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Pork Chops in the Air Fryer

Rice, mixed vegetables, and a breaded pork chop on a white and brown plate.

Pork chops in the air fryer are a tender and delicious dinner that is easy to make, filling, and nutritious.

If you’re looking for a flavor-filled meal for your entire family give these air fryer pork chops a try, I promise y’all will love them.

DISCLAIMER: This post is sponsored by the Wisconsin Pork Producers Association. As always, the opinions are honest and are all my own. 

Nutrients in Pork for Your Family

We’ve had pork on our table every week for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my dad would bring home and cook pork tenderloin on a regular basis, and I looked forward to it each and every time.

The great thing about pork is that it is filled with a multitude of nutrients including protein, niacin, and vitamin B6.

So, not only are you eating something delicious, you’re helping out your body. And, some cuts of pork are leaner than chicken thighs.

Most cuts of pork are low in fat and have potassium and sodium, which work in combination with a healthy heart–so, there are a lot of great things to be said about pork.

Pork.org is a great place to find out more about all of the nutrition and good things in pork.

A pork chop with two bites on a white plate with rice and mixed veggies.

Pork Farming

Farming has always been important to me because we spent each summer on my grandparent’s farm in Tennessee. My grandparents worked hard and as I get older, I appreciate farmers more than ever.

Farmers work hard to get pork to our tables each year, and right now there are around 67,000 pork farmers in the United States alone.

In the past few decades, pork farmers have grown in their commitment to sustainable pig farming, keeping pigs healthy, and citizenship among other things.

Farmers have donated over 5-million dollars to charitable causes, donated more than 3-million servings of pork (yummy), volunteered countless hours, and offer numerous scholarships for college students. Talk about paying it forward!

One of the things that consistently sticks out to me is how much pork farming impacts the younger generation in positive ways. Students are constantly learning new ways of farming and raising pigs by helping on farms, participating in 4H clubs , and volunteering.

Be sure to read more about how things have changed in pig farming over at Porkcares.org

A pork chop, cooked in an air fryer, on a white plate.

What Ingredients Do I Need for Cooking Pork Chops in an Air Fryer?

(Full printable recipe and instructions listed at the bottom of the post)

  • Pork chops (with or without bone)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper
  • Buttermilk (or milk)
  • Panko breadcrumbs
  • Grated parmesan cheese

How To Make Air Fryer Pork Chops

Dijon mustard and mayonnaise in a medium-sized bowl.

First, add the dijon mustard and mayonnaise to a medium-sized bowl.

Pouring buttermilk into a blue bowl with dijon mustard and mayonnaise.

Next, pour the buttermilk into the bowl and mix the ingredients together.

You can use milk for this recipe, but I personally like the flavor and thickness of buttermilk. I also tend to think that the panko and parmesan cheese sticks better to the buttermilk.

Panko breadcrumbs in a yellow bowl.

In another medium-sized bowl, add the panko breadcrumbs.

You can use regular breadcrumbs, but I personally like panko breadcrumbs because they tend to be a little crispier when you cook them.

Panko, grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in yellow bowl

Next, add the grated parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper to the bowl and mix the ingredients together with a fork or small whisk.

You can grate fresh parmesan cheese, or grab it already grated in the containers from the grocery store. I like to buy the pre-grated cheese, although, I do think fresh tastes fantastic, too.

Dipping a pork chop into the buttermilk mixture.

Dip your pork chop into the buttermilk mixture, and flip it over to make sure it coats the entire pork chop.

This mixture should make enough for four pork chops. I happened to get some very large and thick pork chops for this recipe, but you can get smaller ones, boneless pork chops, or tenderloin and it will all work well.

Coating the pork chop with breadcrumbs in a yellow bowl

Move the pork chop over to the bowl with the panko breadcrumbs and coat both sides and the edges.

Adding the pork chop to the air fryer.

Add the pork chops to the air fryer.

Some air fryers are larger than others, so you will be able to get more pieces inside the basket. But, I did buy a very large pork chop, so it’s hoggin’ all the room (pun intended).

Be sure to read the directions on your air fryer for temperature and time, because the machines can vary.

I cooked this one for 15-minutes on each side at 360-degrees and it came out perfectly. But, if you have a smaller or thinner piece of pork, you will air fry it for less time.

The great thing about air fryers is that they cook evenly and you don’t end up with a soggy side – it’s all crispy and delicious.

Cooking a pork chop in the air fryer.

Turn the pork chops halfway through the air frying session and continue cooking.

Pork Chops Internal Cooking Temperature

When cooking pork, the internal temperature should reach between 145-degrees and 160-degrees to keep it from drying out. You can easily find the temperature by using a digital thermometer.

To use the thermometer, place it into the thickest part of the pork and wait a moment for the reading. Be sure not to let the thermometer touch bone or the cooking tray, or you might get an inaccurate reading.

Once the pork chops reach the correct temperature, it’s time to eat!

Cut up breaded pork chops on a white plate.

Breaded pork chops in an air fryer are such a wonderful dinner choice and cook up so flavorful. Plus, it’s such an easy and quick recipe and you won’t be stuck in the kitchen cooking for a long time.

How To Defrost Pork Chops

The best way to defrost pork chops is in the refrigerator. I freeze a lot of meat and I’ll take some out of the freezer and place it into the refrigerator 24-hours before I plan to cook it.

If you’re in more of a hurry (or you forgot to move it to the fridge like I often forget to do) place the pork chops in a large airtight bag and place in a bowl of cold water. Change the water every half an hour or so until the pork chops are thawed out enough to cook.

Breaded air fryer pork chops on a white plate with white rice and mixed veggies.

Recipe Card Below

Check out the pork chops in an air fryer recipe card below, grab those ingredients, and start cooking! This is a great dinner recipe for the entire family.

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Yield: 4

Pork Chops In the Air Fryer

Pork Chops In the Air Fryer

Pork chops in the air fryer are a tender and delicious dinner that is easy to make, filling, and nutritious.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium-sized bowl, add the dijon mustard, mayonnaise, and buttermilk and mix well. Set the bowl aside.
  2. In another medium-sized bowl, add the breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper and mix together.
  3. Dip the pork chop into the buttermilk mixture, making sure you cover the entire piece.
  4. Next, dip the pork chop into the breadcrumb mixture, coating the entire piece.
  5. Place the pork chops into the air fryer and air fry for 10 to 15 minutes on each side, making sure to turn the pork chops at least once.
  6. When the temperature of the pork chop reaches between 145 and 160-degrees, they are ready to eat!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 526Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1272mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 49g

Nutrition is approximate.

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