Because I regularly write articles at a downtown Hartford, Connecticut Starbucks coffee shop, I have the opportunity to be aware of and sample many of the new menu items that Starbucks constantly introduces. Yesterday, I tried Starbucks’ new Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich. I must say, I thought that this panini sandwich was a top – rate product that was delicious, filling and convenient. This sandwich was just as good as any panini sandwich that I’ve eaten at full – service Italian restaurants and its price is actually cheaper than most other panini sandwiches that I’ve eaten. The Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich so impressed me that I have decided to write a product review of it. Presented here, in an effort to assist the consumer, is one food writer’s product review of the Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich that is stocked and sold at Starbucks coffee shops across America. I’m assuming they make the Panini with the cuisinart gr-1 griddler panini and sandwich press.
The net weight of the Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich is 6.1 ounces. In physical size, this sandwich is approximately six inches long. When I ate this sandwich, I paired it with a smaall bag of potato chips and the combination of the two items filled me up just enough to satisfy my appetite.
The regular price charged for one Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich at Hartford, Connecticut area Starbucks coffee shops is $5.75. Through the years, I have eaten panini sandwiches at many different restaurants and the price of every other panini that I have eaten has been higher than the price charged for this sandwich. Considering the delicious flavor and overall high quality of this item, I think that this price is reasonable.
The texture of the Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich is soft, yet appealingly crisp. These sandwiches normally sit in a display cooler and when one of them is purchased, it is heated in one of Starbucks’ unique ovens. The sandwich features authentic grill marks and it maintains the texture of a straight – from – the – grill panini sandwich. When eaten with a bag of chips, the contrast in textures is quite enjoyable.
The Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich contains 380 calories, with 90 calories from fat, per one sandwich serving. This product also contains 5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams trans fat, 10 grams total fat, 65 mg of cholesterol, 870 mg of sodium, 47 grams total carbohydrates, 2 grams of dietary fiber, 2 grams of sugars and 25 grams of protein per one sandwich serving.
Taste / Flavor
The flavor offered by the Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich from Starbucks coffee shops is actually very good. The flatbread that holds this sandwich provides a tasty base for the other ingredients, all of which are equally tasty. the chicken is real breast meat and it tastes very fresh. The addition of bell peppers and pepper jack cheese to the item livens it up, but the sour cream green chile spread that adorns the item really sets it apart from other panini sandwiches. I must admit, I thought that the flavor offered by this sandwich was vibrant and exciting and I can’t wait to eat one of these sandwiches again.
The Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich is packaged in tightly – wrapped, clear plastic, which ensures freshness. The wrapped sandwich then sits inside of a heavy – duty cardboard sandwich sleeve, which provides for secure handling. The product label features an attractive illustration of the sandwich and it also lists all relevant ingredient and nutritional information.
All things considered, the Starbucks Chicken Santa Fe Hot Panini sandwich is a delightful menu item that is just as good as a panini sandwich from any other restaurant. It features real chicken breast meat, fresh bell peppers, tasty cheese and a wonderful sour cream – green chile spread that adds a great deal of flavor to the item. Competitively – priced, this sandwich is available at Starbucks coffee shops everywhere and is recommended by this food writer.