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What do I serve Ina's Tuscan Lemon Chicken with?

We're throwing a birthday party this weekend and I'm wanting to serve Ina Garten's Tuscan Lemon Chicken from Back to Basics. Planning a menu isn't my strength and I can't for the life of me think of what to serve with it. My husband says hamburgers and/or hotdogs, but i really don't want to go that route... however if I can't come up with a menu soon, I'm afraid I'll have to just throw in the towel and let him do whatever.

For the kiddos, I'm already gonna serve Ina's mac n cheese and some breaded chicken nuggets... will be making cupcakes and maybe more macarons later this week but my mind is going blank on actual real food for lack of sleep or maybe because I'm a baker and can only think of sweet things that I want to make. Some suggestions with not too too much prep work the morning of would be great. Thanks in advance!!!

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  1. If you are going to follow the Italian tradition of serving courses which includes Tuscan Lemon Chicken. First comes the antipasto, then the pasta course followed by the meat (in this case the chicken) or seafood course, then the salad and finally the dessert. So choose a pasta for the adults, and some vegetable casserole to go the meat, dessert is a given since it is a birthday party.

    1. Are you looking for another grill meat, or some sides that would work well w/ lemon chicken? If you need another meat, maybe a sausages like aidell's? If you want sides, what about isreali couscous. You could add roasted/grilled vegetables to it for both vegetables and starch. Or, for easy, an Israeli couscous salad, like this (using some lemon juice for some cider vinegar):

      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/gi...

      1. It's a birthday dinner... with adults & children?
        Serve:

        >Roasted potatoes seasoned simply w salt & pepper,and olive oil - OR-
        >Rice seasoned w chicken drippings or butter,

        >Green beans in some form (I'd roast them too or steam them then season w salt, pepper, crumbled dried thyme,

        >Green salad tossed w a simple vinaigrette

        That's a start and will go very well with that delicious chicken recipe.

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        1. re: Gio

          I love all of what Gio suggests. It would go great with the chicken!

        2. From the sound of it (maybe hotdogs or hamburgers) you're looking for another dish to serve with the chicken. I would also go the sausage route and the roasted potato route and combine them, roast some chicken/mango or chicken/apple sausages with onions and red peppers and cut up new potatoes. Always a winner.

          1. For sides, the roasted potatoes sound great. Sauteed green beans with bacon and lemon would be good. I can also imagine a really good spinach salad with bacon.

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            1. re: sisterfunkhaus

              I fully second this suggestion. Would go perfectly with Ina's chicken recipe. Add some good crusty bready & you'd be all set.