Serve these saucy pork chops up with your family’s favorite side dishes or consider sliced oranges & making our roasted broccoli in the oven while you’re at work on the stove top.
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Orange Maple Pork Chops
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 6 pork chops (boneless, butterfly, thick cut… your choice, but not smoked)
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Make the marinade by stirring together the maple syrup, orange juice concentrate, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard & garlic powder in a sealable plastic bag or medium glass bowl with lid. Add the chops and seal tightly. Place in the refrigerator for at least two hours to marinate.
- When you’re ready to get cooking, heat 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Remove the chops from the marinade (reserve the marinade for later) and place into the skillet in a single layer with an inch or 2 between them. Flip them once browned and continue to cook until the temperature in the center of a chop reaches 145F. Cook time will vary depending on the thickness of chops you’ve chosen.
- Remove cooked chops from the skillet and place on a serving platter. Pour the remaining marinade into the skillet and bring to a boil over medium heat for 5 minutes. After boiling, season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Pour the sauce over the pork chops for serving.
-This also works well with boneless skinless chicken breasts. Their internal cooking temperature should reach 165F.
-We love the sweet and tangy flavor of this sauce. It’s a crowd pleaser and you might even have all the ingredients on hand already. Boiling the marinade for 5 minutes makes it safe since it has been in contact with raw meat, be sure not to skip this step!