Are you wondering what to serve with that awesome Chicken and Dumplings Recipe? I’ve got the answer with these 25 Best Side Dishes to Serve with Chicken and Dumplings.
They all compliment the delicious creamy chicken soup that makes such a wonderful main dish, with its dumplings recipe. It is the ultimate comfort food recipe.
While some of my family across the country loves Cracker Barrel Chicken and Dumplings, I prefer to make a batch at home and season it to our personal preferences.
Next to the large pot of outrageously creamy soup with drop dumplings, you want an equally amazing side dish recipe.
Therefore, I only include the best recipes for side dishes to serve with Chicken and Dumplings and homemade dumplings.
There are so many great ideas that I’m sure you will find the best side dish for you and your family.
Be sure and save this article for the next time you make Chicken and Dumplings and want an easy recipe to serve with the chicken and dumplings.
I include numerous southern staples, as well as some new recipes that are certain to become family favorites.
- 1. Homemade Green Bean Casserole
- 2. Southern Style Collard Greens
- 3. Fried Cabbage With Bacon
- 4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic
- 5. Apple Cabbage Slaw
- BREAD BISCUITS & ROLLS
- 6. Buttermilk Biscuits
- 7. Homemade Southern Cornbread
- 8. Savory Herb Monkey Bread Rolls
- 10. Buttery Garlic Bread Chips
- 11. Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls
- 12. Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
- 13. Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad
- 14. Broccoli Salad
- 15. Green Peas Salad
- 16. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
- 17. Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad
- 18. Best Simple Tossed Salad
- 19. Broccoli Cauliflower
- 20. Easy Pickled Cucumber Salad
- 21. Lemon Arugula Salad
- 22. Grape Salad
- 23. Pan-Roasted Pear Salad
- 24. Rainbow Salad
- SWEET SIDES
- 25. Fried Apples
- ⭐ Reviews
The best thing about these sides is that you have so many options to serve with the Chicken and Dumplings.
In addition, it is also good to be prepared with the appropriate equipment to have on hand for making the soup as well as the dumplings.
1. Homemade Green Bean Casserole
Made with fresh green beans, this is our favorite recipe for a traditional green bean casserole. Made with whole ingredients and no canned soups, it rounds out dinner to make such a comforting meal.
This entire meal screams “It’s Fall, Ya’ll”. Yes, it does, with a Southern accent, too. You just have to listen very carefully and use a little imagination!
2. Southern Style Collard Greens
Southern-Style Collard Greens are cooked with bacon, onions, and garlic, as well as some Cajun seasoning to give it a little kick.
Pair it with Chicken and Dumplings and you have a Southern style winner winner chicken dinner!
3. Fried Cabbage With Bacon
We love this Fried Cabbage with Bacon recipe because the combination of cabbage with savory bacon, onions, and garlic gives it loads of flavor.
However, what really takes it over the top and makes this recipe a little different, is the addition of Cajun Seasoning and hot sauce, which gives it that extra kick to really spice it up.
It makes a great lighter yet flavorful side dish to the Chicken and Dumplings Soup.
4. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Balsamic
Roasting brussels sprouts really brings out the delicious earthy flavors of the Brussels sprouts, and when combined with the smoky, salty bacon, and the sweet balsamic glaze that caramelizes on the brussels sprouts, it is a classic side dish that has a flavor combination that is out of this world.
When combined with the Chicken and Dumplings, it has such a complimentary flavor that the two really work together well to complete a meal.
5. Apple Cabbage Slaw
Apple Cabbage Slaw is a refreshingly bright yet twist on traditional slaw! It makes a great side or light lunch.
It’s crunchy and tangy, packed with textures, and so dang easy to make! No cooking required, either. It would provide a nice contrast to the Chicken and Dumplings.
BREAD BISCUITS & ROLLS
6. Buttermilk Biscuits
There is nothing better than homemade biscuits made from scratch. If you want to change up the dumplings slightly, then you can make this recipe for the Best, Fluffy Biscuits.
The key to the success of this recipe is using ice-cold butter. There is no need to let the butter sit out to soften. Instead, put the butter in the freezer for a bit while you get all the ingredients together.
Trust me, this will result in the best buttermilk biscuits that will pair perfectly with the Chicken and Dumplings Soup.
7. Homemade Southern Cornbread
You’ll love this easy Buttermilk Cornbread recipe because it is easy to make and is a fantastic complement to the chicken and dumplings.
With buttermilk or homemade sour milk, this recipe will remind you of that old-fashioned Southern Cornbread that your grandma used to make in the cast iron skillet. Yeah, it’s that good!
8. Savory Herb Monkey Bread Rolls
Made with bites of crescent roll dough, these soft, buttery, and fluffy, pull-apart Monkey Bread Rolls are covered with garlic, parmesan cheese, and the savory herbs in Italian seasoning.
These rolls are the perfect buttery side dish to the creamy chicken and dumplings soup!
9. Foccacia Bread
This is not just any Foccacia Bread, you know that classic Italian flatbread. Crisp on the outside and chewy and fluffy on the inside. In this version, it is covered with Asiago cheese, my favorite!
An Italian bread, that is topped with fresh herbs, is perfect for soaking up your favorite sauce or this comforting Chicken and Dumplings main dish.
10. Buttery Garlic Bread Chips
These crispy Buttery Garlic Bread Chips are brushed with lots of butter and minced garlic and toasted until they are golden brown and crispy!
These garlic bread chips add an additional layer of texture and flavor when paired with the creamy Chicken and Dumplings. The buttery toast is the perfect flavor to match the wonderful flavors of the main dish.
11. Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls
To get that full Fall feeling, then you’ll want to pair these Butternut Squash Dinner Rolls with the perfect cool weather dish, Chicken and Dumplings.
These dinner rolls made with butternut squash are soft and fluffy yet provide a healthier option to pair with a somewhat heavy main dish.
12. Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins
These Sweet Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins add a touch of pumpkin spice to that sweet cornbread flavor.
These Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins offer sweet cornbread muffins with pumpkin added to them for an additional fall flavor to the comfort food menu.
13. Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad
A light crisp green salad with sliced green apples, dried cranberries, walnuts, and gorgonzola cheese, this Apple Walnut Cranberry Salad adds a light, crisp, freshness to the meal that offsets the heavy main dish.
When you want a Fall salad to go with the Chicken and Dumplings, this salad is a great option.
A fresh green salad with apples, dried cranberries With apple cider vinegar to make the vinaigrette.
14. Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad with dried cranberries, or Craisins, bacon, cheddar, and gouda tastes amazing!
Add in red onions and walnuts and cover in a creamy poppyseed broccoli salad dressing, and it becomes one of my favorite Vegetable Side Dishes or Salads!
15. Green Peas Salad
This Pea Salad recipe is our Southern family recipe handed down from my Mother-in-Law who got the recipe from her Mother. It is served at every holiday dinner, church potluck, picnic or wherever friends and family were gathered.
16. Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
This Shaved Brussels sprouts Salad makes a perfect Fall salad for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner or any holiday dinner, or anytime you want a nice side salad for your favorite main dish like Chicken and Dumplings!
17. Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad
Beet and Mandarin Orange Salad is a quick and easy, bright roasted beetroot salad soaked in a ginger orange vinaigrette with mint leaves.
Healthy, colorful, and flavorful, this side salad with the citrus ginger dressing is certain to be a hit and a nice contrast to the heavier main dish.
18. Best Simple Tossed Salad
Best Simple Tossed Salad is a light and delicious side salad that you can make any time.
As a lighter option to the hearty chicken and dumplings, this is a salad that anyone can make and will make a light and refreshing side to any meal.
19. Broccoli Cauliflower
Broccoli Cauliflower Salad with chopped broccoli and cauliflower, cranberries, almonds, and more, this delicious, healthy, side salad is perfect any time of year.
As a side to the Chicken and Dumplings, it makes a great contrast that complements the chicken and dumplings by including healthy vegetables to round out the meal.
20. Easy Pickled Cucumber Salad
Easy Pickled Cucumber Salad consists of a few simple ingredients that brings lots of flavor. Using only cucumbers, sweet red onions, rice vinegar, and salt and pepper, you can create this delicious pickled cucumber salad.
This light sweet and tart salad offers a nice contrast and balance to the Chicken and Dumplings. You can’t go wrong serving this cucumber salad as a side dish.
21. Lemon Arugula Salad
Lemon Arugula Salad includes arugula that is tossed with cherry tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and parmesan cheese and finished off with a lemony, olive oil dressing.
It is a sweet and peppery salad that complements the chicken and dumplings soup very well.
22. Grape Salad
Grape Salad is a delicious Southern side dish with grapes covered in a sweet cream cheese icing with brown sugar and pecans! Yum!!
This recipe offers a light sweet side, and is a good option to pair with the heavier Chicken and Dumplings.
23. Pan-Roasted Pear Salad
Pan-Roasted Pear Salad consists of pears sitting on top of soft lettuce, cheese and candied walnuts, this saucy, warm Pan Roasted Pear Salad. This makes a sweet and salty flavor combination
It makes a nice balance to the savory chicken and dumplings main dish. Besides, I like a combination of soup and salad!
24. Rainbow Salad
This colorful Rainbow Salad is full of fresh vegetables from every color of the rainbow. This light healthy salad offers a fresh, crisp side salad to the Chicken and Dumplings Soup.
I might even be tempted to throw some of those vegetables into the Chicken and Dumplings soup as well.
25. Fried Apples
Southern Fried Apples make a perfect dessert finale to this Southern comfort food meal.
When served with Southern Chicken And Dumplings as the main dish and one of the sides above, these fried apples complete what is, in my mind, the perfect dinner.
With so many tasty sides to choose from, you will find a good side dish that will be an excellent choice to complement the chicken stew-like soup.
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What a terrific roundup of side dishes, Michelle! I know that I’ll make at least a couple of these sides for Thanksgiving, and I’m saving this entire post for future use. Wishing you & your loved ones a wonderful holiday season, & a happy & healthy New Year. Thank you
Thank you. I’m glad there are some recipes you like. Have a Happy Holiday season as well!