Sriracha Chicken MeltIf you know the ins and outs of this wonderful industry of ours, you may have heard of a little thing called Sriracha. For the uninitiated, Sriracha is a Thai-style sauce/paste made primarily from peppers, vinegar, and garlic. While the most recognizable Sriracha product is the “Rooster Sauce” by Huy Fong Foods, it is by far the only one. As with any growing food trend, it was only matter of time before snack-makers and restaurants seized upon the idea to create a Sriracha-themed product. You may have seen the chips already, but now there’s a whole sandwich of Thai-inspired goodness available at a SUBWAY near you.

Ingredients:

Garlic Bread, Roast Chicken Breast Slices, Pepperjack Cheese, Creamy Sriracha Sauce, Tomatoes, Jalapenos, Bell Peppers, Lettuce

Technically, that’s the list of ingredients on my personal Sriracha Chicken Melt. It’s SUBWAY, after all, and you can get whatever you damn well please. The most basic order, of course, would be the bread, chicken, cheese, and sauce, but I figured I should at least attempt to consume vegetables once a week. Twice, actually, because I ordered a foot-long, and I saved half of it for leftovers. Anyway, note the “Creamy Sriracha Sauce” description. That’ll be important.

Appearance:

Perhaps the best thing about SUBWAY is the food typically looks like it’s supposed to. Sure, it’s never quite as impressive as the promotional images, but at least it doesn’t look like you ordered a totally different item from an unrelated restaurant. My sandwich looks appetizing, and just thinking about it is making me want to eat the other half. I do think that the chain tends to skimp on the chicken, though. I wouldn’t mind a meatier sandwich, but that would require paying extra. I also wouldn’t mind about double the amount of sauce, but I digress.

Smell and Taste:

What’s not to love about that fresh garden smell from the peppers and tomatoes? The flavor comes together quite well, and the Sriracha sauce adds a tantalizing tang to what would otherwise be a standard chicken sub. But it’s not so much a sauce as it is a dressing. I’m not sure exactly what SUBWAY does to the Sriracha to make it creamy, but the consistency is much like their other condiments, most of which are just creamy deli-style sauces/dressings anyway.

Ratings:

FIRE
FLAVOR

Even with the jalapenos, the heat on this sandwich never gets above a low Medium, and that might be a generous rating. Honestly, I’ve had a lot of people tell me that Huy Fong’s Sriracha is hot for them, but I imagine most people could handle this heat without much problem. It’s the sort of product that gives you the flavor of the sauce without the punishment. That’s fine, because the sandwich is actually quite good. Again, this is really only a normal chicken sandwich gussied up with a new condiment, but it’s certainly worth trying out. I personally wouldn’t mind a much bolder, biting taste, but I’ll give it a Nice as it is.

Final Word:

If you’re not in the mood for chicken, consider the Sriracha Steak Melt, also at SUBWAY. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s in my calendar for next week.

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