Keto Hot Pockets- Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo
So, we understand how difficult it can be to find keto-friendly options for comfort foods like hot pockets. That’s why we’ve adjusted the traditional recipe to make a version that is simple and affordable, and easy to make.
Our keto hot pockets are stuffed with chicken and broccoli. In addition, instead of using traditional wheat flour in the dough, we use almond flour, a low-carb, gluten-free alternative. This recipe also calls for heavy whipping cream, butter, and parmesan cheese in the filling to keep it high in healthy fats and protein. So, without further ado, we give you all the information needed to curl up with your own tasty keto hot pocket.
Gathering Ingredients: What You Need and Why
For the Filling
- Shredded chicken: This is a chicken and broccoli Alfredo keto hot pocket, so we need chicken. If you don’t have chicken, you could substitute it for another meat, but then you would not be making this recipe not that that bad.
- Frozen broccoli cooked and chopped: This gives the keto hot pocket a good source of fiber and a nice color. We have to get in the vegetables some way or the other, right?
- Whipping cream and butter: The heavy cream and butter help make a flavorful and creamy richness to the sauce in the filling. After all, a dry hot pocket is not what we are after.
- Spices: As you scroll down to the recipe card below. You would see an assortment of spices. They are what we used, but feel free to make it your own.
For the Keto Hot Pocket Dough
- Shredded mozzarella cheese: The mozzarella cheese provides a cheesy and stretchy texture to the dough.
- Cream cheese: The cream cheese provides a savory flavor to the dough.
- Almond flour: This is our all-purpose flour substitute.
- Xanthan gum and Egg: both help to bind the dough and make it more pliable.
- Baking powder: The baking powder helps the dough to rise and gives it a light and fluffy texture.
- Spices: Again, you would want to spice your dough to taste. We use Italian seasoning and garlic powder, but you can add more spices if you like.
Kitchen Equipment You’ll Need For This Recipe
When making this keto hot pockets recipe, there are a few tools that you will need to have on hand:
- Mixing bowl: You will need a mixing bowl to combine the ingredients for the dough and the filling.
- Skillet: You will need a skillet to sauté the onions and garlic for the filling before we everything.
- Rolling pin: You will need a rolling pin to roll the dough evenly between two sheets of parchment paper. Sometimes I use a beer bottle if I am in a pinch.
- Parchment paper: You will need this to line the baking sheet and roll out the dough.
- Baking sheet: You will need a flat baking sheet to place the hot pockets.
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For the filling:
|2 Cup Shredded chicken|
|1 ½ Cup Frozen broccoli cooked and chopped|
|1 Cup. Heavy whipping cream|
|2 Tbsp. Butter|
|½ Onion chopped|
|1 tsp. Minced garlic|
|¼ Cup Parmesan cheese grated|
|Salt and pepper to taste|
For the dough:
|2 Cup. Shredded mozzarella cheese|
|3 oz. Cream cheese|
|1 ¼ Cup. Almond flour|
|¼ tsp. Xanthan gum|
|½ tsp. Baking powder|
|1 Large egg|
|¼ tsp. Garlic powder|
|¼ tsp. Italian seasoning|
|Pinch of salt|
Add the cream cheese and mozzarella cheese to a bowl that is microwave safe. Heat for 30-second intervals until thoroughly combined.
Start spicing the dough that you would chill for 30 minutes
Melt 2 tbsp of butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add in the onions, and sauté until softened. Stir in the garlic, and sauté for 30 seconds more.
Pour in the heavy whipping cream, and add salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until the mixture thickens.
Add the broccoli, chicken, and parmesan to the sauce, and stir to combine.
Roll the chilled dough out between two pieces of parchment paper. The dough should be about ¼ of an inch thick.
Place a bit of filling on one half of each rectangle of dough.
Fold the other half of each rectangle of dough up over the filling, and pinch the edges closed.
Crimp the edges of each dough pocket with the tines of a fork.
Place the chicken and broccoli Alfredo pockets onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes until it turns a golden brown.
Storage and Reheating Instructions
- Refrigeration: These keto hot pockets can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, place them in a preheated 350F oven for 10-15 minutes or until they are heated. You can also reheat them in the microwave but will cause the dough to become soft and less crispy.
- Freezing: The keto hot pockets can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer until they are fully frozen. You can transfer them to an airtight container or a zip-top freezer bag. To reheat, place the frozen hot pockets in a preheated 350F oven for 20-25 minutes or until they are heated through.
Note that if you store the hot pockets in the fridge or freezer, the dough may become a bit softer than when it was fresh, so reheating them in the oven is the best way to get the optimal texture and taste.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I use a different type of meat for the filling?
Yes, you can use different types of meat for the filling, such as turkey, beef, or pork.
- Can I use fresh broccoli instead of frozen?
Yes, you can use fresh broccoli, but you must cook it before adding it to the filling. Boil or steam it until it is tender, chop it and add it to the filling.
- Can I use different types of cheese for the dough?
Yes, you can use different types of cheese for the dough, such as cheddar, gouda, or provolone. However, it will impact the taste and texture of the dough.
- Can I use a different type of flour for the dough?
Yes, you can use a different low-carb flour for the dough, such as coconut flour. That said, almond flour is the preferred and recommend low carb flour for this particular recipe because pastries made with coconut flour tend to have a drier and more crumbly texture than those made with almond flour. Coconut flour absorbs more moisture than almond flour, so it requires more eggs and liquid to achieve the same consistency. Also note that coconut flour has a stronger flavor when compared to almond flour, which will affect the taste of the finished product. Some people may find the taste of coconut flour distracting especially in savory dishes like this.
- Can I add additional vegetables to the filling?
You can add vegetables to the filling, such as mushrooms, bell peppers, or zucchini if you choose.
- Can I make this recipe in advance?
You can, and if you do it should be stored in the fridge for no more than 3 days or in the freezer no more than 3 months.
- Can I reheat the keto hot pockets in the microwave?
Yes, you can reheat the hot pockets in the microwave, but this will cause the dough to become soft .We strongly recommend you reheat them in the oven to get a better texture on the crust.
This Keto Hot Pocket recipe is a delicious and easy way to enjoy a classic snack while sticking to a low-carb diet. The combination of shredded chicken, broccoli, and alfredo sauce in a cheesy and crispy keto dough perfectly balances flavor and texture. The recipe is easy to follow and can be customized to suit your taste preferences.
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