REVIEW: Subway Sriracha Chicken Melt

Written by | November 20, 2013

Topics: 7 Rating, Fast Food, Subway

Subway Sriracha Chicken Melt

“Would you like your tomatoes toasted?” the Subway sandwich maker asked after I told her I’d like to try their Sriracha Chicken Melt with Italian bread.

“Fancy schmancy!” I unintentionally blurted out loud in an old woman’s voice, and then followed that with a nod of my head.

My excitement waned after finding out the tomato toasting involved just placing the tomatoes on the meat and cheese of the sandwich and toasting it all in Subway’s proprietary (and somewhat loud) toasters. I guess fancy schmancy would be if she asked me if I wanted my tomatoes fire roasted and then, after me agreeing, proceeded to pull out a proprietary Subway blowtorch and roast those ‘toes.

Because Subway’s shredded lettuce tends dull the flavor of every sandwich, and because I wanted to copy what’s on the promotional posters for the new Sriracha Melts, I also asked the Subway sandwich maker to top my sub with green peppers, red onions, and pepper jack cheese. Before adding the veggies, she squirted on a helping of Subway’s Creamy Sriracha Sauce as if she was signing her name on my sandwich.

However, as she was doing that, I thought to myself, “Subway probably formulated this sauce so that it would appeal to many different taste buds, so it’s A) not going to be as spicy as the rooster sauce most of us know and love; B) not going to be as bold as the rooster sauce most of us know and love; C) I wonder if she notices my fly is open, I should probably zip that up; D) I should probably ask for more sauce; E) I’m taking too much time to ponder about this because she’s asking me again what veggies I want.” After taking off my thinking cap, I asked for more creamy sriracha sauce.

By the way, is it just me or do other people feel they’re not getting their money’s worth when they don’t load up their Subway sandwich with as many veggies as possible?

Subway Sriracha Chicken Melt Closeup

If you go through bottles of rooster sauce because it’s your jam, the bright orange creamy sriracha sauce will disappoint and you’d be better off just squirting your own sriracha sauce on your Subway sandwich, which is probably something you already do since rooster sauce is your jam. As for the rest of you, it’s definitely a nice change of pace from the usual mild condiments offered, like lite mayonnaise, mustard, honey mustard, and sweet onion.

The sauce’s spiciness is almost on the same level as Taco Bell’s Hot Sauce, which is my sauce of choice when I Live Mas. Along with the chili pepper flavor, there’s a bit of sweetness and tanginess, but overall it doesn’t have a bold or garlicky flavor like actual cock sauce. With that said, I have to say the sauce is tasty enough that it made me say to myself, “Wow. This sandwich didn’t make me sad like the others have. It’s the most enjoyable Subway sandwich I’ve had in a long time.”

As for the rest of the sandwich, I wish the chicken was marinated in the creamy sriracha sauce; the red onions and green peppers added some crunch and flavor that enhanced the sauce; and the pepper jack cheese kind of got lost behind the sauce. As for the toasted tomatoes, I don’t think toasting them did anything to improve their flavor. Perhaps being fire roasted with a blowtorch might’ve helped.

(Nutrition Facts – 6 inch – 440 calories, 230 calories from fat, 25 grams of fat, 4.5 grams of saturated fat, 70 milligrams of cholesterol, 990 milligrams of sodium, 43 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 26 grams of protein.)

Item: Subway Sriracha Chicken Melt
Purchased Price: $7.50
Size: Footlong
Purchased at: Subway
Rating: 7 out of 10
Pros: Most enjoyable Subway sandwich I’ve had in a long time, thanks to that sauce. Creamy sriracha sauce has decent heat and flavor. Red onions and green peppers enhance the sauce. Subway employees who use the condiments to sign their names on the sandwich.
Cons: Folks hoping for rooster sauce will be disappointed. Chicken not marinated. Not sure the pepper jack cheese doesn’t anything. Getting asked if I want my tomatoes toasted was kind of weird. Blurting out archaic phrases in an old woman’s voice. Daythinking while in ordering a sandwich.






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  1. Chuck says:

    I was wondering how this tasted. I got burned out on Subway in Houston because there was one in the lobby of my work building so I haven’t been there for ages. I might give this one a try though. I’ll probably add in some hot peppers instead of green peppers though.

  2. A.G. says:

    This is OK, but beware that, like a lot of their creamy sauces, the Sriracha sauce is pretty densely caloric. This is not nearly as low-cal as a chicken sandwich with a lighter sauce.

    Also I got a gristly piece of chicken when I got it, which happens every so often at Subway, and makes me stay away from their chicken for a while every time it happens.

    • Joe g says:

      Well whatever you do RESIST any notion or temptation to try a FLATIZZA. The pizza sauce is terrible . Taste like tomato paste with water mixed in . The cheese taste like plastic and the crust was hard and flat flat flat like a car tire .

  3. Eric says:

    Fancy schmancy.

    Good job. I laughed…

  4. Britney says:

    I literally just got done eating the steak version of this sub. The ladies at Subway told me they couldn’t believe I was going to eat it. One of them said she tried it and her mouth was burning so bad she had to drink milk. LOL I gobbled down the whole footlong without taking a drink. I just love spicy food! This was definitely the best sub I’ve had at Subway so far. All the ingredients meshed really well together for a full on flavor blast. I’m very disappointed this is only for a limited time. They should re-think that.

  5. Kristin says:

    I had jalapenos on mine and it really made all the difference! Delish! The Subway girl was also a little incredulous and asked “Are you sure this is going to be okay?” as if I was going to burn my mouth off and come in and blame her or something.

  6. Cory says:

    “The sauce’s spiciness is almost on the same level as Taco Bell’s Hot Sauce….”

    I’m not sure if it’s a difference in location but the Taco Bell Hot Sauce is like mild salsa from a jar here. The spiciness of the siracha sauce at Subways here is on a whole other level. Heck, the Fire Sauce at Taco Bell doesn’t even come close to the spiciness of the Siracha sauce at Subway. I’m just glad a “restaurant” finally decided not to pansy out when it comes to spiciness. They’re always like …”this will set your mouth on fire”…”our new sandwich is HOT HOT HOT”…. but then you try it and realize you could have gotten the same amount of spice from a little black pepper.

    BTW….Siracha sauce on the Seafood & Crab sub at Subway is amazing!

    • Britney says:

      I completely agree with you, Cory. I’m not sure what that person was talking about but the hot and fire sauces at Taco Bell are hardly spicy at all. Like you said, they taste more like a mild sauce. The sriracha sauce at subway definitely gives the right amount of spice without being too overwhelmingly hot.

    • Ray says:

      I honestly cnt detect anything that I would call “spicy” at Taco Bell. Sauces especially.

  7. brendan says:

    Does this person (writer) own a subway franchise? Because for someone to give a positive review for a sandwich that contains cancer ridden “FAKE” chicken is ridiculous (by fake chicken I mean processed beaks, feet, anus’ and other byproducts, all thrown together with some artificial flavoring and gelatin.) A REAL SHAME SOMEONE WOULD FEED THIS CRAP TO SOMEONE AND CALL IT “FRESH”. OH, And they jumped on the band wagon with the “sriracha” thing. And to say that it’s “their own? Like they went to thailand and brought it back. Give me a break.
    Shame on you for writing a positive review for an appalling sandwich AND franchise like subway.

    • Marvo says:

      Does this person (commenter) own a Quiznos or a sandwich franchise that makes better sandwiches than Subway (which to be honest is easy to do since Subway sets a low bar)? To say I’m a Subway franchise owner based on ONE REVIEW (yeah, I have a caps lock key too), is ridiculous. Have you read my past Subway reviews? Besides, if I was a Subway franchise owner, would I type the following? 95 percent of the time Subway sandwiches are the equivalent of having sex with anything that moves. It’ll get your rocks off, but there are many better options and there’s a good chance you’ll regret not taking those better options later.

      Also, what kind of person who HATES Subway sandwiches Googles Subway sandwiches? I know that’s how you got here. If you don’t mind me saying, that’s some crazy shit. I don’t care for Miley Cyrus, but I’m not wasting my time Googling her. I mean, there are much better things to do on a Sunday afternoon. There’s football and an insane amount of informercials on television.

      Also, shame on you for using the shift or caps lock key to type an entire sentence, but not taking the time to use it to capitalize Subway and Thailand.

      • Valerie says:

        I mean, I’m a bit late to the party here, but is no one going to point out that sriracha is not made in Thailand, but in the United States?
        Also, my delicate grammatical sensibilities are as confused by the seemingly arbitrary and completely unpredictable use of capital letters as they are by the overzealous and improper use of quotation marks.
        And I’m not even going to touch on the difference between parts of an actual chicken and the byproducts of chicken.
        Shame on you, Brendan, not just for jumpin’ on that hipster, pseudo-intellectual, holier-than-thou, self-righteous bandwagon- one word, by the way, but just in general. It seems like you could use some shame on you in your life, probably even now, months later.
        Now, if you’ll excuse me- I have to go wait for my sammich. “They don’t have that sandwich anymore, but they have the sauce and they can put it on my chicken sandwich.”
        Um…isn’t that the same thing? O_o

  8. Steve says:

    I am fascinated by the apostrophe after anus.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I’ve been getting this with the Tuscan chicken. $6 and you get seasoned chicken! Even better, chicken is a $5 footlong special for December

  10. brendansmom says:

    How dare you talk to my wannabe hipster son in that smarmy tone!!

  11. Joe g says:

    I am just looking to voice my dissatisfaction with a product from Subway . The FLATIZZA and this is where Google took me . Mr. Subway if you read this throw the recipe for your FLATIZZA back in the sewer you used to put it together .

  12. Claire says:

    It’s creamy Sriracha. Different from ordinary Sriracha



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