What to Serve with Chicken and Dumplings: Our Satisfying Side Dishes
Fluffy pillows of herby biscuit dough luxuriate in a rich, creamy chicken and vegetable broth – so comforting and satisfying that each bite is like a vacation from all your troubles.
Words fail to communicate the pleasures of a great chicken and dumpling stew.
This much-loved traditional dish is loaded with bright and sweet vegetables like carrots and peas, and the broth is luxurious and velvety.
And those dumplings. Kissed with fresh herbs, they’re tender and light – while at the same time rich, hearty, and filling.
So filling, in fact, that it can seem like a meal in itself – and in fact many argue that it originated as a dish made to stretch the ingredients to fill bellies in hard times.
That said, though, there’s no reason you can’t make it part of a larger meal while keeping it the star of the show. Choose the perfect side dishes and you can make a great meal even better.
It doesn’t have to be difficult, though, because when it comes to what to serve with chicken and dumplings, sometimes simple is better.
Chicken with dumplings is quite hearty, so vegetable side dishes and salads can bring a nice contrast of flavors and textures without weighing the meal down.
We have a lot of favorites that go well with chicken and dumplings, from saucy sautéed greens that play into the dumplings’ silky textures to light, bright, and sweet salads that bring contrasting crunch.
What Goes with Chicken and Dumplings: Our Luxurious Choices
Get ready to drop that beautiful biscuit dough into your glorious stew, because we’ve got you covered with a bevy of exciting side dishes to choose from. Let’s get cooking!
1. Vegan Stuffed Peppers
When contemplating what to eat with chicken and dumplings, it never hurts to “get earthy.”
In this case, we mean nutty and toothsome brown rice. Now, take that hearty rice, and combine it with mushrooms, carrots, and zucchini.
Then pack it all into colorful bell peppers and bake if off with a bright tomato puree.
It’s a bevy of flavors in a pepper! Stuffed peppers to the yummiest degree.
Check out Sam’s recipe over at Ahead of Thyme and be prepared to have the perfect side for the perfect chicken and dumplings.
2. Steamed Veggies with an Herb Butter Sauce
We love recipes that don’t require a ton of equipment. Or can help out in case of an unfortunate eventuality, like your steamer basket being in the shop for repairs. (Hey, it can happen!)
And we’re always daydreaming about perfectly steamed veggies in a rich herby sauce.
Hello, herbaceous deliciousness!
This recipe is a super fast side dish that pairs perfectly with chicken and dumplings.
Bright green asparagus, bouncy carrots, and lightly sweet bell peppers come together in a snap for optimal “yum value.” (Is that a culinary term? If not, it should be!)
See how to steam veggies without a steamer, and be prepared to fall in love with this recipe from Vegan Cooking with Love.
3. Creamed Corn
Hearty, creamy corn isn’t just sunny and bright, it can also make you feel like everything is right in the world.
It’s a plate full of jubilant meditation.
It’s a bowl full of spiritual resurgence.
Really, kind of the perfect side dish.
Oh, and it tastes like pure happiness.
Feel free to top it with some fresh herbs to keep the joyful enlightenment going.
Pair it with your favorite chicken and dumplings recipe, and prepare to swoon.
Grab Amy’s delicious recipe over at The Blonde Cook.
4. Candied Pecan Frisee Salad
We love a big salad. And if possible, we love for that salad to have so much panache that we nearly sweep our metaphorical fedora to its luminescence.
And it always helps if the salad has some candied nuts.
Because, sweet and savory flavors combined are like flowers springing up under your feet.
They just make the world a better place.
So, when we discovered this salad with candied pecans we yelled “voila!”
And then we saw the salad is drizzled with brown butter, and we fainted straightaway.
Think how much your chicken and dumplings will love this. Oh, yeah.
Grab Erin’s delectable recipe at The Almond Eater.
5. Best Creamed Spinach
Creamed spinach next to chicken and dumplings? Sign us up!
While we think of this favorite spinach dish as a steakhouse favorite, it refuses to be pigeonholed.
Creamed spinach longs to roam free. To feel the wind in its mane. To graze on the freshest grass.
Wait, that’s a Spanish mustang.
You get the idea though.
Don’t put creamed spinach in a corner.
Instead, pair it with fluffy dumplings and chicken in a savory sauce, and watch it shine.
Grab Jessica’s enticing recipe at The Novice Chef.
6. Best Grilled Corn
Let’s face it, part of the reason we love chicken and dumplings, is because it makes us feel like a little kid.
It reminds us of being so small that our chins nearly touched the table even while sitting on a couple of phonebooks. Being that close to the bowl of enticing flavors made us wriggle in anticipation.
You know what else evokes those memories?
Corn on the cob, of course.
Now, as adults, we love to grill corn with a cold beverage in hand, while inhaling the smell of summer.
And then we proudly bring the platter of mounded corn to the table and serve it with our chicken and dumplings.
It’s the perfect mix of childhood and adulthood.
Heidi over at Foodie Crush has a fantastic recipe for this favorite side.
7. Broccoli Salad
We love a super-duper colorful salad as a side dish for rich and creamy chicken and dumplings. And we also really, really love crisp broccoli.
So, when we bring those two together, we get a fantastic broccoli salad that’s loaded with flavor.
The creamy dressing marries perfectly with the main dish, making it a natural on the plate.
Oh, and did we mention that our perfect salad features bacon and cheese too?
We want that.
And we found an exemplary recipe from Aimee over at Shugary Sweets.
8. Purple Garlic Mashed Potatoes
We don’t like to skimp on flavor, and we really don’t like to skimp on visual appeal.
Which is why we’re so in love with purple potatoes. They’re so vibrant they nearly jump out of the shopping bag when you bring them home.
“’Ello, Luv! Look at us!” (Why we picture them with a British accent is beyond us. But that’s just the way we roll.)
And they make a stunning, stunning side dish for chicken and dumplings. They’re loaded with butter and milk, and they’re gorgeous.
And they demand attention. They walk out onto the plate and heads turn. A round of applause would be appropriate.
Grab a gorgeous recipe from Mike at The Iron You.
9. Mini Cornbread Loaves
If one has little bread pans kicking around, sometimes one is a little cowed by them. They’re so adorable, but what recipe is delightful enough to deserve the love from the pans?
How about mini-cornbread loaves?
Cornbread pairs amazingly well with chicken and dumplings.
Also, adorable loaves of bread are just the thing that everyone wants to eat.
Corn and loads of butter? That’s what we’re talking about!
So, we were thrilled to find a marvelous recipe from Vanessa over at Smart Little Cookie.
10. Sweet and Sour Cabbage with Bacon
Sour notes from a side can be just the thing for a rich main dish.
Think briny pickles, puckery citrus, or – one of our favorites – sweet and sour cabbage.
We love a good cabbage that’s surrounded by tangy apple cider vinegar, smoky bacon, and sugar.
What’s not to love about that?
Dishes like this cleanse the palate, and make the plate explode with another level of deliciousness.
Grab Christin’s quick and simple recipe over at Spicy Southern Kitchen.
11. Fried Green Tomatoes
Green tomatoes have a lovely citrusy note that always brings us to the table for more.
Stack ‘em up high, and we’ll power through them!
The crunch, the decadence, and the bit of salt at the end – from start to finish, they make our taste buds sit up and take notice.
The fried texture belies just how light and delicate the flavors of the green tomatoes really are. Which makes them the perfect side dish for chicken and dumplings.
In the dictionary entry for “side dishes for chicken and dumplings” you’ll find a picture of fried green tomatoes.
Marissa has a fantastic recipe over at Pinch and Swirl right here.
12. Swiss Chard Salad
Yes, all those words from the old Batman television series jump into our minds when we think of rainbow Swiss chard. These bundles of cruciferous color explode out of the bowl.
And they only get better when they’re thinly sliced into ribbons and tossed with tangy apples, nutty seeds, and salty feta.
Get ready to toss the salad in a lemony vinaigrette, and watch your chicken and dumplings fall in love.
Sue at The View from Great Island has a fantastic recipe showcasing one of our favorite ingredients.
13. Braided Onion Cheese Bread
Why yes, we do love a good stuffed bread. Thanks for asking!
And what would be better than a bread stuffed with two sharp cheeses and onion?
Hold on while we ruminate on that.
Yep. We’ve got nothing.
We love a good cheesy, oniony bread to dip into our chicken and dumplings. If you like French onion soup, you’ll love this side idea.
Also, we’re quite demanding. So, we want all of that flavor to come together easily.
“No muss, no fuss” is our credo!
We found a recipe that lives up to our flavor expectations from Si over at A Bountiful Kitchen. You want this.
What to Serve with Chicken and Dumplings: Drinks and Desserts Do Double Duty
So, there you have it – a whole host of ideas for sides to serve with your chicken and dumplings dinner. But we still need to consider what else to serve.
How about a nice glass of wine? That sounds nice doesn’t it?
But where to start?
Well, in this case, white wines – which many cooks use in their chicken and dumplings broth – are a great place to start your pairing adventures.
A nice California chardonnay with some subtle oak notes will play nicely with the stew’s vegetable and herbs.
A dry sauvignon blanc is another great choice to work with the seasonings and play off the main dish’s richness.
So, now that you have a lovely glass of wine in your hand, let’s turn our attention to desserts.
If you’re lucky enough to be enjoying your shredded chicken and dumplings when those carrots and peas are still in season, then why not take advantage of other seasonal ingredients for your dessert?
For example, is it strawberry or blueberry season? Maybe you picked up a pint of fresh blackberries at the local farmers market?
If so, one of the nicest ways to end a hearty meal is with a light, fresh cup of berries, maybe drizzled with slightly sweet dressing or maybe a little shaved dark chocolate.
A light berry tart or a crostata with a dash of crème fraiche or ice cream would really hit the spot as well.
But, if it’s the dead of winter, no worries. Just pull some frozen fruit from the freezer and whip up a fruity blender ice cream.
These are just a few quick ideas to get you started on finishing up your meal right. But there’s a world of possible answers to the question of what to serve with chicken and dumplings.
What favorite combinations are you going to pick for dinner tonight?