One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions


This pork chops with apples and onions dish is a deliciously light and flavorful meal that’s perfect for Fall.  Plus, it’s all made in ONE pan!


These pork chops have everything you love about a comforting Fall dish… mouthwatering, well balanced flavors, is healthy yet hearty, and is made in just ONE pan in 30 minutes!

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You guys really love one pan/one pot meals… and I’m bringing you another great one!  When I posted my One Pot Chicken and Dirty Rice recipe… I had no idea it was going to take off as much as it has.  I’ve also gotten quite a few reader requests for more one pan/one pot meals, so I knew I had to get to work 😉

This recipe isn’t mine however, I got it from Cooking Light magazine, then made a few tweaks and changes.

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

There’s something so satisfying about cooking a meal in ONE pan.  You feel accomplished, like you’re working smarter, not harder… and there’s the huge bonus… you only have to wash one pan!  I don’t know about you, but I loathe doing dishes.  Some meals can seriously fill up your sink (and then some), so these one pan meals are a nice change of pace.

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

I used fresh herbs in this dish since I’m a huge fan of using them whenever possible, but I know not everyone keeps a steady supply of fresh herbs in their house, so you can swap them out for dried (just use about 1/3 of the amount) if that’s what you have on hand.  No need to run out to the store 🙂

In the magazine, they actually made this meal using bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, so if you’d prefer to use those, no problem.  I just really like the flavor of pork and apples… they’re a match made in Fall heaven!  I also chose to use bone-in pork chops, since I find they have better flavor and don’t get dried out as easily… but I know not everyone likes cooking with bone-in meat, so you can also use boneless pork chops if you’d prefer.

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

While this dish is plenty hearty, a great meal deserves a great side dish or two… so here are a few of my favorites… brussels sprouts with toasted hazelnut butter, horseradish mashed potatoes with caramelized onions, and slow cooker ranch mushrooms!

The next time you’re looking for a great weeknight meal that’s ready in a flash… give these pork chops with apples and onions a try!

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

This pork chops with apples and onions dish is a deliciously light and flavorful meal that's perfect for Fall. Plus, it's all made in ONE pan!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 16 mins
Total Time: 26 mins
Servings: 3 -4 servings
Calories: 382
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil divided
  • 3-4 oz bone-in pork chops whatever with comfortably fit in your pan
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup low sodium chicken stock
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard or whole-grain Dijon
  • 1 Tbsp fresh sage chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary chopped
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 medium apples thinly sliced (I used Gala)
  • 1 small red onion thinly sliced

Instructions

  • Season both sides of pork chops with kosher salt and black pepper. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil to large heavy bottomed pan (or skillet), and heat over MED-HIGH heat. Add pork chops to pan, leaving at least an inch between the chops to ensure even cooking and browning. Sear 3-5 minutes per side, or until pork chops are mostly done. Chops will continue cooking in the sauce later.
  • Remove pork chops to a plate.
  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk together chicken stock and mustard, set aside.
  • Add remaining 1 Tbsp oil to the pan, then add apples and onions. Cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt, pepper, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Stir to combine.
  • Pour in stock mixture, using a wooden spoon to gently scrape the bottom of the pan to release any brown bits (those are full of great flavor).
  • Slide pork chops back into the pan, nestling them down in between the apples.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes, until pork chops are finished cooking and liquid has reduced by half.

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Notes

1. Recipe slightly adapted from Cooking Light
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One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions | Amazing Fall flavors combine in this one pan, 30 minute pork chop meal! | http://thechunkychef.com

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81 comments on “One Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions”

  1. Your pork chop were love at first bite!

  2. Pan pork chops with apples and onions is great! To be honest, I’m not good at cooking but I like them, they give me joy and excitement every time I finish the dishes, which is a great thing. With your recipe, I just need to follow the instructions and the rest is simple. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Excellent!!! I was out of chicken broth, so I substituted beef broth…Honey Crisp apples were what I had on hand. Sooooo good. Pork chops and apples has been a family standard for years, but this recipe took it to a whole new level. 

  4. I made this, but made a few changes. Instead of oil I used 3 strips of bacon setting the crispy bacon aside to add back later. I drained most of the fat from the bacon off, but reserved it in case I needed more fat. I browned the pork chops in the bacon fat and set aside. Then I caramelized the onions in the reserved fat. To this I added a little flour and browned it. From this point I followed the recipe, but made 2 more changes. Instead of all chicken stock I subbed about half with unpasteurized or natural apple cider. After tasting the sauce I decided to add a little real maple syrup to the sauce. I added the crispy bacon crumbles back to the sauce also. The final results were amazing. If you took a bite with apple, pork chop and bacon in the same bite, WOW! This will now be one of my go to fall recipes. BTW I used honey crisp apples fresh picked from a local orchard. They also provided the apple cider.

  5. Loved this recipe!!! After reading the comments I also substituted the chicken stock with apple cider. I surprised my bf with this dish and he was so impressed he had seconds. Will definitely make again!!! The perfect fall dish! Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Thank you for sharing. 

  6. Really liked this recipe. My pork was a little over- next time will cut a couple of minutes of cook time off.

  7. perfect for fall! Used cider and chicken stock….deliciously easy

  8. Very easy to make and very tasty too. A very easy receipt to follow and this is a very forgiving receipt. I only had one apple so I apple sauce to my liquids and it came out fine. Still very tasty.

  9. Yummy dish but I adapted a bit for our preferences.  I used green apples, which necessitated adding additional sweetness, but I love the taste of the apples.  Brown sugar posted by another reviewer might enhance flavors even more than white sugar.  Taste and see.  For the sauce, I added some apple cider vinegar which, for us, really increased the depth of flavors.  If your kids are picky eaters, this might not fly.  Also, I didn’t cut the apples super thin, thankfully.  It took a while for the sauce to reduce—they would not have held their shape with the increased cooking time.  I do think this gave the herbs more time to enrich the sauce as well.   All in all, a real winner.  Thanks!

  10. I came across a recipe similar to this a long time ago, on the pack of pork chops (walmart). Well, haven’t been able to find it since! This one, I made a week ago, with some variations. I used apple cider instead of chicken stock and dijon. My kids ( who were both skeptical about it..) were asking for more!! So, tonight, I’m making it for my husband! (who travels for work)

  11. Looking forward to dinner tonight

  12. Made this tonight with some pork tenderloin chops I had marinaded in apple juice and ginger beer. Served it with some white rice. The pork and apples came out the best I’ve ever cooked. Hubby questioned apples in dinner – I’ve tried this idea many times. He ate it saying it only needed horseradish.

  13. Excellent recipe and so easy.

  14. This year is going to be a bumper year for apples on my property, can’t wait to cook these.

  15. Tried this today but used crab apple instead. It was very good but next time I will add a bit of sugar to take some of the tartness out of the crab apple.
    I always substitute something on every thing I make… never the same thing twice lol 

  16. I’ve made this one time and it was so delicious. It will be a family favorite forever. Thank you for such a wonderful recipe.

  17. Who would have thought apples and onions could taste so good together! I varied this recipe by using coconut oil, I didn’t have all the spices required so I improvised using Penzey’s ‘Balti’ spice and a small pinch of Rosemary (I had previously dried), rubbing it a couple of time’s in the palm of my hand with my fingers. I, also, used water having no chicken broth. I had 2 pork chops that weighed about 6.5 Oz each, so I seared them longer initially (about 8 minutes each side) and about 5 minutes longer at the end before serving (I used a thermometer to ensure they were cooked completely). Be sure to scrap the bottom of the pan after pouring in the stock mixture before ‘nestling’ the chops within the onion/apple/spices. My husband and I were very pleased with the dish. I served raw carrots, sliced orange bell pepper and sliced tomatoes as sides in addition to the onion and apples.

  18. Waoo I really love this recipe going to cook this tonight, Thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. Wonderful recipe! I tried yesterday and it was yummy. Thanks for this delicious dish to share with us. Looking forward for more such recipes! Keep up the good work.

  20. OMG. I made this dish for my kids and they loved it! My daughter doesn’t even like to eat meat however with this she asked for 2nds.

    I can’t wait to try the Queso Smothered Chimichangas. My family loves cheese!

  21. Wife and I loved it. Left out the rosemary.. neither of us really like it. Alo used dry spices..
    Will definitely make again.

  22. My whole family loved this – even the super picky 4-year-old!

  23. Wow! You did an incredible job with this recipe! It’s delicious! My entire family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  24. Tried it. It was delicious. The aroma was awesome!

  25. This was amazing! I even snuck in the sage and thyme which my guys would ball at. 😉

  26. Swear this is my first time to learn that apples can be an ingredient for a pork menu. Quiet curious, I would love to try cooking this at home. I’m certain this would be a great idea. Hopefully the whole family will like it too.

  27. Soooooo yummy! I added a little brown sugar for a more caramelized flavor and served over garlic rosemary mashed potatoes. Even my very picky stepson agrees – this recipe is a keeper!

  28. This was absolutely delicious!! We had this for dinner last night!! It was awesome!! Going to put this on our the meal rotation. Thank you for the fantastic recipe!

  29. Made twice now! Delicious! Used dried herbs & reduced amount accordingly. Marvelous! On our rotation schedule. You could play with this recipe in many different ways. But, I always do original recipe first before I rate.

  30. Great receipe, don’t need a whole bottle of wine! Definitely will cook again

  31. Is there a way to do this and finish the pork chops in the oven? Do you think once the apples / onions are cooked, could I put in an oven safe dish, with the pork chops for about 15 minutes at 400 to finish cooking? Or would that dry it out?

  32. After adding the broth/stock i added frozen pierogies and let them cook before adding the chops back and it added the starch I craved..everyone wished there was more of everything! So yumy

  33. OMG, this was soooo delicious! I was looking for something different and this is it! Easy to prepare and super flavorful. The entire family loved it and some of us wanted to repeat, but there’s nothing left, jijiji.

  34. Has anyone tried adding some sliced cabbage near the end?  Any reason it wouldn’t work or tips to make it come out right?  Thanks. 

  35. A delicious dish, thanks for the great recipe! We tried it with pork and are keen to try it with chicken too. 

  36. Fantastic recipe. Everyone loved it. It is definitely a keeper. Delicious! Thanks

  37. I was a little hesitant to make this because I thought the herbs and apples would taste strange but honestly, this pork chop recipe is perfection! I followed the instructions exactly and everyone in my family loved it, especially my 1 year old! I will be making it again! Thank you for sharing:)

  38. Made this again tonight, would say, 1”nh chops 2 min each side on med high. More than enough. I tried it backwards tonight, apples and onions first, then chops, threw then into pan 
    delish! My honey loved them

  39. Tried this tonight and my entire family loved it! The 5 year old wasn’t thrilled about cooked apples, but loved the pork chop itself! Will definitely be adding this to our dinner rotation.

  40. I made this tonight and it was totally devoured!
    I used boneless chops, and added some tarragon to the rest of the spices. I used a little more broth than called for so the chops would be more submerged in the sauce and apples mixture. I had to take the chops out so i could cook the extra liquid down

  41. I have a Sous Vide recipe that is quite similar to this that I absolutely love. This one is just a bit more on the spicy side but it’s got to be fantastic and I can’t wait to try it!  If you’ve never worked with this combination of ingredients (rosemary, apples, and onions) you are in for a treat!

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  44. Can I bake this instead

  45. Made this tonight and it was amazing. I used rosemary thyme oregano and basil instead for my herbs. I’ve now added this recipe to my personal recipe book. Love love love it

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  47. I just made this exactly to the directions and ingredients. It was amazing!!! So good I went back and ate the leftover apples , onions and sauce. Definitely try this one!!!!

  48. I’m not happy with my non gourmet family right now. They loved everything about the dish except the apples. I loved it!! I served it with mini Pommes Anna and was sure it would be a total hit. ? Thanks, anyway!

  49. I made this once before but lost the recipe. Instead of chicken stock, I used Apple juice. Delicious.

  50. Has anyone tried the suggested Side Dishes? Any tips on any of the 3 recipes (besides adding a little cinnamon to the chops, which I’ll try, too)?

  51. Hubby & I just devoured this dish. On rotation. We really like cinnamon with apples. So, I probably will add a touch next time. Thanks so much for this delicious dish. AND one Skillet dinner….yes!

  52. The recipe is delicious, especially if served with fried pork chops. Thanks for sharing. My husband really loves them

  53. This was delicious, thank you so much!

  54. Stunning dish – very easy and totally delicious. Didn’t change a thing and served with cauli/leak boiled in a little of the mustard/stock sauce.

  55. This sounded amazing! Looked forward to it all day…very disappointing. My best description of the taste… a fall candle and a pork loin had a love child. I’m sure many people might enjoy that thought/taste, my family did not. Maybe next time I’ll try less herbs and that will lend less of a perfume/candle taste.

    • Hi Becca, I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy the taste as many others have. In the end, we all have different likes and tastes, and it sounds like apples and herbs with pork just isn’t your thing.

  56. I added a little orange juice to the sauce. Yummy!

  57. This was really good. I didn’t have chicken stock, so I used white wine for the liquid and had half a cabbage in the fridge so threw that in.The pork was very moist and the herbs really gave a nice depth.

  58. I love apples; however, I have never combined any meat with it. I tried it and all my family’s members liked it. Thanks a lot.

  59. I knew from the minute I read the ingredients this would be good., AND it was excellent !

  60. This looks great! I’m not a fan of mustard though. Do you think removing this from the recipe will significantly alter the taste?

    • Hi Nicole 🙂 I’ve never made it without the mustard, although it’s not a strong flavor, so I think making it without the mustard would work just fine 🙂 You could completely omit it, or substitute with an equal amount of cream 🙂

  61. Looks delicious! Please re-confirm the macronutrient count. One pork chop has a lot more than 6g of protein.

    • Hi Bo 🙂 Yes, you’re absolutely correct… the nutritional program I run my recipes through didn’t correctly interpret some of the ingredients. I went back and checked it, and have updated the post. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

  62. I’m a big fan of fresh herbs too so your recipe it’s just perfect to me Amanda! A glass of wine would be the best to compliment this dish. Lovely!

  63. Wonderful recipe Amanda. I made this yesterday for dinner. The pork and apple worked so well together. Thank you very much for this recipe!

  64. Apple and pork is a very interesting combination and it will be perfect for our Christmas dinner.

  65. You can’t go wrong with pork chops and apples! This recipe looks AMAZING!

  66. That looks like a recipe my family would love! Definitely want to try it!

  67. Wow!! This is the perfect weeknight meal!! Looks so delicious!

  68. That is a delicious one pan dinner idea!!! It all look so good. The apples and onions with the pork chops sound so awesome.

  69. These are some good looking chops! I love that I can make this in one pan, perfect for a weeknight dinner.