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Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken is wonderfully creamy and rich and loaded with bacon, jalapenos, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese. Only 15 minutes of cook time. This spicy pulled chicken makes a great sandwich or can be eaten low carb.

Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken on a bun.


Love spicy food and looking for a new Instant Pot recipe? This is the one. Bacon, cheese, chicken and jalapenos are really such an incredible combination. You can’t help but love this dish.

How to make Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken:

This is a really easy recipe. No prep work, sauteing, or pre-cooking needed. Such easy clean-up. Just combine 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, some chicken broth, chopped pickled jalapenos, Ranch seasoning, pepper, and fresh jalapeno in the Instant Pot. I also add some liquid from the jar of pickled jalapenos. It adds wonderful flavor.

Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken in an instant pot.


Pressure Cook for 15 minutes. It will take about 10 minutes for the pot to pressurize before this time starts counting down. So you have about 25 minutes to get something else done.

When you open the pot, there will be a good bit of liquid. I like a thick sauce, so I pour all the liquid into a large measuring cup and then pour about 1 cup back into the pot. I save the rest in case I need to thin the sauce some. Add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese and place the lid back on. Give the cheese a few minutes to melt, then give it a good stir and shred the chicken with 2 forks. Add crumbled bacon and sliced green onions and it is ready to be enjoyed.


Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken on a bun.

Which Instant Pot to use?

There are various models available. I use a 6-quart Instant Pot which is the perfect size. Mine can also be used as a slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, steamer and warmer.

This Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken can be eaten as a sandwich or wrapped in lettuce as a low carb meal. Serve it on slider buns for gameday.


Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken in a bowl.


I love to serve it on buns but it also makes great tacos and many people like to serve it over tacos. For a low carb meal, serve it in lettuce cups.

Love Jalapeno Popper type recipes?

We have a few on our Youtube Channel like this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole.

This spicy casserole is always a big hit with pepper heads.

More Instant Pot Recipes:

Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken on a bun.

Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken

Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken is wonderfully creamy and rich and loaded with bacon, jalapenos, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese.

PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes



  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup jalapeno juice from jar of pickled jalapenos
  • 1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Ranch seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into pieces and softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 green onions, sliced


  • Place chicken in the Instant Pot and add chicken broth, jalapeno juice, pickled jalapenos, sliced jalapeno, Ranch seasoning, and pepper.
  • Place lid on and set to Pressure Cook or "Manual" for 15 minutes.
  • Do a quick pressure release. Pour all the liquid into a large glass measuring cup. Pour 1 cup back into the Instant Pot. (Save the rest in case you need to thin the sauce some.)
  • Add the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Set the lid back on and let it sit for 5 minutes to melt the cheese. Stir well.
  • Shred the chicken. You can either shred it in the pot or remove it to a bowl or cutting board.
  • Stir in bacon and green onions.


Calories: 431kcal
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: instant pot, jalapeno popper chicken

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46 thoughts on “Instant Pot Jalapeno Popper Shredded Chicken”

  1. We loved this recipe!! We made a pasta and added this to it and loved everything about it!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. What bugs me is all the people who want to complain or say “give the recipe to cook another way.” Good heavens…. do you not know how to cook anything at all! Boil the breasts til done. Shred with a fork, add your cream cheese and cheddar and melt it on low stirring frequently add bacon, pickled jalapeños and the ranch seasoning. Stir until the cheese is melted and slap it on a bun. Would you like chewing instructions too?

    1. Kevin B. Luther

      Just made this, and it is yummy on a low carb wrap for a keto dinner. For those asking all the questions on how much chicken or weight, I cooked it like my grandma taught me. Put in how much you want, and adjust as you like.

  3. I just made this tonight and I can’t get enough of it! Wow! The flavor is amazing! We didn’t eat it on a bun, just as is. I bet it would be great on top of pasta, too. I will absolutely make this again! Thank you!

  4. Holy schmoly!! I just made this for lunch and it is AMAZING. I used only 2 chicken breasts but kept everything else the same so we have plenty of leftovers for lunches this week. For a side, I made fried corn with bacon. SO DELICIOUS!!

  5. Anne Michele Lyons

    We have made this several times and love it. Can the recipe be doubled for a larger group? Any suggestions on sides to serve with it.

    1. I doubled the recipe and it is amazing! I made mine into tacos. I fried corn tortillas for about one minute in a pan with a quarter-inch of oil. After that, use tongs to fold them over. Don’t try to fold them
      until they’ve been in the oil a bit. They will tear otherwise. Let each side get crispy. I added lettuce tomato and cilantro. WOW!!!

  6. The family did not like it. They thought that it was weird and definetely didn’t belong on a bun. I thought that it smelled great. I am a vegetarian so didn’t taste it myself.

  7. This looks and sounds delicious! We do not like pickled jalapeños. I’m going to try to put a few fresh jalapeños instead. Does anyone else have suggestions?

    1. Use the pickled during the cooking faze, and fresh after, I’ve made this a few times and about doubled the amount of jalapeños as it wasn’t really that spicy been using at least 4 fresh sliced up at the very end

  8. Tried this recipe with my new insta pot…..I was getting very bored with my one hit wonder meals so I bought one. This recipe was soooooo decadently delicious. The 1st time I made it I did the best I could with the spices I had on hand to get close to the ranch seasoning…..this time I’ve got them on hand for this 2nd go round. Also whatever brand of pickled jalapeños I had were hot/spicy so I’m adding the fresh sliced jalapeño without the seeds…..just in case. But if you like really spicy, go for it. Thanks again it was so good.

  9. Amazing!!! Whipped up quickly and easily. It is simply delicious. I think the recipe is adaptable and modifiable to how you want it. I axed the bacon because I forgot to get some and it was still wonderful. Great as tacos with corn tortillas too. I think I’m going to use the recipe for a Christmas party in a couple of days but as a casserole with corn tortillas layers. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Bethany Pinkas

    I am going to give this a try, sounds really good. Any idea of what weight of chicken to use?


  11. Joan Marie Schneller

    love to make this receipe but would like another way to cook this say in a crock pot.
    thanks please advise

  12. clifford g cheney

    But stop trying to sell the Insta Pot…….. Any pressure cooker will do the same thing.. Love your stuff but just hate the way that cooker is being marketed, I think 90% of the others do the exact same thing.. sorry, it just bugs me……… I do love your recipes……………..

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Well it’s kind of like using the word “Crock Pot” which is merely a brand name vs the word slow cooker. I tend to use the word crock pot alot, but actually use a different brand of slow cooker. Us older folks tend to remember the pre-Instant-Pot style pressure cookers which were a very different beast and when someone says “pressure cooker”, that is still what I think of. You are correct though, any brand of newer style pressure cooker will do.
      Feel free to share the one that you like and use with us. I have no allegiance to a particular brand.

        1. Yes ma’am it can, but I’d either saute it for a few minutes or double the pressure cooking time.

  13. Jessica M Price

    Thank you for sending these amazing recipes!!!!!! I can not wait to try this one 🙂 Keep them coming!!!

    1. clifford g cheney

      you can use any brand of a pressure cooker, there is just way too much sales hype about this brand….

    2. People getting so upset about the use of the “Instant Pot”. If you don’t like it, then do your OWN work and come up with your OWN recipes and post them on your OWN website. Jesus Christ!

  14. Sandy Hammond

    I really enjoy receiving your emails with new recipes! My husband and I are working on no/low carb, keto diets. This recipe would be perfect with celery or lettuce wraps. Thanks again!

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