This easy apple pork chop skillet is the perfect autumn dish! It’s made in one pan, and is paleo, gluten-free and can be made whole30 and AIP.

Apple Pork Chops with Salad

Most of us are already in full-on holiday meal mindset to get ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other fall & winter holiday gatherings. However, there’s so much time in between the holidays where we still need seasonal and easy meals to keep us satisfied! There are so many amazing fresh foods in season right now, and apples are near the top of my list. There’s so much you can do with apples, and one of those is to pair them with pork chops.

Yes, you can do more with apples this time of year than just make pie! This apple pork chop skillet is made with bone-in pork chops, fresh apple, onion, and a yummy and simple to sauce made with broth, maple syrup, and seasonal herbs. This recipe is paleo, and can easily be made AIP and whole30 compliant.

How to make this Easy Apple Pork Chop Recipe

  1. Prep the sauce: Combine the broth, coconut aminos, maple syrup, mustard, sage, thyme, and half of the salt. Whisk well and set aside.
  2. Cook the pork chops: Using a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Salt the pork chops well on both sides. Cook for 4-5 minutes on both sides to get a nice sear on the pork chops. The internal temperature should read 145 F. Set aside.
  3. Add the apples: and the onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes to soften.
  4. Stir in the sauce: Add the pork chops back to the pan and baste in the sauce. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes to reheat the pork chops and reduce the sauce. Serve topped with additional thyme to taste.

Pork chops in pan

Tips & Tricks

Keep a meat thermometer on hand

I always cook with a meat thermometer to ensure I don’t over and undercook meat, and that’s especially important with pork chops! You want them to be fully cooked through, but not overcooked of they’ll dry out and become tough.

Use the biggest skillet you have!

Overcrowding the pan can always cause issues with cooking properly, so you want to use a large skillet. I love using big cast iron pans for recipes like this.

The Ingredients You’ll Need

Pork chops 

I prefer bone-in pork chops for recipes like this. You can also use boneless but you’ll just want to watch the cook time.

Apples

I’m partial to Honeycrisp apples. They’re almost always bigger than most apples and have an amazing flavor. Gala apples will also work.

Broth, maple syrup, mustard, and coconut aminos

This makes the sauce that the dish is finished in. You’ll omit the mustard for AIP, and the maple syrup for whole30.

Apple pork chops

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Easy Apple Pork Chops


  • Author: Michelle
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x

Description

This easy apple pork chop skillet is the perfect autumn dish! It’s made in one pan, and is paleo, gluten-free and can be made whole30 and AIP.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup (omit for whole30)
  • 1 tsp mustard (omit for AIP)
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 3/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 3 bone in pork chops (about 1.5-2lbs)
  • 2 honey crisp apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. Combine the broth, coconut aminos, maple syrup, mustard, sage, thyme, and half of the salt. Whisk well and set aside.
  2. Using a large skillet, heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Salt the pork chops well on both sides. Cook for 4-5 minutes on both sides to get a nice sear on the pork chops. The internal temperature should read 145 F. Set aside.
  3. Add the apples, onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes to soften.
  4. Stir in the sauce mixture and bring to a low simmer. Add the pork chops back to the pan and baste in the sauce. Continue to cook for another 2-3 minutes to reheat the pork chops and reduce the sauce.
  5. Serve topped with additional thyme to taste.

Notes

All nutritional information are estimations and will vary. Estimations do not include optional ingredients.

  • Category: one pot meals
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Global

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 459
  • Fat: 18.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 24.5g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 48.6g