What’s for dinner? 

For many American families, grilled chicken is on the menu at least one night a week. It can be used in soups, stews and stir fry recipes, as well as grilled, roasted or fried. Chicken is also one of the healthier meat options available. As long as the skin is removed, it’s low in fat and contains plenty of essential vitamins and nutrients. What to serve on the side can be tricky. Another vegetable? A side of rice? Below are a few of our favorite side dishes that will complete your chicken meal and impress your toughest critics. 

Classic Potato Salad 

Grilling is the preferred way to cook on a long summer day. Season chicken breasts with a rub or marinade, throw them on the grill and serve classic sides like coleslaw, macaroni salad and potato salad. We recommend this classic potato salad recipe because it’s tangy, creamy and topped with fresh red onions and pickles. 

Macaroni and Cheese 

With so many different cheeses and add-ins, macaroni and cheese is not just for kids. In fact, you can find it on the adult menu at many BBQ restaurants in Staten Island. The only thing we suggest is that you don’t use boxed mac and cheese. You can make your own with basic ingredients like elbow macaroni, flour, milk and cheddar cheese. 

Black Bean and Corn Salad 

If you’re looking for a healthier side dish, you’ll enjoy this black bean and corn recipe. It’s perfect for summer because it’s light and refreshing thanks to the red onion, red pepper and lime juice. Simply combine the ingredients with a couple tablespoons of olive oil for a tasty and healthy side dish. 

Sweet Potato Fries 

Does your family love french fries but you’re looking for a healthier alternative? Try sweet potato fries - you can make them fresh and wholesome at home. This recipe requires basic ingredients like olive oil, sea salt and black pepper. Simply cut up your sweet potatoes, toss them in the oil and seasonings and bake for about 20 minutes. You can serve these and your grilled or fried chicken with your favorite dipping sauce

Roasted Broccolini

If you like broccoli, you’ll love broccolini. The difference is that broccolini has smaller florets and long, thin stalks, which may be preferred if you don’t like the thicker taste and texture of regular broccoli. There are plenty of great recipes for broccolini, but here is one of our favorites. Season the broccolini and toss it in the oven with your roasted chicken. 

Whether you’re dining with La Rosa Chicken and Grill or catering for your next event, you can expect the best fried chicken in NJ along with delicious side dishes like homemade mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, stuffing and rice pilaf. Dine with us today or place a catering order.

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