Viral TikTok recipe for home made air fryer sizzling pockets is not actually a sizzling pocket, however it’s scrumptious

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Let’s get that out of the way: This isn’t really an air fryer recipe. It’s called that by the recipe creator, but think of it more as a sandwich bag.

The term hot pocket conjures up images of greasy pepperoni, melty cheese and a thin pizza dough-like crust. Usually it refers to the Hot Pocket brand owned by Nestlé. But this recipe from Zach Rocheleau on TikTok delivers a low-cal version of something akin to a hot pocket. And that’s not half bad.

Rocheleau’s idea is simple. Fill a sandwich with turkey, avocado, cheese and roasted red peppers, air fry and enjoy. Here are the basic instructions for making two pouches, which Rocheleau says contain about 300 calories each.


  • Buttered bread – four pieces

  • Deli turkey – about four slices

  • Avocado – about half of an avocado, mashed

  • Grated cheese

  • Roasted red peppers

  • protein


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

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

  3. Put a big pinch of cheese in the middle of a piece of bread.

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

  5. Place the roasted red peppers on the turkey until completely coated.

  6. Spread a large ball of mashed avocado on the ingredients.

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

  8. Pinch the sandwich with your fingers, then use a fork to press the edges of the bread together to create a seal.

  9. Brush the outside edges of the sealed bag with egg white.

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

  11. Spray the air fryer basket and pockets with oil or non-stick coating.

  12. Air roast at 400 degrees for about five minutes or until the bread is golden brown and toasted.

The details

First things first – this is what the overall cooking process looked like for Rocheleau. The TikTok featuring this recipe has garnered around 2.5 million views.

Mmmmmn, hot bag.
Photo Credits: Screenshots: TikTok / @thezachrocheleau

I clearly understood this wasn’t going to be an ooey-gooey hot bag. Granted, you could probably stuff buttered bread with cheese and pepperoni to achieve this result. But in a way, this recipe was even better.

It is so easy! It’s so hard to screw up! It tastes good! A few things I screwed up that didn’t matter in the end:

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

  • I made a huge mess brushing my egg whites.

  • I opened the bread as I closed it, leaving a huge cut.

There really isn’t much to add to the recipe. It’s not trying to be groundbreaking – it’s trying to make lunch easy and healthy.

Here are my ingredients, ready to rock. Pro tip: Squeeze some lime juice into the avocado to keep it from turning brown when you need a quick photo break.

Bread, avocado, cheese, roasted peppers, turkey

Not pictured: Egg whites in a small ramekin.
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Here is my rolled out bread. It hardly took any pressure to do it.

flat bread

The idea is to get thinner bread that covers more area.
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Here the ingredients are all curled up and with a slightly broken seal that turned out to be good. Closing the bag is a relatively delicate job, but the toasting process is forgiving. Rocheleau himself mentioned that this will happen and that it’s okay.

closed homemade hot bag

Small crack, no problem.
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Here are the hot pockets fully cooked in the air fryer. Easy.

cooked homemade hot pockets in air fryer

No idea why the right side of one hot pocket didn’t cook as thoroughly.
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And a cross section.

Cross section of a homemade hot pocket

Lots of guac.
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So again, not really a hot pocket. It’s a small pocket sandwich. And it was good! The turkey and cheese bring the savory, while the red pepper and avocado add a bit of freshness.

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

I definitely recommend this recipe. It’s simple and extremely difficult to screw up. What’s not to love about a warm sandwich to eat on the go?

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