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What to Eat with Chicken Noodle Soup

Ever wonder what to eat with chicken noodle soup? There are so many different sides, salads, and sandwiches to choose from that it might be hard to decide. 

chicken noodle soup with bread, crackers, salad, and dessert

I typically choose either a salad or sandwich and then end with dessert. If I’m extra hungry, I might even add an appetizer.

You can cook chicken noodle soup a variety of ways. I’ve made it in my Instant Pot pressure cooker, in my slow cooker, and on the stovetop in either a Dutch oven or other large pot. It always comes out tasting wonderful!

For a slightly different twist for more flavor in your soup, add a little fresh lemon juice or a handful of chopped fresh herbs. You can do this with any chicken noodle soup recipe. 

Bowl of Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing more comforting than a delicious bowl of chicken noodle soup. It satisfies on so many different levels. This delicious comfort food is a great way to pull the entire family in and remind them that they’re loved.

I’ve made chicken noodle soup with a variety of different noodles. It’s more about what you add to the broth that makes the bowl of soup so delicious

Before I had to follow a gluten-free diet, my favorites were egg noodles. Now I use whatever gluten free noodle I can find in the grocery store.

ramen with chicken and vegetables in a bowl

I was really excited when I found gluten-free ramen noodles. The first thing I dod was make this delicious chicken ramen with vegetables. This is my current favorite way to make chicken noodle soup.

I’ve recently discovered some egg noodles that are gluten free. That’s good too!

When making chicken noodle soup, you can pretty much use any kind of chopped or shredded chicken. I’ve made it with leftover chicken thighs as well as what’s left from a rotisserie chicken dinner.

Next time you cook boneless skinless chicken breasts, add an extra piece to make this soup later. When it’s time to cook the soup, you simply add the cut-up or shredded chicken to some chicken stock or vegetable broth, toss in some noodles and a few veggies. 

Make this chicken soup recipe with any kind of cooked chicken you happen to have. I also keep a few cans of chicken in my pantry, and that’s good too.

Best Sides to Eat with Chicken Noodle Soup

All of the foods listed below are suggestions for what to eat with chicken noodle soup. But remember that you’re the one who has to be happy with what you serve.

If the people in your family or dinner party have a favorite side, then put that on the table! It’s all about enjoying your food!

Whether you start your meal with an appetizer or enjoy it along with the soup, these are all easy and delicious! 

If you want to know what I consider the best side dishes for chicken noodle soup, my answer is that it depends on my mood and how hungry I am. Most of the time, I enjoy a salad. 

When I’m really hungry, I want a sandwich to eat with chicken noodle soup. Sometimes we enjoy a little dessert afterward.

Appetizers

It’s always nice to have something for people to munch on while they wait for their soup. Or you can serve them alongside the soup if you want.

plate of tortilla chips

Corn Tortilla Chips – We enjoy the chips from a bag, but homemade is so much better! And it’s easy to do in your air fryer!

plate of bacon wrapped potato wedges

Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges – Yes, please! These are so delicious you can make a meal of them all by themselves! Pair them with soup, and you have a meal fit for royalty!

plate of crispy zucchini parmesan chips
Crisp Parmesan Zucchini Chips

Crispy Zucchini Parmesan Chips – Let the crunch be heard! These are absolutely delicious, either dipped into your favorite sauce or all by themselves!

Salads to Go with Chicken Noodle Soup

bowl and plate of potato salad

Potato Salad – This is always a popular side dish. In fact, when my mother made it for family gatherings, it was always the first dish to disappear!

Mason Jar Salad – I like to keep a few of these in the fridge for those times when we want a quick salad. As the name implies, make individual servings of salad and put them in mason jars. They’re always ready when you are.

Watermelon cucumber salad on a plate

Watermelon Cucumber Salad – This salad is a great side dish when you want something cool and refreshing. It’s the perfect balance to a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

bowls of broccoli slaw

Broccoli Slaw – Add some color, crunch, texture, and great flavor to your meal next time you serve any kind of soup!

Creamy Coleslaw – This classic side dish adds a lot of flavor to any meal. 

BLT Salad – Combine a traditional salad with a classic sandwich, and you get this amazingly delicious bacon, lettuce, and tomato salad!

Tomato Cucumber Corn Salad – With a mix of some favorite delicious and nutritious ingredients, this salad delivers boatloads of satisfaction!

chickpea salad in a bowl

Chickpea Salad – Add more protein and other good-for-you ingredients to your soup dinner with a chickpea salad!

Sandwiches as Sides with Chicken Noodle Soup

bowl of egg salad

Egg Salad Sandwich – You can serve this easy egg salad between two slices of bread when you want a sandwich … or place it on a bed of lettuce for a sandwich!

grilled cheese sandwich with a side of pickles

Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Whether you make this on the stovetop, in your toaster, or in your air fryer like I did, you’ll want to make this one often.

Chicken Salad Sandwich – Got lots of leftover chicken? Then make a chicken salad sandwich to go with your soup!

BBQ Beef Sandwich – This delicious barbecue beef sandwich from Julia’s Simply Southern starts out in a slow cooker. So easy and absolutely fabulous!

Bread Options You’ll Love

Most of us enjoy some type of bread on the side of our favorite soup. Sometimes we have saltine crackers.

Sometimes we have bread from a store-bought loaf, and other times we make something special. It’s nice to have different types of bread so everyone can choose what they want.

Here are some delicious but easy bread options to eat with chicken noodle soup:

Slice of cornbread on a plate

Southern Style Cornbread – My southern style cornbread is from a recipe that was passed down through the generations. I remember my great-grandmother making it, and mine tastes exactly the same. The best way to make it is in an iron skillet, but you can use a regular pan if you want.

Easy 2-Ingredient Biscuits – These biscuits are delicious when slathered in butter. But they’re also yummy to dip in the chicken broth from the soup.

Soft Dinner Rolls – These buttery soft dinner rolls from Back to My Southern Roots are always popular with any meal. You simply can’t go wrong with these. This is one of those delicious recipes that you’ll want to use for a variety of meals.

Crusty Bread with Olive Oil Dip – We’ve always enjoyed either French or Italian bread with a flavorful olive oil dip. I season extra virgin olive oil with my favorite seasonings, such as basil, oregano, garlic, and more.

Soft Pretzels – These soft pretzels from Sally’s Baking Addiction will send your tastebuds into orbit. They have great flavor, and they’re a good option to go with your soup.

More Side Dishes to Go with Chicken Noodle Soup

If there’s something you enjoy, go ahead and feel free to have it with your soup. It doesn’t have to be a traditional side. This is your soup, so have it with whatever you want.

sautéed spinach and tomatoes on a plate

Spinach and Tomatoes – This is a super easy side dish that goes with everything. Granted, it’s not a typical side for any kind of soup, but it definitely adds a lot of color and nutrition to any meal.

plate of sweet potato fries
Sweet Potato Fries

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries – If you like a hint of something sweet, these sweet potato fries are a good choice to serve with your soup. I make them in my air fryer, but you can use your oven if you prefer.

bowl of waffle fries

Waffle Fries – Next time you go to the grocery store, pick up a bag of frozen waffle fries. They’re an easy side dish! Just pop them in the air fryer basket, add a couple of other things for flavor, and you have the perfect dish to serve with your soup.

roasted brussels sprouts

Roasted Brussels Sprouts – There’s something about roasting vegetables that makes them taste better. I made these in my oven, but you can certainly use your air fryer.

Garlic Zucchini Parmesan – Zucchini, garlic, and parmesan go together like they were made for each other!

French Fries – To dip or not to dip? That’s the most difficult decision you’ll have to make when you serve these yummy French fries!

Don’t Forget About Dessert

All meals are better when you have dessert to look forward to. At least, that’s what my husband says. 

Here are some we enjoy after a meal of our favorite soup:

peanut butter marshmallow bar on a plate
Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars

No-Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars – Peanut butter lovers will go absolutely nuts over these delicious bars!

Fudgy Chocolate Banana Brownies – When you want a brownie that’s delicious but not the same-old-same-old, make these. Bananas add so much to the flavor of these brownies! 

2 plates of scotcheroos
Scotcheroos

Easy Scotcheroos – Different flavors come together to bring you this crunchy goodness that just might become your favorite sweet treat!

lemon bars on a plate and in a pan
Lemon Bars

3-Ingredient Lemon Bars – You’ll love the perfect balance of sweet and tart in these easy lemon bars. This is always a favorite dessert or sweet treat. 

Brownie Waffles – If you like brownies, and you like ice cream, you’ll love these brownie waffles! The waffle texture holds the ice cream like it was made for that purpose! And they’re so delicious!

bowl of pineapple dump cake with vanilla ice cream on top
Pineapple Dump Cake

Pineapple Dump Cake – There’s nothing better than this delicious pineapple dessert! It’s a tropical vacation that gets better with every bite!

plate of peanut butter cookies and a jar of peanut butter

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies – Even people who can eat flour love these cookies. In fact, if you don’t tell them, they won’t even know … except for the fact that they’re so good they melt in your mouth!

Perfect Pairings for Chicken Noodle Soup

The great thing about any kind of soup is that you can enjoy it with so many other dishes. The best thing to serve with it is whatever sounds good to you.

Whether you choose a fresh salad, some crusty bread, or leftovers from the night before to eat with chicken noodle soup, you can have a great lunch that’s delicious, an easy meal, and budget friendly. 

variety of types of chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup is a classic dish that’s the perfect way to have a warm, comforting meal that the family will look forward to when they need comfort food. Although we like soup year-round, there’s really nothing better than a bowl of steaming hot soup on a cold winter day!

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