Healthy Breaded Pork Chops is an an easy-to-prepare main dish that’s perfect for busy day dinner.

White platter with four Healthy Breaded Pork Chops

Healthy Oven Baked Breaded Pork Chops

This recipe for Healthy Breaded Pork Chops is another scrumptious dish that I adapted from one I found in my Aunt Bobbie’s recipe box. She loved to cook, and was always looking for new, easy recipes. Well, I think this one definitely fits the bill! Boneless pork loin chops are dredged in seasoned flour, dipped in an egg white-Dijon mustard mixture, then dredged in thyme, garlic and onion-flavored whole wheat breadcrumbs, and baked. What could be easier? Just steam or roast up some broccoli and toss a salad while the chops are baking, and you’ll have dinner on the table in around 45 minutes.

How to Make Breaded Pork Chops

Here’s the easy steps involved in making these healthy pork chops:

  1. Prep oven.
    Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Bread the pork chops.
    See directions in next section!
  3. Bake.
    Bake breaded chops for 20 to 25 minutes or until the internal temperature on an instant-read thermometer reaches 145 degrees. Remove from oven and let chops sit for 3 to 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Garnish and serve.
    Garnish with additional fresh thyme and serve with a lemon wedge on the side.

How to Bread Pork Chops

Breading, by definition, means to coat a cut of meat (chicken, beef or pork) with breadcrumbs or a breadcrumb mixture. It’s very easy to do! There are 3 basic steps involved:

  1. Prepare breading material.
    In a shallow dish, using your hands mix together the breadcrumbs, thyme, garlic powder, and onion flakes. In another shallow dish, whisk together the egg whites and mustard. Place the flour in a third shallow dish. Season flour liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Dredge the pork chops in a seasoned flour mixture.
    “Dredging” means to take a pork chop and, using one hand, drag it through flour (in a shallow dish) to coat it on all sides. Make sure to shake off any excess flour.
  3. Next, dredge the floured chop in an egg mixture.
    In this recipe, I use just egg whites and season them with Dijon mustard – layering in more flavor. Again, using one hand (not the one you used to put the chop in the flour), drag the chop through the beaten egg mixture, coating it on all sides. Hold the chop over the bowl and let any excess egg drip off.
  4. Final step is to dredge the chop in a seasoned breadcrumb mixture.
    Using the hand you used to drag the chop through the flour, take the egg-covered chop and drag it through breadcrumbs, thoroughly coating the chop on all sides. Press down on the crumbs to get them to adhere to the chops, if needed. Place breaded chop on an oven-safe rack sitting in a rimmed cookie sheet (or on a broiler pan sprayed with nonstick spray or oil). Set aside. Repeat steps with remaining chops.

Tip: It’s important to use one hand for the dry coating and another for the wet (egg) coating, so you hands don’t get all gunky with eggy breadcrumbs.

How Long to Bake Breaded Pork Chops

Pork chops should be baked until they reach 145 degrees on an instant read thermometer inserted into the middle. They will be safely done but not dried out at this temperature.

FAQ for Breaded Pork Chops in Oven

Are Pork Chops healthy?

The answer to the question as to whether pork chops are healthy is “it depends.” In fact, it’s the cut you select that makes the difference. Pork chops that are “sirloin” or “top loin” chops are lean, and therefore lower in saturated fat and calories.

Should you cover pork chops when baking?

For these breaded chops, you definitely don’t want to cover them. You want the bread coating to crisp up and brown in the oven. Covering them would trap moisture around the chops (released from the chops when heated), which would keep the breadcrumbs soft.

How do you know when breaded pork chops are done?

The best way to tell when pork chops – or any protein really – is done is with an instant read thermometer. My favorite brand, which I’ve found to be the most reliable, is Thermoworks. They are a bit pricey ($85 – $100), but they do offer a less expensive option, called a ThermoPop (around $21). Per USDA guidelines, pork should be cooked to 145 degrees. Let the chops rest for 3 minutes before serving.

How do you get breading to stick to pork chops?

In order for breading – e.g., a coating of breadcrumbs – to stick to a pork chop, it’s important to follow the standard steps in breading: Coating the chop first with flour, then beaten egg/egg whites and lastly breadcrumbs. Think of the flour like primer – it helps the egg stick to the chop. Then, the egg is like glue – it helps the breadcrumbs adhere to the chop.

Storing and Reheating Leftover Baked Breaded Pork Chops

Pork chops can be put in an air tight container and stored in the refrigerator for around 3 days. The tricky part about reheating breaded foods is to keep the crust from getting soggy. I find this is the best method:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray. 
  2. Place the chops in an even layer on the prepared sheet and mist the chops with nonstick spray.
  3. Bake for around 4 to 5 minutes, then flip them over and continue cooking for another 4 to 5 minutes.

Serving Suggestions & Sides for Breaded Boneless Pork Chops

Here are some of the dishes I like to serve with these pork chops:

Steamed broccoli or Broccoli Salad

Tomato Salad

Baby Spinach Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Quick and Easy Sautéed Asparagus

Roasted Zucchini Custard

Roasted Root Vegetables

Lemon-Dijon Green Beans

Mashed Potatoes with Parsley and Chives

Sweet Potato Fries with Garlic Aioli

Mixed Green Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Stilton Cheese

Chopped Salad with Apple, Pecans and Feta Cheese

Tomato and Cucumber Salad with Yogurt-Herb Dressing

Dorothy’s Potato Salad

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Healthy Breaded Pork Chops - Easy Weeknight Dinner

Oven Baked Breaded Pork Chops

Healthy Breaded Pork Chops – an easy-to-prepare main dish that’s perfect for busy day dinner.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Resting time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings, 1 chop each 1x
  • Diet: Low Fat

Ingredients

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  • 1 cup whole wheat Panko or homemade breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, or 2 teaspoons dried, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant onion flakes – see Note
  • 4 large egg whites
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 4 pork loin chops, around 3/4-inch thick
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In a shallow dish, using your hands mix together the breadcrumbs, thyme, garlic powder, and onion flakes.
  3. In another shallow dish, whisk together the egg whites and mustard.
  4. Place the flour in a third shallow dish. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  5. Dredge one pork chop in the seasoned flour, coating all sides, shaking off any excess. Next dredge it in the egg mixture, again covering all sides. Last, dredge it in the breadcrumb mixture, thoroughly coating. Press down on the crumbs to get them to adhere to the chops if needed. Place breaded chop on an oven-safe rack sitting in a rimmed cookie sheet (or on a broiler pan sprayed with nonstick spray or oil). Set aside.
  6. Repeat steps with remaining chops.
  7. Bake chops for 20 to 25 minutes or until the internal temperature on an instant-read thermometer reaches 145 degrees. Remove from oven and let chops sit for 3 minutes before serving.
  8. Garnish with additional fresh thyme and serve with a lemon wedge on the side.

Notes

Note on instant onion flakes: these are usually found in a jar, in the spice section at most grocery stores. They are sometimes labeled “dried chopped onions” or “minced onions”.

  • Author: (by Lee Clayton Roper)
  • Category: Main Dish, Pork, Quick and Easy
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: main dish, healthy, make ahead, easy

Healthy Breaded Pork Chops - Easy Weeknight Dinner

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Hi, I'm Lee.

I am inspired by my mother, Sally’s, love of cooking and entertaining to gather friends and family together over great meals and conversation. In fact, I held my first dinner party at the age of 16. Throughout the years, I haves provided recipes, menu advice and cooking tips to friends seeking uncomplicated and delicious ideas for home entertaining.


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