What to Serve with Chicken and Dumplings [11 Best Side Dishes]

Easy chicken and dumpling side dish recipes and ideas, from Texas corn nuggets to fried green tomatoes, and Southern cornbread to skillet green beans. Discover what to serve with chicken and dumplings today.

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Chicken and dumplings is a Southern and Midwestern American comfort food classic. While different regions have different takes on the dish, from Pennsylvania Dutch bott boi to Appalachian chicken and slicks, the idea remains the same: Delicious fluffy dumplings cooked in chicken broth.

These easy serving ideas will complete your dinner platter, including simple skillet green beans, Southern cornbread, and fried okra. Find your new favorite side dish recipe today.


homemade cornbread no buttermilk

Cornbread is a staple of many traditional American meals, particularly in the South. The buttery, soft bread is perfect for soaking up extra sauce or accompanying chicken. While many recipes call for buttermilk, this recipe yields delicious Southern cornbread without buttermilk.

For cornbread you will need common baking ingredients such as flour, milk, eggs, and cornmeal. Mix the dry and wet ingredients, combine, then cook in a well-greased skillet.

Roasted Bacon & Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

Roasted Bacon Parmesan Brussels Sprouts

A side of vegetables helps round out a meal full of indulgent flavors and textures. However, these roasted Brussels sprouts are so packed with flavor that you won’t have to remind anyone at the dinner table to eat their vegetables!

To make this recipe, toss the sprouts with crumbled bacon, olive oil, garlic, and salt. Roast in the oven, then finish with sprinkles of parmesan cheese.

Simple Skillet Green Beans

Simple Skillet Green Beans

If you’ve gone to the trouble of making dumplings from scratch, you don’t want to go to a lot of effort to make the sides, which is why these simple skillet green beans are perfect.

You only need a few ingredients besides the green beans, and are mostly seasonings. Cook the green beans until they are bright green, being careful not to overcook them.

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

Fried Cabbage with Bacon

When you’re serving up a homemade, no-frills meal such as chicken and dumplings, you want a side dish that is just as simple and rustic. This fried cabbage recipe feels simple but is packed with flavor.

To make this easy side dish, you only need cabbage, onion, garlic, bacon, and seasonings (Cajun seasoning adds a nice kick). Pre-fry the bacon and onions, fry the chopped cabbage and finish with herb seasoning.

Green Salad

Green Salad

You can’t go wrong with a simple, classic choice for a side, such as a salad. This salad recipe is simple but packed with bright flavors to balance the richness of chicken and dumplings. You need lettuce, seeds, red onion, and a honey mustard vinaigrette.

You can customize the salad with your choice of vegetables but try this base recipe to get you started.

Texas Corn Nuggets

Texas Corn Nuggets

Try making these Texas corn nuggets for a side dish just as indulgent and comforting as the main. You can whip them up for your next potluck or barbecue, where they will be guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

This recipe required canned corn, creamed corn, milk, cornmeal, an egg, and seasonings. Make and freeze balls of the corn, then cover in batter and fry.

Grape Walnut Salad

Grape Walnut Salad

Fresh salads always make a great side dish, but sometimes they get repetitive. This grape walnut salad is innovative while not requiring you to go to too much effort.

In addition to grapes and walnuts, you’ll need cream cheese, sour cream, and sugar to make the dressing. Stir all the ingredients together for a sweet side dish packed with healthy fruit.

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

Southern Fried Green Tomatoes

When making a Southern classic such as chicken and dumplings, why not stick to traditional Southern recipes for the side dish? Fried tomatoes are an icon of the region’s cuisine.

To make the batter, you will need flour, buttermilk, breadcrumbs, and other ingredients. Season, dredge, and fry the tomatoes.

Mustardy Cabbage & Apple Slaw

Mustardy Cabbage Apple Slaw

There’s nothing like a tasty, acidic coleslaw to cut through the rich flavors of chicken broth. This recipe takes slaw in a different direction with the sweet hint of apple.

Along with shredded cabbage, apples, and mustard, you’ll also need scallions, apple cider vinegar, and seasonings. Combine the vegetables with the dressing after cutting them into shreds.

Perfect Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

If you want to serve the perfect comforting dinner, mashed potatoes make the best side dish. This creamy recipe takes your standard mashed potatoes to the next level. Plus, the mash can help soak up some of the gravy from the chicken.

In addition to potatoes, you will also need salt, pepper, butter, and half-and-half. For extra creaminess, stir in cream cheese before beating.

Southern Fried Okra

Southern Fried Okra

If you want to stick to traditional Southern side dishes to pair with your chicken and dumplings, go for a lesser-cooked classic such as Southern fried okra. This crispy vegetable staple is a must-have at many potlucks and church dinners.

In addition to okra, you will need cornmeal, flour, eggs, and seasonings. Fried okra is sliced, dredged in flour and eggs, then fried.

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