Described by Subway:
Looking for a NEW summer flavor? Try the NEW Orchard Chicken Salad sub. Flavorful chunks of tender chicken, crunchy celery, sweet red apples, golden raisins, cranberries, light creamy mayo and your choice of crisp veggies, all on fresh baked bread. So taste-tacular!
I was obviously eager to try this sub to see how it compares to the exceptional Arby’s version, so keep in mind that Subway has a big mountain to climb here. My six inch sub was ordered on a wheat roll, and I added lettuce and tomato as it shows in the promo pic. Normally I wouldn’t add tomato to a chicken salad sandwich but I figured I would follow the advertised product as close as possible. As is the norm with Subway rolls, the wheat sub roll was baked in-house so it was, as typical, soft and fresh. My initial impression with the chicken salad is that on first glance, the pieces of fruit don’t stand out as much as they show in the promo picture; the same holds true for the taste.
All of the ingredients are cut smaller than I would prefer. The fruit that is advertised as red apples, golden raisins and cranberries, appear to be more like a mixture of fruit cocktail (I could’ve sworn I had chunks of pear in mine). There also isn’t an overabundance of fruit. You might get one piece in each bite if you are lucky. If there is celery, it isn’t noticable because it lacks that familiar crunch you’d expect. The added lettuce and tomato only take away even more from the flavor of the chicken salad (as I mentioned before, I added these because of the promo pic). I’m spending so much time talking about everything but the chicken here. The reason…cut too small, not a lot of flavor and just not enough of it. Overall, the chicken salad is sadly quite bland. I am glad that I ordered a 6″ inch ($3.79) as I don’t know if I could have managed a footlong of this sandwich.
In conclusion, the Subway Orchard Chicken Salad Sub falls flat and there is truly no comparison to the Arby’s Pecan Chicken Salad Sandwich. Of course, the value of the $5.00 footlong might be enough to reel you in as a return customer. The chicken salad isn’t horrible, it just lacks flavor and suffers from having too much stiff competition… I mean think about it, I’m sure a lot of you have a great chicken salad recipe of your own that blows Subway out of the water. The only thing saving this from getting a “poor” rating is that you can try your best to flavor it up with customization. After all, shouldn’t chicken salad be able to stand alone?
Pros: Freedom of customization. $5.00 for a footlong is a decent deal. Just 370 calories and 8 grams of fat for a 6".
Cons: On the bland side, fruit doesn't really stand out. Not very filling for a 6 inch.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Price: 3.79 for 6" and $5.00 for footlong
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25 (Mediocre)
More Info: Subway.com
Orchard Chicken Salad Sub (6 inch)
Calories – 370
Fat – 8 grams
Saturated Fat – 1.5 grams
Cholesterol – 40 milligrams
Sodium – 660 milligrams
Carbs – 55 grams
Sugars – 13 grams
Dietary Fiber – 6 grams
Protein – 20 grams