Wondering what to eat with tandoori chicken? Here are 12 delicious side dishes that won’t take away the amazing flavor of chicken. From rice to veggies, potatoes, and tasty dips – all perfect for an amazing meal!

Collage of side dishes to serve with tandoori chicken
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Tandoori chicken – imagine plump, juicy chicken bursting with fragrant Indian spices. It’s like the Indian king of barbecue chicken.

While amazing on its own, sometimes you want some delicious sides to complete the meal. Here are some perfect options that won’t overpower your star dish. Most are vegetarian, too, for a balanced and tasty spread!

Condiments and Salads

Mint Cilantro Chutney

Green mint cilantro chutney in a bowl

A cool, spicy and tangy green chutney. This no-cook mint cilantro chutney is a must try accompaniment to tandoori chicken.

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Cucumber Raita

Cucumber Raita in a bowl garnished with mint leaves and spices

This easy homemade Indian Cucumber Raita is so refreshing. Made with grated cucumber, yogurt, and flavored with spices, it a perfect easy side dish. Serve it as an accompaniment to biryani, pulao or any Indian meal.

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Indian Salad kachumber garnished with cilantro leaves

This healthy satisfying kachumber salad is so easy and refreshing. Made with chopped veggies and seasoned with spices, serve it as a side with any Indian food. It is vegan, oil-free, and gluten-free.

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Indian Onion Salad

Indian Onion Salad

This popular Indian salad – sliced onion rings tossed in a tangy, spicy dressing and fresh herbs, makes it a perfect accompaniment for your Indian curry. This is not only gluten-free but a no-oil salad. Perfect for Vegetarians and Vegans!

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Healthy Chickpea Salad

Chickpea salad on a plate

This Chickpea Salad is a healthy, vegan, protein-rich salad that is easy to put together in just 10 minutes. Chickpeas are combined with fresh veggies, flavored with Indian spices along with tangy lemon juice. Perfect for a snack or quick lunch!

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Potato & Vegetable Sides

Spicy Bombay Potatoes

Spicy bombay potatoes in a brown bowl

Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices, as a one-pot dish, are perfect to serve as an appetizer or a side dish. These delicious and easy Bombay Potatoes take just 20 minutes to make in the Instant Pot or on stovetop.

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Air Fryer Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower topped with green cilantro sauce
Air Fryer Recipes

his Air Fryer Cauliflower seasoned with spices is easy to make and amazingly delicious topped with cilantro yogurt sauce. Enjoy as a wonderful low-carb side dish or appetizer.

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Rice Sides

Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice

Indian Turmeric Yellow Rice

This fragrant and flavorful Turmeric Rice is a healthy alternative to your usual white rice. Try my recipe to know how to easily make this vibrant rice on the stovetop or in the instant pot.

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Lemon Rice

Lemon rice in a white plate with lemon slice

Aromatic Basmati Rice flavored with lemon juice, mustard seeds, ginger and topped with roasted peanuts. 

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Peas Pulao

A flavorful and fragrant rice dish filled with green peas, and whole spices, and topped with chopped cilantro.

This fragrant and flavorful Peas Pulao (Matar Pulao) is a staple in most Indian homes. Basmati rice is cooked with whole spices and green peas. Pair this peas pulao as a side dish with any chicken dish.

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Quinoa & Vegetable Pilaf

Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

A quick and easy meal – Quinoa & Vegetable Pulao. Quinoa has become a popular choice due to its high protein content and it is perfect paired with veggies for a healthy side dish.

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Vegetable Biryani

Vegetable Biryani rice closeup

One-pot Vegetable Biryani is so easy to cook with the same authentic flavors! Fragrant basmati rice cooked with lots of vegetables, and aromatic whole spices and herbs.

Get the Vegetable Biryani recipe.

Want to make a complete Indian meal? Check out Indian dinner menu ideas and fusion Indian recipes.

What do you like to serve with your Tandoori Chicken curries? Share in the comments your favorite sides.

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I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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