This is such a delicious dish that it’s difficult to think of a simple side dish that would live up to the standards. The first and most obvious answer to this question is vegetables. Just about any roasted veggie would go really well with this recipe, but we’ll talk about them more specifically later.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu is one of those delicious dishes that you can enjoy any time of year, but it’s especially comforting in the fall and winter months. With tender chicken, lots of melty cheese, and savory ham, it’s a recipe that’s pretty hard to resist!
Chicken Cordon Bleu is the main dish that can be as fancy or as casual as you want. It’s elegant enough to serve for a special occasion but absolutely family-friendly for a tasty weeknight dinner. The hardest part of figuring out what to serve with it is figuring out who you want to serve it to! (If you need the perfect recipe check out my bacon-wrapped chicken cordon bleu!)
Is Chicken Cordon Bleu Healthy?
Chicken Cordon Bleu can also be a diet-friendly recipe, depending on which diet you follow. Chicken is friendly for most diets, but not all allow lots of cheese, ham, and in the case of my favorite recipe, bacon. However, if you’re on a keto diet, this recipe is perfectly acceptable, and even if you’re not, it makes a delicious cheat meal!
How To Save Money On Chicken Cordon Blue
To save money on chicken cordon blue, I suggest stocking up on the ingredients when there are sales or buying them in bulk. All of the ingredients freeze well, so it makes sense to grab them at a discount when you can even if you don’t plan on enjoying them until later.
WHAT TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN CORDON BLEU:
These are my best easy and classic side dish options to choose from to serve with chicken cordon bleu. They all use easy-to-find ingredients, they are easy to make, and they’re absolutely delicious.
- Cowboy Caviar – This cold side dish is easy to make the night before and is light enough to serve with chicken cordon bleu. Plus, the beans add extra protein, so this one is perfect for a physically demanding day.
- Fresh Fruit Salad – Sometimes you just want something sweet to go with your meal, and this side dish can be customized to whatever fruit is in season at the time.
- Cast Iron Grilled Zucchini – Another way to round out the dish with a low calorie and low carb side. These zucchini rounds are as tasty as they are easy to make.
- Potato Salad – Especially in the summer months, you really can’t go wrong with potato salad as a side dish for any main. There are so many ways to change up your potato salad to go with your meal. If you don’t want a cold salad, a german potato salad goes well with chicken cordon bleu, too!
- Classic Green Bean Casserole – This side dish definitely doesn’t get enough credit! It’s usually reserved for Thanksgiving menus, but it really does make a nice addition to any meal on any day of the year.
- Watermelon Salad with Feta Cheese – This low-calorie dessert is bursting with delicious flavors that go really well with Bacon Wrapped Chicken Cordon Bleu.
- Garlic Parmesan Cheese Pull-Apart Garlic Bread – this garlic bread is easy to make, fun to eat, and goes really well with chicken and mozzarella cheese.
EASY VEGETABLES TO SERVE WITH CHICKEN CORDON BLEU:
Since homemade Chicken Cordon Bleu is a little high in calories, I often like to serve it with a low-calorie and low-carb vegetable. It helps you to stay within your points budget for the day, but the chicken cordon bleu is so filling that you don’t feel like you’re missing out on anything.
- Air Fryer Asparagus – Asparagus really balances out the richness of the meal. This great side dish is also low in calories, which makes the complete meal a little better for you. And popping asparagus in the air fryer is a delicious way to get it on the table fast!
- Easy Grilled Zucchini – This easy vegetable tastes delicious and is so good for you, too. I like to serve it with chicken cordon bleu because it’s low in calories and helps to balance out the meal. If you add a little lemon juice to it, you get some extra tang as well.
- Grilled Corn on the Cob – This is a delicious summer side dish, but if you live in a warmer climate, you can still get fresh corn on the cob year round.
DIFFERENT WAYS TO MAKE CHICKEN CORDON BLEU:
Without the bacon – sometimes I skip the bacon and just leave the chicken breast plain, simply because I don’t have enough on hand or I’ve recently eaten another recipe with bacon. The recipe is just as good without it, and it saves some calories.
With a different cheese – Some people enjoy their chicken cordon bleu with swiss cheese or even cheddar or provolone.
With spinach – Adding a few spinach leaves with the ham and cheese is a great way to sneak in a few extra nutrients if your kids will eat “green stuff.”
Breaded – You can bread the chicken rather than wrapping it with bacon. Panko bread crumbs work great for this because they still crisp up in the oven.
With gravy – This meal becomes one of true decadence when you serve it with gravy. Sometimes I’ll do a nice mushroom gravy on the top, and once in a while I just go with the gravy packet you can find in the store. It all depends on how much time I have available.
What are some of your classic comfort foods for fall?
What do you serve with chicken cordon bleu?