Taste Test: Subway Tuscan Chicken Melt
Two things in my life remain constant. I pack lunch, and it’s a Lean Cuisine. I go to Subway, and it’s a Turkey & Swiss on wheat. But today is different. I’m living on the edge and I’m driving 100 miles per hour! So what if I already packed lunch. I’m headed to Subway for their limited time Tuscan Chicken Melt. I live dangerously.
My hunger pangs were triggered by the commercial. When I arrived at Subway there was a life-sized, 3-D poster of the Tuscan Chicken Melt. Hungry people in line were whispering about the sandwich and salivating. Me? I just played it cool. Never mind that I mistook the man in front of me for Al Roker. He ordered four cookies and a large Coke. What’s up with that?
Inside the Sandwich
Subway boasts their latest creation as “delicious Tuscan-seasoned chicken drizzled in olive vinaigrette and smothered in melted cheese.” I ordered mine toasted on a 6-inch, 9-grain bun with Swiss cheese, extra tomatoes, lettuce and onions. But whoa. What the bleep is that? The chicken looks like it was caught in an exploding rainbow, or maybe it was used as a canvas for a brood of Kindergarten finger painters. The meat is overwhelmed by cartoon-ish red & green specks, black pepper, and some other unidentifiable colored particles. It looks unnatural.
I took my sandwich back to the Lab (my desk) and got a delectable aroma of the olive vinaigrette sauce. Dab a bit on your finger and you’ll get a tasty preview of an olive oil mix with a tangy kick and hint of sweetness. I want an entire bottle of this stuff to pour on some salad, and I hate salad.
Next came a preview of the crayola crayon chicken. Thank goodness it tastes better than it looks; grilled chicken flavor infused with Italian spices. Both the olive vinaigrette and chicken smack you in the mouth with flavor, but once they’re combined with the other ingredients inside the bun, the zest diminishes. Now I have a regular ‘ole chicken sandwich with some Italian spices and a sauce that’s barely noticeable. Still tasty? Sure. But not quite worth a repeat performance.
Tuscan Chicken Melt Notes (for 6-inch)
• Price Paid: $4.00 (or $6.00 for foot long)
• Calories: 370
• Fat Calories: 80
• Total Fat: 9g
• Sodium: 1180mg
• Carbs: 48g
• Fiber: 4g
• Sugars: 5g
• Protein: 26g
If you’re curious about Subway’s Tuscan Chicken Melt give it a go. You might actually like it, but don’t be surprised if you’re left underwhelmed. I’ll eat it again if someone else pays the tab; otherwise I’m sticking to Lean Cuisine and Turkey sandwiches.
Yum Up! to: Lean Cuisine and Turkey sandwiches.
Yuck Down! to: Exploding rainbows and finger paints. They’re not meant for chicken.