Chinese chicken salad is a favorite dish of mine, but I often get stuck on what to serve as a side.
The other day, I wanted to make a special dinner for my family and decided on a Chinese chicken salad. I knew that I wanted to try something new, so I went in search of the perfect side dish.
I remember spending at least 30 minutes just scrolling through different recipes online, trying to find something that would complement my salad. There are so many amazing options out there, that it’s so hard to choose!
However, I’ll show you my favorite side dishes to serve with Chinese chicken salad to help you make a more informed choice.
Side Dishes for Chinese Chicken Salad
- Corn Chowder
- Garlic Bread
- Fried Rice
- Lo Mein Noodles
- Yakisoba noodles
- Baked Potato with Sour Cream
- Egg Drop Soup
- Roasted Asparagus
- Crab Rangoons
This yummy side dish has its origins from New England and is usually made with potatoes, onions, celery, and corn.
It’s thickened with heavy cream or milk and sometimes flour, making it the perfect pairing for a light salad like Chinese chicken salad.
I love to make a big batch of corn chowder on the weekend and enjoy it throughout the week. It’s the perfect comfort food!
When you’re pairing corn chowder with Chinese chicken salad, make sure to get a nice big scoop of soup. The creamy texture will balance out the crunchy veggies in the salad.
If you want to add a little bit of protein to your meal, top off your soup with some grilled chicken or shrimp.
Is there anything better than garlic bread? The answer is no, there is not. There’s nothing quite like freshly baked bread, and when you add garlic to it, it’s even better.
Garlic bread is a classic side dish that goes with just about anything. It’s especially delicious with Chinese chicken salad because the garlic offsets the sweetness of the dressing.
Garlic bread is the perfect side dish because it has all of the flavors that you love in Chinese food. So, it is a smart way to get your kids to eat their salad!
The best way to make garlic bread at home is by using a french baguette. Slice the baguette into thin pieces, and spread on a generous amount of butter.
Then, add garlic powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Place the slices on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.
If you’re like all the rest of us, then you love fried rice. It’s a staple in Chinese cuisine, and it’s so versatile. You can add whatever vegetables or protein that you like. That’s my favorite part about it.
Fried rice is the perfect side dish to Chinese chicken salad because it has all of the flavors that you love in one dish. The rice is savory, the veggies are fresh, and there’s always a little bit of protein.
When you’re pairing fried rice with Chinese chicken salad, make sure to get a good balance of vegetables. I like to add broccoli, carrots, and peas. You can also add chicken, shrimp, or tofu.
In the end, it’s all up to you!
Lo Mein Noodles
Lo mein noodles are a type of Chinese noodle that is made from wheat flour and water. They’re usually boiled or pan-fried.
The major reason why I love lo mein noodles as a side dish to Chinese chicken salad is that have a similar texture to the salad itself. This means that they won’t overwhelm the salad and will provide a nice contrast in texture.
Lo mein noodles are also a great source of protein, so they’ll help to keep you full throughout the day.
When you’re pairing lo mein noodles with Chinese chicken salad, I suggest adding some grilled chicken or shrimp. This will give you a nice balance of protein and veggies.
Yakisoba noodles are a type of Japanese noodle that is made from wheat flour, water, salt, and baking soda. They’re usually stir-fried with vegetables or meat.
I like yakisoba noodles as a side dish for Chinese chicken salad since they resemble the salad in texture. This means that they won’t overpower the salad and will offer an interesting texture contrast.
It has become a tradition for my family to serve this side dish when we have company over for dinner. This is because it pairs well with just about any main dish, including Chinese chicken salad.
If you’ve had Yakisoba noodles before, then you know that they can be a little bit bland. That is why I propose putting some grilled chicken or prawns on the menu. This will provide you with a nice balance of nutrients, thanks to the combination of protein and vegetables.
Baked Potato with Sour Cream
Sometimes, you just need a good old-fashioned baked potato. I like to eat mine with a little bit of sour cream and chives. The sour cream adds a nice tang to the potato, and the chives provide a subtle onion flavor.
Baked potatoes are the perfect side dish for Chinese chicken salad because they’re hearty and filling. They’re also a great source of vitamins and minerals.
When you’re baking your potatoes, I recommend using russet potatoes. They have a nice fluffy texture that pairs well with the salad.
If you’re looking for a little bit of protein, then I suggest adding some grilled chicken or shrimp to your baked potato. This will help to keep you full and satisfied.
Egg Drop Soup
My sister is always raving about how much she loves egg drop soup. She says it’s the perfect way to start her day.
Egg drop soup is a Chinese soup that is made with eggs, chicken broth, and cornstarch. It’s usually garnished with green onions and served with rice.
I like egg drop soup as a side dish for Chinese chicken salad because it’s light and refreshing. It’s also a great source of protein and vitamins.
How you add a special touch to this dish is ultimately up to you, but I would normally add some chicken stock, sesame oil, mushrooms, ginger, turmeric, and even sugar to mine, to give it that extra oomph.
Asparagus is the new ‘it’ vegetable. It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it pairs well with just about anything.
I like to roast my asparagus in the oven with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. This is because roasting asparagus brings out its natural sweetness and makes it nice and tender.
Asparagus is a great side dish for Chinese chicken salad especially as it’s packed with nutrients. It’s also a low-calorie food, so you don’t have to worry about it adding too many calories to your meal.
When you’re roasting your asparagus, try to use only fresh asparagus. If you can’t find fresh asparagus, then you can use frozen asparagus. Just make sure to thaw it before you roast it.
Crab rangoons are a type of Chinese dumpling I learned about while in Asia. They’re made with crab meat, cream cheese, green onions, wonton wrappers and garlic.
If you want to get really fancy, you can even make your own dipping sauce. Otherwise, a simple soy sauce will do the trick.
I think crab rangoons make an excellent side dish for Chinese chicken salad because they offer a variety of flavors and textures. The crab meat is delicate and sweet, while the cream cheese provides a rich and creamy contrast. The green onions add a slight onion flavor, while the garlic provides a nice zing. The wonton wrappers are also nice and crispy.
I love crab rangoons so much, but that’s not the only reason why they made it to this list. There isn’t a word in the entire dictionary that can describe how delicious these Crab Rangoons are. So, I’ll just say that you’ll have to try them for yourself to find out.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is salad a main dish or side dish?
This is a difficult question to answer as it depends on the type of salad and the ingredients used. For example, a green salad with just lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumbers would typically be considered a side dish. However, if the salad includes grilled chicken, quinoa, and beans, then it could be considered a main dish. It really just depends on the ingredients used.
Why is it called Chinese chicken salad?
The salad is called Chinese chicken salad because it includes ingredients that are typically found in Chinese cuisines, such as green onions, sesame seeds, soy, and rice noodles.
What is the best dressing for Chinese chicken salad?
There are a variety of dressings that can be used for Chinese chicken salad. Most people are of the opinion that any Asian dressing will do.
However, I think the best dressing is a simple vinaigrette made with rice vinegar, olive oil, and honey. This dressing is light and refreshing, and it really lets the flavors of the ingredients shine through.
What is the difference between a side dish and an appetizer?
An appetizer is typically a smaller portion size than a side dish and is served before the main course. Side dishes are usually larger in portion size and are served alongside the main course. However, there are no hard and fast rules, and sometimes appetizers can be served as side dishes and vice versa.
In all my years of experimenting in the kitchen, I have come to the realization that there is no one perfect side dish for any given meal. It really depends on your personal preferences and what you’re in the mood for.
That being said, I hope you enjoyed my list of amazing side dishes to serve with Chinese chicken salad. If you are still unsure what side dish to pair with your salad, then just go with your gut and choose something that sounds good to you. Trust me, you can’t go wrong.