I bought the Rustlers Hot Subs Southern Fried Chicken and followed the instructions exactly, the result was soggy bread in places, dry and chewy in other places, overall bland except for some isolated spiciness. The mayo was excellent and helped mask an otherwise boring snack
As I am completely averse to microwave 'Cooking' I generally steer clear of anything that has to pass through the plastic jaws of the lazy white slob who sits in the corner of my kitchen, mocking my every move.
Usually anything that goes in, comes out exactly the same, bland and soggy, so Rustlers it seems holds the elite honour of being one of a select few microwave foods that I allow into my mouth let alone the house.
Having tried the chicken burger and found it to be passable enough I picked up the southern fried sub and ripped it out of it's see through package (discarding the sachet of mayonaise as it is the devils seed).
Immediately I noticed something I hadn't seen in the rustlers range before, the sub was wrapped in corrigated cardboard which claimed to soak up excess moisture. Anything that potentially could make the experience a less soggy one was welcome in my book.
So on it went for 70 seconds, after which time it was piping hot. I bit into the sub and have to admit I didn't notice it being less soggy than the regular chicken burger, although I don't know how soggy it would have been without the cardboard, perhaps the crumb coating is more susceptible to moisture than the plain chicken burger.
Whilst still a little soggy I have to admit that for a microwave snack it does hold some flavour. There is a mild spicyness to the batter which adds a little something to the otherwise somewhat bland chicken.
I have always said about Rustlers that they make excellent p*ss head food as theres no chance of burning down your house, they are also passable if you really can't be bothered to fix yourself something proper and fancy something to warm your tummy. These aspects are just as true for the southern fried sub.
Put it this way you're not missing out hugely if you never try a rustlers but they're a good alternative to the post pub kebab, and theres no denying that they are convenient.
Especially reccomended to drunkards (well I do enjoy the occasional port at christmas,lol) or gamers who can't afford to pry themselves away from their screens for fear of actually getting something nutritious down their gullets.
I was recently down Iceland and couldn't help but notice that they were selling all types of Rustlers microwave food stuffs on offer. I must admit that when on the go, I do have a soft spot for anything that can be cooked in a matter of seconds or minutes. Even stuff that you know just by looking at the picture is going to be unbelievably bad and un-healthy for you.
I admit it!!! I am a junk food addict!!
Although I usually go for cheap and nasty supermarket brand burger/chicken/fake meat microwave hunger quenchers, I couldn't help but pick up a couple of these chicken subs as they were on offer, 2 for £2, as opposed to usually double that!
What you get is a long bread sub roll, a thick roll but with a soft texture. Inside you are given two pieces of southern fried coated chicken, which lay inside the sub. Within the packaging you also get a decent size sachet of mayonnaise.
To cook the chicken sub you are given a weird kind of cardboard sheet that the roll squeezes into. I believe this allows the chicken and the roll to stay together as they are warmed. Once you open the packaging though, you do have to arrange the chicken pieces in the roll yourself (don't worry, you don't need a qualification in cookery to achieve this, lol).
As per the instructions, you have to heat the sub in the microwave for at least 2 minutes, which is more than ample and gives the sub the heat it needs to scorch the old lips a bit!
Now, my opinion.
I........................actually.....................enjoyed it lots and lots and lots.
But then again I am a bit of a microwave burger junky! Although, being like that does give me a good insight into how the food does compare to many alternatives out there.
I found that the bread roll, although very hot to the touch, was still firm, but not hard like some products tend to be, and was not soggy in the slightest from any juices that may have come out of the chicken. I must say it was tasty, tasty, tasty!
The chicken it self.
I was a bit dubious if I'm honest as I have a real problem with spices, and on more occasions than not, when I've had southern fried chicken of this type, even though it says it's not spicy, my mouth would definitely disagree.
This however was not spicy in the slightest. The coating had a nice flavour that I can only describe as being similar to that of a typical KFC chicken bit (obviously you'll only know what I mean if you've had KFC). But what I mean is, it wasn't hot or tingly on the tongue, but instead just a nice funky flavour.
The chicken inside the coating was also very nice and tender. It seemed to be actual breast meat as opposed to all bits and scraps thrown together with glue (something you often see in value ranges). As the chicken comes in two pieces you do need to be careful, as when holding the sub one piece can squeeze out as you're biting (not a problem for me as I've got a big gob and can munch one in a matter of seconds).
The mayonnaise you get is what you would expect, not amazing but not a total loss. As far as I'm concerned most mayo's taste the same and once it is squeezed onto this hot dish, you don't go for it's flavour but rather it's ability to cool down the chicken with steam coming from it!
All in all, I liked this Rustlers southern fried chicken sub and will definitely buy it again. It was a lot better than other chicken burger/subs I've tried (oh yes......there's been a lot) and if it can be bought at the reduced price it is a much better alternative to supermarket branded products of a similar nature and price.
Go clucking mad and buy yourself a chicken sub!
Nutritional info - always the info I hate most about quick microwave foody stuffs!
Energy: 268 Kcal
of which sugars: 2.7g
Actually not that bad above, considering it does a good job of filling you up!
Remember, this is how I perceived the product to be and everybody has different tastes. But if your like me and you can handle and enjoy food that isn't necessarily gourmet or up to the standard of a Michelin (is that how you spell that???) kitchen, then you should like this.
Enjoy my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had seen a couple of varieties of these in Tesco the other week and we were curious to try them. Since they were selling at nearly the £2 mark I wasn't convinced that they were worth it, but the other week these were on offer on the end aisle for £1, so I tried both varieties.
You just heat this up in the Micro like you do with the other Rustlers items, and this gives you a hot and tasty quick snack.
The Sub that this is in is quite long, and rectangular shaped. It is soft and sort of fluffy inside and the bit of Chicken Breast fills the Sub well. There isn't any empty bits.
The coating on the Chicken is a slightly spiced taste, with a bit tang to it. There is a Mayo sachet which you don't have to add, but I would find it a bit plain without it.
In some ways this is nicer than the normal Chicken Burger type thing from Rustlers, as the flavouring seems quite tasty and a little bit hot, but I don't agree with the price tag from this. If it was 40p cheaper, then I would buy this more often or on offer but to pay nearly £2 I just don't feel it is worth that.
I'm on holiday at the moment, and although I'm welcome to make dinner in my fellas parents kitchen, sometimes I'm not sure if food is earmarked for big meals later. So,with the fridge a bit bare the other day, and only a mammoth joint of beef and a few bits of veg being present , we popped to the co-op and came home with this, costing just £1 on a trial price.
It comes in a clear plastic tray, with a photo of the cooked sub on the printed top label, which also tells us the weight, ingredients, and nutritional information. The sub comes in a cardboard sleeve that goes into the microwave with it, and to cook you simply microwave for a minute,turn over, microwave for a minute more, let stand, then eat. Very simple . There is also a sachet of mayo in the pack.
With my sub cooked an cooled, I say down to enjoy it . It's quite a nicely sized sub, certainly enough for a lunch for me, with a golden roll scattered with herbs, and two golden pieces of southern fried chicken . I tipped on my mayo and took a bite .
I wasn't too impressed to be honest . The coating around the chicken was rather soggy, and I felt it lacked seasoning . I am used to southern fried chicken having a little kick to it, and this really didn't . I didn't feel the mayonaisse helped - while it was decent mayo, it contributed to the overall soggy flavour of the meal . The bread was a little chewy and soggy, however on the plus side the chicken was moist and not completely awful.
Per 100g, there are 268 calories and 11.8g of fat . Bear in mind thoguh that the sub is bigger than 100g, why they can't just put the info per sub on the pack I don't know .
Personally, I really don't much rate this sub . While it was inexpensive for a quite filling sub, it just lacked depth of flavour and was generally very soggy and unappetising . I won't be buying this again .
The other day whilst in my local Nisa store I saw these on offer at a £1.00 each (other varieties are available) instead of closer to two quid each and and I really do love chicken sandwich types of foods so I grabbed one! I had tried the meatball version of this which didn't thrill me and hoped this would be so much better!
The roll sits in a long and reasonably deep plastic tray with a peel of lid and on that piece of plastic there is a photograph of the roll and on that I'm told it is Rustlers Hot Subs, Southern Fried Chicken With Creamy Mayo, the size is stated which is 158g, the best before date is clearly stamped on there and I'm told it is suitable for the microwave. On the bottom of the carton other information includes cooking instructions (microwave it in under 2 minutes), a full nutritional chart is on there as are ingredients and allergy advice and contact details for Rustlers are given. Within that outer carton the roll is wrapped in like a cardboard sheet that is securely wrapped around it in which you heat the sub roll up in and there is a tube of mayonnaise in there too.
The size of the sub is great. Once cooked and taken out of the cardboard sheet thing it comes in after about 2 minutes of cooking time I was rather impressed with it! The bread although warm hadn't wilted and/or gone soggy and it had a light bready aroma to it and was bouncy feeling, long and thick and sliced to the side. Inside there I had two pieces of southern fried chicken looking pieces which filled the roll nicely and they were golden, didn't appear greasy and had a nice golden coating to them. I squirted on the contents of the mayo and went on to the all important taste test...all hopeful and excited this was going to be a culinary masterpiece!
Well although I don't rate this highly it fills a gap. It's a nice size at least and the bread is ok. It had some herbs in there and had a slight mediterranean feel to it, was seasoned and tasted nice enough really. The chicken though was limp, tasted soggy and the southern fried chicken coating was bland and stodgy with little favouring to it at all. I dare say the chicken was good quality and probably breast but it had a processed feel to it being all smooth and didn't contain alot of flavour at all. Being two bits as well was annoying as when I was eating it one bit fell out and stuff like that! The mayo was simply vile though and like runny white water and it was really sour and I really didn't like that as the runny stuff ran out of my sub all down me! (You could use your own though!)
All consumed together is isn't awful but I seriously expected more flavour from this. It looks good enough to eat but my taste-buds didn't think so at all really. Like the meatball version of this I found it all to be bread really and in this case I was glad of that as the chicken and mayonnaise did nothing for me at all sadly! Waste of a pound and I won't be eating it again thankfully if it's up to me!
Contains: Gluten, egg, mustard and may contain traces of sesame seeds, soya and milk.
Nutritional Information Per 100g:
Energy: 268 Kcal
of which sugars: 2.7g
of which saturates: 2.4g
Available in all good supermarkets etc.