Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup with a jalapeno cream cheese garnish is creamy and slightly spicy. Perfect for keto low keto diets.
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup
Imagine if a Jalapeno Popper and a bowl of Chicken Soup married and produced an offspring who follows a low carb or keto diet. The result is a very flavorful and filling thick bowl of soup.
My Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Chicken Jalapeno Poppers are wildly popular.
In my new cookbook, This Old Gal’s Pressure Cooker Cookbook, I’ve included my famous Matzo Ball & Chicken Soup. It’s seriously delicious and no packaged up chicken bouillon or broth is added. My secret method makes my Chicken Soup incredible delicious.
As the hubs loves Jalapeno Poppers and I am crazy for soup, my idea for this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup recipe just came naturally one day, while I was figuring out what to make for dinner.
Never one to eat the fat from any meat, I’ve always cut it off prior to cooking. As I started to prepare this Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup recipe, it occurred to me that animal fat is suggested on a low carb of keto diet.
Growing up, most Jewish families has jars of schmaltz in their refrigerator and freezer. I remember most of my friends mothers preparing schmaltz.
What is Chicken Schmaltz?
Schmaltz is a Yiddush word and Chicken Schmaltz is simply rendered chicken fat. Goose (another type of poultry) fat can be rendered as well and is also referred to as schmaltz.
Schmaltz is used similarly as butter for frying meat or spreading on a piece of toast. Think of it in terms of cooking in bacon grease, but for Jews.
Kashrut (Jewish dietary laws) prevent Jews from frying food in lard and butter, as mixing meat and dairy are not allowed. Northwestern and Eastern Jews (referred to as Ashkenazi Jews) did not have other oils, such as olive and sesame readily available, so they began rendering fat from poultry.
What Seasonings are in Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup?
For questions on why I add Heavy Cream before pressure cooking, check out my Pressure Cooker Broccoli Cheddar Soup ~Low Carb Keto and my Pressure Cooker Low Carb Cheesy Cauliflower Soup recipes.
The heavy cream will make my Jalapeno Cream Cheese Topper loose enough to put through a Pastry Bag so that cute little dollops can be placed all over the soup. A plain ole storage bag can be used too. Just cut off the tip and squeeze.
You can totally add this Jalapeno Cream in to the Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup when you add back the chicken after shredding.
Tips and Tricks
- Use full fat cream cheese if you are following low carb or keto.
- Take out the cream cheese an hour before beginning to cook.
- Buy blocks of cheese and use a ribbon grater to shred the cheese yourself. The package shredded cheese is mixed with cornstarch and doesn’t melt as easily.
- If you don’t have Homemade Bone Broth, mix together chicken base with fresh water.
- Jalapeno peppers sometimes become mild during cooking. Other times, not so much.
- For a spicier soup, you might not want to clean all the jalapeno innards.
- An electric hand held mixer will shred the chicken right in the pot. See my Pressure Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken Video.
More Recipes to Enjoy!
- Pressure Cooker Bruschetta Chicken with Zoodles
- Pressure Cooker Low Carb Manhattan Clam Chowder Soup
- InstantPot Steamed Clams in White Wine Garlic Butter
Kitchen Equipment and Essentials
- Instant Pot DUO Plus, Mealthy MultiPot or Pressure Cooker
- J.A. Henckels Classic 8 inch Chef’s Knife
- Amco Advanced Performance 18/10 Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons
- Culina Stackable (Dry) Stainless Steel Measuring Cups
- Anchor Hocking Glass (Liquid) Measuring Cups
- Rösle Stainless Steel Flat Whisk– a MUST have, probably my most used utensil
- di Oro Living Silicone Spatulas Set
- LamsonSharp Chef’s Slotted Turner– I totally love this spatula!
- Alpha Armour Salt Box with Spoon
- Gravity Electric Salt and Pepper Grinder
- John Boos Maple Cutting Board with Groove
- Small 1.5 Quart “Pot in Pot” Mixing Bowl
- Microplane Artisan Ribbon Grater
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Here is the handy printable recipe:
Instant Pot Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup
Pressure Cooker Chicken Jalapeno Popper Soup with a creamy jalapeno cream cheese garnish is creamy and slightly spicy. Perfect for low carb and keto diets.
- 1.5 pounds Chicken Breasts (2 breasts) cut into chunks
- 4 ounces Salted Butter
- 4 ounces Yellow Onion diced
- 2 teaspoons Sambal Oelek Ground Chili Paste divided*
- 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
- 2 teaspoons Sea Salt
- 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Dried Oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon Paprika
- 5 large Jalapeno Peppers divided*
- 2 cloves Fresh Garlic minced
- 1 cup Heavy Cream** divided*
- 2 cups Chicken Broth
- 6 ounces Cream Cheese divided*
- 1 cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese shredded (save a TLB for topping)
- 1 cup Oaxaca or Monterey Jack Cheese shredded (save a TLB for topping)
- 3 Tablespoons Cream Cheese
- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 large Jalapeno Pepper cleaned/minced
- 1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek Ground Chili Paste
Remove stems and seeds from jalapeno peppers. Slice four peppers and mince one jalapeno. Set aside the minced jalapeno for the Jalapeno Cream Topper.
Select Sauté or Browning on pressure cooker and allow to fully heat.
Remove fat from chicken and add to hot cooking pot and allow to render for 30 seconds to make schmatlz. Add butter and onions and sauté for 1 minute.
Add 1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek, salt, cumin, black pepper, paprika and oregano and sauté for 2 minutes.
Add sliced jalapeno peppers, garlic and combine with onions. Turn off pressure cooker.
Add chicken pieces and pour in 3/4 cup heavy cream and chicken broth.
Lock on lid and close pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 2 minutes. When beep sounds, wait 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
Remove lid and pull out chicken. Shred chicken. Let pot stay on "Keep Warm." To cooking pot, stir in 3 ounces cream cheese, cheddar cheese and Oaxaca cheese. When cheese has melted, mix in shredded chicken.
Jalapeno Cream Topper - While soup is cooking, whisk together Jalapeno Cream Topper ingredients. (Remember, the amounts used for this topper are taken from the total measurements to the recipe, not in addition.)
Serve each bowl of soup with a big dollop of jalapeno cream and sprinkling of shredded cheese. Alternatively and to make things easier, all the Jalapeno Cream Topper ingredients can be added directly to the pot of soup and mixed in right before serving.
** If substituting a half & half or milk for heavy cream, make sure to add it after pressure release and not at the same time as the broth. Otherwise, your soup will curdle.
To stretch the recipe, add another half cup of broth and increase seasonings to:
- Sambal Oelek - 1.5 teaspoons
- Cumin 1.25 teaspoons
- Oregano - 1/2 teaspoon
- Paprika 1/2 teaspoon
- Garlic 3 cloves