Juicy & Crispy Baked Pork Chops

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  • If you like store bought Shake and Bake, you are going to love these Crispy Baked Pork Chops! Coated in a simple bread crumb and Parmesan cheese mixture, these breaded pork chops are full of flavor, easy to make and totally kid friendly.

    overhead close up of breaded pork chop garnished with parsley

    Crispy Baked Pork Chops

    Pork chops are always a favorite in this house. I have many recipes from baked to grilled, as well as lots of different flavor combinations.

    But I think we can all agree that sometimes getting a nice crispy crust without actually frying like a cutlet, is challenging. You want all the crunch, but none of the fat and calories, I totally get it.

    Shake and Bake revolutionized this concept by selling prepackaged packets of seasoned mix with a plastic bag. Yes, that is all it was, a breadcrumb mixture, and yet people went nuts.

    Totally bonkers! And paid a lot more than what it was actually worth for the stuff. Talk about good marketing.

    raw pork chop in a plastic bag with seasonings

    Shake and Bake Pork Chops

    So although he loves all of my pork chop recipes, Hubby has long been bothering me to buy Shake n Bake. He is fond memories of childhood eating Shake and Bake chicken and pork chops. 

    seasoned breadcrumb mixture in a plastic bag

    My first thought while preparing it was that it seemed fairly straightforward and easy. Wet the pork, toss it in the included plastic baggy and bread crumb mix and bake on a baking sheet. Coat, bag and shake. Super easy. Also just as easy to make a homemade shake and bake.

    breaded pork on a broiler pan

    It cuts out the process of flour, egg and bread crumbs. Not patting the pork dry was a little out of my comfort zone, but I followed the directions. I mean, how was it supposed to stick?

    Foodie friends, I followed ALL of the directions, which is really difficult for me to do. Right down to baking them on a rimmed sheet pan 

    white serving plate of shake and bake pork chops garnished with fresh herbs

    To my amazement, the breading stuck! They were juicy and cooked all the way through, but not that flavorful. Only problem was the bottoms got all soggy since the juices that ran out just pooled in the baking sheet. I knew I could them into a great baked pork chop recipe.

    How to make baked pork chops (better):

    I knew I could do it better, so I did! And here ya go… Crispy Baked Pork Chops. Boneless Pork Chops tossed in an easy bread crumb seasoning and baked to perfection. 

    crispy baked pork chop with mushrooms on a plate

    I served this baked pork chops with my Garlic Herb Sauteed Mushrooms

    ONE. Hubby likes a thick pork chop. Based on how thick your pork is, the cooking times with vary. Use a meat thermometer and make sure it registers at 145 degrees before serving. These pork chops were about 1/2 pound each! 

    TWO. You don’t want your pork chops to be dripping with water, but they can’t be dry either. Rinse them in cold water, then shake them a little before tossing in the bread crumbs. 

    THREE. To avoid pooling and soggy bottom pork chops, use a broiler pan or a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. The heat will circulate around your boneless pork chops and the released liquids will fall to the bottom leaving your whole pork chop nice and crispy. 

    FOUR. To further customize your boneless baked pork chops, you can add other dry seasonings. Use about 1/2 teaspoons of any of my favorites including:

    • crushed red pepper flakes
    • garlic powder
    • onion powder
    • smoked paprika
    • celery seed
    • chile powder
    close up of baked pork chop

    What Cut is a Pork Chop?

    A pork chop comes from the loin and is typically boneless cut into smaller, steak like pieces. Less fatty than other cuts of pork and with a milder flavor, they are desirable as a “blank slate” type of meat, really taking on whatever flavors you want to add to them.

    It’s such a versatile piece of meat, and if cooked properly it comes out super juicy and delicious. We could probably eat pork chops at least once a week and never tire of them. 

    raw pork chop on a cutting board with basil

    Do I have to Use Pork Chops?

    Can I use bone-in pork chops for this recipe? You can surely use this same simple recipe for bone-in pork chops. 

    Can I use this same bread crumb mixture with chicken? Sure! Use boneless chicken breasts, I would recommend tenderizing them to a uniformly thin thickness so they cook evenly and fast. 

    Pork Chops in the Oven

    How long do I need to cook pork chops in the oven? This question comes through all the time and the answer is… it depends. It depends on a lot of variables. The only thing constant is that your pork chops should register at 145 degrees before serving. 

    The average pork chop is about 5 ounces and will take 30-35 minutes in a 350 degrees oven. 

    dish of cooked breaded pork

    Can pork chops be pink? Pork can become tough when overcooked, so I do like a little bit of pink in mine. However, as long as the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, which is generally the temperature they are cooked to in a restaurant. However, the FDA suggest 160, but much like beef, it just doesn’t taste as good overcooked!

    Best Sides for Pork Chops

    What to serve with pork chops? Baked apples or applesauce are always a really popular dish to serve with any cut of pork. The sweetness of the cinnamon and apples complements the pork really nicely.

    But if you don’t have any apples on hand, some sort of potato or vegetable would work well too!

    homemade shake and bake pork chops for pinterest

    More easy pork chop recipes:

    How to Brine Pork Chops
    Pan fried pork chops plated
    This step-by-step guide will show you how to brine pork chops, tips for a juicy pork and the best pork brine recipe!
    Butter Sage Pork Chops
    Butter Sage Pork Chop Recipe- Crispy sage and garlic top succulent thick cut bone-in pork chops prepared in cast iron. | #castironcooking | www.savoryexperiments.com
    Butter Sage Pork Chops are pan seared pork chops in a simple butter, garlic and sage sauce. Sear in cast iron and then finish in the oven for the best pork chop recipe ever! 
    Crock Pot Pork Chops
    bbq pork chop
    These Crock Pot Pork Chops are the perfect family dinner. Super tender, cooked in BBQ sauce and a special spice rub, then smothered with bacon and cheese!

    Tools: 

    Broiler Pan– You can use a baking sheet, but the excess liquid will prevent your pork chops won’t be as crispy. A broiler pan lets the liquids fall and hot air circulate around the whole chop, letting them cook a little faster.

    You can also place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet

    Meat Thermometer – Nix cutting your pork chop in half to check doneness. Just buy an instant read thermometer. 

    close up of shake n bake pork for pinterest
    breaded pork chop with mushrooms
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    5 from 9 votes

    Crispy Baked Pork Chops

    If you've never made pork chops in the oven, this shake and bake Crispy Baked Pork Chop recipe is the best! It's even better than shake and bake!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time30 mins
    Total Time40 mins
    Course: Main Course, Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: baked pork chop recipe, boneless pork chop recipe, crispy baked pork chops, shake and bake
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 327kcal

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a broiler pan with cooking spray. 
    • In a plastic airtight bag, combine bread crumbs, Kosher salt, black pepper, Parmesan cheese and any other desired seasonings in a plastic bag or a shallow baking dish. Mix well and set aside.
      plastic bag of bread crumbs
    • Rinse your boneless pork chops with cold water, shaking to release excess liquid.
    • One at a time, shake in the bread crumb mixture to coat.
      pork chop in a breadcrumb mixture
    • Place on the prepared broiler pan. Bake for 25-40 minutes.
      pork chops on broiler pan
    • This will depend on the thickness of the pork chops. Please use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 145.
    • Remove and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
    • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was.

    Notes

    If you have plain bread crumbs, add 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning. 
    To further customize your boneless baked pork chops, you can add other dry seasonings. Use about 1/2 teaspoons of any of my favorites including crushed red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, celery seed and chile powder. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 327kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 661mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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