Easy Apricot Balsamic Skillet Pork Chops

Easy Apricot Balsamic Skillet Pork Chops
Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN
Total Time 25 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 20 min
Servings 4 (1 pork chop each)

Getting dinner on the table has never been so easy or delicious. These easy apricot balsamic skillet pork chops are made with just a handful of simple ingredients and are ready in less than 30 minutes.

Simply sear the pork chops on the stove, place them in the oven to finish, and use the same pan to whip up a super simple apricot balsamic sauce. It's a flavorful and healthy main dish with minimal effort. Steam quinoa or veggies while the pork cooks for a complete meal you can prepare any night of the week.

Ingredients

  • 4 (4-5 ounce) boneless center cut pork chops (or 2 butterflied 8-ounce chops)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1/4 cup apricot preserves
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 425F. Place a cast iron skillet in the oven to preheat.
  2. Rub pork chops with garlic powder and pepper on both sides. Once oven is heated, remove skillet and place on the stovetop over high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat the pan.
  3. Sear pork chops for 2-3 minutes per side. Place in the oven to finish cooking, 5-10 minutes or until pork reaches an internal temperature of 145F.  Remove pork chops, place on a plate and cover.
  1. Place skillet over medium-low heat on the stove. Add garlic, thyme, apricot preserves, and balsamic. Whisk to combine and cook until thickened, about 5 minutes. Discard garlic and thyme.
  2. Serve pork chops with a drizzle of apricot balsamic sauce.

Ingredient Variations and Substitutions

Try this recipe with chicken breasts if your family doesn't eat pork.

If you can't find apricot preserves (they are normally in the jam and jelly section of the grocery store), try pureeing fresh or canned apricots.

Rosemary will also work in place of the thyme.

Cooking and Serving Tips

Watch sauce carefully. It thickens very quickly in the hot pan.

Serve with a side of whole grains, such as quinoa or brown rice, a salad, or your favorite steamed vegetables.

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