Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops

Breaded oven baked pork chops are the simplest way to make tender, perfect pork every time. I've got a special tip to make sure they come out juicier too! 

I found some fun new Shake and Bake Ritz Cracker Crumbs - they have different flavors so I was excited to try them. They're delicious on these baked breaded pork chops!


How long do you bake pork chops in the oven? 

I like to go with the "low and slow" method and cook them at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. The most important part thing is to use a meat thermometer (here's a super affordable instant read!

There's a few tips I like to use when baking pork chops to make sure they're extra juicy:
- Brine them - more on that if you scroll down!
- Baste them in mayo - it's another layer around the meat to hold the juices in
- Don't be afraid of a layer of fat around your pork chops - fat = flavor! You don't have to eat the layer of fat - but it helps hold the juices in. 
- Go for bone-in chops whenever possible - same with the fat - the bone also adds flavor. 

Breaded baked pork chops are great because you can cook them at  a lower temperature and do little things like brining the meat and basting with mayonnaise to hold the moisture in. 

Why should you brine pork chops? 

Brining is similar to a marinade because it increases the moisture-holding capacity of the meat - which makes it juicier when you cook it! It's easy to do also! I just poured salt into a bowl of water and then popped the chops in there for 30 minutes! 

If you're looking for other delicious pork chop recipes - I've got them all - stove top, grill, air fryer and these oven baked! For the stove top - try these Garlic Brown Sugar Pork Chops! If you're wanting to grill your pork chops, this recipe for Easy Grilled Pork Chops. Probably my favorite way to cook pork chops is in the air fryer for sandwiches - so good!  

Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops

Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops

Yield: 2
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prep time: 35 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 60 M
Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops are so easy to make and they come out juicy and delicious every time! These are simple and no mess - I also have a secret tip for making them extra juicy!

ingredients:

  • 2 pork chops - boneless or bone-in - whichever you like
  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup Ritz Shake ’N Bake Garlic Butter Cracker Crumbs (or breadcrumbs or panko) 
    • The cracker crumbs did not get super crunchy - they did add a ton of flavor! If you want super crunch - I would use panko. 

instructions:

How to cook Breaded Oven Baked Pork Chops

  1. Brine chops: Dissolve ¼ cup table salt in 1 quart water in a medium-sized container. Place the chops in the brining solution, cover and refrigerate 30 minutes. Rinse the chops under cold water and pat dry with paper towels before proceeding.
  2. Set oven to 350°F.
  3. Spray a wire rack with non-stick spray and set it on a foil-lined, rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together mayonnaise and Dijon mustard
  5. Place ¼ cup flour in a shallow dish (just larger than one pork chop).
  6. Place the cracker crumbs in another shallow bowl.
  7. Using tongs, coat one pork chop in flour and shake off the excess.
  8. Baste both sides of the pork chop with a thin coating of the mayonnaise/mustard
  9. Gently press the chop, on all sides, in the crumb mixture being sure a thick layer of crumbs adheres.
  10. Transfer the breaded chop to the prepared wire rack and repeat with the remaining pork chops.
  11. Bake 12 minutes.
  12. Flip chops and bake 12 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the center of the chops registers 145°F.
    1. 145°F - blush of pink, 155°F - no pink
  13. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.

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