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Crispy Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops

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Say goodbye to dry, tasteless pork! Air fryer breaded pork chops give you juicy, tender pork with crispy breading!
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Do you love tender, juicy pork chops with crispy breading? Then you need to try these air fryer breaded pork chops! These pork chops taste just as delicious as pan-fried pork chops, but without all the grease and calories.

The air fryer is perfect for making pork because it cooks it fast, so the doesn’t get dry! And this is an easy, hands-off meal with only a few simple ingredients, making it perfect for a busy weeknight meal. The contrast of juicy pork with the crispy texture of the breading makes this a big hit with my entire family!

air fryer breaded pork chops on a plate

This easy recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal, giving you lots of flavor with little effort. Check out this recipe if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy this family favorite meal. You won’t regret it!

Looking for more air fryer pork recipes? Find my recipe for air fryer pork chops with no breading, air fryer pork tenderloin, or air fryer ribs.

Key Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

Pork chops – I use bone-in ones in this recipe. But it will also work fine with boneless pork chops. Try to buy ones of equal thickness so that they will cook evenly. Cooking pork chops in the air fryer works best when they are at least 1 inch thick.

Seasoning – For this recipe, I used my favorite homemade pork rub. But you can substitute a simple mixture of salt, paprika, and garlic powder. See below for even more seasoning variation ideas.

Bread crumbs – Fine, unseasoned bread crumbs work well in this recipe. I prefer not to use panko bread crumbs because of their coarser texture.

Egg – The egg coats the meat and helps the breadcrumbs stick.

Spray Oil – Use a spray bottle filled with oil, not a commercial cooking spray, for best results. The oil will help brown the breading. I prefer to use an olive oil spray.

labeled ingredient list for air fryer breaded pork chops

How to Make Breaded Pork Chops in Air Fryer

1. Bread the Pork Chops

Take the meat out of the package and pat it dry with paper towels. The breading will stick better if you ensure the meat is dry before starting.

Then break the egg into a medium bowl and stir. Put the bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the chops.

Pick up one chop and dip it into the bowl with the egg. Swish it around, so it gets well coated. Then dip the pork chop into the bowl of bread crumbs and flip it, so it is covered on both sides. Shake off any excess crumbs.

dipping the pork chops in egg
Dipping in egg
pork chop coated with breading
Dipping in bread crumbs

Set the breaded pork chop aside and dip the remaining ones. Once done, spray the chops with oil to help them crisp in the air fryer.

2. Air Fry

Preheat the air fryer at 380 degrees F for 2 minutes. Then add the meat, keeping it in a single layer and ensuring the air can circulate. You might need to cook in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.

For one-inch thick pork chops, air fry at 380 F for 12-15 minutes, flipping them over after 6 minutes. Usually, bone-in chops take a few minutes longer to cook than boneless ones.

breaded pork chops in air fryer before cooking
Before cooking
pork chops in air fryer after breading
After cooking

They are done when they are golden brown and have reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Make sure to check the temperature near the bone for bone-in chops.

Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, don’t try to cook based just on time. A thermometer is not expensive and the peace of mind they give you is priceless. Food poisoning is not fun! This is my favorite inexpensive meat thermometer, which you can buy on Amazon.

Serving Ideas

This is a delicious, versatile favorite family dinner. I like to pair it with green beans and mashed potatoes for an easy comfort food meal. It is an easy dish to make, even on a busy weeknight!

How to Store

Store leftover pork chops in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. You can use leftovers on sandwiches, salads, or as part of a stir fry. You can also reheat the pork chops in the air fryer at 350 degrees for about 3 minutes, although they won’t be as crispy.

Seasoning Variations

Here are some other tasty ways to season these pork chops:

  • Use 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder.
  • Use 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning for an Italian-inspired taste.
  • Buy seasoned Italian breadcrumbs and just season the meat with a little bit of salt and black pepper.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese to the breading mixture.
air fryer pork chops with breading

Tips for Making the Best Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • For even cooking, try to get pieces of meat of the same thickness.
  • Pat them dry before adding the seasoning.
  • Use a single layer and don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If you don’t have a large air fryer, cook in batches.
  • Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. And keep in mind that pork at 145 F might still be a little pink.
  • Commercial spray oils can cause damage to the finish on a non-stick basket. So use an inexpensive spray bottle filled with oil instead.

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Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops Recipe

Say goodbye to dry, tasteless pork! Air fryer breaded pork chops give you juicy, tender pork with crispy breading!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2
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Ingredients
 

  • 2 bone-in pork chops 1 inch thick
  • 2 teaspoon pork rub or another seasoning – see notes
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • spray oil

Instructions

  • Pat the pork chops dry with a paper towel.
  • Put the egg in one bowl and combine the yolk and white. Put the bread crumbs in another bowl.
  • Season the chops with the spice mixture.
  • Dip a pork chop in the egg mixture. Then dip it into the breadcrumbs, making sure to thoroughly coat it. Continue until all the meat is breaded.
  • Preheat air fryer at 380 degrees F for 2 minutes.
  • Spray the coated pork chops with a light coating of cooking spray. Place them in the air fryer basket, ensuring there is room for the air to circulate.
  • Air fry at 380 degrees F for 12-15 minutes, flipping them over after 6 minutes.
  • They are done when they reach 145 degrees F internally.
  • Let them rest for 5 minutes before serving for the juiciest pork chops.

Notes

This recipe will work fine with boneless pork chops, although they might need 2 minutes less cooking time.

Seasoning variations:

  • Use 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon paprika, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder if you don’t have a spice rub.
  • Use 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning for an Italian-flavored dish.
  • Buy seasoned Italian breadcrumbs and just season the meat with a little bit of salt and black pepper.

 Tips:

  • Thinner pork chops will need less cooking time. Thicker pork chops will need more cooking time.
  • For even cooking, try to get meat that is all the same thickness.
  • Don’t overcrowd the air fryer. If you don’t have a large air fryer, cook in batches.
  • Always use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. 
  • Commercial spray oils can cause damage to the non-stick finish on an air fryer basket. So use an inexpensive spray bottle filled with oil instead.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 428kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 56g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 361mg | Potassium: 924mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 611IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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