Have you considered making Air Fryer Shake N’ Bake pork chops?
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!
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).
- Preheat. While you prepare the pork chops, preheat your air fryer to 400°F (205°C).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!
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.
- 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.