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One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples Paleo, Whole30

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

Simple, fast, tasty and filling.  What more could you want for a weeknight dinner?  Add on Whole30 compliant, paleo, and the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavor and it gets even better!

No, not everyone is a big pork  chop fan (myself included) but I must say, ever since I started cooking with bone-in pork chops I’m enjoying them more than ever before.

They have more flavor, don’t dry out in 3 seconds and still cook as quickly as I need them to in my cast iron skillets.   Definitely more bang for your buck in pretty much every way if you ask me!

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

I probably wouldn’t have posted a pork chop/apple recipe if it weren’t for all the reader requests I’ve gotten over the past few months.  And I totally understand why – it’s cold outside and pork chops with apples totally falls into that comfort food category that I love so much.

As a bonus?  They’re basically already paleo, as in, you would actually have to TRY to take the paleo out of them, if you see what I mean.  We have pork, apples, seasonings, and broth.

Super simple in theory, and, if you love the combo of meat and fruit (I so do, as you might have noticed!) a delicious combination that satisfies that sweet/savory craving.

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

Though this recipe is definitely a fast and easy one, as with one-skillet meal, the timing will be important to avoid dry meat and mushy apples – ugh – the worst!

Also, to avoid the whole mushy apples problem, make sure you use crisp-sweet apples (I used one honeycrisp and one pink lady)  rather than varieties that break down too quickly, such as red delicious and Macintosh.  You’ll want to slice the apples thin (about 1/4″) so they cook through, but not so thin that they fall apart by the time the meat is cooked.

Having everything ready before you heat up your skillet also helps get the timing right for pretty much ANY recipe.  Trust me – I make this mistake at least once per day and pay for it, always, by overcooking or burning something.  Which, of course, I then wind up eating anyway since it was my mistake to begin with, and DANG do I hate wasting food!

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

But, now I’m way off topic, so back to the pork chops!  The sauce for these is so, so, simple – chicken bone broth and a bit of mustard combines with the apples, onions, fresh herbs and seasonings from the pork chops (that’s where the cinnamon comes in!) to create a seriously tasty, savory, sweet, tart sauce.

You’ll have plenty to serve over the pork chops to keep them nice and juicy!  I love this recipe with roasted sweet potatoes, or a baked sweet potato, but the sky’s the limit with the side dishes!  Cauliflower rice would be great to keep it lower in carbs, and a green salad is always good too.

I hope you’re ready for a delicious, fast dinner – let’s cook!

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples Paleo, Whole30

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples Paleo, Whole30

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

Ingredients

  • 4-5
    bone-in pork chops
  • Sea salt and black pepper to sprinkle on pork
  • 3/4
    tsp
    onion powder
    for pork
  • 3/4
    tsp
    cinnamon
    for pork
  • 3
    Tbsp
    ghee
    divided in half
  • 2
    med/large crisp-sweet apples
    cored and sliced to 1/4” thickness*
  • 1
    small red onion
    (or 1/2 large) sliced thin
  • Sprinkle of sea salt and pepper
    for apple mixture
  • 8
    oz
    chicken bone broth
  • 2
    tsp
    spicy brown mustard
    check for Whole30 compliance
  • 2
    tsp
    fresh rosemary
    minced
  • 1
    Tbsp
    fresh sage
    minced

Instructions

  1. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper, onion powder, and cinnamon, rubbing spices in to coat.

  2. Heat a large heavy skillet (I used a 12” cast iron) over medium high heat and add 1 1/2 Tbsp ghee.

  3. Add pork chops to hot skillet and brown on each side 3 minutes (they won’t be fully cooked yet), then remove to a plate and set aside.

  4. Lower heat to medium and add remaining ghee to melt. Add apples and onions to skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes, until beginning to soften (cooking longer during this step can lead to mushy apples later on!)

  5. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and pepper, then add the broth and mustard, plus fresh herbs, stir to combine, scraping up any bits that stuck to your skillet.

  6. Return pork chops to skillet, making room for them by pushing apples and onions aside/around them. Continue to simmer over medium heat until pork chops are cooked through – about 2 minutes or so, depending on how thick they were to start.

  7. Once cooked through, remove from heat and serve hot, immediately. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*I use pink lady and honeycrisp for this recipe and they keep their shape and sweet flavor well!

Nutrition Facts

One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples Paleo, Whole30

Amount Per Serving

Calories 367
Calories from Fat 189

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 21g
32%

Saturated Fat 9g
45%

Cholesterol 116mg
39%

Sodium 116mg
5%

Potassium 575mg
16%

Total Carbohydrates 13g
4%

Dietary Fiber 2g
8%

Sugars 8g

Protein 30g
60%

Vitamin A
1.3%

Vitamin C
6%

Calcium
4.6%

Iron
6.1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What I Used To Make My One-Skillet Pork Chops with Apples:

One-skillet pork chops with apples features seasoned, savory juicy pork chops with sweet apples simmered to perfection! This Paleo and Whole30 compliant dinner is easy, fast and great for weeknights!  Serve as is or with cauliflower rice, roasted sweet potatoes or a green salad.

Want More Whole30 Dinner Recipes?  Try One of These!

Skillet Pork Tenderloin with Teriyaki Sauce 

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Crispy Chicken with Creamy Mushroom Sauce

Salisbury Steak Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs with Whole30 Mashed Potatoes

Classic Shepherd’s Pie

One-Pan Bacon Wrapped Chicken

Slow Cooker Meatballs in Marinara Sauce

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