Viral TikTok Hot Pockets Homemade Air Fryer Recipe Isn’t Really Pocket Hot, But It’s Delicious

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Let’s get this out of the way: this is not so really Hot pocket air fryer recipe. Named by the recipe creator, but think of it as a file sandwich pocket.

The term hot pocket conjures up images of greasy pepperoni, melted cheese, and a thin crust of pizza dough. It is usually in reference to the Hot Pocket brand, which is owned by Nestle. But this recipe, from Zach Rocheleau on TikTok, offers a reduced-calorie version of something like Hot Pocket. And that’s not half bad.

The idea from Rochelle is simple. Fill a sandwich with turkey, avocado, cheese, and roasted red pepper, and enjoy the stir-fry. Here are the basic directions for making two pockets, which Rochelle says contain about 300 calories each.


  • Butter bread – four pieces

  • Turkey deli – about 4 slices

  • Avocado – about half an avocado, mashed

  • shredded cheese

  • Roasted red pepper

  • Egg whites


  1. Using a rolling pin or similar tool, roll each piece of bread until it is completely flat and fluffy.

  2. Brush the edges of the bread with egg white.

  3. Put a large sprinkle of cheese in the center of a piece of bread.

  4. Place two pieces of the rolled turkey on top of the cheese.

  5. Lay the roasted red peppers over the turkey until completely covered.

  6. Put a tablespoon of mashed avocado on top of the ingredients.

  7. Brush the top of the bread with egg white, then drop it on top of the stacked piece of bread. The egg white should be facing down.

  8. Pinch the sandwich closed with your fingers and then using a fork, pinch the edges of the bread to make a seal.

  9. Brush the outer edges of the sealed pocket with egg white.

  10. Repeat steps 1 through 9 to make a second pocket.

  11. Spray the basket and pockets of the air fryer with oil or nonstick oil.

  12. Air-fry at 400 degrees for about five minutes or until bread is golden brown and warm.

the details

First things first – here’s what the overall cooking process looked like for Rochelle. TikTok for this recipe has garnered nearly 2.5 million views.

Mmmmmm, hot pocket.
Credit: Screenshots: TikTok / @thezachrocheleau

I obviously understood that this wouldn’t be a hot pocket. Sure, you can probably stuff your buttered bread with cheese and pepperoni to achieve this result. But in some ways, this recipe was better.

So simple! Too hard to fail! it is delicious! Some things I messed up and ultimately didn’t matter:

  • I didn’t have a rolling pin but used an empty rice wine bottle.

  • I made a big mess when I cleaned egg whites.

  • I opened the bread as I closed it, leaving a massive wound.

There really isn’t much to add to the recipe. She’s not trying to be a leader – she’s trying to make lunch easy and healthy.

These are my ingredients, ready to swing. Pro tip: Squeeze some lemon juice into the avocado to prevent it from turning brown if you need to stop for a photo shoot.

Bread, avocado, cheese, roasted red pepper, turkey

Not pictured: egg whites in a small ramekin.
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Here’s the rolled bread. It hardly took any pressure to do.

Flat rolled bread

The idea is to get thinner bread that covers more area.
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Below are the components that were crimped with a slightly broken seal that turned out just fine. Closing the pocket is a relatively delicate business, but the toasting process is forgiving. Rochelle himself mentioned that this would happen and that he was fine.

Closed homemade hot pocket

Small tear, no problem.
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Here’s the hot pockets fully cooked in the air fryer. easy.

Home cooked hot pockets in an air fryer

I’m not sure why the right side of the hot pocket doesn’t cook completely.
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and cross section.

Cross section of homemade hot pocket

Lots of jack.
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So, again, it’s not really Hot Phuket. It’s a small pocket sandwich. And it was good! Turkey and cheese bring delicious flavor while red pepper and avocado add a bit of freshness.

This recipe takes a good sandwich and contains it, melts the cheese, and makes things tasty and crunchy. I can see myself using this as a base for future lunches. “Hot pocket” or leftover chicken, veggies and some cheese? Why not.

I definitely recommend this recipe. It’s very easy to mess up. After all, what’s not to love about a warm sandwich that you can eat on the go?

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