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Simple Air Fryer Shake ‘n Bake Pork Chops Recipe [2022]

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We investigated and tested numerous brands of shake ‘n’ bake style breading mixes for air frying pork chops. The end result was fantastic!

Preparing these simple air fryer Shake & Bake pork chops is a breeze: prep the chops, shake to coat, and then pop into your air fryer for a dinner everyone will enjoy!

They’re ridiculously crispy on the outside and incredibly juicy on the inside, making them the best pork chops ever!

Air Fryer Shake 'n Bake Pork Chops
Air Fryer Shake ‘n Bake Pork Chops

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE!

  • Super simple! Not only is the prep for these tasty pork chops simple, but so is the cooking! The air fryer does all of the work and eliminates the extra time and cleanup associated with baking or frying the pork chops.
  • It was so delicious! If you like fried chicken but want a healthier and equally tasty alternative, these pork chops are for you. The crunchy exterior seals in the juiciness of the pork chop, making it an ideal main course.
  • It’s adaptable! These simple pork chops can be the foundation of a plethora of delicious meals. They’re great for a quick midweek dinner with a side veggie, or you can dress them up with potatoes and gravy for a nice family meal at the end of the week.

WHAT EXACTLY IS A PORK CHOP?

They, like all chops, are a part of the loin, which is cut horizontally from the animal’s spine.

Pork chops are typically a very unprocessed food that is leaner than any other pork product available at the grocery store.

Approximately 90% of the pork chops sold in supermarkets come from the loin and ribs.

That is why, in recent years, they have grown in popularity as the “other white meat (I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials).

Crispy Air Fryer Pork Chop
Crispy Air Fryer Pork Chop

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat. While you prepare the pork chops, preheat your air fryer to 400°F (205°C).
  1. Cook the pork chops. 1 pound pork chops, rinsed and patted dry (approximately 4 pork chops). Brush a little olive oil on both sides of the chops. *I like to measure and pour the tablespoon of oil into a small dish before coating the pork chops with a basting brush. If you don’t have a basting brush, drizzle the oil over the pork chops and spread it out with the back of a spoon.
  1. Coat pork chops in flour. 1 cup or 1 packet Shake N Bake mix in a plastic bag, individually place each pork chop in the bag, twist to seal, and shake to coat.
  1. Fry in the air. Place the seasoned pork chops in the air fryer and bake for 12-15 minutes at 400°F (205°C). Make sure to flip halfway through the cooking time, which should be about 6-8 minutes. When pork chops reach 145°F (63°C), they are done.
  1. Serve. Transfer from the basket to a plate or serving platter. Allow the pork chops to rest for 5 minutes before serving, covered loosely with a square of aluminum foil.
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STORING & REHEATING

Because the breading can dry out during reheating, freshly made breaded pork chops taste best. This does not preclude you from reheating them!

They’ll still be tasty, and they’ll be great for a quick lunch or dinner during the week.

To save leftover pork chops, place them in an airtight container or portion them out into individual containers for lunch.

The pork chops can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you’re going to eat these pork chops at home, reheat them in the air fryer.

This is the best method for getting crispy results, and it’s also very simple! Simply reheat them in the air fryer at 375°F to retain the delicious crunch!

You can reheat these in the microwave if you are not at home. They will not have the same crunch as when you first made them, but they will still be delicious!

Air Fryer Pork Chops
Air Fryer Pork Chops

HOW DO I COOK PORK CHOPS WITHOUT DRYING THEM OUT?

There are two ways to ensure that your air fryer produces perfect pork chops. The first step is to spray the bread on the pork chops. This aids in the crisping of the coating!

The other is to keep an eye on your pork chops as they cook. To ensure tenderness, remove pork chops when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.

CAN I FREEZE COOKED PORK CHOPS?

Yes, once cooked, Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops can be frozen.

Allow the pork chops to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating in the air fryer or microwave for the best results. Warm until thoroughly warmed.

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Yummy Air Fried Pork Chops
Yummy Air Fried Pork Chops

EXPERT TIPS

  • Instead of air frying, bake. For traditional oven baked instructions, see my homemade shake and bake pork chops.
  • Avoid the temptation to shake multiple pork chops at the same time. To ensure that each pork chop is evenly coated, give it its own turn in the shake and bake bag! If you don’t have a plastic bag, grab a plastic container with a lid. Place the Shake and Bake in the container, top with one pork chop, secure the lid, and shake!
  • Using a spritz bottle or mister, coat your air fryer basket with oil. Non Stick sprays with aerosol bases harm the nonstick coating of your air fryer basket. If you don’t have a spritz bottle or mister, simply apply oil with a pastry brush or a paper towel.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you make shake n’ bake style fried chicken in the air fryer?

Yes! You certainly can; however, I believe that the air fryer is the best cooking method for your shake n’ bake style fried chicken; it’s a fantastic way to get a quick, easy, and crispy air fried chicken drumsticks or chicken thigh dinner in minutes.

How do you make shake and bake pork chops not soggy?

Rinse them in cold water, then lightly shake them before tossing in the bread crumbs. Use a broiler pan or a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet to prevent pooling and soggy bottom pork chops.

Is there a difference between Shake n Bake chicken and pork?

Two commercials were produced in 1990 that show what fried pork chops and chicken look like. They then demonstrate that when using Shake n’ Bake, pork chops and chicken are crispier, juicier, plumper, and more tender than when fried.

What temperature should I cook pork chops to?

Use a digital cooking thermometer to properly check for doneness. Fresh cut muscle meats such as pork chops, pork roasts, pork loin, and tenderloin should be cooked to 145° F to ensure maximum flavor. Cooking temperature for ground pork should always be 160° F.

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Simple Air Fryer Shake ‘n Bake Pork Chops Recipe


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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • 5 minutes:
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Preparing these simple air fryer Shake & Bake pork chops is a breeze: prep the chops, shake to coat, and then pop into your air fryer for a dinner everyone will enjoy! They’re ridiculously crispy on the outside and incredibly juicy on the inside, making them the best pork chops ever!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 lbs pork chops (boneless or bone in, approximately 1” thick – 4 pork chops)
  • 1 cup shake & bake pork breaded mix (store bought or use my homemade recipe)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees Fahrenheit (204 degrees Celsius).
  2. Rinse and pat your pork chops dry. Brush a little olive oil on both sides of the chops.
  3. Place the shake and bake mix in a plastic bag, then place each pork chop in the bag, twist to seal, and shake to coat.
  4. Place the seasoned pork chops in the air fryer and cook for 12 to 15 minutes at 400°F (205°C). After 6-8 minutes of cooking time, flip the pan. When pork chops reach 145°F (63°C) and the juices run clear, they are done.
  5. Remove from the basket, set aside for 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy!

Notes

For extra crispy chops, lightly coat with olive oil before applying the breading mix.

Make sure to flip halfway through cooking time.

Place the pork chops in a single layer only. (You may be required to work in batches.)

Cook until the meat is golden and white throughout, and the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Air Fryer
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 266kcal
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 164mg
  • Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: 3g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 26g
  • Cholesterol: 76mg

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