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One of the best comforting and cosy meals to have when you’re feeling a bit under the weather is a nice hot bowl of chicken noodle soup. This bowl of magical chicken broth, brimming with vegetables, chunks of meat and wide egg noodles is capable of keeping anyone full and satisfied. Although many would like to know what to serve with chicken soup, because the additional sides provide a little variety to an already delicious meal.
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What Is Chicken Noodle Soup?
Chicken noodle soup is amongst the most popular varieties of soup, and is made with egg noodles, chunks of chicken, and often will contain several types of vegetables including carrots, celery and onions. This soup doesn’t always have to contain noodles, some people replace the egg noodles with rice or pasta, equally resulting in a deliciously comforting meal to have during the colder days of the year, when you just want to curl up on the couch with a blanket, and a bowl of something hot clutched in your hands.
How To Make Chicken Noodle Soup?
To make this scrumptious meal that will have your stomach spreading warmth to your organs in no time, you will need:
- 2 tablespoons of butter, chicken fat, or olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 large carrots, chopped
- 2 stalks of celery chopped (if desired)
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
- 4/5 thighs of skinless, boneless chicken
- 8 cups of chicken stock or broth
- 5 ounces of egg noodles or pasta
- salt and pepper
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
Start by melting the butter in a large pot over medium heat, then add the onions, celery, and carrots. Cook whilst stirring every few minutes until the vegetables begin to soften.
Stir in the garlic, bay leaves, and thyme, and cook whilst stirring the garlic around the pan for about a minute.
Carefully pour in the chicken stock and let it start to simmer. Taste the soup then adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, adding more if needed.
Dunk the chicken thighs into the soup, so that the broth covers them, then bring the soup to a light simmer, and start to partially cover the pot with a lid and cook, whilst stirring every now and then until the chicken has cooked through.
If at any point you notice the broth is low, add a splash of water or more chicken stock. Turn the heat to medium-low.
Transfer the cooked chicken to a plate, stir the noodles into the soup and cook until its done, this should take approximately 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the type of noodles used.
While the noodles cook, shred the chicken into strips or dice them into cubes. Slide the chicken back into the pot and then have another taste of the soup. Adjust with salt and pepper, stir in the parsley and serve with your favourite sides.
You can either have a wonderful sandwich to have with your delicious egg noodle soup, or a cheesy toast to dip into the chicken broth, and have a burst of delectable flavours swirling in your mouth.
Can You Have a Sandwich With Chicken Noodle Soup?
One particular sandwich that is an absolutely brilliant side to have with your steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup is a grilled cheese sandwich. Using grated cheddar cheese atop one piece of bread, and then covering it with another piece of bread, placing it on the grill till the cheese starts to melt and become all gooey and heavenly. Dip this heavenly sandwich into the chicken broth, so that the bread soaks up the gorgeous flavours within the soup, which makes for a divine side to the meal.
What To Eat With Chicken Noodle Soup?
Aside from the fact that a grilled cheese sandwich is a must-have side with chicken noodle soup, when it comes to serving sides with this comforting broth, you’ll find that there is a world filled with delicious sandwiches that pair perfectly with this dish. Rain or shine these delicious ideas will have you drooling in no time.
- Garlic Parmesan Potatoes
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Feta
- Tomato Basil Bruschetta
- Baked Fries with Garlic and Parmesan Cheese
- Creamed Spinach
- Potato Boats
- Fried Onion Rings
- Garlic Bread
- Brown Rice Pilaf
- Mixed Green Salads
- Green Beans With Almonds
- Homemade Croutons
- Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme
- Fluffy Biscuits
- Pretzel Rolls
- Sweet Potato Fries
- Cold Cut Deli Sandwiches
- Cheese and Veggie Quesadillas
- Baked Courgette
- Baked Stuffed Potatoes
Garlic Parmesan Potatoes
Potatoes are always a welcoming side dish to have with most meals, and in no way does this exclude chicken noodle soup. To make these you’ll need some finely chopped garlic cloves, butter and olive oil for your pan to cook these ingredients together.
After the garlic cloves have begun to release a delicious aroma, place chopped potatoes on top of the mixture, then add salt and pepper, along with chilli pepper flakes if desired.
Toss the parmesan cheese into the mix as well, to achieve that gooey texture that will taste wonderful with your chicken noodle soup.
Break the cheesy potatoes into little chunks and dunk them into the broth, or use a spoon to scoop up the soupy noodles, and have a fork ready to place some chunks of chicken and potatoes in your mouth. I always find that combining flavours and textures like this always end up with a heavily satisfying meal.
Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad with Feta
A delectable side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken noodle soup is this broccoli and cauliflower salad.
Combine some of your favourite greens chopped into a bowl, sliced red onion, crumbled feta cheese, dried cranberries, salt, and pepper into a large bowl and then drizzle with olive oil and an extra pinch of black pepper before serving.
This is a healthy, crunchy and fresh side dish to have alongside your warm chicken noodle soup, that will leave any hungry human completely sated.
Tomato Basil Bruschetta
A simple, and easy to make side dish is this tomato basil bruschetta.
Using pre-sliced bread, finely chopped garlic cloves, thinly sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil leaves. Sprinkle the tomatoes with salt and pepper before layering it onto your toast, then sprinkle with fresh basil leaves for delicious aromatic flavours.
Baked Fries with Garlic Parmesan Cheese
These fries are a perfect side to have alongside any soup, especially chicken noodle soup.
All you need to do is cut some potatoes into thin strips before tossing them in oil, salt and pepper and some garlic powder if you want to have that garlicky kick. Bake your fries until they’re nice and crispy around the edges. The best part is, you can top these off with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese for that extra bit of creamy flavour to combine with the chicken noodle soup.
Combining crisp textures with soft and chewy ones are perfect to have as an evening meal, which is why crispy baked fries are such a wonderful addition to have with this scrumptious broth.
Amongst some popular side dishes to have with soup, we found the amazing and incredible creamed spinach. When you’re looking for a side dish that adds a different texture, bursting with beautiful flavours, this is the one for you.
You want to start making this side dish by using a combination of kale and spinach, putting them in a pan. These are healthy and carry on the theme of good nutritional ingredients that are also present in the chicken noodle soup.
Next you’ll need to add these to the pan: a few cloves of garlic along with half of a sweet onion, then add salt, black pepper, butter and cream cheese and cook until the mixture has thickened. Finally season with some fresh lemon juice and serve with some soup.
This side dish is made by combining mashed potatoes and corn kernels in a hollowed out, halved potato boat shape that can be baked or boiled until tender.
Potato boats are an excellent starchy side dish to have with chicken noodle soup because of their richness that compliments the thick broth perfectly.
Fried Onion Rings
These little treasures are a much-loved addition to many main meals, including chicken noodle broth. Just dip these crispy rings into the broth and take a huge bite of the oniony delight. A combination of flavours that give you a slap of delight.
These can also be served with some sauce like barbeque sauce and eaten separately with your main meal, or you can be amongst the adventurous and mix your textures together to create a phenomenal addition to your wonderful meal.
A perfect side dish that was made to be used as a dipping tool is this wonderfully soft and delightful garlic bread.
You can either buy these little beauties ready made from the supermarket or make these at home with a few simple ingredients.
On a slice of bread, or baguette, combine butter with minced garlic cloves, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese then slide it into the oven. Let it bake till it has achieved the ultimate crunchiness that will inevitably be dunked into the chicken broth and gobbled for dinner.
If you’re looking for a side dish that can absorb the flavours of your chicken noodle soup, without involving the tips of your fingers getting dirty then this one is the perfect one for you.
To make this divine side dish, fry some finely sliced onions in a pot, then add a teaspoon of minced garlic to the mix and let it cook for a couple minutes. Add salt, pepper, and spices you desire, let it cook for several minutes, then add in your favourite vegetables, like peas, sweetcorn or green beans. Add some water, then rice and let it cook till the rice has become tender.
Serve in a separate bowl, or pour the chicken noodle soup over the rice and let the flavours magically blend into the fluffy grains of rice, enjoying the heat of this magnificent meat with each morsel.
Mixed Green Salad
Greens add a colourful addition to any main meal, a crunchy contrast to a warm broth on a cold day. To make this dish chop up some lettuce, and toss it with some cherry tomatoes. Add chopped cucumbers, sliced red onions, and crumbled feta cheese for a little change of texture, you can go one step further and add some prawns to the mix, I promise you won’t regret it!
Try adding a dash of fresh lemon juice before serving, for a delectable kick to the meal.
Green Beans with Almonds
A super healthy vegetable to have by itself or with a meal like chicken noodle soup, is green beans.
You can make these by adding the green beans to a pot of boiling water, steam for about 5 minutes until they turn a vibrant green, remove and drain the water. Add a tablespoon of butter and chopped almonds then start to toss them together then serve warm.
You will make your stomach sing songs of praise with this side dish.
A delicious and crunchy addition to your soup is by adding homemade croutons to the mix.
They are super easy and only take a moment to make.
Take six slices of white bread, cut into cubes, then toss in one tablespoon of olive oil or melted butter mixed with salt and pepper to taste.
Bake these at 400F for about ten minutes, flipping them after 5 minutes so it browns evenly. Once it has cooled down, add some garlic powder and chilli flakes to the bread cubes before serving. You can add these bread chunks to your soup for a deliciously satisfying meal.
Roasted Mushrooms With Garlic and Thyme
Mushrooms are a healthy and tasty side to have with most meals, pairing especially well with soups, a perfect alternative to meat.
Start by cleaning the mushrooms with a damp paper towel, then dry thoroughly. Add them to a baking tray lined with parchment paper, add fresh garlic cloves, chopped thyme leaves, salt and pepper in between rows of mushrooms, drizzling with olive oil over the top until coated perfectly.
Pop them in the oven at 400F for 15 minutes then serve alongside a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup, what a tasteful treat.
A simple yet delightful side to pair with your chicken noodle soup is with these soft fluffy biscuits, the key to a perfectly fluffy biscuit is by using cold butter, which produce the fluffiest layers in a biscuit.
If there wasn’t a theme before, there is one now! Pretzels are another kind of dunking tool to have ready when eating all sorts of soups, and with chicken noodle soup, you’ll be scooping up all sorts of surprises.
Sweet Potato Fries
A little sweet side dish never hurt nobody. Simply bake these finely sliced sweet potatoes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, flipping them halfway so that they bake evenly and turn a beautiful crisp gold, to crunch with your deliciously limp chicken noodle soup.
Cold Cut Deli Sandwiches
A simple, cold contrast to a hot steaming dish like chicken noodle soup is with these deli sandwiches. You can fill your sandwich with salami, pepperoni, and lots of mustard giving you a delicious bite that will have you moaning in satisfaction.
Another great candidate to have with chicken noodle soup are these delectably, light and juicy baked courgettes. Slicing the courgettes into little round circles and bake it with cheese on top for the gorgeous flavours to become prominently fascinating to those who love combining the textures and flavours of his food.
Sweet, soft and oh-so-absorbent cornbread is perfect for a little contrasting of flavour, crumble these delightful pieces into your bowl of soup will just make it taste so heavenly.
Baked Stuffed Potatoes
An effortless side to have with your chicken noodle soup are these baked stuffed potatoes.
These are made by baking the potatoes, removing the flesh, and mixing it with wonderful flavours like sour cream, bacon and cheese. This is then piled back into the potato skins and baked till its puffed and golden. These are a wonderful side dish to have with meat dominant meals, much like chicken noodle soup, these contrasting flavours will go perfectly as a side to this beautiful meal.
So What Can You Serve With Chicken Noodle Soup?
It can be a sandwich, an elaborate salad, or bread that can be used as an absorbent to soak up all the juicy tender flavours swimming in your chicken noodle soup. Slurp up the deliciousness that is present within your meal, by adding textures that compliment your main meal perfectly.
What Goes Good with Soup for Dinner?
Here are some ideas for sides that go well with soup: Grilled cheese sandwich, potato and green bean salad, fried paneer cheese pakora, baked stuffed potatoes, baked cheese and veggie quesadillas, wilted spinach salad with bacon, shrimp avocado salad, oven-fried courgette, cornbread and sweet potato fries.
What Kind of Bread Goes with Chicken Noodle Soup?
The French baguette pairs perfectly with chicken noodle soup, as it brings great texture and chewiness that can go well with any soup. Also sourdough homemade bread is brilliant for dipping into soups and absorbing delicious flavours.