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What to serve with chicken noodle soup

Chicken noodle soup is a great dish by itself but there are some sides that go really well. I love this classic soup when it’s made from scratch.

When I’m thinking of what to serve with chicken noodle soup I think of sandwiches and different types of bread.

I am going to go over the best things to serve with your chicken noodle soup. Now, a few of these might seem a little strange to you but I am telling you, you need to try them.

pan of chicken noodle soup

Bread and butter

This is classic, you are going to want to use whatever bread you have on hand or choose one of your favorites when you go to the bakery or grocery store.

Now when I say butter I mean to use real butter. Butter that is just cream and milk. When the fat from the butter on the bread hits that warm broth of the chicken noodle soup it is a game-changer.

Here a few of may favorite breads…

  • French baguette: This bread brings a great texture and chewiness that goes well with any soup. It also goes great when toasted.
  • Sourdough: Homemade sourdough bread is incredible by itself with butter but to dip it in the your soup is a great way to go.
  • Pita: This also has a chewiness to it and you can rip sections of it to eat with your soup. It is a great option even without adding any butter.
  • Texas toast garlic bread: I might be a little bias about this one seeing that I have a recipe for it but trust me it will go well.


Soup and a sandwich is one of the most classic meals. A sandwich serves great with chicken noodle soup.

You can go so many different ways with your sandwich. I would think of them as two separate dishes but the soup is the part that warms you up on a cold fall day.

A few suggestions for the sandwich would be…

  • Classic cold cut sandwich: This can be whatever cold cuts and bread that you have on hand. You can even toast or grill the sandwich for more of a panini.
  • Italian Sub: Classic sandwich by itself but the saltiness of the meats go great with the broth of a chicken noodle soup.
  • BLT: This again is a great sandwich on its own but when you add it with a classic soup it just enhances it.
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly: Now I know this might sound crazy to you but I am telling you it is one of my favorites. I would do this as a kid creating anything we could to add more food to a soup dinner.

Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese

This is not a side dish per say but when I tell you when adding freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese the flavor that it adds is not short of incredible, I am serious.

This type of cheese has a little funk to it and changes the flavor of the soup to something extraordinary. All your going to do is grate some on top and enjoy!


Go ahead and take a baguette that you like Italian or French and cut it into 1/2″ slices. Toast them in the oven with a little olive oil drizzled on top.

These crispy little toasted crostini dip so well in the chicken noodle soup. They still have a little bit of that crunch after you dip.

Grilled cheese

This one has its own category because there are so many different types of grilled cheese.

There are so many types of cheese to use like American, gouda, cheddar and they all melt great and make an incredible grilled cheese.

Check out my grilled cheese and tomato soup recipe for a great grilled cheese that will pair really well with chicken noodle soup!


I know that they might sound boring but they do go great with almost any kind of soup.

When you use a classic like a saltine cracker, the salt will pop and the hardness of the cracker with bring a little crunch. They bring back memories from being a kid with that long sleeve that came out of a box with square crackers.

Believe it or not oyster crackers are not just for a chowder they also go great in chicken noodle soup. Try it next time you have it!


Just like the cracker croutons will bring a crunch to the soup. They can also last a little longer before they go soggy.

Not only do croutons go great on your garden salad they will go great in your soup. I like the ones that have some seasoning to them.

Croutons are very easy to make with some old bread and a little seasoning. Cut some bread into little squares, toss with oil and seasoning and bake them until they’re crispy.

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