Orange-Sage Pork Chops


Believe it or not this is the first pork chop recipe I’ve ever shared on here. To be honest I haven’t cooked with them for a long time, we just always opt for chicken, beef or another cut of pork but I decided to give them another chance and I’m so glad I did! These Orange-Sage Pork Chops were so flavorful and they were also so easy to prepare! They are perfect for quick weeknight meals and the bright, fresh flavors will leave you wanting them again soon.

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Tender pork chops are seared in a hot skillet with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spread which gives you a great flavorful base. Then you saute some garlic in that same skillet and pour in a lightly sweetened orange juice and chicken broth mixture and scrape up those delicious brown bits from the pan, then you’ll let that delicious sauce simmer for just a bit. Then some orange zest and fresh sage is stirred in and boom. Dinner is done.

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You can purchase I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spread that’s called for in this recipe from Sam’s Club. I much prefer the flavor of this spread to the flavor of margarine and I love that it only has 60 calories per tablespoon where as butter has 100, so when I want to cut back a little it’s a great option.

This recipe was inspired by one I found on the new Food Hub by Sam’s Club. There you’ll find inspiration to create exciting and unique meals you can feel good about feeding your family and friends during the holiday season and always. Apart from great recipes, there are so many great things you can get at Sam’s Club.

I’ve shopped at Sam’s Club for many years and every time I go I never leave empty handed. There’s something good around every corner. They have everything you need for your holiday get-togethers and they have so many wonderful gifts! I love buying things in bulk so I don’t run out too quickly. The list of what I like to buy at there is much too long to list everything out but to name a few there’s olive oil, vanilla, yogurt, cage-free eggs, chicken, cheese, cereal, bread. They also have good prime steak we’ll treat ourselves to on occasion. I also like the stuff in the home section like the sheets, pillows, towels and kids pajamas. Last year we bought a slide/play set there for our backyard and our kids have absolutely loved it. Below the recipe you’ll see a few pictures of my latest trip to Sam’s club and some of the things I bought/or would like to purchase on a near future visit. Like I said there’s always something great you’ll find there!

Orange Sage Pork Chops | Cooking Classy

Orange Sage Pork Chops | Cooking Classy


Orange-Sage Pork Chops

Yield: 4 servings


  • 4 (5 oz) 1/2-inch thick boneless pork chops
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spread (don't use regular butter here as it will burn)
  • 1 1/4 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage leaves (fresh rosemary would be a good substitute)


  1. Season pork chops with 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper and 1/4 tsp salt. Melt 2 Tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pork chops and cook, turning once until cooked through, about 4 minutes per side (USDA lists that pork chops should reach 145 degrees in center of thickest part with a resting period of 3 minutes before serving as safe). Transfer to a plate, cover with foil and let rest at least 3 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together 1 Tbsp broth with cornstarch. Mix in remaining 3 Tbsp broth, orange juice, lemon juice and honey. After removing pork chops from skillet, reduce skillet temperature to medium. Melt remaining 1 Tbsp I Can't Believe It's Not Butter in a same skillet. Add garlic and saute 20 seconds or until lightly golden. Whisk orange juice mixture once more then pour into skillet while scraping bottom to loosen browned bits. Bring mixture to a boil whisking constantly, then reduce heat slightly and allow to simmer, stirring frequently, about 1 minute. Stir in orange zest and sage. Return pork chops to skillet and spoon sauce over chops. Serve warm.
  3. Recipe source: inspired by this recipe from I Can't Believe It's Not Butter's and my salmon recipe

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You’d better believe I didn’t leave Sam’s Club without these imported French Macarons I found in the freezer section! My kids and I couldn’t get over how pretty they were, (and we at them after dinner and of course they tasted every bit as delicious as they look). I love the specialty items they get in Sam’s club during the holiday season like these Belgian Chocolates that are shaped to look like mini cupcakes – I’ll be back for those next time! I always love to grab a rotisserie chicken at Sam’s. They are cheaper than those at my local grocery store and they are a lot bigger so you get more for your money. And all the things you can do with a rotisserie chicken, the options are endless.

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A few other things I spotted on my recent trip to Sam’s was this cute teepee that I’d like to get my girls for Chrismas. Then for myself I could always use another faux fur throw. And let’s not forget the imported bottled Mexican soda, soda doesn’t get any better! I wonder what I’ll find next time.

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  • David Caballero: Quick tip: to prevent butter from burning is just add a touch of olive oil into the hot skillet. June 10, 2017 at 12:47am Reply

  • Lisa: Made these tonight after a long day at work Delicious , fast and easy cleanup! Substituted Kerry’s butter with canola oil and no cornstarch on hand and it worked fine! Thanks so much for great recipes November 28, 2016 at 8:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Lisa! December 7, 2016 at 1:06pm Reply

  • Paige: These porkchops look amazing!

    Paige November 21, 2016 at 11:35am Reply

  • Mindy: Can I substitute olive oil for the “not butter”? I don’t want to buy some for just 1 recipe! November 21, 2016 at 8:19am Reply

    • Chris: Use real butter instead. Sure it’s more calories and fat, but it’s real and not full of chemicals. I dont think olive oil would make the sauce. If it did, the flavor would be completely different. December 6, 2016 at 8:46pm Reply

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci: Love that orange and sage sauce, what a fab dinner idea! November 19, 2016 at 11:37pm Reply

  • Sara @ Last Night’s Feast: I love the combination of sage and citrus! November 19, 2016 at 9:09am Reply

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