Review: Chicken Milano Sub from Quiznos

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Quiznos recently debuted several new menu items, including grilled flatbreads, salad wraps, and “sub sliders”… but what really drew my attention was that 13 of the new items are under 500 calories, a completely reasonable payload for any meal, let alone one that comes from a quick service eatery where bread and cheese are in abundance. Of the new items, the Chicken Milano Sub looked the tastiest.

Here’s how Quiznos describes the Chicken Milano Sub:

All-natural chicken, all-natural mozzarella, Italian 3-cheese blend, seasonal lettuce blend, tomatoes, smoky sundried tomato and basil pestos served on your choice of Artisan breads (options include whole grain flatbread, white, wheat, rosemary parmesan or garlic focaccia).

It’s quite a mouthful, but I’m going to propose a different way to describe the new sub: the best thing that has happened to Quiznos in years. Yes, it is that good. With the exception of the tomatoes (which were bland, as is usually the case at fast food places), every element of the sandwich was ridiculously tasty.

Cheese plays a starring role in the sandwich: the fresh and squishy bun is flecked with little bits of browned parmesan, and there’s a big scoop of parmesan flakes on top of the juicy, seasoned chicken. Mozzarella is also well represented. Once the sandwich is sent through the toaster, the slices of mozz inside the bun melt into a blanket of creamy goodness, imparting flavor in every bite.

What sent the Chicken Milano Sub over the edge was the two different spreads. The sundried tomato pesto tasted like a very thin marinara, which gave the sandwich some depth, while the herbaceous basil pesto brought a touch of salt, which perked up the other flavors. It’s truly amazing that a sub this tasty, with three cheesy elements, only has 450 calories.

*Discolsure: Quizno’s provided me with swag and a gift card to help sample the menu and review items for GrubGrade. I was not compensated financially for this positive review.

Pros: Exceptionally tasty sub, toppings are well portioned, reasonably good for you, and a good value considering the quality of the ingredients

Cons: Tomatoes were a bit bland, would be a bit messy to eat on the go

Taste: 9.75/10
Value: 8.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.50/10
Price: $5.69

Overall GrubGrade: 9.50/10

More Info: Quiznos.com
Nutrition Facts:
Chicken Milano Sub
Calories: 450
Total Fat: 18 g
Saturated Fat: 9 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 15 mg
Sodium: 1060 mg
Total Carbs: 44 g
Dietary Fiber: 3 g
Sugars: 5 g
Protein: 28 g

27 comments on “Review: Chicken Milano Sub from Quiznos

  1. Santiago C says:

    This looks quite small. Is it big enough to leave you full? Because if not, it defeats the whole purpose of only being 450 calories.

  2. ljay says:

    I feel like I need a shower after this “review”

  3. rondoman says:

    One thing I didnt see in the review, how is the chicken?

    Is it Subway-esque where its like a chicken loaf or is it actual chicken breast meat? And how did it taste? The texture?

    Just wondering if the chicken is legit.

  4. Bekahs says:

    I’m so glad to hear this. It’s the one sub off the new menu that I want to try.

  5. Rick says:

    9.5 is strong! I’m gonna put this on my to-do list. Did the pesto and tomato spread weaken the inside of the bread like every other sub there and rip it open by the end?

  6. Jonathan says:

    Quiznos has really stepped up the game against Subway with their under 500 calories menu.

    Pretty sure I know where im going for lunch tomorrow…

  7. Heidi says:

    I knew I wanted you to review this one for a reason! Tomorrow’s lunch…

  8. Daniel n says:

    Thanks for thr review, I’ve been thinking about trying this sub. Where did you find the nutrition info because the Quiznos site doesn’t have this sub nutrition info listed. Also what size is the nutrition info for, I’m guessing small?

  9. Chefprotoss says:

    Hmm… I’m intrigued. Quiznos used to be on the same level as Popeye’s and chipotle for me. Then around 2004 they started sucking. Sad really. I might have to check this new menu out. Thanks erin!

  10. CB says:

    Sounds great. Must try!

  11. Manavee says:

    I tried this and agree it is very good. I don’t think I would go as far as a 9.5, but I would definitely put it up to an 8.5 or 9.0.

    If you’re looking for other new sandwiches to review, Potbelly’s new Mediterranean sandwich is really tasty.

  12. Erin says:

    Thanks for the comments, everyone! To answer the questions, I thought the size was good for lunch. I was starving when I visited and it was big enough to quell my hunger pains, for sure. The quality of the chicken is excellent, not like Subway at all. The sauces were well portioned and didn’t make the bread mushy.

    I haven’t been to Quiznos in years because (like Chefprotoss) I found the quality had degraded, but this sub redeemed the chain for me. I can already see many chicken milanos in my future.

  13. Royal says:

    I got one today for dinner and it was fantastic. My greens also look way better than yours did – there was nice color and variety in the ones on my sandwich that added great flavor. I also opted for the chopped tomatoes as opposed to the slices which I think added a lot.

  14. George says:

    I went to Quizno’s for the first time in about 6-7 years a few weeks ago and also had this sandwich. I wish they had a slightly better assortment of toppings(mainly spinach), but I thought it was very good. The spreads were a bit salty for my tastes, and I’m also not sure I’d pay full price for this sandwich(something like $8.75 for a footlong) but I don’t have much bad to say about it.

  15. wenkie says:

    Wow 9.5

  16. Scrape says:

    Doesn’t look like there is anything there but a few chunks of bag salad lettuce, tomato shavings, and a hunk of bread. It does not seem like a good value when compared with other sandwich purveyors, and the LAST time I went to my local Quizno’s, they rudely yelled at you for altering the toppings on a sandwich and charged you for them or for different bread. Luckily, I have Potbelly and WaWa within walking distance, and have a Wegman’s around to get a real sandwiches when I want them.

  17. M86 says:

    Wow… A 9.5?

    I haven’t been to a Quizno’s in a long time… The last time was about 5 years ago, when I lived in South Dakota, and there was one very nearby to where I lived.

    I have noticed that they’ve stepped up their coupons/deals recently… And now their new line of items.

    The pics looks good, but it seems like it’s really big on the bread, and small on the meat/veggies. Thanks for the review, Erin… I might just have to get off my Quizno’s hiatus!

  18. rodney11111 says:

    everything at quiznos is way too pricey.
    I cant believe a small quiznos sandwich would cost 5-6 bucks!
    this is unacceptable.

  19. Grubbie says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but it’d be better if our beloved Grubgrade editors as “journalistic” practice did not accept any complementary swag (or reward cards for themselves or site users). I mean, it’s one of the cool perks of the job I guess, but when it’s followed by one of the most surprisingly glowing reviews in a while (which I’m sure is legit btw) it feels kind of like a conflict of interest?

    • Ryan says:

      If you’re sure it’s legit, then there shouldn’t be a conflict of interest. And wait til you read the review I’m writing for one of the new Quiznos menu items… not to ruin any surprise, but it will definitely balance things out. Also, 99x out of 100, when I receive “complementary swag” from a company, I give it away to readers. You won’t see these types of reviews often, I always feel better using my own money rather than having to defend the site against accusations of favoritism.

    • Erin says:

      wait until you see my review of the new dessert items! It will definitely not be glowing. One perk of writers accepting freebies (besides not having to pay out of pocket for an opportunity to share a review with the community) is that Grubgrade users also get the chance to win gift cards. It’s a win-win-win if you ask me.

  20. Michael says:

    How salty is this seasoned chicken? I have always found Quiznos chicken too salted for me.

  21. kikurage says:

    Pics and review are very good. I have understand this sub is good balanced. Being in the house, I feel just the sub like a front of me. GrubGrade point ” 9.50/10″ is very high. I will try it.

  22. Jack Smoke says:

    Tried this last sunday and I was pretty pleased with the sandwich. The 3 cheeses, pestos and sundried tomatoe blended perfectly together. Yea the price is pretty lame, I mean you can get a 5 dollar footlong at subway for around the price of a regular at quiznos. I dunno if I would go as high as a 9.5/10. It was a nice sandwich but it didn’t completely blow me away.

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