings are perfect because they are thick, crispy, and tasty.


  • 2 onions cut into medium slices

  • 1 cup flour

  • 4 eggs

  • 1 cup milk

  • 2 cup bread crumbs

  • Vegetable oil for frying


  • You will need 3 small bowls. One with flour, one with beaten egg, and one with bread crumbs.
  • Dredge the sliced onion rings in the flour, then in the egg mixture, and then in the breadcrumb mixture.
  • In a frying pan add vegetable oil and heat over medium-high heat until shimmering.
  • Fry the onion rings for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown on both sides and place on paper towels to remove excess oil.
  • Serve as a side in your romantic chicken dinner and enjoy!

Onion rings are an excellent choice as a side dish if you are looking for a rich but casual romantic dinner.

12. Cucumber Salad

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The Cucumber Salad is super fresh and light, it is effortless and quick to make.

It is perfect to accompany fish and chicken dishes, that’s why we add it to our list of side dishes for romantic chicken dinners.


  • 4 English cucumbers cut into thin slices

  • 2 red onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 cup white vinegar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 4 tbsp chopped fresh dill


  • In a bowl, place the cucumber slices and season with salt, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand for 15 minutes, then drain the excess water released by the cucumber.
  • Soak the red onion slices in boiled water for 2 minutes to soften them a little, drain and set aside.
  • Pour the white vinegar and water into a small saucepan over high heat and whisk in the sugar until it dissolves and the liquid becomes clear.
  • Mix the cucumbers and onions, stir in dill, and toss.
  • Serve cold.

I recommend this dish if you make a rather crispy or textured chicken.

13. Sautéed Green Beans

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Sautéed Green Beans are a delicious side dish, they are very versatile and you can get creative when it comes to preparation.

You can prepare them in butter, with garlic, green beans with tomato and onion, with bacon, with parmesan cheese … soon I will leave an article only of green bean recipes for lovers of this dish.

For now, I leave you a very tasty recipe that goes perfectly in your romantic dinner with chicken as a side dish.


  • ½ lb green beans

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • Salt

  • Ground black pepper

  • 1-2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice


  • Cut off the ends of the green beans.
  • Preheat the frying pan over medium-high heat.
  • Mix beans and water and 3/4 tsp salt and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Drain beans and set aside.
  • In the same pan, heat the oil and butter. When the butter has melted, sauté the green beans for approximately a minute, tossing them in the pan to soak up the oil and butter mixture.
  • Add the garlic, salt, and pepper to taste and sauté until you can feel the garlic smell.
  • Once the garlic is aromatic, remove from the heat, squeeze the lemon juice, mix, and serve.

The mild flavor of the Sautéed Green Beans will allow the flavors of the chicken to take center stage while adding a touch of freshness to the dish.

14. Waldorf Salad

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A colorful, fresh, and textured salad, the classic Waldorf Salad is a perfect complement to your romantic chicken dinner.

It won’t take you much time or effort to make it, here’s the recipe so you can try it for yourself.


  • 1 red apple, diced

  • 1 green apple ( tart), diced

  • 1 cup of grapes cut in halves

  • 1 cup celery, diced

  • ½ cup of roasted walnuts or pecans, coarsely chopped

  • 1 tbsp sugar

  • ½ tsp kosher salt

  • 2 tsp lemon juice

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise

  • ½ cup whipping cream


  • In a large bowl, mix the diced apples and sprinkle with the sugar and lemon juice, stir, and add the celery, grapes, and walnuts.
  • For the dressing, whip the cream until it forms peaks and gently fold in the mayonnaise pour over the apple mixture and season with kosher salt to taste.
  • Chill for at least one hour and serve cold.

The combination of flavors and textures of the Waldorf Salad and the creamy dressing that unites all of its ingredients will complement each other very well making this salad a delight to serve at your romantic chicken dinner.

15. Grilled Pineapple

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Grilled Pineapple is a very fresh and tropical recipe that goes very well with red meats and chicken in general.

Pineapple in savory dishes is not very well received by many people, but the combination of textures and the contrast of the sweetness of the grilled pineapple is phenomenal.


  • 1 large fresh pineapple

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar

  • Juice of 2 limes

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted


  • Cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple followed by the rind.
  • Cut the pineapple into ½-inch thick slices. remove the core from each slice and place the slices in a zip-lock bag to prevent oxidation and set aside.
  • Combine the brown sugar and lime juice in a mixing bowl and add to the bag with the pineapple and melted butter. Close the bag and carefully massage the ingredients into the pineapple slices, then set aside for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Heat a grill or frying pan over medium heat. When hot, place the pineapple slices on the grill. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side, until the pineapple is caramelized and soft.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Grilled Pineapple is perfect as a side dish to give a fresh, tropical, or summery touch to your romantic chicken dinner.

The Best 15 Easy Romantic Chicken Dinner Sides

From Roasted Peppers, Herbed Rice Pilaf to Grilled Pineapple we bring you the best and most varied list of side dishes to serve at your romantic chicken dinner.

Most of these recipes have ingredients that you have in your fridge and can be prepared in 40 minutes or less.

Be sure to use the side dish that best suits your partner’s culinary taste for an innovative experience.

15 Easy Romantic Chicken Dinner Sides

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Recipe by Ney Course: SidesCuisine: American, ItalianDifficulty: Medium


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  • Roasted Peppers

  • Caprese Salad

  • Spinach and Strawberry Salad

  • Scalloped Potatoes

  • Ratatouille

  • Garden Salad

  • Honey Roasted Carrots

  • Celeriac Puree

  • Fettuccine Alfredo

  • Herbed Rice Pilaf

  • Onion Rings

  • Cucumber Salad

  • Sautee Green Beans

  • Waldorf Salad

  • Grilled Pineapple


  • Select your favorite recipe.
  • Gather all the necessary ingredients.
  • Prep the recipe in 40 minutes or less and, above all, enjoy the process.

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