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Panko Breaded Pork Chops

These crisp panko breaded pork chops are made with minimal ingredients and are ready in minutes for an easy weeknight meal you’ll love. Pair with rice or potatoes and vegetables for a complete dinner!

a piece of panko breaded pork chop on a fork
Coated in panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, these pork chops are light, crispy, and full of flavor!

What You’ll Love About Panko Breaded Pork Chops

Here are just a few reasons why you’ll fall in love with panko pork chops at first bite: 

  • They’re much healthier than you might think. Pork gets a bad rap for being high in fat. However, with the right cut, it’s a lean, high-protein option similar to chicken and just as tasty!  
  • All you’ll need are just a few pantry staples for the most delicious dinner without even needing to run to the store. 
  • Breaded pork chops cook quickly on the skillet taking just 6 minutes per side. 
  • Paired with your favorite sides, this breaded pork chops recipe makes for a family-friendly meal perfect for every occasion. 

How Is Panko Different from Regular Breadcrumbs? 

Panko breadcrumbs and regular Italian breadcrumbs can be used interchangeably, but their taste and texture couldn’t be more different! That is because originating in Japan, panko breadcrumbs are made out of crustless white bread that has been processed into flakes and dried. Meanwhile, regular breadcrumbs are made out of a variety of different kinds of bread along with their crusts and are processed into a finer texture than panko breadcrumbs. 

As a result, panko has a drier, flakier consistency and absorbs less oil. This means that foods breaded with panko like baked chicken and toasted ravioli have a lighter flavor and crisper, crunchier texture. 

breaded panko pork chops
All your guests will love this healthy breaded pork chops recipe!

How Long Should I Pan Fry This Breaded Pork Chops Recipe? 

Depending on the size and thickness of your pork chops, they will all require different cooking times. In general, pork chops ½-¾ inches thick will take roughly 6 minutes per side to cook. Be sure to watch for them to turn golden brown, and use a meat thermometer to ensure they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. 

How to Get Panko Breading to Stick

Panko can be a bit finicky if you’ve never used it before, but once you get the hang of it coating your pork chops is a breeze:

  • Dredge the meat correctly. You’ll want to start by using paper towels to pat your pork dry.
  • Then, carefully dredge it first in the cheese followed by the egg mixture and panko crumbs.
  • The panko won’t stick to the pork itself as it is too dry, and the eggs won’t stick to the pork without the cheese to cling to. So, the order of dredging is crucial! 
two panko breaded pork chops in a skillet
Serve your panko pork chops with your favorite sides for a well-rounded meal.

Breaded Pork Chops
Commonly Asked Questions

How do I make crispy breaded pork chops? 

To ensure your breaded pork chops are golden and crisp, be sure to let the oil warm in the pan, and dry the pork on a paper towel to absorb any excess oil once cooked. 

What should I serve with this recipe? 

The beauty of this breaded pork chops recipe is that it pairs wonderfully with any side dish. For a well-rounded meal, some of our favorite options include air fryer broccoli, smashed potatoes, or roasted brussels sprouts and butternut squash

Can I make this breaded pork chops recipe ahead of time? 

Yes, leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4-5 days and are easy to reheat in the microwave or oven at 350 degrees F. 


More to Cook and Eat 

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin – a crowd-pleasing recipe, the sweet and spicy flavors are finger-licking good. 
  • Tender Pork Ragu – tender, simple, and supremely delicious; weeknight meals don’t get any better than this! 
  • Maple Apple Pork Chops – ready in less than 30 minutes; we can’t get enough of the autumn-inspired flavors of these saucy pork chops.  
  • Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Gravy – the easiest dinner you’ll ever make, just throw everything into your slow cooker, and come home to a warm meal waiting for you! 
  • Crockpot Cranberry BBQ Pulled Pork – we love to prepare this recipe for friends around the holiday season. 

Also Try Grilled Pork Chops

Hawaiian Grilled Pork Chops

a piece of panko breaded pork chop on a fork

Panko Breaded Pork Chops

5 from 32 ratings
These crisp panko breaded pork chops are made with minimal ingredients and are ready in minutes for an easy weeknight meal you’ll love. Pair with rice or potatoes and vegetables. Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis cookbook.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 24 mins
Total Time: 34 mins
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients  

Instructions

  • Lightly beat eggs in a pie plate. In another pie plate, thoroughly combine Panko, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and onion powder. In a third pie plate, place freshly grated cheese.
  • Sprinkle each pork chop lightly with kosher salt and pepper on both sides. Coat the chops completely with fresh cheese, pressing down to adhere. Dip pork chops into beaten eggs, and then completely coat with Panko mixture. Pat to adhere on both sides.
  • Heat 4 TB oil in large heavy skillet (nonstick works well) over medium heat. Add pork chops one or two at a time (do not overcrowd), cooking uncovered until golden brown and 150F at center – about 6 min per side. Repeat with remaining chops. Transfer to plates and serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Notes

*Gluten-free option: use gluten-free Panko breadcrumbs
*If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 137mg | Sodium: 346mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 351IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 204mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Amerian
Diet: Gluten Free
Method: Skillet

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19 comments

    • Bob

    Why not combine cheese with panko mix? Is there a significant difference between applying cheese prior to egg dipping? Thanks.

      • Amy Dong

      The parmesan cheese is freshly grated, not the powder/packaged kind. It adheres best to the chops prior to panko. Enjoy!

    • Danny C

    I used a little EVOO to coat the pan and these turned out great. I squeezed a little lemon on top before serving and also sauteed some green beans with garlic butter and cashews. This is a dish I would make to impress a date.
    Now, if I could just get a date.

    • County Road Co-op

    This was amazing! I had super thick pork chops and so I had to finish them in the oven for a bit to get to proper temperature. I also added a little bit of heat to it by adding some sriracha to the egg wash and cayenne to the panko mixture.

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks so much for coming over to let us know! We LOVE hearing it! 🙂 🙂

    • imwaytoobusy

    Just whipped up a batch of these for dinner with guests. They turned out very crisp! Great recipe 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Hi, Andrea! Yay for you!! 🙂 So glad you guys liked it as much as we do. Thanks for writing!

    • chastity

    so you coat with the cheese first, then the egg, and then the Panko mix ? ? ?

      • chewoutloud

      Chastity, yes! It seems a bit odd in the order of things, but it really turns out great 🙂

    • Bart

    Can I bake them instead of frying.
    What temp. I was thinking 400??

      • chewoutloud

      I’m guessing you could give it a try. If 400F, then go with a lesser bake time, like 15 minutes to start with. Don’t want to overcook it. Let me know how it turns out baked!

        • Bart

        My chops were 1″ + thick. 400 degrees on convection would be
        good. I have a therm. so keep an I on them. They were tasty.
        Ps. I was going for a good brown but they were still crunchy!!

          • chewoutloud

          Fantastic, Bart! Thanks 🙂

    • Jen

    Made this tonight and it was a HIT! Thanks for sharing!

      • chewoutloud

      Awesome, Jen! So happy to hear you guys liked it 🙂

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    • frugalfeeding

    Those look wonderful 😀

    • myninjanaan

    We don’t eat pork but could we substitute the pork for chicken breasts? I love the combination of panko and parmesan, and I bet this would be amazing on chicken too 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      I think that would work! Just don’t overcook and it should be great; cook time depends on the thickness of the meat, the cut, etc.

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