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What to Serve With Chicken Noodle Soup (10 Perfect Side Dish Ideas)

Updated on July 6, 2019
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A simple and minimalistic foodie at heart, I like to make all kinds of food. I'm home taught (and still learning).

Chicken Noodle Soup
Chicken Noodle Soup | Source

Are you struggling to come up with food ideas that goes with Chicken Noodle soup?

Whether it's for an upcoming dinner party or you might be feeling under the weather (and a little bit bed ridden) - perhaps you just fancy turning that soup into more of a 'proper' meal - there are plenty of ideas to serve with a chicken noodle soup.

Either way, it makes for a great lunch or dinner meal and can be a lot more interesting, once you 'pair it up' the right way.

Explore the 10 great ideas of what to serve below - and if you have any additional recommendations of side dishes, that we have missed from the list, we'd love to hear about them in the comments section below.

Here's What to Serve

  1. Quality Fresh Bread
  2. Cheese Infused Grilled Sandwich
  3. Fresh Crunch Salad
  4. Vegetable Skewers
  5. Crusty Herb Toast
  6. Rosemary Potatoes
  7. Cheese Crackers & Biscuits
  8. Cheese Vegetable Roll Up Balls
  9. Bruschetta
  10. Burritos & Tacos

1. Quality Fresh Bread

I don't think there is any better counterpart than some fine quality fresh bread to go with your chicken noodle soup.

It is the natural counterpart to all soup - and will continue to be so for many years to come.

When it comes to what 'kind' works best, I personally love some tiger bread that offers a slight rustic crust.

Better still, if you can't make your own fresh bread, why not give that a go.

Either way, a rustic crusty style bread is a sound way to help you get a more fulfilling feeling with a soup.

Plus, it's the perfect side dish idea that you can dip into the soup and take a bite to grab all the flavor and moisture.

Although somewhat basic, it is an all around sure fire backup idea to partner up with your soup.

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2. A Cheese Infused Sandwich

One great side dish that works incredibly well with a chicken noodle soup?

A cheese infused toasted and grilled sandwich.

Ideally, one you've created yourself with fresh bread and a block of fine cheddar cheese layered with salads and sauces of your choosing.

The cheese can work as a fantastic blend and partner to a bowl of chicken soup, bringing out a different (almost opposite) side of your taste pallet and works great to satisfy you overall as a full meal.

Plus, of course, as is needed with any soup it provides you the perfect food to 'dip' and soaks up the flavorsome leftovers.

Sandwich | Source

3. Fresh Salad

For those who are looking for something a bit lighter to go alongside their soup, then a fresh and light salad is the perfect thing to go along with it.

It adds to your already rather light and vegetable blend that's provided with the soup already but creates a nice contrast if you can manage to pack the salad with a bit of crunch.

Compile your salad together with some fresh lettuce, cucumber, and pepper slice - also throwing in a few slices of cheese could help to create a great contrast too.

Then putting this together a combination of spinach layered with olive oil and aspects of beetroot will help to create a light yet overall fulfilling and healthy meal.

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4. Vegetable Skewers

A vegetable skewer.

A classic side dish that works with almost any main meal and it certainly works with a chicken noodle soup as a side dish idea as well.

It provides a nice alternate contrast to the moist vegetables, noodles, and chicken in the soup - as a skewer can offer a 'crunch' to the dish and adds to the overall meal.

Layer it up with carrots, onion, gherkin, tomatoes and so on.

The best thing about offering it on a skewer too is that it is a great tool to implement as you're dipping into your soup - as it adds a bounty of plentiful extra taste both to your soup and the veggies on the stick.

Vegetable Skewer
Vegetable Skewer | Source

5. Crusty Herb Toast

Arguably along the same lines as the bread side dish idea.

However, having a herb infused, cheese spread slice of toast or two - certainly adds a different dimension than just freshly baked bread.

The cheese spread adds a smooth and potent contrast to the chicken soup.

Plus, it's a great side dish to mix with the soup through a simple dip or two to add the buoyant moisture to the toast.

A great 'crunch' option for those who're after something a little bit more than just bread, however, don't want to go for a full blown out sandwich.

Herb and cheese infused toast is certainly a great compromise between the two.

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6. Rosemary Potatoes

Rosemary roast or baked potatoes (skewer style again) are a great companion to go along with a soup.

They provide a satisfactory food type to keep you full that the soup is somewhat missing (apart from the obvious carbohydrates) plus offers a great point of variation to the overall meal that 'works' with the soup very well.

Adding that hint of rosemary too helps to bring the potatoes into life in their own right as well, so they can be eaten just on their own too.

It helps to add a little extra punch and kick to them.

You don't have to quite go skewer style, but having a fresh batch of small roast potatoes is a great way to help complete a chicken noodle soup into an actual full meal rather than a half baked one.

Rosemary Potatoes
Rosemary Potatoes | Source

7. Cheese Crackers & Biscuits

If you are looking for something quick and easy, but works incredibly well - then cheese puffy infused biscuits and crackers are a fantastic simple solution.

The cheese contrast that goes along with the chicken noodle soup is a great complimentary side dish to the whole meal.

Of course, they offer a savory crunch and are perfect for dipping into your soup to help provide moistness to them if needed.

Overall, a great quick and simple solution to make the most out of your soup and add a bit more of a fulfilling feeling after it too.

Biscuits | Source

8. Cheese & Vegetable Balls

I think you might have caught on to a running theme with this suggestion of side dishes.


To be fair, this is probably our favorite side dish suggestion of the entire list to partner up with this soup.

Cheese balls blended with an array of vegetable infusions such as spinach or broccoli can make for a fantastic blend to go alongside the soup.

Make a good batch of half dozen or so and you will be in for a very enjoyable, satisfying and tasteful meal.

Cheese Balls
Cheese Balls | Source

9. Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a great little idea to offer alongside your soup to provide that extra 'taste sensation' especially if you line it with toppings of tomato and cheese.

They are essentially a quality version of the herb toast idea that we had a bit before, where you can offer something a little bit 'extra' to go along with them.

If you are needing a slight injection of spice to your overall meal, these are the perfect excuse and means to do that.

Simply dip in your bruschetta and scoop up some of the soup with it to create an overall mouthwatering accomplice to your chicken soup.

How you go about your bruschetta is your choice, where you can alter and slightly manipulate the food to your exact taste.

A sure-fire favorite at my household.

Bruschetta | Source

10. Tacos & Burritos

Perhaps the one you were least expecting on this list.

However, it is one of my personal favorites from the bunch and something I really want to include for the more adventurous foodies out there.

Why a taco or burrito can work so well as it combines a flavor all of its own with the moisture and flavor that can be infused from the chicken noodle soup.

Add some tomato, spinach, salad and some spices and season it with olive oil and dip into your chicken noodle soup.

In all, we believe that it makes for a fantastic companion as a side dish to eat alongside your main chicken noodle soup.

Vegetable Burrito
Vegetable Burrito | Source

What's Your Favorite Side Dish to Eat With Chicken Noodle Soup?

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Hopefully, the list above has given you some inspiration as to what to serve with chicken noodle soup.

If it has, please let us know and you may well decide to go for more than one side dish with your soup - which is fair enough - as the soup itself is more of a side dish in itself.

So having the soup alongside two of these dishes, in our book, would certainly constitute a whole meal.

Especially, if you are planning on going tapas style where you're eating with a partner or more.

That said, if you have some additional food ideas of your own that would go well with the meal, then please let us know in the comments.

How to Make an Awesome Chicken Noodle Soup

5 stars from 1 rating of Chicken Noodle Soup

I definitely recommend following the above recipe to make some fantastic chicken noodle soup.

Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients

  • 2 cups onion, chopped
  • 2 cups carrots, chopped
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup garlic, minced
  • whole chicken, chopped
  • packet noodles

#1 Prepare the Vegetables

Once you have chopped up the three main ingredients (celery, onions, and carrots) go ahead and spread and heat up some oil across the soup bowl.

Then throw in the vegetables.

Then you want to go ahead and let them get cooking for around 5 minutes.

You will know they are about done when the vegetable starts to soften up in texture.

When you check how your vegetables are doing, you should get a gorgeous bountiful smell.

Chicken Noodle Soup Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 2 hours 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 40 min
Yields: Serves 4 People

#2 Cook the Chicken

Now as per the video, you want to throw in some of the minced garlic.

Then for another minute you want to be heating the garlic up.

So all your vegetables together should have been cooking for around 5-6 minutes.

Now we want to add the chicken.

From here, fill up the pot with some water as well as adding some seasoning to the whole pot with salt and pepper.

From here are looking to bring the whole thing into boiling point.

Once you've hit that, reduce the temperature to medium and let it simmer away with the lidded pot.

You want to be revisited the mixture in about 2 hours time.

Now you want to inspect that the chicken is cooked through - and in which case it is time to start pulling it apart.

At this point, it should be literally falling off the bone as you can see in the video above.

You want to be stripping it away from the bones and then adding it back into the mixture pot.

#3 Add the Noodles

Now it's time to prepare your noodles.

Cook the noodles from boiling and then once they are done, you can add it to the chicken noodle soup.

Once it is all added.

It's ready to be served.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2019 Harry Sheen


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