Chicken wings are the ultimate finger food, but they don’t have to be just an appetizer! You can make them for a quick dinner in addition to serving them for your next game day gathering.
But that raises the question, “What goes with chicken wings?” Because as delicious as they are you need a little bit more to make a complete meal!
Should you pick a simple side dishes with flavors that complement the wings or pick something that will completely contrast? Luckily I have a whole list of 25+ suggestions, from simple to more complicated!
So get your favorite chicken wing recipe and make your next family gathering memorable. These tasty recipes can help you make a complete meal out of wings!
Delicious Wing Recipes
Looking for the ultimate chicken wing recipe? Check out some of my favorite here!
Sweet potatoes are one of the most popular vegetables and are great for mellowing out spicy foods. As an added bonus they are super easy to make in the oven, air fryer or Instant Pot. Sprinkle your sweet potatoes with a little cinnamon for a versatile, low effort side.
This traditional boiled potato dish from Syracuse NY goes amazingly well with your favorite wings. Creamy potatoes are crusted with salt and drizzled with butter for a dish that is more than the sum of its parts.
If you want to provide a wing alternative for vegetarians roast your cauliflower with some Buffalo sauce! Or just sprinkle it with paprika and roast it until is brown and crispy. Cauliflower soaks up the seasoning, so it is very versatile.
A simple tray of raw veggies is always the perfect side dish choice for juicy chicken wings. Cut up celery sticks, carrot sticks, red peppers, cherry tomatoes and radishes and arrange them on a wooden cutting board for a simple side.
Any and all pickles are a fabulous side dish. Long dill spears. spicy pickled jalapenos or sweet pickled beets all make an excellent addition to the family dinner table. The vinegary taste of the pickles goes especially well with hot wings.
An simple idea is to make a cold salad to complement hot and spicy wings. These sides are an easy make ahead option, making meal time a breeze.
Coleslaw is one of the most popular salads in the world because it is tasty, easy to make, and can be eaten with almost anything. It's also relatively healthy too, as it's made with cabbage which has a lot of vitamins and nutrients. Add a little blue cheese to your slaw so it goes with Buffalo wings!
This classic Italian salad is made by alternating tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a plate. Sprinkle on some basil and drizzle the salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a simple easy make ahead dish. As an added bonus the salad looks gorgeous!
When you want a substantial side that can fill you up pick a hearty bread or starch based side.
Mac and cheese is classic comfort food for a reason! It's soft texture and cheesy goodness is the favorite of both kids and adults. Make it from scratch, make it in a pressure cooker or make a boxed mac and cheese, it will be gobbled up no matter what.
Fried rice is a great option for wings, especially if you are serving Asian style wings like Thai sweet wings! And it is easy to make with leftover rice and whatever veggies you have in the refrigerator.
Cornbread is ideal because you can easily adjust the flavor to contrast your wings. If you have sweet wings add some jalapenos to the cornbread for extra spice. Or if you have buffalo wings make a sweet cornbread.
A blooming onion is crispy and crunchy and delicious! With an air fryer you can make this famous appetizer at home without a lot of mess and effort. Pair this delicious appetizer with spicy chicken wings and you'll be ready for game day all season long.
Fried green tomatoes are a southern classic and make a fun side dish. Serve them alongside some spicy buffalo sauce and dip away for a delicious finger food. Their soft inside contrasts with the breading and makes for a delicious veggie.
French fries go well with chicken wings because they're not too heavy, yet still satisfying enough to eat in large quantities. Top them with salt or use some spicy seasoning if you want to add extra flavor to your fries.
Soft pretzels are a kid friendly side that's easy to prepare and makes a great snack when paired with chicken wings. They are warm and buttery on the outside and perfect for dunking into beer cheese. Pretzels and wings will fill you up!
These Japanese peppers are small and thin-skinned so they cook quickly and easily. Shishitos pair perfectly with Asian flavors like soy sauce and ginger. These peppers are mostly mild, but every so often you bite into a hot and spicy one for a fun surprise.
Poppers are a little more complicated to make, with fresh jalapenos filled with cream cheese and topped with crispy bacon. The combination of the spicy peppers, creamy filling and crisp bacon is unbelievably delicious, so they are worth the effort!