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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.

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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.

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About the Author

Josie Maurer is a greedy woman who craves cake, pizza, and blueberry muffins. Her fat cells swelled to 182 pounds before she found balance between fitness and her greedy side. She is now almost 40 pounds lighter and still enjoys her favorite foods in moderation. When Josie is not exercising or thinking about her next meal, she's spreading the message of good food and fitness as Editor at YumYucky.com.

Community Thoughts (9)

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  1. Matt SNo Gravatar says:

    Does your city have the promotion where you can turn any sub into a salad?

    I always thought that was neat.

  2. Yum YuckyNo Gravatar says:

    Not that I know of. I’ll have to check it out. That olive vinaigrette is too good!

  3. Hungry JennyNo Gravatar says:

    Mm, I love Subway and that Tuscan Chicken sounds divine! I know you said it was for a limited time only but surely you didn’t really need to speed down at 100 miles an hour to go get it…?! I do worry about your safety, even if it is in the name of food…

    Hungry Jenny x

  4. Can’t be some better for bodybuilders than children’s food and CHIKEN with proso.

  5. If there is one thing I have learned about Subway is to check the nutritional info before ordering.

    They tend to hide under a healthy image but don’t be fooled because their subs contain more fat and salt than some fried fast food alternatives.

  6. They taste soooo good! my fav is the spicy italian.

  7. Amanda BahaiNo Gravatar says:

    Oh … really delicious sandwiches especially coupled with roasted chicken infused with a sense of Italian spices. So want to try it, it feels good and solid.

  8. gumbo recipeNo Gravatar says:

    Hm,I like chicken sandwiches, no matter what they put into it, it still tastes good! But on the other hand, people have different tastes. Subway’s Tuscan Chicken Melt is also good, among others.

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