First the bone-in meat gets pan seared in a skillet, then it rests while cooking some apples and onions in the same pan.
The healthy sauce is made with chicken stock, maple syrup, mustard and a little butter. Whip up some mashed potatoes to go along with the pork and you have a family meal on the table in no time!
I think I already mentioned this about myself before, but I used to be an absolute refuser of bone-in meats.
Confession: I’m a complete convert. AND I even learned how to cook those cuts!
We had pork chops on offer at our local supermarket the other day, and I immediately had to think of my Hawaiian BBQ Pineapple Pork Chops.
But since it’s fall and all, I wanted to make a little more seasonal version.
So please meet this absolutely scrumptious Maple Apple Pork Chops Skillet!
The meat, apples and sauce all get done in one skillet, so the only other thing you have to handle is making mashed potatoes.
Because if you’re not serving this with mashed potatoes, then I don’t even know if we can be friends any longer 😉
Why this maple apple pork chops skillet is a great choice:
Only one skillet to wash!
I always get a little overwhelmed when I have to juggle a protein AND greens AND a side AND a sauce.
This recipe makes care of three out of four. So that’s a pretty big win in my books!
It’s ready in 30 minutes
Yep, this is one of those amazing quick recipes you can throw together on any given Wednesday.
All while feeling like the domestic goddess you were always meant to be.
Or maybe that’s just how I feel.
And since it’s 30 Minute Thursday, here are 7 more quick and easy delicious dinners:
Garlic Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Mushrooms from Pumpkin ‘N Spice
Creamy Avocado Vegetable Burritos from Kristine’s Kitchen
Creamy White Bean Pasta with Sweet Potato & Kale from She Likes Food
30 Minute Chicken Noodle Soup from Bake.Eat.Repeat.
30 Minute Tuscan Chicken Skillet from Sweet Peas & Saffron
Chestnut, Mushroom and Butternut Squash Baked Risotto from Floating Kitchen
Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan from The Recipe Rebel
Nothing artificial here!
A lot of sauce recipes involve little packets of gravy mix or similar ingredients.
But even though this recipe is done and dusted in no time at all, you require no processed ingredients to make the delicious sauce.
It gets so delicious all by itself, with the browned bits from the meat, onions and apples, chicken stock, seasoning, mustard and a pat of butter.
So not only can you feel like a domestic goddess, you can feel like the personification of health as well.
Or something like that 😉
Get the printable recipe for this maple apple pork chops skillet here:
Maple Apple Pork Chops Skillet Recipe
This simple maple apple pork chops skillet is a great weeknight dinner that’s ready in just 30 minutes. The chops are smothered in the most delicious sauce!
Equipment to get ready
- large skillet
- plate and aluminium foil to rest the chops
- measuring spoons
Ingredients to get ready
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 4 bone-in pork chops
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or more to taste
- black pepper to taste
- 1 medium onion cut into wedges
- 2 medium apples cut into slices
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1.5 cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon mustard
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or more to taste
- 1 tablespoon butter
- mashed potatoes to serve
Don't forget to get your side dish going!
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Add the chops to the hot pan and cook until browned on the outside and done on the inside. This will take around 4-5 minutes per side.
Remove the pork chops from the pan and cover them with foil.
Add the onion and apples to the pan. Season with the herbs and salt and pepper. Stir in the apple cider vinegar. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring from time to time.
Pour the chicken stock into the pan. Stir in the mustard and cook for 2-3 minutes or until reduced by half. Add the pork chops back to the skillet and finish cooking for another 2-3 minutes.
Take the skillet off the heat and stir the butter and maple syrup into the sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes.
If you like a little more sauce, add another 1/2 cup of chicken stock.