Chicken Noodle Soup is a staple in many households. It’s one of those dishes you can’t go wrong with when you’re feeling sick or want some comfort food.
What makes this soup so universally loved?
Well, for starters, it’s super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients: broth, chicken breasts, egg noodles, and salt.
The best way to make comfort food like chicken noodle soup is with love.
The second best way is by having the proper side dish with it.
This blog post will provide you with 14 delicious recipes for what to serve with chicken and noodles.
You’ll find everything from potato salad to cucumber salad, so you can mix and match until you find your perfect combination of flavors.
What to Serve with Chicken Noodle Soup – 14 Side Dishes
In the winter, nothing is more comforting than a bowl of chicken noodle soup.
The best chicken noodle soup is one that leaves you feeling warm and cozy, with a satisfied stomach. It’s the perfect meal to combat a cold or flu.
However, if you’re looking for an even heartier dish, consider these 14 side dishes to serve alongside your favorite bowl of chicken noodle soup.
1 – Garlic Parmesan Potatoes
This dish is easy to make, and it will be a welcome change from the same old baked potatoes.
First, you’ll need some garlic cloves (chopped finely) as well as butter or olive oil for your pan to cook these ingredients together; after cooking with this mixture, place chopped-up potatoes on top of them before adding salt and pepper, among other seasonings if desired.
You could toss cheese into the mix too. These are sure to be delicious alongside any soup – especially chicken noodle soup.
2 – Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Feta
Yet another side dish that works well with chicken noodle soup is this broccoli and cauliflower salad.
You’ll need some olive oil, a bag of washed and chopped mixed greens (to include the broccoli), sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, dried cranberries, salt, and pepper to make up your dressing.
Combine all these ingredients in a large bowl while adding an extra pinch of black pepper on top before serving.
You can substitute feta cheese for any other favorite cheese.
3 – Tomato Basil Bruschetta
The best part about bruschetta?
It’s simple enough that anyone can make it themselves at home after work without having to worry about getting too much done beforehand.
All you need is a loaf of bread, some garlic cloves (chopped finely), tomatoes (sliced thin), and fresh basil leaves.
Season the tomato mixture with salt and pepper before layering it onto your toast or pieces of French bread that have been pre-cut into slices.
Then, sprinkle on the fresh basil leaves for added flavor.
4 – Baked Fries with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese
These fries are perfect for serving alongside a hearty soup, such as chicken noodle or tomato – especially when you need an extra side dish.
All you have to do is cut some potatoes into thin strips before tossing them in oil, salt, and pepper along with garlic powder (if desired), then baking your fries until they’re crispy but not burnt.
The best part? You can top these off with generous amounts of grated parmesan cheese and minced parsley too.
Plus, this recipe doesn’t take much time at all, which means it’s perfect during those days where you want something quick yet delicious.
5 – Creamed Spinach
How about some creamed spinach?
This is one of the most popular side dishes to serve with soup, especially when you want something that adds a lot of flavor and texture to your meal.
This dish can be served as a side for any meal, but it is especially popular with chicken soup because the spinach adds plenty of vitamin A and iron to your meal.
It doesn’t get much healthier than that.
To make the creamed spinach, you want to start with Swiss chard or a combination of kale and spinach.
Next, you’ll need a few cloves of garlic along with some sweet onion (about half an onion should do).
Next, add salt, black pepper, butter, and cream cheese, then cook until the mixture is thickened. Finally, season it with fresh lemon juice before serving if desired.
6 – Potato Boats
Another popular side dish to serve with soup is potato boats.
This recipe combines mashed potatoes and corn kernels in a hollowed-out, halved potato boat shape that can be baked or boiled until they’re tender.
The boat inside should resemble hash browns, which are like fried potatoes but without all the added fat from frying them on the stovetop; it’s just as easy to bake this dish instead.
Potato boats are an excellent base for cream-based soups because of their high starch content and richness that complements thick broth so well.
7 – Fried Onion Rings
Not a healthy side dish, but it’s a classic that is typically served with soup and can be made in many ways.
For example, one recipe calls for making onion rings by dipping thinly sliced onions into beaten eggs and breadcrumbs before frying them until they are crispy on the outside.
This light coating ensures the onion will not turn soggy when dipped in hot liquid like cream-based soups or even tomato sauce from spaghetti dishes.
These rings are also typically served with barbeque sauce on the side for dipping.
8 – Garlic Bread
If there are any pieces left over from baking bread, please use them up by making garlic toast.
Not only does this recipe only require a few ingredients, but it can also be made in advance and served warm.
To make garlic toast, slice the bread into thin slices (you may want to cut them even thinner if you prefer your bread more crunchy).
Combine butter with minced garlic cloves or dried basil leaves for an extra burst of flavor.
If desired, sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top before baking in the oven until crispy. Serve immediately as part of a soup meal with a salad on the side.
9 – Brown Rice Pilaf
Rice pilaf is a popular side dish that can be served alongside soup. Brown rice pilaf is fantastic because it’s packed with fiber, nutrients, protein, and flavor. To make this tasty dish:
1. Cook brown rice in vegetable broth or water until tender.
2. Mix your favorite spices like salt, pepper, garlic powder, or onion powder for added flavor if desired.
3. Add frozen vegetables (or any other leftover cooked veggies) before serving to increase the volume of food without adding too many extra calories.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try adding some fresh herbs like thyme or basil – they’ll add a fantastic aroma that will fill up your entire home.
10 – Mixed Greens Salad
A salad is an excellent accompaniment to your primary course of warm soup on a cold day.
It’s hard to go wrong with a classic mixed greens salad because it has the perfect amount of vegetables and protein as well as enough dressing for flavor without being overly heavy on your stomach, especially when paired with soup.
To make this dish, chop up romaine lettuce (or any other leafy green) into bite-sized pieces and toss together in a bowl with cherry tomatoes or sun-dried tomatoes if desired.
Add chopped cucumbers, red onion slices, and crumbled feta cheese for added texture, or create an even heartier meal by topping off your salad with grilled shrimp.
For extra flavor, try adding some fresh lemon juice before serving – not only will you get zesty citrus notes from the fruit but also vitamin C, which is essential for a healthy immune system.
11 – Green Beans with Almonds
Green beans are a super healthy vegetable, so what better way to enjoy these nutritional powerhouses than in one of the most delicious ways possible?
This dish is packed with flavor and will quickly become loved by all.
To make this recipe:
1. Add green beans (fresh or frozen) to boiling water.
2. Steam for about five minutes until they turn bright green.
3. Remove from heat and drain the excess liquid by pouring it into a strainer that has been placed over the bowl.
4. Add a tablespoon of butter and chopped almonds before tossing them together, then serve warm. Your family will love this.
12 – Sauteed Brussels Sprouts with Lemon and Mustard
Brussel sprouts are a perfect pairing for the slightly bitter taste of lemon.
These veggies are perfect as a side dish because they’re packed full of vitamin A, which gives them their vibrant green color.
This is also an excellent source for beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A that helps to fight off free radicals in our system.
To make this recipe, cut off any brown or bruised ends before slicing in half lengthwise.
Then dice up finely on a mandolin slicer, so it resembles shredded cabbage.
Add one tablespoon olive oil to the pot and saute until tender while occasionally stirring for about five minutes until slightly crispy.
Add one tablespoon lemon juice and two teaspoons of Dijon mustard (or any kind that you like).
Stir until combined. Then add salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, or crushed chili to taste.
Toss in the Brussels sprouts with the mixture and stir again, so it coats evenly on all sides for about five seconds.
Remove from pan when done cooking and set aside until ready to serve over soup as a side dish.
13 – Homemade Croutons
A healthy and delicious way to complement the soup with a crunchy texture is by adding Homemade Croutons.
They are super easy to make and will only take a minute.
Take six slices of white bread, cut into cubes about the size of your palm, toss in one tablespoon olive oil or melted butter mixed with salt and pepper (to taste).
Spread out on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper until they are evenly coated as much as possible.
Bake at 400° for ten minutes, flipping over every five minutes, so it browns evenly, then allows them to cool before serving.
You can add a few teaspoons of garlic powder or onion flakes to the bread cubes before baking for a little extra flavor.
14 – Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme
If you are looking for vegetables to accompany your soup, try roasting some mushrooms.
Mushrooms are a tasty and healthy side dish to add to your meal.
They go well with the soup, providing the perfect place for people who don’t eat meat.
Clean them with a damp paper towel, then dry thoroughly. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper spreading out as much as possible to get cooked evenly.
Add fresh garlic cloves, chopped thyme leaves (to taste), salt and pepper in between the rows of mushrooms, drizzling olive oil over the top until covered well before putting in an oven preheated at 400°F for fifteen minutes or until browned lightly but not too dark.
Allow cooling slightly before serving alongside your piping hot chicken noodle soup.
It’s no secret that chicken noodle soup is beloved comfort food.
However, the perfect side dish to serve with chicken noodle soup can make or break the meal.
It’s important to consider what you want your guests’ taste buds to experience when they’re finished eating, and it’s also important that each dish complements the other in terms of flavors, textures, colors, and more.
We’ve compiled a list of 14 delicious dishes we think are best served alongside this classic comfort food favorite so take a look.