Chicken and dumplings is a popular southern dish that consists of a thick chicken broth with chunks of meat and dumplings made from cut up buttermilk biscuits.
It is a rich meal filled with protein and lots of nutrients. Naturally, you can enjoy this meal by itself, but it goes even better with a light side dish to accompany the creamy chicken soup.
Here are 13 sides that can be whipped up in no time to be served alongside a bowl of chicken and dumplings.
Nothing goes better with a chicken soup than some green vegetables. Not only does steamed broccoli add even more vitamins and minerals to your meal, but it is also a crunchy and delicious side dish that takes very little time to prepare.
With a pressure cooker, your broccoli florets will be done in just ten minutes, and they will be perfectly tender.
You can even dip your florets into the soup for a crunchy side that will enhance the taste of your broth.
These greens are a traditional southern recipe that involves collard greens sautéed with onions and bacon.
Since they are already flavored with chicken broth, these crunchy dark green leaves go amazingly with chicken and dumplings.
This recipe takes a while to cook, so it is advisable to start it before your soup and let the greens fry while the main meal is being prepared.
Cornbread is a soft, but chewy bread that goes great with any soup, especially chicken and dumplings. The butter and buttermilk in this recipe gives it a moist crumb with crispy edges.
It only takes about 30 minutes to prepare and cook, so you can finish up the final steps for your soup while you are waiting for the corn bread to cool.
This sweet side is excellent for dipping in your soup and soaking up all the rich flavors it contains.
Asparagus is a very healthy and doesn’t take long to prepare in a steamer or pot of boiling water.
You can also roast it, which is what this recipe does to create spicy asparagus fries that are the perfect crunchy companion for chicken and dumpling soup.
The asparagus tips are coated in breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese as well as old bay seasonings which include red pepper flakes, paprika and salt.
These roasted Brussels sprouts are crunchy and tender, which makes them suitable as croutons for adding to your soup. They are mixed with thin strips of bacon, which will bring a delicious smokey flavor to your meal.
As for seasonings, these sprouts are sprinkled with cracked black pepper, taco seasonings as well as a homemade balsamic glaze.
The balsamic vinegar brings out the flavor of the veggies and bacon, and also cuts through the rich, creamy chicken soup with its acidic taste.
This is another great vegetable that you can add to chicken and dumpling soup as a garnish.
To make these delightful little nuggets, you will need to slice your okra pods into small pieces and cover them with a batter made from flour, milk and eggs.
The sweet taste of the okra is more than enough to make this side taste delicious when enjoyed alone, or sprinkled into a bowl of chicken and dumplings soup as croutons.
When choosing your Okra, make sure to pick green pods that aren’t too withered for a satisfying crunchy texture.
Garbanzo bean salad makes a light and healthy side dish that is packed with tomatoes and other fresh vegetables.
It goes very well with most chicken dishes including soups thanks to its crispy texture and piquant arrangement of flavors.
You can do all the prep for this salad in no more than 20 minutes, and then let it cool in the fridge while you are cooking your main meal.
With lemon juice, garlic and parsley all mixed into this salad, it is a great companion for a rich soup like chicken and dumplings.
After you have finished your soup, you may be thinking about what to have for dessert. Fresh fruit makes a brilliant choice for following up a creamy chicken broth, which is why we have included this recipe for a succulent grape salad.
The red and green grapes are halved and then covered with cream cheese to make this luxurious salad that only takes 10 minutes to prepare.
After you are done with the chopping, you can let this dessert cool in the fridge while you eat your soup, and then serve it with a garnish of chopped pecan nuts.
This is another salad that pairs well with chicken and dumplings, mainly because it uses sweet crunchy vegetables like carrots and roasted beets.
Kale is also added into the mix as it both satisfyingly crispy and extremely nutritious. You will love the explosive flavors of this side dish and how they interact with the creamy chicken broth.
The dressing made from lemon juice and Dijon mustard is great for adding a piquant citrus element to your soup.
For this coleslaw you will need chopped red and white cabbage, apples and carrots to make a crunchy dish that works well with soup.
Instead of mayo, this coleslaw is covered in a small amount of crème fraîche which helps to bring out the natural sweetness of the cabbage and carrots.
Serve this side with a splash of lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt and pepper for a savory side that goes well with a wide variety of soups and other meals.
The dumplings in chicken and dumpling soup are often made from buttermilk biscuits that have been ripped into small croutons.
As such, it makes sense to save a few buttermilk biscuits to use in a side dish for dipping in your broth.
This recipe contains instructions for making perfect southern style buttermilk biscuits that are great for soaking up chicken broth.
Another crunchy vegetable side, but this time one with an extra spicy kick. These cauliflower florets are the perfect thing for enjoying with a creamy, rich chicken broth.
They are seasoned with paprika and garlic for a smokey flavor that goes very well with a variety of different meals.
The best way to enjoy this side is by dipping the cauliflower nuggets into your soup, so they take on the flavor of the chicken.
This is another great dessert for serving after you have finished your soup, and it is incredibly quick and easy to make.
All you need to do is slice up some apples and lightly fry them in butter until they have turned golden brown. Sprinkle them with brown sugar and cinnamon for a crunchy side that adds a bit of sweetness to your chicken soup dinner.
Granny smith apples work best for this recipe, but it also works well with cox, braeburn or pink lady apples.
Chicken and dumpling soup is a very rich meal and as such it needs a fresh side dish that clears the palate.
This is why many of the recipes on this list are vegetable based, to add a bit more nutrition to your meal along with some much-needed crunch.
Next time you are enjoying this classic southern dish, try whipping up one of these side while you are waiting for it to cook.
All of them take very little time to make, and will help to take your dinner to a whole new level of delicious.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Okra?
Okra is a type of edible green seed pod that is also known as ladies fingers in some regions of the US.
It is a common ingredient in Caribbean and Creole cuisine thanks to its strong flavor and crunchy texture. Okra has a sweet, grassy taste that pairs well with spicy dishes.
How Is Chicken And Dumpling Soup Made?
Chicken and dumpling soup is a traditional southern dish that involves cream of chicken with soft dumplings for croutons.
It is often made with chunks of chicken meat added to the soup along with ripped up buttermilk biscuits for the dumplings.
What Dessert Goes With Chicken And Dumplings?
A big favorite as a dessert after a chicken and dumplings main dish is banana pudding. You can easily whisk this delicious dessert together by cutting ripe bananas into slices and layering the slices with custard and cookies.