Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Moonlight Snacks - Wendy's Tuscan Chicken on Ciabatta


Looks good, huh? Yeah, I thought so too as I walked into Wendy's last week with a gift card that was recently given to me. Described by the restaurant, "This A-list sandwich features a juicy chicken breast, garlic and roasted tomato aioli, and Asiago cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun." Now, as you might imagine, I'm a nut for chicken, especially breaded. Add cheese to meat, and I'm sold. So, I decided to give this sandwich a try. It sounded great to me.

I moseyed up to the register and attempted to place an order. I always forget how that works nowadays. You think you're paying one price and getting a regular meal, but then you get questions like, "Small, medium or large?" Maybe some of you folks don't recall this, but they didn't used to ask you that in regards to combos, and I'm still not sure with one the posted price refers too. I guess I should pay more attention, but I'm too busy being annoyed by the question... Anywho, here's what I got...


Everything looks fine so far...




Okay, let's investigate this....




Seems okay. The chicken is nowhere near as impressive looking as in the ad though. I'm also not wild about this type of lettuce, nor this Thousand Island looking sauce. I'm not big on sauce, frankly. I have ketchup on my fries and in my tacos, and on a salad I will have Ranch or Caesar dressing. Sometimes, I'll have ranch on a sandwich if it's something like this one, but... that's about it. Oh well, I can't say that I shouldn't have expected any of that based on the ad photo. But, the chicken, this chicken sure doesn't look like that one. You might not be able to tell though. Let me give you a different angle or two from when I was chowing down and let you know what I thought...



Yeah, as you can see, it's not the big, thick, juicy looking chicken breast I was expecting, full of flavor, like, oh, say... a Chick-Fil-A sandwhich. In fact, this seemed like a pretty standard fast food chicken patty sandwich dressed up with fancy lettuce and bun and a secret sauce. Compared to what it could have been, this sandwich generally lacked flavor. At least any flavor to speak of. Most of it came from the sauce, which, as I mentioned, is something I don't care much for anyway. In my opinion, the Wendy's Tuscan Chicken on Ciabata is a total fail as an A-lister. This sandwich reminds me more of something from the dollar menu, except with more stuff in it. It was just... so... underwhelming. When I came back to finish off my gift card, I used it on the good, ol', slow death inducing Baconator. If it's a good, tasty chicken sandwich you want, stick with Chick-Fil-A. That stuff is freakin' delicious! As for Wendy's, hey, bring back my Bacon Portabella Melt on Brioche! Now THAT was a sandwich! 

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