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The Most Popular Sides at Zaxby’s

If you’ve ever been to Zaxby’s, you know that their menu is full of delicious options, including side items.

After all, what would a chicken meal be without a side dish or two?

Zaxby’s offers a variety of sides to complement your meal, from Crinkle Fries and Coleslaw to unique items like Fried Pickles and the Nibbler. 

Unless you’re a super dedicated foodie, you probably don’t want to try every option to decide which is the best item on Zaxby’s sides menu.

To help you narrow down your choices, here are the 11 best Zaxby’s sides you should add to your next meal!

Egg Rolls With Sweet & Spicy Sauce

These egg rolls are crunchy and oh-so-tasty.

They are a savory combination of chicken and cabbage, wrapped in spring roll papers and fried to gorgeous gold nuggets.

They are served with a sweet & spicy sauce that adds perfect heat and sweetness to the flavor.

Zaxby’s Egg Rolls have a tasty filling that packs a punch of flavor from the chicken and vegetables and subtle notes from the ginger and garlic.

The fried outer layer gives texture to each bite, while the sweet & spicy sauce adds just enough heat and sweetness to tie it all together.

The result is an appetizer or side dish that is perfect to complement your meal.

Nutritional Information:

370 calories, 6g protein, 22g carbohydrates, 5g fat

Fried White Cheddar Bites

Fried White Cheddar Bites are bite-sized pieces of white cheddar cheese coated in a crunchy panko batter and deep-fried until golden brown.

The result is a savory snack with a crunchy exterior and a gooey, melted center.

Zaxby’s Fried White Cheddar Bites are an excellent snack thanks to their perfectly crispy exterior and soft center.

The crunchy panko crust and gooey melted cheese create a tantalizing flavor that will make you crave more.

The combination of crunchy, creamy, savory, and sweet makes these a must-have snack at Zaxby’s.

However, be careful when they come fresh from the frying oil, as they can be hot!

Each order comes with a generous amount, so you can share them with friends.

Nutritional Information:

890 calories, 14g protein, 24g carbohydrates, 45g fat

Fried Pickles

This is one of the items on Zaxby’s menu you will love or hate depending on whether you are a pickle fan.

Fried Pickles are a deep-fried snack that consists of thick dill pickle slices coated in a crunchy batter.

They are flash-fried until they get crispy and served with a side of ranch dressing for dipping.

The pickles are juicy, salty, and tart – perfect for a delicious snack! Plus, the added crunch from the batter gives them an irresistible texture.

Zaxby’s Fried Pickles are the perfect combination of salty and tangy with a satisfying crunch when you bite into them.

They have been known to be addictive.

The tartness of the dill pickle slices is balanced by the sweetness of the batter coating, which makes for a flavorful snack.

Once you start eating one, you can’t seem to stop!

Nutritional Information:

890 calories, 7g protein, 54g carbohydrates, 69g fat

Chicken Bacon Ranch Loaded Fries

Put simply, Chicken Bacon Ranch Loaded Fries are fries loaded with chicken strips, bacon, ranch dressing, and cheese.

It sounds like an odd combination, but trust me when I say each bite is an explosion of flavor.

The salty bacon combined with the creamy ranch dressing perfectly complements the crispy chicken strips.

The cheese ties everything together to give a poutine-like texture.

Personally, I wish Zaxby’s offered chili on the sides menu.

That would help to create the ultimate combination of salty, sweet, creamy, and spicy.

But even without the chili, it is still a satisfying side dish that is a favorite among many!

Nutritional Information:

1,310 calories, 17g protein, 54g carbohydrates, 69g fat

Chicken Fingerz

Zaxby’s Chicken Fingerz are made from all white-meat chicken breast tenders that have been hand-battered and seasoned with special herbs and spices.

The tenders are then lightly fried in vegetable oil to give them their distinctive crispy texture.

They come with your choice of Zaxby’s sauces, including ranch, honey mustard, Zax, spicy Zax, BBQ, teriyaki, buffalo garlic blaze, Nuclear, Wimpy, sweet and spicy, and Tongue Torch.

Each sauce adds a different flavor dimension to the Chicken Fingerz, making them even more enjoyable.

If you haven’t tried their sauce selection before, I recommend getting them all to experiment.

But if you have a picky eater child, you may want to stick with the original Zax sauce, ranch dressing, or BBQ sauce.

Each order comes with 5, 10, or 20 fingers, making it easy to customize for any size group.

If you just want one chicken finger piece, I recommend getting the Extra Chicken Finger instead.

Nutritional Information (5 pieces):

660 calories, 46g protein, 19g carbohydrates, 39g fat

Boneless Wings

Wings are delicious, but getting to the meat can be a chore. That’s why Zaxby’s Boneless Wings are such a treat.

So why is this side dish so good besides not having any bones?

First, the sauced outer layer is made with a flavorful concoction of spices, herbs, and a hint of sweetness.

As you bite into the wings, you’ll feel the crunchiness of the breading once you cut past the sauced layer.

Then the juicy chicken meat awaits your taste buds.

These boneless wings are sure to hit the spot if you’re looking for a delicious snack or appetizer.

Like the Chicken Fingerz, you can choose among 5, 10, or 20 wings per order.

Nutritional Information (5 wings):

530 calories, 20g protein, 23g carbohydrates, 35g fat

Traditional Wings

The Traditional Wings from Zaxby’s are fried chicken wings tossed in their signature Buffalo blaze sauce.

The sauce is a unique blend of ingredients that creates an unforgettable flavor.

The secret to Zaxby’s Traditional Wings’ success lies in its simplicity.

The combination of savory spices and seasonings gives the dish its signature flavor without overpowering it.

The wings are served with your choice of dipping sauces, making it the perfect side to munch on while watching the game.

Nutritional Information (5 wings):

570 calories, 32g protein, 40g carbohydrates, 47g fat

Crinkle Fries

Zaxby’s Crinkle Fries are made from fresh potatoes cut into thick slices and fried until they are golden and crispy on the outside.

They are then seasoned with a special blend of herbs and spices to give them an irresistible flavor.

These fries are a great side to any meal and can easily be shared with friends and family.

If you’re looking for something to snack on, try dipping your crinkle fries in one of Zaxby’s signature sauces for an extra flavorful experience.

Nutritional Information (small size):

570 calories, 6g protein, 48g carbohydrates, 16g fat


Coleslaw is an amalgamation of cabbage, carrots, and onion mixed with mayonnaise, sugar, vinegar, and other seasonings.

While you will find a few surprises in the ingredients list, it’s all about how they are mixed to create something unique.

This combination yields a slightly sweet and tangy slaw that is light on the mayonnaise, as some slaws tend to be.

What makes Zaxby’s coleslaw stand out is its balance of flavors.

The sweetness of the sugar complements the tanginess of the vinegar and just enough mayonnaise to bind everything together without making it too heavy or greasy.

I would say it is the perfect pairing for all fried chicken dishes.

Nutritional Information (small size):

180 calories, 0g protein, 12g carbohydrates, 11g fat

Basket of Texas Toast

Even though I am usually not a bread fan, I like a piece of Texas Toast every now and then.

Zaxby’s Texas Toast is made with their signature garlic butter, giving the toast an irresistible flavor.

The bread is toasted to perfection, and each slice has a crisp exterior and soft interior.

I enjoy having it as a side dish or using it to make my own sandwiches with some Chicken Fingerz or Boneless wings.

Nutritional Information:

180 calories, 10g protein, 60g carbohydrates, 20g fat

The Nibbler

The fried chicken filet at Zaxby’s is pretty awesome.

Instead of piling tons of other ingredients on this masterpiece, I usually opt for their Nibbler, the filet slathered on both sides with the Zax sauce and sandwiched between a toasted bun.

The combination of the crunchy chicken, the sauce’s sweetness, and the savory bun make this a delightful experience.

Along with some Crinkle Fries and Coleslaw, the Nibbler is sure to hit the spot!

Nutritional Information:

710 calories, 29g protein, 59g carbohydrates, 30g fat


So there you have it – A quick guide to some of the most popular sides at Zaxby’s!

Whether you’re looking for something spicy, cheesy, or salty to complement your meal, there’s sure to be an option on Zaxby’s sides menu.

Next time you’re craving some fast food fried chicken, head to a Zaxby’s near you and try one of these side dishes with your meal.

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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.


May 5, 2023