Have you ever tasted a meal and thought, “Great meal, but it could have been greater if it had more of this or less of that”?
This point is where the side dish comes in. I have carefully curated the list to contain the best side dishes for chicken noodle soup, because they compliment this dish’s taste, appearance, or texture in the best way possible.
So next time you want to prepare chicken noodle soup, you can add a side dish to make your dining experience much more exciting.
1. Garlic Bread
You’re missing out on so much if you’ve never had chicken noodle soup with garlic bread. The aromatic flavor of this bread beautifully compliments chicken noodle soup’s flavor. Plus, it’s an excellent dipping accompaniment.
The best garlic bread is either toasted and crispy or baked and soft. But I prefer my garlic toasted and crispy because it enhances its taste.
2. Roasted Butternut Squash Salad
This side dish just had to make the list because it’s unlike any other regular salad you have tasted. Not only does it make the chicken noodle soup more juicy and creamier, but it also adds a pop of color.
The sight of a meal is as important as the taste.
Have you ever tried goat cheese and arugula? This combo gives you a whole new experience. It is very nutritious and supplies the noodle soup with extra nutrients.
The goat cheese’s tangy flavor and the peculiar peppery taste of the Arugula pizza contrast the light taste and flavor of the chicken noodle soup, making it an excellent side dish.
4. Sweet Potato Fries
Go for sweet potato fries for a naturally delicious side dish.
Sweet potatoes add a natural sweetness to chicken noodle soup, making it taste even better. You should cut down on spicing, though; sweet potatoes are already naturally sweet.
You have to remove that Zucchini from the freezer right now. Yes, you, I am talking to you! It can’t be there forever.
It can be a perfect side dish for chicken noodle soup because of its slightly crisp texture, which pairs well with the noodle’ softness and tenderness. Also, do you want a dish that is highly nutritious? Baked Zucchini adds fiber, vitamins, and minerals to your body.
6. Green Salad
Green salad previously wasn’t my favorite. I didn’t like how all the flavors paired with each other. But when I tried it with a hot chicken noodle soup plate? My goodness. The taste was so flavorful, I didn’t stop at one serving.
Green salad pairs perfectly well with chicken noodle soup because it tones its spiciness and enriches its taste. It also adds extra nutrients to the soup.
If you love grilled food, come over here! Grilled cheese salad accompanies chicken noodle soup. Why?
If you’re looking for the best grilled food that emits a smoky taste to balance out the soup’s mild flavor, go for grilled cheese salad. Plus, it makes the dinner table brightly-colored, so it’s a win-win.
8. Ham and Cheese
Every single ingredient in this food does its work perfectly. What do I mean?
The cheese is creamy and rich. The ham is salty. When combined, they blend well with the soup’s mild flavor, making it the best accompaniment. Regarding texture, ham and cheese contrasts with the noodle’ soft nature.
Did you ever think saltine crackers would be a good accompaniment for chicken noodle soup? Well, I know I didn’t.
I call it the ultimate balancer. The crackers are salty. The chicken noodle soup is spicy. When combined, perfect blend! The best part? You can also crush some crackers into the soup to make it as thick as you want.
10. Easy Grilled Peppers
When you see grilled peppers, the first thing you may assume is that it will make the noodle soup too spicy. But that’s not the case in any way. Grilled bell peppers have this smoky flavor that enriches the soup’s taste. Plus, if you want an attractive dinner table, use grilled peppers.
If you want your chicken noodle soup to have that tangy, citrusy taste, pair it with the cherry tomato salad and roasted lemons. The tomatoes are sweet, so pairing it with the roasted lemon gives this bittersweet, caramelized taste, thus, boosting the soup’s taste profile.
Secondly, it’s aesthetically pleasing. It makes your dinner table look bright and beautiful
These are root vegetables. You can choose to boil, bake, or roast them. They serve different purposes, just like sweet potatoes do.
But when used as a side dish for Chicken noodle, it beautifully complements it because it has a nutty flavor that gives a peculiar taste to the soup. Plus, its crispy texture contrasts with the noodle’ softness.
If you want to give that leftover Zucchini a special treat, here is what you should do.
Prepare a delicious sauteed Zucchini and squash and serve it alongside your chicken noodle soup.
This side dish is brightly colored and has an intense visual appeal. It also has a slightly sweet flavor, enhancing the chicken noodle’ soup’s light taste. Plus, it’s highly nutritious- it contains lots of fiber, minerals, and vitamins.
14. Cheesy Mashed Potatoes
This side dish pairs beautifully with chicken noodle soup because the mashed potatoes have a creamy texture and consistency that blends with the noodle’s soft texture.
Additionally, if you want more carbohydrate in your food to make it more filling, cheesy mashed potatoes are here for you.
When you hear of pumpkin dinner rolls, what comes to mind? Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner? Even if you think of it as a side dish, I am sure it’s not for chicken noodle soup. But surprisingly, it’s a fascinating pair.
When you take a bite of these rolls, it’s soft, melty, and pillowy, beautifully blending with the soup. Also, while the chicken noodle soup is spicy, the rolls are subtly sweet. When combined, they tame each other’s taste and provide a comforting flavor. If you want to dip the rolls in the soup, you’re free.
I can’t write this list without including my all-time favorite, the TLAT toast. This recipe is a perfect accompaniment to the chicken noodle soup because every single ingredient adds their peculiar flavor to the food.
The avocado toast makes the dish creamy, the tempeh adds this nutty element, and the lettuce has this cool and refreshing taste. What more do you need?
I love this side dish particularly because of the toast bread.
It’s crispy and crunchy, so it pairs beautifully with the chicken noodle soup. Also, the other ingredients have distinct tastes that balance the noodle’s soup’s mild flavor, enriching its taste.
I formerly abandoned my mashed potatoes leftover in the fridge, but it’s been a different story since I found this recipe.
They are super soft and buttery, pairing beautifully well with the chicken noodle soup and giving it a savory taste. Plus, if you want a meal that will fill you up for a long time, go for mashed potato puffs. They’re carbohydrate-rich, so very filling.
19. Grilled Vegetable Skewers
Unlike what many people believe, grilled vegetable skewers and chicken noodle soup is a superb combo! I love using this as a side dish for my noodle soup because it adds color and softens its spicy taste. Plus, these skewers have different flavors and colors, so it’s aesthetically pleasing.
20. Roasted Veggies
Make this recipe your favorite side dish if you want more vegetables. Roasted vegetables are crispy externally and soft internally. Putting the roasted veggies in the oven brings out its natural flavor, boosting the soup’s taste.
Also, we all know that colorful veggies can easily steal the spotlight at the dinner table. But you don’t have to worry about this with roasted veggies. Its colors are toned down, making the soup more visible.
21. Homemade Croutons
I love making croutons at home, especially when kids are over. But I didn’t know it was an excellent side dish for chicken noodle soup until recently. I couldn’t believe its taste!
They are crispy and crunchy, contrasting with the texture of the noodle and other vegetables. Plus, every single ingredient in this dish is flavorful but they don’t overpower each other when combined with the soup. You will confirm this when you try this combo.
Are you looking for a naturally sweet side dish for chicken noodle soup? Why not try cornbread?
Cornbread is an excellent accompaniment because it regulates the soup’s spiciness. Also, it’s soft on the inside, so it melts in your mouth when you take it with the chicken noodle soup. The best part? It’s perfect for those that enjoy dipping bread into soup. It’s impossible to find anything like this elsewhere.
23. Cheddar Biscuits
Erase whatever you’ve learned about cheddar biscuits because it’s much more than that.
It’s the best accompaniment for chicken noodle soup, especially if you have kids, because it tames the soup’s spicy flavor. Plus, if your noodle soup is too light, you can crumble these biscuits into it to make it as thick as you want. How awesome is that?
I love this side dish because every single ingredient brings its A-game to improve chicken noodle soup’s flavor, taste, and appearance. The brie cheese is creamy, the figs are sweet, and the apple has a tangy flavor, so all flavors combine to drastically boost the soup’s taste.
25. Brown Rice Pilaf
The last, but most certainly not the least, is the brown rice pilaf. I love using this side dish when serving guests or hosting large family dinners. The rice has this earthy, nutty flavor that accompanies the soup perfectly.
So there you have it, people! I have carefully curated this list to contain the best side dishes for chicken noodle soup. Once you try any of these recipes, there is no going back.