Crispy Breaded Pork Chops: A Delicious Twist on a Classic Dish

Do you love the mouthwatering combination of tender, juicy meat and a crunchy, flavorful coating? Then you’re in for a treat with our Crispy Breaded Pork Chops! These baked chops are incredibly easy to make, requiring just a handful of ingredients. Let’s dive into the details and learn how to create this delicious dish.

Perfectly Tender and Juicy Pork Chops

At Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ, we believe that the key to a perfect pork chop lies in its tenderness and juiciness. To achieve this, it’s essential not to overcook the chops. Similar to pork tenderloin, center loin chops are lean and can dry out if cooked for too long.

To ensure a crispy crust, we recommend quickly browning the pork chops on the stovetop before baking them. This not only adds flavor but also guarantees that delightful crunch we all love. By finishing them off in the oven, we maintain their juicy texture.

Baked Pork Chops on a baking sheet with parchment paper

Ingredients You’ll Need

Let’s take a look at the ingredients you’ll need to create these delectable breaded pork chops:

  • Bread Crumbs: We recommend using seasoned breadcrumbs for convenience. However, if you’re using plain, homemade breadcrumbs or Panko breadcrumbs, be sure to add some Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to enhance the flavor.
  • Pork Chops: Our recipe calls for lean boneless center loin chops, roughly 1″ thick. While you can use any chop you like, keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on the type and thickness of the chop.
  • Eggs & Flour: These ingredients help the breadcrumbs stick to the pork. Season the flour with a bit of salt or seasoned salt for an extra kick.
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Breading baked pork chops with egg and breadcrumbs

How to Make Breaded Pork Chops

Creating these mouthwatering pork chops is a breeze. Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you achieve perfection:

  1. Start by dabbing the pork chops with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture. This step ensures better adhesion for the egg mixture.
  2. Next, dredge the chops in flour and then dip them in beaten eggs. The flour-egg mixture helps the breadcrumbs stick to the pork.
  3. Coat each pork chop with the breadcrumb mixture, gently pressing the crumbs onto the meat for better adherence.
  4. Brown the pork chops in a skillet to achieve that crispiness we all crave. Then, transfer them to the oven to bake until tender.

Baking Time and Temperature

When the pork chops are beautifully browned and crispy on the outside, they’re ready to be baked. Here are our recommendations for baking:

  • For 3/4″ chops that have been browned, bake them at 425°F for approximately 12-14 minutes.
  • To ensure they’re fully cooked, use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 145°F.

Baked Pork Chops on a baking sheet with parsley on top

Gauging Pork Chop Doneness

To determine whether your pork chops are done to perfection, we highly recommend using a meat thermometer. It’s a small investment that guarantees your meats are cooked just right every time. Pork chops should reach an internal temperature of 145°F. However, we suggest taking them out of the oven a few degrees earlier and letting them rest for a few minutes, as the temperature will continue to rise during resting.

Remember, a touch of pink on the inside is perfectly fine and actually encouraged if you want juicy, flavorful chops!

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Serving Suggestions

Breaded pork chops are a versatile entrée and pair well with various sides. Here are a few suggestions to complete your meal:

  • Veggies: Homemade creamed corn, steamed beans, or broccoli.
  • Potatoes: Mashed or scalloped potatoes, or boiled baby potatoes smashed with butter and fresh dill.
  • Salads: A simple tossed salad or even an Italian salad can perfectly complement your chops.

An overhead view of Baked Pork Chops on a plate with parsley

Reheating Your Leftovers

If you have any leftover breaded pork chops, don’t worry! Reheating them is a breeze. Simply follow these steps:

  • Oven: Place the chops on a greased baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 350°F for about 15 minutes.
  • Microwave: While they can be reheated in the microwave, they will retain their crispiness on the outside better if reheated in the oven.

Regardless of your reheating method, be sure to season the chops with a dash of salt and pepper before serving!

Explore More Pork Recipes

If you’re a pork aficionado and loved this Baked Breaded Pork Chop recipe, we invite you to try our other delicious pork recipes. From honey-glazed mushroom pork chops to grilled pork chops and instant pot pulled pork, we have an array of mouthwatering options for you to explore. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more recipes and culinary inspiration.

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