Season 10 "American Idol" alum and cool food blogger Sarah Sellers has been posting her viewing-party snack recipes in Reality Rocks for two "Idol" seasons now, and she's back this year to get your mouth watering every night of Season 12.
This week, the top seven "Idol" finalists were not allowed to sing any ballads, and they had to sing rock 'n' roll. So tonight's viewing-party snack theme is "fast food"--with a little taste of something you might find on the menu at the Hard Rock Cafe. Enjoy!
Southwest Lettuce Wraps
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- taco seasoning
- 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast
- 15.25 oz can whole kernel corn, drained and rinsed
- 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- ¼ cup red onions, diced
- ½ cup red bell peppers, diced
- 1 tbsp jalapeno, diced
- 1 tomato, diced
- juice from ½ lime
- ¼ cup cilantro, minced
- kosher salt and pepper to taste
- 1 tsp chile powder
- 1 head romaine or iceberg lettuce*
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ½ cup shredded pepperjack cheese
*For this recipe Sarah used romaine lettuce, but iceberg works just as well.
Heat the olive oil and butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat until butter is melted. Generously season the chicken breast with the taco seasoning. Sauté 6-8 minutes on each side, until the chicken is cooked through. Remove and set aside.
Combine the corn and next 9 ingredients, through the chile powder, in a large bowl and mix until well-combined. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.
Slice the chicken into thin strips (or dice). Take one piece of lettuce and top with a heaping tablespoon of the relish and 3-4 pieces of chicken. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of cheese and top with the sour cream.
Serve with your favorite salsa.
Check out Sarah's food and music blogs at http://sarahsmusicalkitchen.com