Fast Food Review: Salsa Chicken Toasted Flatbread from Wawa

What separates Wawa  from the rest of the quick stops is their coffee and sandwich shop.  A review on their coffee is for another day, so we’ll skip that and go right to the sandwich shop.  Wawa carries breakfast sandwiches, wraps, hoagies, (Yes I call them hoagies and I’m sure you have another name for them!), soups and a lot more.  Basically you walk up to a touch screen monitor, and order what you want.  Wawa recently introduced 3 different Toasted Flatbreads;  Salsa Chicken, Reuben, and Cuban.  I’ve now sampled all three, and have to put the Salsa Chicken at number 1.

Salsa chicken flatbread1

The flatbread is soft and very lightly toasted, reminding me of a gordita from Taco Bell.  Inside is very messy pepper jack cheese, sliced chicken, and fresh salsa.  There’s quite a bit of cheese in this sandwich which I liked, and it offers just a hint of spice.  It’s not strong at all, but it’s just a nice amount.  The sliced chicken reminds me of the Perdue Short Cuts you’ll find at the grocery store.  It’s tender and tastes pretty decent.  Of course, there probably could have been more slices, but the amount I received was still OK.  I really enjoyed the salsa which was similar to the fresh kind you’ll find refrigerated at your local grocery store.  The tomatoes and cilantro are the two ingredients that are most noticeable and add a lot to the sandwich. 

Salsa Chicken Flatbread

Overall, the sandwich is very decent.  It was a nice twist on a regular sandwich, and was also nice to have one without a lot of ingredients.  It frustrates me when there are so many ingredients that some get lost in the party.  If you have a Wawa near you, definitely pick up one of these!

Salsa Chicken Toasted Flatbread from Wawa (collage)

Pros: Tomatoes and cilantro tasted great in fresh salsa. Chicken is nice and tender. Good amount of cheese.

Cons: Quite messy. Not the best sandwich to eat while driving.

Taste: 7.75/10
Value: 7.00/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 4.00/10
Price: $3.99

Overall GrubGrade: 7.75/10

More Info: Wawa.com
Nutrition Facts:
Salsa Chicken Toasted Flatbread
Calories - 560
Total Fat - 19 grams
Saturated Fat - 9 grams
Cholesterol - 90 milligrams
Sodium - 1650 milligrams
Carbs - 58 grams
Sugars - 5 grams
Dietary Fiber - 5 grams
Protein - 40 grams

8 comments on “Fast Food Review: Salsa Chicken Toasted Flatbread from Wawa

  1. Adam says:

    Looks like your standard “cooked chicken” strips that FF places get. They can sometime be hit or miss on depending on what the guy behind the counter grabs that day, but for the most part they hold up. The flatbread “looks” better than a lot of other flatbreads I’ve seen, although I’ve only had DD’s line of flatbread sandwiches. How do these compare?

  2. Dang, that looks really good. I love flatbread like that. I would think with a name like Salsa Chicken it would have more salsa.

    590 calories! Where? I guess in the cheese….I don’t know. How big was this thing? It doesn’t look awfully large.

    As I said before I’m a sauce/condiment whore, I would’ve dunked this bad boy in a mound of salsa. Did they offer any sauces?

  3. john says:

    Adam,
    I’ve only had the DD flatbread once. Was that a bit ‘crustier’? I can’t remember. This flatbread is very soft and is not that toasted, but it’s still pretty decent overall.

    Bear,
    yeah, I’d have to agree that it’s probably in the cheese. they put quite a bit of it in the sandwich!
    Size wise…. I’d say it’s good for a lunch. Not sure how big your appetite is, but if I get one again… I’d probably get a bag of chips with the sandwich.
    While it’s not a ‘sauce’, they do offer sour cream for an additional 20 cents. I’m sure if you asked the people at the counter for extra salsa that wouldn’t be an issue. I actually thought that the amount was ok. It wasn’t overpowering, but it also wasn’t lacking in flavor.

  4. Adam says:

    I’ve found DD’s to be stale. It definetly has a crunch, but I’ve found it to be hit or miss on different visits, with the last two having sucked. There really was no flavor in the bread itself either, which is a shame, because I think a flatbread should have warm, subtle sweetness.

  5. DJ Dedd says:

    That sandwich looks sadly devoid of color….

  6. Raiders757 says:

    I agree with DJ. It looked like it didn’t have very much salsa at all. Still, most everything I have gotten from a Wawa has been pretty good. Even the Italian Wedding Soup, which I know comes fro ma can.

    I must add though. For your own safety, as well as others, one should never drive while eating. If you can’t take the time to enjoy your food, maybe you shouldn’t be eating it at all. (Just had to add that in there.)

  7. Some Guy says:

    I like the pepperoni flatbreads at Wawa, those are pretty good.

  8. Nancy says:

    I had the turkey flatbread from Wawa once and yesterday had the chicken salsa version. I preferred the taste of the chicken one b/c I perceived the turkey one to be too spicy (tasted like chipotle spice, but too heavy on the spice).
    I am disappointed by the high amout of calories. I am dieting and found out by reading the above nutritional value that the chicken salsa flatbread is the equivalent of 12 points on weight watchers. That’s a lot for lunch (the meal for which I had it).
    As far as taste goes, the flatbread was slightly toasted on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. There was what seemed like an appropriate amout of chicken, light on the salsa and heavy on the cheese sauce. Even though I liked it, I probably won’t be getting it very often due to the calories and high fat content.