Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken Sandwiches are a fun twist on a classic appetizer.  Think of your favorite jalapeno poppers, then think about what they would taste like when paired with shredded chicken…sounds good, right?  This is a comfort food recipe and it’s packed with flavor!  Plenty of tender, juicy chicken, a little heat from the jalapenos, a rich and creamy sauce, and crispy bacon make up this sandwich.  It’s a hearty and satisfying meal you’ll want to put into your weekly rotation.

The recipe can be found here.

Start by cooking the bacon according to package instructions.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to cool, then chop and set aside.

Next, slice the jalapenos and green onions, and set aside.

Place the chicken in the bowl of the Instant Pot.  Add the chicken broth, jalapeno juice, chopped jalapenos (from jar), fresh sliced jalapenos, ranch seasoning, and black pepper.

Chopped jalapenos in a jar or pickled jalapenos work well.  You could also use canned, but the jar is nice because it also has the jalapeno juice you need to add to the sauce mixture.  You could also skip the jarred jalapenos and only use fresh…. might be a little spicier!  Adjust the recipe to match your taste.

Close the lid and make sure the valve is in the SEALED position.  Pressure cook on HIGH (manual) for 15 minutes.  Then, quick release the pressure and remove the lid.

Remove the chicken to a cutting board and use forks to shred.  Once shredded, add the chicken back to the Instant Pot and stir to combine.

Add the cream cheese (cut into cubes) and cheddar cheese and stir to combine.  Close the lid and turn the Instant Pot to the “keep warm” setting.  Let it sit for about 5 minutes to help the cream cheese and cheddar cheese melt.  Remove the lid and stir to combine.  Smells sooooo good!

Add the bacon and green onion and stir to combine.

You are now ready to assemble!  Scoop heaping portions onto hamburger buns, pretzel buns, or thick bread, and serve immediately, while still warm.  Enjoy!

The recipe can be found here.

The Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken is good enough to eat on its own if you prefer to skip the bun.  Or you could eat it lettuce wrap style!  If you want to jazz up the sandwich a bit, add some sliced bacon, additional jalapeno slices, a slice of cheddar cheese, and maybe some extra green onions for good measure 😊

It’s super yummy and will make your tummy happy!  It also refrigerates and reheats well if you want to save leftover for lunch or dinner the next day.

Happy cooking!

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