It seems one point we can all agree upon, even if you are still debating what to serve with chicken noodle soup, is that it’s one of the most comforting meals around!
Does it have medicinal properties? Maybe.
Does it have a filling, comforting carbs? Usually.
Does the steam from chicken noodle soup clear the head and mind? Perhaps.
Does it make sore throats feel better? Probably.
Does the mental expectation that it will make you feel better to serve as a self-fulfilling prophecy? Could be.
Did your parents serve you chicken noodle soup as a child when you were sick, so you associate chicken noodle soup with the feeling of being cared for? Mine did, too, so yep.
So what goes with chicken noodle soup?
Probably the first thing that comes to mind may be oyster crackers or saltine crackers.
For me, it was either plain crackers or a tuna fish sandwich. (Scroll down for my recipe.)
What salad goes with chicken noodle soup?
A nice leafy one with flavors to complement the soup (and plenty of croutons).
Maybe a Mediterranean-type salad or a bean salad or one that is chopped into small bites.
If wanting a more substantial meal, one side to go with chicken noodle soup would be a savory sandwich with crispy buttered bread.
Sometimes a bowl of comforting soup is all that is needed, but an excellent chicken noodle soup side could be a fruit salad to give a little something sweet to enjoy alongside the savory soup.
Many restaurants offer a lunch special of soup and a side, whether it is half a sandwich, salad, or fruit. So why not make your own “two-fer”?
Finger-friendly items like onion rings or avocado fries could be the answer to “What to serve with chicken noodle soup?”
In this post we are going to look at 17 various ideas for what to serve with chicken noodle soup, so have fun trying out something new or different, whether it is a brand new recipe or simply a creative side to go with chicken noodle soup that you had not considered before.
Add to the warmth and comfort of chicken noodle soup with one of these tasty, easy sides you make yourself!
1. Easy Cheddar Biscuits Made From Scratch
When considering what to serve with chicken noodle soup and crackers just do not seem like enough, I suggest these lovely cheddar biscuits!
They are drop biscuits that are buttery and cheesy and absolutely tasty!
The surprising ingredient is paprika and butter goes in the biscuits and on top of them as well.
The cheddar cheese really sets these apart and they are perfect for pairing with soup!
What goes with chicken noodle soup?
How about a surprisingly sweet sandwich?
This recipe talks you through how to assemble a lovely sandwich on cinnamon raisin bread.
Inside you will find honey-pecan cream cheese, chopped pecans, thin slices of pear, alfalfa sprouts, and a drizzle of honey.
It could be served cut in halves or quarters.
It provides a cool refreshing crunch opposite a warm bowl of soup.
One excellent option to answer the question of what salad goes with chicken noodle soup is a copycat Olive Garden salad.
This recipe lines it all out clearly.
The ingredients include iceberg lettuce, Romaine lettuce, red onion, Roma tomatoes, black olives, whole pepperoncini peppers, parmesan cheese, and croutons.
The recipe for the dressing is also provided or you can use your favorite.
Perhaps a little something tart-like fried pickles are what side can go with chicken noodle soup.
Oval pickle slices are a bit easier to work with but circles can be used as well, just keep them on the slightly thicker side!
Pat them dry.
Then dip the slices in the batter followed by the breadcrumbs before frying in hot oil until both sides are golden brown.
Serve with a creamy dip.
What do you serve with chicken noodle soup?
How about a nice fruit bowl?
Something fresh and light and sweet!
This recipe calls for red strawberries, yellow pineapple, dark blueberries, red grapes, green kiwi, and mandarin oranges.
There is a simple dressing made of honey, pineapple juice, lime juice, lime zest, and a pinch of salt.
The dressing adds flavor and keeps the fruit from turning brown quickly.
Obviously, you could use other fruits as well like bananas, mangoes or apples
Some comforting bread as a chicken noodle soup side is a fantastic choice and these stuffed garlic butter crescent rolls can be ready fairly quickly!
Melted butter with Italian seasoning and garlic make this recipe pop.
Roll out each crescent triangle, brush with butter mixture, put half a mozzarella cheese stick at the wide end, and roll-up.
Brush top with more garlic butter.
Bake, serve, and watch them disappear.
A different kind of salad to go with chicken noodle soup could be a three-bean salad.
This one is tangy and a bit spicy, with a lot of good ingredients to enjoy here!
Black beans, red kidney beans, and garbanzo beans are the recommended combination but substitutions could easily be made.
The supporting ingredients are colorful bell peppers, red onion, and cilantro.
The vinaigrette is made of olive oil, red wine vinegar, lemon juice, minced garlic, chili flakes, hot sauce, salt, and pepper.
Chill an hour before serving.
Traditionally speaking, what to serve with chicken noodle soup would absolutely be saltine crackers!
But have you tried your hand at homemade ones instead of ones out of a box?
Today might be the day!
The basic ingredient list is flour, baking powder, butter, milk, coarse salt, and an egg white.
There are nice pictures with a full explanation of how to make the dough, roll it out, cut it, and bake it!
An out-of-the-ordinary sandwich is what goes with chicken noodle soup so give it that certain je ne sais quoi!
What could be more delightful on a lovely seasoned ciabatta bun than assorted deli meats, Brie cheese, arugula, olives, and roasted red peppers?
Serving it alongside a bowl of chicken noodle soup!
The buns also have a delightful vinaigrette brushed on the inside of the sandwich which elevates the flavor profile significantly!
When deciding what salad goes with chicken noodle soup, this chopped autumn salad should most definitely be in the running!
The dressing is made of olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
The ingredients include Romaine lettuce, cooked bacon, a Honeycrisp apple, dried cranberries, red onion, crumbled feta, and pumpkin seeds.
Chop, slice, dice, or crumble your way to this salad’s completion!
Avocado fries are another great side to go with chicken noodle soup.
Unexpected? Sure, but those can be the best surprises!
You know the assembly line drill.
Cut and skin the avocado and squeeze lime juice over the slices.
Then dip them in the flour mixture, egg mixture, and then panko bread crumbs before baking.
Instructions for cooking in an air fryer are also given.
What do you serve with chicken noodle soup?
A colorful salad!
A colorful delicious salad!
A colorful delicious berry salad!
Time to pick up some berries: strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cherries.
Wash and dry them.
Cut the strawberries into bite-size pieces and remove the pits from the cherries.
Combine in a large bowl and add a light dressing of honey, lime zest, and juice.
Or not, it’s up to you.
A savory and satisfying chicken noodle soup side comes in an unexpected form of muffin-shaped mashed potatoes.
They are creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside.
So if you want something comforting but not in the form of bread, biscuit, or cracker, this option just might be it!
Simply bake in a muffin pan the mixture of mashed potatoes, eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon bits, and chives.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of each one before baking.
These are wonderful!
Want some chips to go with chicken noodle soup?
Great, but let’s make them a bit better for us than the usual fare, shall we?
How about making them out of zucchini rounds!
Slice the zucchinis into uniform round slices and coat with a mixture of olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.
Place on a lined cookie sheet and top with some parmesan cheese for baking!
If you are a fan of grilled cheese sandwiches but you do not want to do the predictable soup and sandwich routine as your chicken noodle soup side, I have an idea for you!
This grilled mozzarella sandwich takes your sandwich game to the next level!
Sourdough bread, whole mozzarella cheese, large slices of tomato, and roasted red peppers with a homemade pesto may find you looking forward to making this again soon!
A tomato-cucumber salad could be what salad goes with chicken noodle soup!
Not lettuce-based, but the freshness of the ingredients offers a stark contrast to the savory soup.
The colorful ingredients included are tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, parsley, cilantro, salt, and pepper.
The dressing is olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, honey, and dried oregano.
Slice, dice, combine and chill for a couple of hours for the flavors to fully incorporate.
When chips are what to serve with chicken noodle soup, not just any chip will do!
I highly suggest these parmesan cheese crisps.
Easy to make and so very crunchy and delicious, these chips will definitely be conversation starters!
The basic recipe is a tablespoon of shredded cheese baked on a cookie sheet.
Any type of cheese can be used, and if wanted, any seasonings can also be added.
Lots of hints and lots of flavor ideas are included, so experimentation is surely in your future!
18. Easy, Simple Tuna Sandwich
Gen-Xers, unite! If you’re from the northeast like me, chicken noodle soup came straight from a can, and so did the tuna for the sandwich on my plate beside it.
I grew into a more sophisticated tuna salad for sure, but I’m still not a fan of too many crunchy things in my tuna.
Toasted white bread, a can of tuna (in oil or water), a tablespoon of mayo, salt, pepper, and maybe not even the S&P. No cheese, no lettuce, no tomato, no chunks, no seasoning.
It’s not tuna salad or creamed tuna or curried tuna, it’s a tuna sandwich.
Yes, you can eat it without toasting the bread, but why would you.
No Miracle Whip, either. Don’t mess with perfection.
This easy, simple tuna sandwich with a comforting bowl of rich, flavorful chicken noodle soup will take you five minutes.
There are a LOT of ways to eat a tuna sandwich, but this one is mine. See the recipe below.
The bottom line
When determining what to serve with chicken noodle soup, I hope this list holds some ideas to get you started.
Want more side ideas for soup? You sure do.
BEST Simple Tuna Sandwich 🐟
This is the tuna sandwich I grew up with—simple and easy with only three ingredients: canned tuna, mayo, and white bread. It’s the best side to serve with chicken noodle soup.
- 1 can of tuna fish, drained well
- 1 T of mayonnaise, not Miracle Whip
- 4 slices of white grocery-store bread
- Toast bread to 5C. Set aside.
- Into a small bowl, empty the can of tuna with a fork.
- Stir in the mayo. Add more to taste if the tuna still seems dry.
- Spread the tuna on one slice of toast. Using the fork, press down and spread the tuna to the edges.
- There should be enough tuna mixture leftover for another sandwich. If you’re only making one sandwich, move the mixture to an airtight container with a lid and put it in the fridge.
- If your tuna sandwich is going mobile, don’t add it to the bread until it’s time to eat it.