Wednesday 21 March 2018

Put to the test: Chicken and mayo sandwiches

A handy sandwich is often the lunch of choice for workers and many head to the nearest café to get a takeaway lunchtime bite. But if you work near a supermarket or are organised enough to buy your sandwich the day before when doing a grocery shop, what can you expect to get?

We tasted four chicken and mayo sandwiches, all from supermarkets. Scores were awarded on taste, ingredients and price. In our opinion, the tastier sandwiches turned out to be the more expensive ones!

M&S Chicken and Mayo Sandwich 131g

Score: 4/5

Verdict: Yes, this is the most expensive option tasted here, but we found it the tastiest and it had the lowest calories (260) and fat (3.5g). This sandwich is part of the 'count on us' range so you would expect this. Instead of actual mayonnaise, the dressing is made of yoghurt, cream, lemon and black pepper, which gives it a light and sweet taste. The bread is brown wholemeal and the chicken is lovely, and there is 37pc of it. This sandwich scores extra points for having no preservatives, artificial colours or flavourings, unlike the others tested here.

Price: €2.90 (€22.14 / Kg)


Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: This sandwich was fresh and tasty. The chicken (it contained 28pc) was good but there was quite a lot of creamy mayonnaise. The malted bread gave a lovely bit of crunch. This sandwich scored second lowest on calories (315) and fat content (10.4g) but was the second dearest.

Price: €2.49 (€18.72 / Kg)


Score: 3.5/5

Verdict: The chicken tasted fine in this one (although there was only 23pc of it) but it seemed quite salty. So, while this option didn't win on taste, it wins hands down when it comes to price. The granary malted bread is good and has a nice texture but this was high in calories (383) and in fat (11g).

Price: €0.99 (€7.33 / Kg)


Score: 3/5

Verdict: This sandwich had the thickest bread; a light brown with added oatmeal. The chicken content was the highest at 39pc and there wasn't too much mayonnaise, which we liked. The taste of the sandwich wasn't strong though, in fact a little bland. This one comes with the second highest calories (360) and the highest fat content (14.7g), but on the plus side, was the second best price of the options tested.

Price: €1.99 (€13.09 / Kg)

Irish Independent

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