Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops are an amazingly quick and easy meal that everybody will love! Plus – the stuffing is a wonderful bite of fall with diced apple and all those wonderful Thanksgiving spices that come in stuffing!
Try and find thick pork chops – at least 3/4″ thick if possible – so that you have some room to slice and stuff them. First you make your stuffing – then pop them in the air fryer for only 8 minutes! They were perfectly juicy and delicious!
What’s in Stuffed Pork Chops?
First – the stuffing – I started with my family-famous crock pot stuffing (it’s getting to be that time – this recipe is amazing!!!):
- Onion, Celery, Mushrooms – the most important ingredients!
- Green Apple (this is an add-on to my regular stuffing)
- Bread – I used leftover sub buns and hot dog buns
- Poultry Seasoning
- Better than Bouillon + Water
Finally – of course – you’ll need:
- Bone-in Pork Chops
- Horseradish or Dijon Mustard
How do you make Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops?
First up – we have to make the stuffing – your stuffing will “bake” in the air fryer – so it’s a super quick version:
- Melt the butter in a skillet
- Add celery, onion, mushroom and apples to butter and saute for 3-5 min until softened
- Remove from heat and add seasonings and stir
- Add bread cubes to the veggies and stir
- Place 1/4 cup water in the microwave to heat up and then add your bouillon. Stir
- Add the chicken broth to the mixture and stir so it sticks together a bit.
- Set stuffing aside
Next up – the chops!!!
- It’s best to use 3/4″ or so pork chops
- Using a boning knife, slice a pocket into the pork chops
- Be sure to cut in and slice away to get a nice sized pocket – go towards the bone about 3″. You might need to make little “swipes” with the knife to keep going.
- Repeat on all the chops
- Fill each pocket by hand with a handful of stuffing. You’ll have enough to do four pork chops. Push the stuffing towards the bone and mush it in tight!
- Preheat your air fryer – if you need to – to 375 degrees
- I just got a new Instant Pot Omni Vortex oven and you have to preheat it – but I also have a Paula Deen Basket Air Fryer and it doesn’t need to be preheated
- Brush the top of the pork chop with mustard (horseradish, deli, dijon – whatever you have) and spritz with a touch of olive oil spray
- When the oven is ready, place pork chop in the basket and air fry for 8 minutes
- Check internal temp of pork chop meat (not bone) to 145
Tips, Tricks and FAQs
Of course- I just find that bone-in chops have more flavor which keeps the pork juicy.
Well you definitely need more than thin cut – the ones I used were about 3/4″. Just look for a thicker cut at the grocery – or if you have a butcher shop nearby – they’ll have thicker chops. If you use thicker chops (like Iowa Chops) – you’ll need to air fry for probably 10-12 minutes.
I actually had leftover sub rolls and hot dog rolls and diced up two of those – because it was about like 4 slices of bread. Use whatever you like – but I recommend a thick cut of bread.
Well – if you’re making the stuffing recipe as a side dish – yes – you need eggs. BUT for this recipe – when you put it in the pork chop – the egg isn’t needed! (And yes – I might have figured this out because I forgot the egg and didn’t realize it until the chops were stuffed. Doh! But it worked and was delicious!)
Well no – but I recommend it! I don’t even like green apples – but apples and pork chops are perfect together and it really added a ton of flavor and texture to the stuffing – you’ll love it!
So – I’m so AF obsessed – I have 2! I never pre-heat my basket style air fryer. However i just got the Instant Pot Omni Vortex Air Fryer Oven and it requires the preheat.
Yup – I just didn’t want to open a can of broth for 1/4 cup – so I just made my own. And trust me – Better than Bouillon is my favorite! I have Chicken, Beef and Garlic flavors!
I ran out of Dijon – but I had some amazing Woeber’s Horseradish Mustard in my fridge – so I used that! So good! Really – use whatever mustard OTHER than plain yellow. Don’t we all have 14 mustards in our fridge door? Or is that just me?!
What to serve with stuffed pork chops?
Other delicious Air Fryer Pork Recipes
- Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin
- Air Fryer Breaded Pork Loin Sandwich
- Air Fryer Country Style Ribs
- More Delicious Pork Recipes
Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops
- 6 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup onion diced
- 1/2 cup celery diced
- 1/2 green apple peeled & diced
- 4 oz mushrooms washed & sliced
- 4 slices thick cut bread diced
- 1/2 tsp poultry seasoning
- 1 tsp sage
- 1 tsp thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops 3/4" thick
- 4 tbsp horseradish mustard or djion
- Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat.6 tbsp butter
- Add onion, celery, apple and mushroom in skillet and saute for 3-5 min until all softened, stirring frequently1/2 cup onion, 1/2 cup celery, 1/2 green apple, 4 oz mushrooms
- Take skillet off heat and add poultry seasoning, sage, thyme, salt and pepper1/2 tsp poultry seasoning, 1 tsp sage, 1 tsp thyme, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Add in bread cubes and stir4 slices thick cut bread
- Microwave water for 45 seconds and add bouillon. Stir to dissolve1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken
- Add chicken broth slowly to skillet – stirring to mix and coat all bread so stuffing starts to stick together a little1/2 tsp Better than Bouillon Chicken
- Set stuffing aside to absorb broth a little
- Using a boning knife, cut a deep pocket in pork chops, cutting close to the bone. You might need to take "swipes" with your knife to cut deep enough
- Preheat Air Fryer to 375 (if you have one that needs to preheat)
- Fill each pocket with a handful of stuffing – it's easiest to just use your hands. Mush the stuffing into the pocket and pull the top of the pork chop over the stuffing. We're not flipping – so no need to secure with a toothpick – it's fine.
- Brush top of pork chops with mustard and spritz with a touch of olive oil spray
- Lay pork chop into basket of air fryer (oven or basket style)
- Air fry at 375 for 8 minutes
- Check temperature with a meat thermometer to 145 – be sure to check the meat – not touching the bone