What to serve with chicken cordon bleu! These easy and delicious side dish ideas are the perfect accompaniments to transform your cordon bleu dinner into the perfect meal.
Chicken cordon bleu is truly the most fabulous combination of flavor and texture.
Tender chicken breasts are stuffed with savory, smoky ham and creamy mozzarella or swiss cheese, coated in crispy bread crumbs, then fried or roasted on a baking sheet to golden brown perfection.
Its rich flavor is exceptional enough for a special occasion or holiday, but also makes the perfect weeknight or Sunday dinner.
Fun fact: Cordon bleu is a French term that literally translates to blue ribbon. In other words, it means ‘of the highest class.’
But you may be wondering what is traditionally served with chicken cordon bleu, so you can plan your dinner menu.
I put together a list of the very best side dishes to give you lots of inspiration.
Let’s dive in!
Side dishes for chicken cordon bleu
1. Garlic redskin mashed potatoes
The silky smooth texture of these red skin mashed potatoes is hard to resist.
Cream cheese makes them extra creamy. The butter and roasted garlic make it super flavorful.
This will definitely become your new favorite mashed potato recipe.
And chicken cordon bleu with potatoes is seriously the best combination!
2. Cheesy broccoli rice
When it comes to rice side dishes for cordon bleu, cheesy broccoli rice casserole is the best, hands down.
It has SO many wonderful textures and flavors.
The broccoli stays a bit crisp, while the cheesy rice gets fluffy and creamy.
It’s easy to make, and everyone will be going back for seconds.
3. Green salad
A fresh green salad with a bright, homemade dressing is so refreshing and much more special than bottled dressing.
Olive oil, lemon juice, dijon mustard, and maple syrup become downright magical when combined with a few seasonings.
Its zippy, vibrant flavor offers the perfect balance to the heartiness of stuffed chicken breasts.
4. Parmesan garlic asparagus
Oven roasted garlic parmesan asparagus is a super easy recipe that looks and tastes restaurant quality.
Not only is it bursting with flavor, but it’s always a crowd favorite.
You’ll need only a few simple ingredients, including asparagus, garlic powder, olive oil, and parmesan cheese.
Roast it on a baking sheet, serve it up on a platter, and prepare to collect lots of compliments on this super easy, great side dish.
Pro-tip: You can easily swap out fresh green beans for asparagus if it’s not in season.
5. Macaroni and cheese
When it comes to what pasta goes with chicken cordon bleu, macaroni and cheese is a no brainer.
Creamy homemade mac and cheese is loved by kids and adults alike, and is a great way to please the whole family.
This particular recipe is perfect for a holiday, special occasion, or anytime you want to really impress.
And if you don’t have the time or inclination to make it from scratch, a boxed mac and cheese works too!
Crisp and colorful homemade coleslaw is the perfect side for almost any main dish..
It’s somehow both a refreshing side AND a comfort food.
You can make coleslaw easily with a bagged cabbage mix and simple homemade dressing, or pick up a container at your deli counter.
We love being served coleslaw in a restaurant, so why not enjoy it at home as well?
7. Sauteed broccolini
When it comes to vegetables to serve with chicken cordon bleu, you can’t go wrong with sauteed broccolini.
It looks quite delicate and special, can be made in about 15 minutes, but looks like something you’d be served at a steakhouse.
Broccolini is baby broccoli, and when you saute it in butter and garlic until tender-crisp, it turns the earthy flavor of this fresh vegetable into a super tasty side dish.
8. Honey roasted carrots
Honey roasted carrots are deliciously tender and sweet.
Baked whole with olive oil and glazed with honey, they are sweet enough that picky eaters will forget they’re eating vegetables.
You’ll only need a couple ingredients, and they will add some beautiful color to your dinner table.
9. Bacon green beans
Balsamic green beans with bacon are the perfect balance of savory and sweet.
The bacon is smoky and salty, and the balsamic offers a complex sweetness.
Add in the tender crunch of green beans, and everyone will be gobbling them up.
10. Zucchini and potatoes
This zucchini and potato bake is seriously so easy but filled with delicious flavors.
The basic, budget-friendly ingredients somehow transform into a truly addicting side dish.
If you have a bounty of garden fresh zucchini, this is the perfect way to use them.
11. Creamy risotto
Even though creamy parmesan risotto is reminiscent of a great dish you’d order at a glamorous Italian restaurant…
…it’s basically an arborio or white rice dish cooked in broth until it achieves a creamy consistency.
The recipe does involve some extra attention and stirring, but for a special meal, it’s totally worth it.
No time for risotto? Try garlic butter rice instead.
12. Sauteed brussels sprouts
Brussel sprouts take on a beautifully tender, caramelized taste and texture when sauteed.
Don’t worry – they’re nothing like the mushy cabbage-y mounds you might remember from childhood.
If you’re looking to add some more green veggies, you’ve got to try these!
13. Cheesy grits
Southern cheese grits go with just about any meal, but the creaminess complements crispy chicken cordon blue perfectly.
They’re easy, fast, inexpensive, and probably unexpected.
Change things up from the traditional pasta, potatoes, and rice, and give this Southern comfort food a try instead!
14. Baked sweet potatoes
When it comes to potatoes to go with chicken cordon bleu, you might not have considered baked sweet potatoes.
Not only are they really delicious, but they’re full of nutrition and will add some beautiful color to your dinner table.
You can bake them whole and top them in a number of sweet or savory different ways.
Or you can peel and cut them into pieces and roast them on a baking sheet until fork-tender.
15. Roasted root vegetables
The beauty of roasted root vegetables is that they’re as beautiful as they are nutritious, delicious, and easy.
You can totally customize the recipe to include your favorite veggies, what you need to use up in your fridge, or whatever is in season.
Popular root vegetables include rainbow carrots, beets, potatoes, red onion, parsnips, and turnips.
You really can’t go wrong with any combination!
16. Carrot raisin salad
This crunchy, slightly sweet salad is unique and oh-so-tasty.
I’ve eaten it at BBQs and picnics, and apparently it used to be served at Chick-Fil-A!
Carrot raisin salad has a texture similar to coleslaw, but it’s made with shredded carrots and raisins.
The sauce is a bit creamy, with a sweet and tangy taste.
I guarantee that it’ll be a hit, and might just become your new potluck go-to side dish.
17. Sweet potato fries
Crispy baked sweet potato fries are salty-sweet, and even a bit spicy if you’d like.
They’re colorful and nutritious, making them the perfect swap for traditional french fries.
With just a few basic ingredients, they’re actually really fun to make and serve!
18. Air fried zucchini
Air fryer zucchini, tossed in a light Parmesan and panko breadcrumb coating, get crispy on the outside while the insides stay tender.
The air fryer offers a nice crunchy texture, and a healthier alternative to frying.
You can slice them into zucchini fries, or leave them in chunks to keep it super easy.
You’ll absolutely love this low maintenance recipe!
19. Caesar salad
If you really want to impress your dinner guests, whip up homemade croutons and dressing for your caesar salad.
It’s absolutely packed with flavor!
Or you can certainly toss together a bagged caesar salad kit if you want to make life super simple.
20. Creamed spinach
Bright green spinach in a rich, cheesy cream sauce is a classic steakhouse side dish.
But you can make this classic restaurant creamed spinach dish right at home!
The recipe calls for frozen spinach, meaning it comes together quick and easy.
And the best thing is that it can even be made in advance and reheated at dinnertime.
21. Pasta salad
Fresh and easy pasta salad is chock full crisp vegetables, fresh mozzarella, and tossed in a simple homemade dressing.
A mashup of Greek and Italian flavors, it’s super flavorful and downright delicious.
(Make it ahead of time to let the flavors fully combine.)
Everyone will love the beautiful combination of color and texture!
22. Baked potatoes
Who doesn’t love a crispy, fluffy baked potato topped with butter and sour cream?
It’s a basic dish, but when done well, it’s impossible to resist.
Olive oil and kosher salt take the humble Russet potato from good to great.
23. French fries
Speaking of fun ways to transform the inexpensive potato, french fries are seriously addictive.
Homemade fries are easier than you’d think, or bake up a bag of frozen fries with some seasoned salt and garlic powder.
They’ll keep your traditional chicken cordon bleu dinner menu fun and family friendly!
What sauce to serve with chicken cordon bleu
24. Dijon cream sauce
Rich, creamy, and tangy dijon sauce is the perfect addition to crispy cordon bleu.
It’s easy and flavorful, and sure to be a BIG hit!
25. Honey mustard
Homemade honey mustard is definitely the way to go.
This addicting sauce comes together in 5 minutes with 5 basic ingredients.
Just be sure to make extra because everyone will be dousing their chicken in it.
26. Chicken cordon bleu sauce
Speaking of ‘to die for’ sauces, you might find yourself eating this cordon bleu sauce with a spoon.
Heavy whipping cream, chicken broth, butter, basil, and chicken bouillon is all you need.
You’ll never eat cordon bleu without this sauce again!
27. Parmesan cream sauce
Turn a basic meal into a celebration dinner with this creamy parmesan sauce.
If you want everyone to know what an amazing cook you are, give this impressive sauce a try.
28. Grainy mustard
Homemade whole grain mustard is incredibly easy and only requires a few ingredients.
It’s the perfect spread or condiment for tons of meals and is the perfect pairing for cordon bleu.
You can even store any extra in the fridge for up to a year, and use it on sandwiches!
What dessert to serve with chicken cordon bleu
29. Lemon pie
This creamy lemon pie, with a graham cracker crust and homemade whipped cream, will really show that you cooked with love.
It’s SO refreshing, and tastes and looks like a pie you’d pay a lot of money for.
And believe it or not, you can make the whole thing with just 6 ingredients.
Homemade brownies are customizable for all kinds of toppings and mix-ins.
Rich chocolate flavor, crispy edges, and fudgy middles will ensure that these brownies will disappear in no time.
31. Banana pudding
Easy, no-bake creamy banana pudding is always a crowd favorite.
Layered between vanilla wafers and fresh bananas, this homemade banana pudding is downright addictive.
Ready to try some of these chicken cordon bleu sides?
I hope this list of what goes with cordon bleu has given you lots of inspiration for what to serve next time.
With these ideas, you can make it a complete meal that’s as fresh or hearty as you’d like!
Plus, they work whether you’re making an easy chicken cordon bleu casserole or a classic chicken cordon bleu recipe.