Monday, October 8, 2012

Review: Subway - Tuscan Chicken Melt

Subway's new, limited-time Tuscan Chicken Melt is a "$6 Footlong Special" they're offering this month in addition to their Featured $5 Footlong. It features strips of chicken breast tossed in a zesty herb seasoning, served with your choice of melted cheese, veggies, and bread and finished with a balsamic vinaigrette.

I went with pepper jack cheese, lettuce, spinach, onions, tomatoes, and the Italian herbs & cheese bread. It cost me $6 for a footlong.

Subway actually had an identically named sub back in 2009, but I guess maybe the chicken is seasoned differently this time around.

So how was the chicken? On this occasion, surprisingly tender and juicy, though not quite fresh tasting (which makes sense since it's pre-cooked from a distribution center). There's a pleasant Italian herb flavor to the chicken similar to Italian dressing but without the tang. In short, the chicken was good!

Like a lot of Subway subs that I've tried, it could have used a little bit more chicken. There was the occasional bite here and there where I found myself chewing on just bread and vegetables. Fortunately the balsamic vinaigrette added a light sweetness to flavor things up.

The vegetables were also typical of Subway: crisp and fresh.

The cheese wasn't very peppery at all and didn't deliver much in the flavor department save for a generic creaminess.

I went with Italian herbs & cheese bread because I'd never tried it before and figure it would go well with the rest of the ingredients. It had a nice, herby flavor and developed a thin, crisp shell from toasting. I didn't really notice the cheese in eating the sandwich though.

Overall the Tuscan Chicken Melt was pretty good. It feels a bit like a salad-sub with light flavors and balsamic vinaigrette the way I had it. I especially liked the chicken, which was tender and juicy (your mileage may vary) and had an balanced, seasoned flavor I found more enjoyable than Subway's other chicken options.

Nutritional Info - Subway 6-inch Tuscan Chicken Melt (269g)
Calories - 380 (from Fat - 70)
Fat - 8g (Saturated Fat - 3.5g)
Sodium - 1080mg
Carbs - 52g (Sugar - 11g)
Protein - 27g
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