Aaah, chicken and dumplings! I’m sure this recipe brings back childhood memories for many of you. The key is making the best dishes for what goes with chicken and dumplings to serve a full meal.
If you’re looking to make it even more appealing, or you just want to balance a calorie-rich meal, here are some of my favorite sides you can serve with chicken and dumplings.
With a quick online search you’ll find tons of different opinions on what goes with chicken and dumplings. That’s fine….after all, we each have unique food preferences.
That’s why I made sure you get plenty of options, so keep reading!
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🥖 Breads & biscuits
The rich & creamy soup is the perfect place to dunk a freshly baked piece of bread!
Below, you’ll find some of the easiest bread recipes you can make at home. Even as a beginner, you will get excellent results.
You’ll quickly fall in love with the taste of homemade bread. It’s nothing like the store-bought kind!
Cornbread pairs flawlessly with the rich chicken & dumplings. Instead of going for the classic variety, try this mouthwatering alternative.
The browned butter will give these muffins a deep flavor. You can skip the jalapenos, if you’d like. For me, a spicy kick is always welcome.
If you never worked with bread dough before, this no-knead recipe is the less intimidating option to try.
The dough needs to rest for 16-24 hours. During that time, it will basically knead itself.
Baking the bread in a hot dutch oven will give it a crust that’s out of this world!
Buttermilk biscuits made even tastier thanks to a generous quantity of butter poured at the bottom of the baking dish!
This is another beginner-friendly recipe since you just need to mix the ingredients to form the dough.
After baking, you can wrap the biscuits and store them on the counter, in the fridge, or even freeze them.
If you have some self-rising flour and Greek yogurt, this simple naan bread recipe would go perfectly with chicken & dumplings.
This is a kind of bread you quickly fry in a pan, so you don’t even need an oven to make it.
Chicken & dumplings is not exactly a calorie-conscious recipe even if it includes some healthy ingredients.
These veggie-based side dishes pair nicely with chicken & dumplings while lightening up your meal.
Lower in calories but higher in nutrition, opting for a veggie-rich side doesn’t mean you can’t have a delicious meal.
Here’s a light but nutritious recipe that also tastes great on its own. Stuffed bell peppers reheat well, so today’s side dish can be tomorrow’s lunch!
The stuffing is made with onion, mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, and rice, which is a delicious combination.
Or, you can use whatever veggies are in season and give a fresh spin to this recipe.
Even if you lack the spices, caramelised cabbage has such an amazing taste!
This, a cornbread muffin, and a bowl of steaming chicken & dumplings sounds like my kind of meal.
It’s not the same taste as the classic French fries, but trust me, these crunchy green beans are perfectly appetising.
The prep work is minimal, and they cook in under 15 minutes. Keep this one in your stash of recipes you pull out for a quick lunch or dinner on a busy weekday.
I don’t think there’s a vegetable more versatile than potatoes. While fries are a treat, there are so many healthier ways to cook potatoes. And they’ll taste just as amazing!
Try these smashed potatoes if you want a comforting side next to your chicken and dumplings but without too much fat.
Looking for a healthy side that cooks really fast so you can just eat already? Sauteing collard greens is a mouthwatering recipe, as simple as it may sound.
This side dish goes with almost any meat-based main. You can easily spice it up with some cayenne, or add some of your favorite herbs for a change.
Roasting a low-carb veggie like a turnip turns it into a waist-friendly side without compromising on flavor.
This method of cooking vegetables, along with grilling, is an easy way to make them more attractive to kids and picky eaters.
If you’re looking to up your family’s veggie intake, it’s worth exploring!
Eating too much take-out and heavy foods can have a negative impact on digestion. Chicken and dumplings (even if home-cooked) is not exactly the most calorie-friendly meal.
Pairing it with a fresh salad is a wonderful way to add some healthy fiber, minerals, and vitamins to your meal.
Any of the salads below can be on your list of what to serve with chicken and dumplings.
Salads are a super diverse recipe category. As long as you’re willing to explore, you will never get bored with them.
Coleslaw, the universal side-dish, is usually laden with mayo. This stuff tastes amazing, but it will show on your hips pretty fast.
I am super excited to share this tasty, healthier take on coleslaw. A simple vinegar and oil-based dressing adds tons of flavor and keeps the calories low.
This salad packs a crunch! And some extra protein thanks to the chickpeas.
Even with a few ingredients, a salad can be scrumptious.
Dijon mustard, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes make a lovely dressing you can easily customize using other herbs and spices.
Chickpeas are a great addition to any salad if you aim to make it more nutritious. Cauliflower is the star in this salad and for this one it’s ok to be generous with your fresh herbs.
As trivial as it may sound, using freshly cracked pepper is recommended to highlight all the flavors we typically enjoy in salads. This one makes no exception!
Did you know you need to massage kale to release some of the bitterness and soften its texture?
It’s optional but highly recommended. At least try it once: doing this will significantly change the taste of kale, and for the better.
Fresh corn salad is a wonderful summer dish made with seasonal ingredients at the height of their flavor.
It makes sense to pair a comfort food like chicken and dumplings with a healthy and light salad.
I’m telling you, grilled corn makes this salad brilliant so I wouldn’t opt for the boiled kind.