Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

October 7, 2017

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions is the perfect autumn dinner! You get perfectly seared pork chops topped with the most delicious cinnamon and allspice seasoned cider pan sauce, and it’s served with tender, butter sautéed apples and red onions. Yes, yes, and yes!

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Seared Pork Chops with Sweet Apples and Red Onions

I’ll be honest, pork chops haven’t always been my first choice of protein for dinner. But these pork chops change everything!

They are perfectly seared, perfectly spiced and seasoned and I just can’t get enough of the fresh apple and red onion addition.

Oh and that pan sauce! Let’s talk about that for a second because it is a key highlight of this dish.

It’s made with chicken broth for depth, apple cider for sweetness (and because it’s the perfect pairing to pork), then dijon mustard for zip, and those fresh herbs and autumn spices for flavor.

You know those spices that I can’t help but add to everything lately, even my main dish like so.

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Boneless pork chops
  • Low-sodium chicken broth
  • Apple cider (not vinegar!)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Cinnamon and allspice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Apples
  • Red onion
  • Fresh sage and rosemary

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

How to Make This Pork Chop Recipe

  • Rest pork chops 10 minutes at room temperature
  • Whisk together broth, cider, mustard and spices.
  • Season pork chops with salt and pepper, heat olive oil in skillet.
  • Sear pork chops 4 – 5 minutes per side. Transfer to plate and keep warm.
  • Saute apples, onions with sage and rosemary until tender
  • Pour in broth mixture and let simmer to reduce by half.
  • Return pork chops to pan and spoon mixture over chops.

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Tips for This Pork Chop Recipe

  • Slice the apples thin, yes even thinner than I did if you like them really tender.
  • Add a little cornstarch (1 teaspoon) if you like a slightly thicker sauce.
  • Pair this with some roasted butternut squash to keep that fall theme going! And why not, it’s in season right now and it’s seriously delicious!

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Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

4.53 from 19 votes

Perfectly pan seared pork chops topped with a cider-cinnamon pan sauce and served with those tender, butter sautéed apples and onions. A perfect fall dish!

Servings: 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (5 oz.) 3/4-inch thick boneless pork chops
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth*
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 medium sweet crisp apples (honey crisp, gala, fuji, golden delicious etc.), thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh sage
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preferably let pork chops rest at room temperature 10 minutes while preparing ingredients.

  2. In a liquid measuring cup or bowl whisk together broth, apple cider, mustard, cinnamon and allspice. Set aside.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of pork chops with salt and pepper (about 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper total).

  4. Once oil is shimmering add pork chops. Sear until browned on bottom, about 4 - 5 minutes then flip and continue to cook, until center registers 145 degrees, about 4 - 5 minutes longer. 

  5. Transfer pork chops to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Melt butter in same skillet over medium heat. 

  6. Add in apples, onions, sage and rosemary and saute until tender, about 4 minutes. Pour in broth mixture and season with a little salt as desired.

  7. Let simmer until reduced by about half, stirring occasionally, about 2 - 3 minutes. Return pork chops to pan and spoon mixture over chops. Serve warm.

  8. *For a slightly thicker sauce if desired, you can whisk 1 tsp cornstarch in with the broth before adding to skillet. Stir frequently. 

  9. Recipe source: inspired by Cooking Light

Nutrition Facts
Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 152mg7%
Potassium 718mg21%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 31g62%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 6.5mg8%
Calcium 27mg3%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork Chops Recipe
Author: Jaclyn

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42 Comments

  • Alicia Bukowski

    made this last night w/ some added sweet potato and brussel sprouts on the side and it was super delicious! the only thing for me is that we ended up with a lot of extra sauce, but still, great recipe!

  • Sarah LaDue

    Made this recipe, and incredibly loved it!!! Only things I switched were –
    •I used 1 red gala apple & 1 green granny smith
    •I used 1 sweet yellow onion & 1 red onion
    •While keeping the same amount of liquid, I used 1c Apple cider, and omitted the chicken broth entirely
    •I used ½-¾ tsp Savory in place of Sage
    •I used 1 tsp dried rosemary in place of fresh
    It turned out incredible! Definitely saved in my family favorites, with the side notes of what I changed
    (plz dont take offense, it’s just my personal taste preference. I’ve been cooking and stirring up things in my kitchen since I learned waaay back when, in my family’s restaurant, stirring up ingredients into the pots and pans) =)

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      No offense! We all have our personal tastes. So glad you liked it – Thanks for the kind review!

  • Alexis

    Would make again. I forgot the apple cider, and when making it I kept thinking apple cider vinegar so I added maybe a tbs of white vinegar to the broth. I don’t know if it helped or not but overall the recipe was delicious. We mixed in a little kale since we forgot to pick up a side.
    I also almost never eat leftover pork, I plan on eating these leftovers!

  • Amber G.

    Made this for dinner. It was delicious. Added about a half of cup of brown sugar to really pull the sweet out the stew. Also added about a cup extra a chicken broth because there wasn’t enough liquid to cover the chops. Otherwise, delicious! We will repeat it!

  • Sally Philbrick

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. The chops were tender, and the apples & onions in the cider sauce were very good! Served it with broccoli and a green salad. I will definitely make this again!

  • Doris Acker

    Oh, forgot, I served steamed broccoli with this (I couldn’t talk the hubby into the butternut squash). Very good!

  • Doris Acker

    Was delicious! I added the cornstarch to thicken the sauce and it was just right. My husband said this is a keeper! He was surprised that he liked it.