Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club Review

My husband surprised me by bringing home several Lean Cuisine meals on his most recent trip to the grocery store. One in particular, looked enticing and caught my attention, the Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club. So for lunch today, I tried the Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club. While I like Panini type sandwiches I was a bit concerned about how this would taste in comparison to a freshly made Panini sandwich with my¬†cuisinart panini press 5 in 1.

The product description from the box is as follows: Panini chicken club- white meat chicken, bacon, tomatoes amp; ranch-style sauce on sourdough bread. Now everything listed as a part of this sandwich, for reference sake, I like, although ranch dressing is not my favorite type of salad dressing.

Price of Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

Usually, these are too high priced for our family and so I am led to believe either my husband had a coupon or they were on sale or both. Prices listed for the Panini Chicken Club range anywhere from $1.99 on sale with a coupon to $5.99.

Price Rating: 3 out of 5

Preparation of Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

Preparation of the Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini was confusing. The images on the box did not match what was actually in the box and apparently it is important to open the box correctly. Upon closer examination the perforations on the box are not easily visible. I didn’t even look at the directions until after I had already opened and partially destroyed the box. Also, I did not even consider that I might need the box in order to cook my Chicken Club Panini.

So when I started reading the instructions, basically looking for how long I needed to microwave the Panini I was concerned because I was supposed to have a tray and a platform.

The good news is that I was still able to use the box as a platform. Mine just didn’t look like the picture. In fact, my box was used as it was, a torn up box. I didn’t bother trying to make a platform per the directions.

After realizing I should have read the instructions first, I closely read the remaining instructions and did not have any more problems with preparing the Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini.

Preparation Rating: 3 out of 5

Taste of Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

The taste was pretty good with a nice balanced mix of flavors. The bread did have a grilled texture and was brown and crisp on the outside but I felt it didn’t have much of a sourdough taste. The chicken was also a bit bland if tasted by itself but in combination with the bacon, cheese and tomatoes it spiced up nicely. The Chicken Club Panini overall was not too spicy and was flavorful.

Taste Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Nutritional Information: Lean Cuisine’s Panini Chicken Club

As with most boxed meals the carbohydrates and sodium were rather high. However, the protein and fiber were acceptable.

Nutrition Facts from the box:

Total Fat 9 g

Cholesterol 35 mg

Sodium 830 mg

Potassium 500 mg

Total Carbohydrates 44 g

Dietary Fiber 6 g

Protein 24 g

Calories 350 with 80 calories from fat

Nutritional Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Overall Rating Average for Stouffer’s Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club= 3.3 out of 5

With an overall rating of 3.3 for the Lean Cuisine Chicken Club Panini, I found the sandwich to be acceptable for a quick and tasty meal. However, it is not something I will eat on a regular basis. Since I try to learn from my mistakes the whole problem with preparation will never be an issue again.

Price Rating: 3 out of 5

Preparation Rating: 3 out of 5

Taste Rating 4.5 out of 5

Nutritional Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Final Average Rating for the Lean Cuisine Panini Chicken Club = 3.3