Select Page

The Most Popular Items on the Papa John’s Sides Menu

If you have a craving for something delicious, but not necessarily pizza, you should check out Papa John’s side dishes.

Papa John’s offers a variety of sides that can be enjoyed on their own or as an accompaniment to your pizza.

From cheesy Breadsticks to Garlic Knots and everything in between, the Papa John’s sides menu has something to satisfy any appetite.

The side orders from Papa John’s come with a dipping sauce of your choice.

The dipping sauce options include Pizza, Special Garlic, Ranch, Buffalo Spicy, Blue Cheese, Honey Mustard, BBQ, and Cheese.

I have ordered a lot of Papa John’s sides over the years. So instead of letting you explore the menu on your own, I’ll share my favorite side dishes from Papa John’s.

Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites

The Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites are one of the new items on Papa John’s menu.

These delightful bites are made with all white-meat chicken, Parmesan cheese, and pizza sauce rolled into their signature dough.

They are baked until golden brown and served with a dipping sauce of your choice.

Although these bite-size morsels are packed with a punch of flavor, they instantly become more irresistible when dipped into the sauce.

I have a few favorite sauces that pair well with Papa bites, so I always order extra to experiment.

Each order contains 8 pieces of Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites.

So if you are hosting a party, remember to order extras because your guests will likely devour them all.

Nutritional Information (each piece):

110 calories, 6g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 5g fat

Jalapeno Papa Bites

If you love stuffed jalapenos, you will love the Jalapeno Papa Bites.

These little bites are made with jalapeno chunks, Alfredo sauce, and Papa John’s signature cheese wrapped into the dough and baked to perfection.

Like the Chicken Parmesan Papa Bites, these come with a side of dipping sauce of your choice.

The Jalapeno Papa Bites are so good because they have the perfect combination of crunchy exterior and soft interior.

The cheese adds an extra layer of richness that complements the spiciness of the jalapeños perfectly.

These mini rolls make a great football party snack or an appetizer for game nights with friends.

An order of Jalapeno Papa Bites comes with 8 rolls.

Make sure to order plenty for everyone!

These little guys also reheat nicely in the microwave or toaster oven.

Nutritional Information (each piece):

80 calories, 3g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 3g fat

Garlic Knots

One of the most popular items on Papa John’s sides menu is the Garlic Knots.

These knots are baked daily and topped with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.

One order of Garlic Knots comes with 8 pieces.

Depending on how hungry you are (or how generous you feel), you can order more than one serving.

My favorite thing about these Garlic Knots is that they are so versatile.

They’re great for game night, a party, or a snack while watching a movie.

Both vegetarians and meat lovers can enjoy these knots since they are meat-free.

Plus, the dipping sauces allow everyone to customize them to their tastes.

Nutritional Information (each piece):

110 calories, 2g protein, 14g carbohydrates, 5g fat

Original Breadsticks

Sometimes good old-fashioned breadsticks are all you need!

The Original Breadsticks from Papa John’s come freshly baked and topped with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese – just like their famous Garlic Knots!

They come in orders of 10 pieces and are served with a side of dipping sauce.

My favorite sauce is the Special Garlic sauce since it amps up the flavor of the Breadsticks, making them taste like mini garlic toast.

And for those who love spicy food, I highly recommend the Spicy Garlic sauce or the Buffalo Spicy sauce.

Nutritional Information (each stick):

150 calories, 4g protein, 27g carbohydrates, 2g fat

Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks

Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks are one of my favorite items on the Papa John’s sides menu.

These delicious treats are made with fresh-baked dough and topped with a blend of buttery garlic spread and Parmesan cheese.

Not only do they taste great, but each order comes with a dipping sauce for added flavor.

As a cheese lover, I always go for Cheese sauce or Blue Cheese sauce, depending on whether I order a red or white sauce pizza.

The Garlic Parmesan Breadsticks are ideal for get-togethers and potluck parties when you know there will be salads and soups.

It’s also a great snack to have on hand when you want something light but still flavorful.

Nutritional Information (each stick):

170 calories, 4g protein, 27g carbohydrates, 5g fat


Sometimes, a cheese and cracker night can be bland. If you’re looking for a way to switch up your cheese-night routine, then Papa John’s Cheesesticks are the perfect solution!

These sticks are made with fresh-baked dough and loaded with mozzarella cheese.

The dough is lightly brushed with buttery garlic spread and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese before it is baked to perfection.

Because they’re cut into small rectangular slices, they’re easy to pull apart and pair with fruits, meats from the charcuterie board, and some wine.

Nutritional Information (each slice):

90 calories, 3g protein, 10g carbohydrates, 4g fat

Bacon Cheesesticks

Bacon and cheese pair wonderfully to create the perfect sports night snack.

Luckily, Papa John’s has Bacon Cheesesticks, which are an excellent combination of salty and savory flavors.

These sticks feature a blend of real cheese and bacon pieces baked into the fluffy dough.

After baking, they’re topped with garlic spread and Parmesan cheese for added flavor.

And to top off that flavor, each order comes with a tasty dipping sauce.

To give the bacon that extra oomph, I love pairing them with the Spicy Garlic sauce to bring out the bacon’s smoky notes.

For an extra special nighttime treat, I love making sunny-side-up eggs and drizzling the cheese sauce on top to create a quick and easy egg “muffin.”

Nutritional Information (each slice):

110 calories, 4g protein, 11g carbohydrates, 5g fat

Tuscan 6-Cheese Cheesesticks

The Tuscan 6-Cheese Cheesesticks from Papa John’s is dedicated to hardcore cheese fans who can’t settle for one type of cheese.

Made from fontina, mozzarella, romano, provolone, Asiago, and Parmesan cheeses, these sticks are sure to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

Lastly, they are topped with garlic butter and Parmesan cheese to have the right balance of cheesiness and umami flavor.

Paired with a side of Ranch or Marinara dipping sauce, these cheese sticks will surely become a hit for your guests!  

Nutritional Information (each slice):

110 calories, 4g protein, 11g carbohydrates, 5g fat


Papa John’s offers a variety of side dishes, including Breadsticks, Cheesesticks, and Garlic Knots that can be enjoyed on their own or with your pizza.

Whether you’re looking for something cheesy or garlicky, there’s bound to be an option on the Papa John’s sides menu that will tantalize your taste buds.

And with reasonable prices, it is one of the most popular pizza chains you can count on for your next party or get-together.

So when you’re looking for something to snack on, remember to check out these delicious sides from Papa John’s!

For more information about Papa John’s, check out the articles below.

About the Author

Lianne Fachetti is a content writer who adores food from all cultures. When she’s not working, she’s busy creating new recipes, trying out new restaurants, playing with her German Shepherd Max, and tending to her vegetable garden.


January 13, 2023