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Are you a bit stuck on what goes with chicken and dumplings? Well you may be thrilled to know that chicken dumplings compliment soups really well. There’s something delightful about the warm hot broth touching your lip, and going down your throat, followed by a large bite of soft chicken dumpling, perfect for the colder days.
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What Are Chicken Dumplings?
Commonly referred to as jiaozi to the Chinese or gyoza to the Japanese and a popular favourite found amongst Asian cuisines, dumplings are delicate bite-sized treats of different fillings encased within a thin layer of dough. They can be savoury, or sweet and can be boiled, steamed and fried, it’s all up to you!
What Are Dumplings Made Of?
The dumpling dough is made with 3 key ingredients, which are flour, water and salt. Dumplings are great because they can accommodate to any particular taste you have, whether you crave something sweet or savoury, dumplings will sort you out!
What Are Dumplings Filled With?
Dumplings can be filled with anything to match your stomachs desires. Popular dumpling fillings include meat, cheese, fruits and sweets which are combined with vegetables to create a rollercoaster of flavours.
Most commonly recommended dumpling fillings include:
- Dried Shrimp
- Spinach & Ricotta
What Desserts Can Be Eaten With Chicken and Dumplings?
If you’re a fan of chocolate, then you’re going to love these dessert suggestions to have with chicken and dumplings.
- Brownies a la Mode
- Chocolate Mousse
- Banana Pudding
- Old-Fashioned Peach and Strawberry Cobbler
- Caramelised Apple Hand Pies
- Fried Apples
Brownies a la Mode
Brownies topped with ice cream or brownie a la mode is a brilliant dessert to have after a hot hearty meal like chicken and dumplings. You can choose to have your brownie cold, or warm, and add a scoop of vanilla ice cream (or whichever you prefer) for a sweet and delicious end to a scrumptious meal.
Thick and creamy chocolate mousse is a rich and amazing way to end any meal. You can make it light and airy to end heavier meals like chicken and dumplings, that will have your stomach singing an appreciative tune.
If you’re not a huge fan of chocolate as I am, then fortunately there are other sweet ways to complete a hearty meal of chicken and dumplings. Banana pudding is a fantabulous dessert dish, made with layers of custard, cookies and ripe bananas. Yum!
Old-Fashioned Peach and Strawberry Cobbler
Homemade peach and strawberry cobbler made in a cast-iron skillet is a classic American recipe. Made with fresh fruit and a biscuit topping crust makes for a perfect end to a delicious meal of chicken and dumplings.
Caramelised Apple Hand Pies
Traditionally made with homemade pie crust, these apple pies are simply delectable, with little pockets of brown sugar caramelised sweet apples and touches of cinnamon and nutmeg. A flaky, golden crust fried to perfection, what a way to end your meal!
A creamy soup needs a sweet companion to balance out its heartiness. A nice crunch of fried apples served with chicken and dumplings gives a sweet contrast to the meal. Simply combine apples with brown or white sugar, in a pan and let it cook for 20 minutes, stirring here and there to prevent the apples from sticking to the pan.
What Are Some Good Sides To Serve With Chicken and Dumplings?
There are a wide variety of dishes that accompany chicken and dumplings wonderfully. There’s something about a light veggie side, that really hits the spot. Fortunately that is not the only type of side that will have your making noises of appreciation.
Here are a list of side dishes to have with chicken and dumplings:
- Green Beans
- Brussels Sprouts
- Fresh Green Salad
- Steamed Veggies
- Fried Okra
- Corn Bread
- Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
- Red Lobster Biscuits
- Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
- Texas Corn Nuggets
- Sautéed Green Peas
- Glazed Carrots
- Blackened Broccoli
- Microwave Sweet Potato
- Southern Collard Greens
- Sweet Onion Hush Puppies
- Roasted Red Cabbage
- Creamy Broccoli Salad
Why not add a refreshing side dish to accompany your meal of creamy chicken and dumplings, with lemon and garlic-infused green beans, a delicious choice of greens to add to any meal.
First, you’re going to add the green beans to a pot of boiling water, cover and cook for 8 minutes till they are tender, but still a beautiful vibrant green, and crisp.
Whilst the beans are boiling, lightly toast some sliced almonds in a skillet on medium-low heat for 8-10 minutes, making sure that they don’t burn.
Heat up a large skillet to medium heat, melt some butter, add garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes until they adopt a slight golden colour with a pleasant fragrance.
Add the green beans to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and sauté in butter and garlic for 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat and transfer the green beans to a dish.
Squeeze lemon juice, garnish with zest, almonds, and parmesan. Serve warm alongside your hot chicken and dumpling soup for a delicious meal.
Many might choose to skip this meal, because of the bitter taste of the sprouts that we still remember from our childhood. However with the right method of cooking, brussels sprouts can achieve an incredible flavour.
A great way to make these is to roast freshly cut brussels sprouts for 20-40 minutes in the oven, before you place them in the oven, sprinkle them with a few drops of olive oil, salt and pepper for a bold taste.
It is optional to season the brussels sprouts since after roasting, they will emerge bursting with delicious caramelised flavour, sweet and nutty.
The flavours of the roasted vegetable will complete the rich and creaminess of the chicken dumpling meal.
Fresh Green Salad
You can never go wrong with greens on your plate, to lighten the load of chicken and dumplings. Whilst a combination of chicken, dumplings and creamy soup will come with a high content of protein and calories.
You can use whatever greens you have in your kitchen, from spinach, coleslaws, lettuces, baby carrots, or cucumbers then mix them well with some nuts or cheese, then top with a tart vinaigrette or balsamic vinegar and pepper.
Choosing vegetables with a relatively stiff or crunchy texture is a brilliant way to contrast a side dish with the delicious flavours of the chicken dumpling soup.
Similar to green salad, steamed vegetables are a safe and flour-filled addition to any main meal, especially with chicken and dumpling soup.
Try steamed butter beans mixed with fresh broccoli, for a healthy and delicious side dish.
Yet another crunchy option for your side dish is fried okra. Some may shy away from okra because of soft and watery texture. But there is always a better way to tackle these types of veggies.
After you’ve washed and drained the okra, dip them in a cornmeal batter, then deep fry those veggies until they’re skin transforms into a brilliant golden brown.
Voila, they are ready to be devoured, at the same pace as your main meal of yummy chicken dumpling soup.
Sweet cornbread and soup are known to be a wonderful couple, and that’s without excluding the chicken dumpling soup either.
A delicious, soft piece of buttery corn bread, dipped into warm and creamy chicken dumpling soup, soaking all the flavours into one big bite.
You can even crumble the cornbread into tiny pieces and let them sink into your soup, allowing the combined flavours to work their magic.
This is a perfect way to enjoy your chicken dumpling soup to the max, spooning creamy goodness with a hint of crumbled sweetness in your mouth, that really hits the spot.
Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread
What better way to enjoy cornbread than to combine the sweetness with the tangy, yet hot jalapenos, and cheesy goodness all in one place!
Simply dip this magical bread into the chicken dumpling soup, allowing it to become slightly soggy with absorbed flavours, for undeniable deliciousness.
Red Lobster Biscuits
Why not try these Wonderful appetisers. Crisp golden-brown red lobster cheddar bay biscuits, with a light and fluffy interior are just yum when eaten with soups like chicken dumpling.
Start by pre-heating your oven to 400F, and begin grating some cheddar cheese. Combine flour and baking powder in a large bowl and mix thoroughly, adding some cold butter to the bowl, and break with a fork or pastry cutter.
Add the grated cheese, garlic powder, and milk to the mix. Use your hands to mix the ingredients, stopping once they’ve combined. Scoop them out with a 1/4 measuring cup, and add them to a baking sheet, taking care to keep some distance between them.
Place them into the preheated oven for 15-17 minutes until golden-brown, whilst they are cooking mix together melted butter, salt, garlic powder, and parsley flakes into a small bowl, then use this to dab over the cooked lobster biscuits once they’re all done.
And there you have it, a delicious batch of red lobster cakes to devour alongside your chicken dumpling soup.
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
This southern staple, features sliced green tomatoes, buttermilk, cornbread seasonings, and then fried to golden-brown perfection. These crispy delights can be dipped into a steaming bowl of chicken dumpling soup for a delightful meal.
Texas Corn Nuggets
Finger food is always a great type of side to have with many meals, and that’s why these corn nuggets will do the job nicely.
You’ll need a can of corn kernels, 2 cans of creamed corn, 1/2 cup of cornmeal, 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste, 1 egg, 3 tablespoons milk and vegetable oil.
These fried balls of wonder are a delectable addition to have with chicken dumpling soup, this will surely have your heart warm with soup and stomach filled with delightful corn nuggets.
Sautéed Green Peas
Green peas are a wonderful addition to many meals, like rice and peas, or peas in a vegetable soup, peas in shepherds pie and so on. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to add some flavour to our peas so that we can eat them individually, or alongside a hearty meal?
To make this delectable side dish, start by adding butter, olive oil, and shallots to a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the shallots until they’re soft and brown, add some minced garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
Add some frozen peas, salt and ground black pepper, and stir this into the shallots and garlic . Cook for 3-5 minutes or until the peas are heated all the way through.
Add some parsley and stir it into the green peas, add this to a bowl, and serve with fresh chicken and dumpling soup for extra deliciousness.
Here’s a sweet and savoury dish that will compliment your creamy, savoury chicken dumpling soup. Using whole carrots peel and remove the ends of the carrots, then slice them into 2 inch long batons, keeping them the same length and width before cooking.
Melt some butter into a large pan over medium heat, then add the carrots and season with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a pinch of pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the carrots start to soften.
Stir in some orange juice and your choice of sweetener like white or brown sugar, honey, or maple syrup. Cook until the liquid reduces to a glaze, about 15 minutes, whilst stirring occasionally to coat all the carrots evenly.
Taste and season the carrots with additional salt and pepper if necessary. Serve this with chicken dumpling soup and let your stomach give you some feedback.
This is a wonderful side to have with chicken and dumplings, the broccoli is combined with chopped garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, butter, and then cooked till they’re pleasantly blackened and crispy.
Start by placing fresh or frozen broccoli florets in a microwave-safe bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave set to high and the florets should emerge firm.
Add some chopped garlic to a skillet with one tablespoon of olive oil, set the heat to medium and add 1/2 a teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes and one tablespoon of butter.
Cook the garlic over medium heat for 1-2 minutes, increase heat to medium-high and add 1/2 of the broccoli florets to the pan, stir the broccoli constantly while searing the florets.
Once blackened remove the broccoli from the skillet, and do the same with the remaining batch of broccoli. Once finished add them to a bowl, and drizzle with sesame oil and toss it to coat. Season with salt and pepper then serve these charred beauties alongside your meal of chicken dumplings.
Microwave Sweet Potato
If you’re short on time, but love sweet potatoes, here’s a perfect side for you. In just a few minutes you’ll have a wonderful, sizzling, hot potato all ready to accompany your creamy chicken dumplings.
For the best outcome, turn the potato every now and then to catch all sides for maximum crispiness.
Southern Collard Greens
These will pair deliciously with chicken and dumplings, featuring smoked ham hock, collard greens, butter, vinegar, and seasoning, resulting in a scrumptious side that’s enough to elevate any main meal.
Sweet Onion Hush Puppies
Crispy on the outside, whilst tender and moist on the inside with a sweet aroma packed in every bite. The secret ingredient that makes these hush puppies so crispy, is the special batter made from onion, corn meal, flour, sugar and buttermilk.
These hush puppies can be delicious when eaten on their own, but are even better with gravy or soups like chicken and dumpling soup.
Roasted Red Cabbage
Roasting red cabbage is a wonderful way to bring out the natural flavours of the vegetable. And when you add some magic by tossing goats cheese, toasted walnuts, and balsamic vinegar you get woohoo flavours.
Creamy Broccoli Salad
A delicious side that contains our favourite green vegetable is to have a bowl of creamy broccoli salad. By combining, broccoli, cheese, cashews, onions, and cranberries you get a delightful addition to your main meal.
So What Goes Well With Chicken and Dumplings?
Although one can’t deny the ultimate satisfaction you get from having a bowl of chicken and dumpling soup as a single meal, accompanying this delectable dish with scrumptious sides only elevates the meal enough to make you rub your food-filled swollen belly with satisfaction.