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Perfect Pairings: 13 BEST Side Dishes for Chicken Marbella

Do you know what Chicken Marbella is? If not, don’t worry! Here’s a quick rundown on this delicious dish.

Chicken Marbella is a traditional Spanish dish that consists of roasted and stewed chicken, olives, capers, pine nuts, and raisins in an almond-flavored sauce.

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The name “Marbella” comes from the Italian word for “marinade”. This dish was first introduced to Spain by the Italians during their occupation of southern Spain in 1810.

Even though the dish is pretty tasty on its own, you should always consider playing around with different side dishes for an added level of flavor.

What to Serve with Chicken Marbella? 13 BEST Side Dishes to Consider

Here are the top 13 side dishes to consider to surprise your guest.

1 – Garlic Bread

crusty garlic bread

We know that dishes like garlic bread are a staple in kitchens everywhere, but if you’re looking for something new to serve with your Chicken Marbella the answer is here.

It is perfect not only because it’s an easy option (you can make this ahead of time), but also because it balances out all those flavors from the chicken marinade and makes them taste even better.

It doesn’t matter what type of meal you’re cooking up – garlicky goodness will be sure to please.

2 – Sautéed Spinach

sauteed spinach

We all know that spinach is one of the healthiest veggies. And it tastes really good too.

As a matter of fact, I just love to sauté some and top them with fried eggs or cream cheese for breakfast.

But for this recipe, we’re going to cook up those green leaves in an extra special way because they work so well as a side dish with our main course: Chicken Marbella.

So what on earth are you waiting for? Give me your pans and get ready to be amazed by how delicious these two dishes will taste together when served hot off the stovetop.

3 – Roasted Potatoes

roasted potatoes

This dish is fantastic for any occasion. Roasting potatoes is easy – just toss ’em in olive oil, salt, and pepper until they’re golden brown on all sides (about 30 minutes).

There’s a whole lot about the flavor combination in this recipe that would make it amazing with potatoes.

Roasted Potatoes are delicious and able to be made by just tossing them into your oven for an easy side dish, but they could also go well with Chicken Marbella if you want something more hearty as part of a meal.

4 – Couscous

It’s like the Mediterranean all-in-one dish. Couscous is a great side because they both have similar flavors and textures, but couscous can be served cold or hot so it lets your guests choose how much heat they want on their dinner plate!

The couscous only takes about 10 minutes to make so it’s easy enough that even beginners can try out some of those cooking skills.

5 – Green Beans and Carrots with Dill Sauce

green beans and carrots

If you’re looking for a hearty taste and just as full of flavor, consider Green beans with Carrots in Dill Sauce.

The vegetables go well on the side dish menu alongside Chicken Marbella. So what about the sauce?

It has all-natural ingredients including dill weed, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and olive oil – not to mention it comes together quickly too.

6 – Buttered Parsley Noodles

buttered parsley noodles

It’s not a well-known dish, but Buttered Parsley Noodles is delicious and can jazz up any dinner.

Served with Chicken Marbella, these noodles give the chicken great flavor without overpowering it or being too heavy on its own.

I’m always looking for new dishes to make at home that will add something different to my cooking repertoire while still providing me with classic flavors I love like buttery garlic sauce over pasta.

7 – Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary or Thyme

Serve roasted red potatoes with rosemary as a side dish and your taste buds will thank you for the flavorsome treat.

The flavor combination of these two dishes is something that shouldn’t be missed!

To roast the perfect potato just slice them up into small pieces in advance and toss them on some olive oil before popping under the oven grill at 350°F until they’re crispy all around.

Easy and delicious.

8 – Fennel Salad with Oranges and Olives

fennel salad

Fennel and oranges are a perfect combination. Now you may be wondering why I recommend serving them with Chicken Marbella, so let me tell you.

Fennel is light in flavor but offers some nice crunch to the salad which balances out all of that juicy citrus from the orange segments.

Plus, it’s easy enough to cook this dish alongside your favorite main course for an elegant meal at home or on vacation.

9 – Potatoes Mashed with Butter and Cream Cheese

The creamy texture of both ingredients will melt in your mouth, but you’ll love it when they combine to create rich flavors that are sure to please any palate!

The best part about this pairing is how easy it is to prepare: just cook up some mashed potatoes like normal.

Then add cheddar cheese (or another favorite) and softened butter into two separate containers before heating them together with low heat until melted.

Once everything’s mixed well, simply stir in heavy whipping cream or milk along with seasonings such as salt and pepper if desired.

10 – Rice Pilaf

wild rice pilaf

Ever had a dish that’s so good you want to make it every night? Well, I have and this one will be up there.

It tastes amazing with rice pilaf as the side. The flavor combo is perfect for your palette- sweet meets savory.

Moreover, who doesn’t love easy dishes like these where all you need are four ingredients!?

11 – Green Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing

Pairing a green salad with a chicken dish is always an easy and refreshing option.

It’s not too heavy for any time of year, but it can also be served as the main course on hotter summer days to keep you refreshed without leaving you feeling sluggish from all that rich food.

The sweet and tangy vinaigrette dressing compliments this savory dish, which makes it an easy choice.

12 – Fries and Onion Rings (Vegetarian)

Pairing a side dish with chicken is always tricky. What better way to spice up your dishes than by adding some fries or onion rings?

The onion rings are crispy on the outside and juicy in the middle while being thinly coated with a salty, savory batter. The fries have that amazing crunchiness you can only get from fresh-cut potatoes fried to perfection!

You’ll make everyone happy with the delicious, crispy taste of these fried veggies on their plate.

13 – Fried Plantains

fried plantains

Fried plantain is an excellent protein-packed alternative that compliments chicken beautifully because of its sweetness. It’s like a savory dessert you should try serving up your next time around.

You have two options for cooking them: frying or baking, both of which only require olive oil and salt as seasonings.

Fried plantains can be served hot or cold (unlike mashed potatoes), making it easy to prepare in advance without sacrificing the taste.


Sometimes, it’s the little things that can make a big difference.

Consider adding these side dishes such as rice pilaf, fried plantains when serving Chicken Marbella even if you’re not sure what to do with them in advance or don’t know how they taste yet.

They are delicious and will add an extra flavor dimension for your guests without detracting from this flavorful dish at all.

what to serve with chicken marbella

What to Serve with Chicken Marbella? 13 BEST Side Dishes to Consider

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Servings 1 Serving


  • Garlic Bread
  • Sautéed Spinach
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Couscous
  • Green Beans and Carrots with Dill Sauce
  • Buttered Parsley Noodles
  • Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary or Thyme
  • Fennel Salad with Oranges and Olives
  • Potatoes Mashed with Butter and Cream Cheese
  • Rice Pilaf
  • Green Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
  • Fries and Onion Rings Vegetarian
  • Fried Plantains


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