Relish the crispy goodness of this delectable Baked Panko Pork Chops recipe that will enhance your dining experience.
This delicious and crispy dish is a perfect star for weeknight dinners! Have it with a generous scoop of instant pot mashed potatoes or copycat Chick fil A mac and cheese for that irresistible comfort food experience.
An easy pork chop recipe is something you should not miss, so let’s get cooking!
Are breadcrumbs and panko the same?
Breadcrumbs and panko are sometimes used interchangeably, but they’re not exactly synonymous with each other. Panko is just one of many types of breadcrumbs, so it has different characteristics from other varieties.
Specifically, unlike standard breadcrumbs from the U.S., the panko breadcrumbs that were invented in Japan are known for absorbing less oil, only using white bread, and being crispy while still being easy to bite into.
❤️ Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Besides its crispiness, succulent meat, and flavorful taste, there are still more reasons why you’ll want to make this breaded baked pork chops recipe.
- It is an easy weeknight meal. You just have to follow some simple steps, and you’ll have a delicious dinner in under 45 minutes.
- This easy-baked panko pork chop recipe is always a crowd-pleaser. It’s tender meat and crispy coating make it a guaranteed hit that your whole family will love!
- This dish is a visual feast. The pork chops’ beautiful golden and crunchy exterior will surely make anyone crave a piece.
If you love delicious and savory dishes like this baked panko pork chop, you should definitely try making French onion pork chops!
For this easy oven-fried pork chops recipe, you’ll only need simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.
- Pork chops: These tender meat cuts from the pork loin area are known for their juicy flavor.
- All-purpose flour: This ingredient acts as the initial coating for the pork chops.
- Italian seasoning: This seasoning combines basil, thyme, and oregano, enriching the flavor of every part of the juicy pork chops.
- Eggs: Whisked eggs add that golden brown color to the pork chops and ensure that the panko breadcrumbs stick to the meat.
- Panko bread crumbs: Unlike the usual bread crumbs, this ingredient is more airy and has a lighter texture.
- Salt and pepper: Season the pork chops with salt and pepper to enhance their overall taste and bring out the meat’s natural flavor.
See recipe card for complete list of ingredients and quantities.
🌈 Variations / Options / Add-Ins
You might think there’s no way this great recipe can get better. However, lo and behold, there are still plenty of ways to take this dish up a notch!
- Spicy Version: You can elevate this delicious baked panko pork chop recipe by adding an extra spicy kick. Just mix in cayenne pepper, paprika, or red pepper flakes to the flour and breadcrumbs as you see fit.
- Cheesy Goodness: Feel free to add freshly grated parmesan cheese or cheddar cheese to the breadcrumbs mixture for that added cheesy touch.
- Kid-friendly Bites: Make this dinner recipe even better for kids by using smaller boneless pork chops and cutting them into bite-size portions.
Another fun dish to make that can satisfy your taste buds, especially in the summer, is this grilled pork chop with rhubarb orange sauce!
🥄 Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools
This great dinner recipe only requires a few tools that will be useful for the cooking process.
- Skillet or frying pan: You’ll need this to precook the meat before baking.
- Shallow bowl or dish: Prepare three shallow bowls/dishes for the breading process.
- Meat thermometer: To ensure that the meat is cooked properly, you can use a meat thermometer to ensure the meat’s internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
- 9″x13″ casserole dish: A casserole dish is necessary to ensure that the pork chops cook evenly in the oven.
🔪 How to Make Baked Panko Pork Chops
You just need to follow these easy steps, and within an hour, you’ll be hearing that satisfying crunch and enjoying the savory wonder of baked Panko pork chops!
Step 1: Preheat the oven
Before starting the breading process, preheat the oven to 425°F.
Step 2: Set up the breading station
Prepare 3 shallow bowls.
In the first one, combine the flour, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Then, whisk two eggs in the 2nd bowl.
Lastly, pour in the crispy panko crumbs in the third bowl, and arrange the 3 bowls in a line, according to the order mentioned.
Step 3: Coat the pork chops
Coat one pork chop with the flour mixture, drench it with whisked eggs, and coat it with panko breadcrumbs on both sides. After fully coating it, place the pork chop on a clean plate.
Repeat the process with each pork chop before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4: Prepare the skillet
Place the skillet over medium heat and pour in just enough oil to cover the surface of the pan.
Step 5: Brown the meat
Once the oil is hot, place two chops at a time in the skillet. Brown each side of the pork chops for 2-3 minutes.
Step 6: Transfer the fried pork chops
Once the pork chops are brown, arrange all of them in a casserole dish.
Step 7: Bake the pork chops
Bake the pork chops for 10-15 minutes. After that, check if the pork chops are cooked by ensuring that the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145°F using a meat thermometer.
Step 8: Start serving
Serve these pork chops with your favorite side dishes and watch the crunch impress everyone at the table!
❓ Recipe FAQs
It’s advisable to bake Breaded Pork Chops rather than deep frying them. Not only is this a more convenient, hands-off process, but it’s also a healthier option as it uses less oil. On top of that, baking promotes even cooking, resulting in more tender and juicier meat.
The best way to not dry out pork chops is to not overcook them. When in doubt about whether the pork is cooked or not, use a meat thermometer to measure the internal temperature of each slice and only continue to bake if the meat thermometer doesn’t reach 145°F.
Yes, you can store cooked pork chops in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Reheating can be done in both the microwave and oven, but be prepared for the pork chops not to retain their crispiness.
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Baked Panko Pork Chops
- Skillet or frying pan
- Shallow bowl or dish
- Meat thermometer
- 9×13 casserole dish
- 4 Pork Chops
- 1 cup All-Purpose Flour
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
- 2 Eggs
- 1 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tablespoons Oil as needed
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- In a shallow dish, place the flour and stir in salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Combine well.
- In a second shallow dish, crack an egg and whisk it.
- Bread crumbs should go in the third shallow dish.
- Dredge each pork chop slice in the flour mixture, then the eggs, then the panko. Do so one at a time.
- After breading, set pork chops on a clean plate until all pieces are fully coated.
- Pour oil into a skillet over medium heat.
- Once the oil is hot enough, cook two pork chops at a time and brown on each side. Each side should be cooked for about 2-3 minutes.
- Transfer the pork chops to the prepared 9"x13" casserole dish.
- Bake for 10-15 minutes until the meat thermometer reads 145°F.