Chicken wings are one of the most versatile dishes you can serve, whether you are cooking for your family or party guests. Wings can be served as an appetizer with dipping sauces or as a main dish with side dishes. When choosing a side dish to serve with chicken wings, choices are typically cool, fresh items to contrast the heat or spice of the chicken wings.
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The tang of a cool, crisp coleslaw goes well with the heat of a chicken wing. Coleslaw consists of sliced cabbage and carrots mixed together with mayonnaise. Add other vegetables as you prefer or substitute low-fat mayo to conform to your diet. Chicken wings and coleslaw can stand alone on a plate as a meal or accompany more sides for the hungry eater.
Potato salad complements the chicken wing with its cool, creamy texture. There are many variations to potato salad, from the type of potato to the vegetables added. Russet, white or red-skinned potatoes work well. Boil the potatoes for about 20 minutes, cut into small chunks and add to a mixture of mayonnaise, dijon mustard, buttermilk and spices. As preferred, add celery and onion. Allow the potato salad to cool in the refrigerator. Serve as cold as possible to counteract the chicken wings' hot temperature.
A simple side dish for chicken wings is a collection of fresh vegetables. Celery and carrot sticks are quality choices. The cool, crunchy vegetables serve to refresh the palate after a bite of spicy chicken wings. Additionally, the vegetables are a healthy complement for the dish. Dipping sauces, such as bleu cheese and ranch, can be used for both the vegetables and the wings.
Macaroni salad is another cool, creamy side dish option for your chicken wings. Mix together macaroni elbow pasta, hard-boiled eggs, vegetables, seasoning, mayonnaise and mustard. Refrigerate until your chicken wings are ready to serve.
Many restaurants serve chicken wings with French fries. Crispy fries provide a different texture compared to the chicken wings. They also work particularly well when paired with spicy chicken wings, offering an even bigger contrast in tastes. Similarly, tater tots and potato skins provide similar results.