Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops go from fridge to table in less than 30 minutes and the stuffing has that wonderful bite of fall with diced apple! Using your air fryer ensures you’ll have juicy pork chops with tenderness in every bite!
What You Will ❤️ About Stuffed Pork Chops
- Under 30 Minutes! This meal goes from fridge to table in only 23 minutes!
- Homemade Stuffing! This homemade stuffing is so good – you’ll never use boxed again!
- Juicy & Tender! Pork chops in the air fryer are done so quickly and you’ll be shocked how juicy they are!
What’s a good pork chop for stuffing?
- Thick Chops – Try and find thick pork chops – at least 3/4″ thick if possible – so that you have some room to slice and stuff them. (No thin pork chops for this recipe!)
- Bone-in Pork Chops – The bone keeps the flavor in and makes them less dry when you cook them.
- Fat = Flavor – Keep a little fat on those chops! You can trim it off after you cook it – but it adds FLAVOR to the chops when cooking!
What’s in Stuffed Pork Chops?
Stuffing is so EASY to make and homemade is 100X better than store bought. Here’s what you need:
- Salted Butter
- Onion, Celery, Mushrooms – the most important ingredients!
- Green Apple (this is an add-on to my regular crock pot stuffing)
- Bread – I used leftover sub buns and hot dog buns but you can use any bread you have
- Thanksgiving spices: Poultry Seasoning, Sage, Thyme (you could add garlic too if you like!)
- Salt & Pepper
- Bouillon + Water – I love using Better than Bouillon so much more than those hard little cubes! Lots of flavor instantly!
This recipe was made using the Paula Deen Air Fryer.
How do you make Air Fryer Stuffed Pork Chops?
This is an easy recipe – since you’re making stuffing first – there are a few extra steps – but it’s worth it to make from scratch! (The homemade stuff is the best part!)
1. Make the stuffing
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat
- Add celery, onion, mushroom and apples to butter and saute for 3-5 min until softened
- Remove from heat and add seasonings to celery mixture and stir
- Combine bread cubes with the veggies and stir
- Mix together bouillon and water then stir. Add to the bread mixture so it sticks together a bit.
- Set stuffing aside in a large bowl
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2. Stuff the chops!!!
- Using a sharp knife (like a boning knife), make a horizontal slice into the side of the pork chops to make a pocket inside for your stuffing
- 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.
- Fill each pocket by hand with a handful of stuffing mixture. You’ll have enough to do four pork chops. Push the stuffing towards the bone and mush it in tight!
- Preheat your air fryer to 375º (turn on for 3 min at 375º if you don’t have a preheat setting). Spray air fryer basket with nonstick cooking spray
- Brush the sides of each pork chop with mustard (horseradish, deli, dijon – whatever you have) and spritz with a touch of olive oil spray
- Place pork chops in the basket in a single layer and air fry for 8 minutes (no need to flip pork chops)
- Check internal temp of pork chop meat (not bone) with an instant read thermometer to be sure the internal temperature is 145º
- Remove from air-fryer basket and serve!
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Tips, Tricks and FAQs
Of course you can use boneless chops – I just find that bone-in chops have more flavor which keeps the pork juicy.
Sure – use whatever stuffing you like – or even a cornbread stuffing. This is just my favorite recipe and the amount is just right for these chops.
Pork is safe to eat at 145º – I always use an instant read meat thermometer in the thickest part of the meat to check the internal temperature of the pork. You can actually take the pork out at 140º and let it rest for a few minutes and it will come up to temp.
Well – if you’re making the stuffing recipe as a side dish – yes – you need eggs. BUT for this recipe – 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!
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?!
You can sub out box stuffing mix if you’re short on time but this homemade stuffing is one of my favorite ways to have a little Thanksgiving flavor any night of the week!
Store leftovers in an airtight container (I like these glass ones) in the refrigerator for up to a week. Reheat in the microwave for 1-2 minutes or in the air fryer at 350º for 5 minutes.
What to serve with stuffed pork chops?
This pork chop recipe is super delicious and just missing a nice big side of veggies – here are some ideas for things to serve on side of the pork chops::
Other delicious Air Fryer Recipes with pork
These delicious air fryer pork chops are a great meal and it’s amazing you can make them in the air fryer! Here are some other great air fryer meals:
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 enough4 thick-cut, bone-in pork chops
- 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 spray4 tbsp horseradish mustard
- Lay pork chop into basket of air fryer (oven or basket style)
- Air fry at 375 for 8 minutesCheck temperature with a meat thermometer to 145 – be sure to check the meat – not touching the bone. If chops are thicker – they may need 3-5 min longer.