I often look for a quick and easy meal, so that’s how I’ve been introduced to Costco’s famous chicken pot pie. This classic comfort food is always a crowd-pleaser, and it’s always guaranteed to fill my stomach. But if you’re anything like me, you know that having the perfect side dish can take your meal from good to fantastic.
Luckily, plenty of delicious side dishes pair perfectly with the chicken pie flavors! From salads to potatoes to vegetables, there’s something that will satisfy everyone’s taste. So, if you’re planning on having a Costco chicken pot pie for dinner, think beyond the standard sides and whip up one of these delicious recipes.
Mashed Potatoes with Butter
When it comes to side dishes to pair with your Costco chicken pot pie, creamy, buttery mashed potatoes are the first on my list. The potatoes provide a subtle flavor that pairs delightfully with the boldness of the chicken and vegetables in the pot pie. Plus, the fluffy texture of the potatoes can help to cool down any overly spicy seasonings in the pot pie.
Try adding a bit of garlic and chives to your mashed potatoes for extra flavor. To achieve maximum creaminess and luxurious texture, I like to cook my potatoes until they are very soft before mashing them. Of course, don’t forget to finish by generously adding butter and salt for the best results.
Steamed Vegetables: Green Beans, Carrots, and Peas
When it comes to steamed vegetables, you can’t go wrong with the classic combination of green beans, carrots, and peas. All three veggies are flavorful and look beautiful when served together on the plate.
Plus, they’re incredibly easy to prepare. Bring a pot of water to a boil before adding your selected vegetables. Don’t add any salt because the veggies will get their flavor from the pot pie itself! Let them cook for two or three minutes before draining and serving hot alongside your Costco meal.
Not only are these veggies a great complement dish to balance out the heavier flavors of the chicken pot pie, but they’re also low in calories and fat. This vegetable trifecta is good for you and, combined with this dish, makes for a well-balanced meal.
Apple sauce is a great, classic side dish to serve with a chicken pot pie. Its sweet and tart flavor pairs perfectly with the savory flavors of the pot pie. And it’s also versatile, so you can serve it both warm or cold.
I recommend serving warm apple sauce in a small bowl alongside the pot pie. To make it extra special, mix some ground cinnamon and nutmeg right before serving to get an even richer, more flavorful dish.
If you want something more convenient, opt for store-bought apple sauce cups instead. They come in individual servings, so all you have to do is pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes, and voila! Your side dish is ready.
Rice: White Rice, Brown Rice or Wild Rice
White rice is always a classic option, but if you’re looking for something healthier, you could try brown rice or wild rice. Both provide more nutrients and a more complex flavor than white rice. 
Whichever type of rice you choose, it perfectly complements the creamy filling and flaky crust of the chicken pot pie. If you opt for white or brown rice, cook it according to the instructions on the package and season it with your favorite herbs or spices. For wild rice, cook it in broth instead of water for extra flavor.
Lastly, for an extra touch, add some steamed vegetables to your cooked rice. Mushrooms, carrots, or onions are excellent choices. Or keep it simple by adding butter and freshly chopped parsley.
Corn on the Cob
For an extra bit of sweetness, why not add some corn on the cob to your meal? When paired with this savory Costco pie, the natural sweetness of fresh corn becomes an even more pleasant flavor.
You can serve it boiled, fried, or grilled with butter, but no matter how you prepare it, you’ll get a delicious result that will be a hit at the dinner table. I also love adding some garlic butter — it’s a great way to enhance the flavors of your meal even more.
If you want to enjoy all the delicious flavors in one bite, why not try making some grilled sweet corn in foil? All you need to do is wrap your cob in foil and cook over medium heat for around 15 minutes. Once cooked, simply remove it from the foil and spread melted butter over it. Enjoy!
Soup or Chili
Soup and chili are great side dishes because they provide an additional layer of flavor, plus they’re both hearty enough to fill everyone up.
Choose a soup or chili that goes well with the flavors of your pot pies. For example, if you’re serving the classic rotisserie chicken pot pie, try a creamy chicken soup or white chicken chili, or even a veggie-based soup such as Minestrone. Or, if you have vegetarian pot pies on hand, why not whip up a vegetable soup (my fav kind is asparagus and spinach) or bean-based chili? The options are endless!
Soup and chili are also easy to make ahead of time and keep warm until ready to serve. Or if you’re pressed for time, simply grab a can or two from your local grocery store – it only takes a few minutes to heat up and serve.
Nothing goes better with a classic dish like Chicken pot pie than some fresh, crisp greens! A nice simple green salad is a classic side dish that can be prepped ahead of time and just needs a light dressing right before serving. Or, if you’re feeling fancy, why not try a wedge salad? It’s a fun twist on the traditional garden salad, and you can prepare it with any assortment of toppings or dressings you like.
For either salad, dressings are key! You want one that’s simple and light but also has some bold flavor to really complement the pot pie. Some of my favorite dressing recipes for salads like these include:
- Ranch Dressing — This is always a classic. Add in some dried herbs for more depth of flavor.
- Balsamic Vinaigrette — Choose a store-bought version or make your own homemade balsamic vinaigrette with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and mustard.
- Greek Yogurt Dressing — This is tangy and creamy to offset the crunch of the greens.
Crispy Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Bacon
Combining the Brussels sprouts’ crispy outer leaves with crunchy bacon creates the perfect balance of savory flavors that pairs perfectly with a creamy pot pie.
To make this side dish, simply mix together half a pound of Brussels sprouts, four strips of cooked bacon, one tablespoon each of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper in a bowl.
Then spread it out on a parchment-lined baking sheet and roast in the oven at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes or until you reach your desired crispiness. Enjoy!