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How Long to Cook Thin Pork Chops in Oven

Today we are going over how long to cook thin pork chops in oven with a light breading. Last year we discussed the ideal temperature and timing for how to cook thick pork chops and that was such a hit we went further.

How Long to Cook Thin Pork Chops in Oven

This is how to bake thin pork chops so they come out moist and tender every time. With a light breading on the outside you will get a nicely seasoned and crispy bite in the oven. Use shake and bake or our coating listed below to get the perfect melt in your mouth result. (affiliate links present)

Thin Pork Chops in Oven

This one is breaded. If you would rather choose a baked pork chops dry rub version with just seasonings we have that here too. Why would you want your meat to be thinner for baking? Well it does make it more tender believe it or not. Occasionally you can find them already pounded flat at the store, or just do it yourself with a meat mallet.

You can see here how it is done sandwiched in between two pieces of plastic wrap or parchment. You just work your way out from the middle of the thickest part. It will thin and spread out so each piece becomes a bit larger. You want boneless pork chops to get this done.

Thin Boneless Pork Chop Recipe

How to Cook Thin Pork Chops

We really like using our dry rub for pork chops. You can of course just go with simple like we show here with light seasonings and some breadcrumbs. If you wanted NO breading you can skip that step too. The biggest difference is how crispy the outside will get for you.

Now when it comes to this cut of pig you really don’t want to over-cook them. If you do it can get grainy and when they dry out the meat gets rather tough. Not super fun to chew when it is like that. Best way to avoid too much time is to have a meat thermometer handy. Whether you bake or make air fryer pork chops it can avoid a ruined meal.

  • 4 pork chops boneless
  • Salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • Paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 tbsp Italian breadcrumbs

You’ll want a shallow plate to coat the outside with crushed dried pieces of bread if you choose to do that. You could buy ready made shake and bake really as far as that goes if you wanted easy peasy all the way, timing wouldn’t really change.

Oven Baked Thin Pork Chops

Thin Boneless Pork Chop Recipe

Preheat the oven to 380 F. If your pieces aren’t already thin, but you would like them to be, place the pork chops on a cutting board. This won’t really work for bone in pork chops, buy boneless if you are doing this yourself. You could alternatively slice a pork loin and do this same step.

  • Cover each of them with a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Beat with a meat mallet on both sides.
  • The thin cut pork chops will become thinner and cook faster.
  • Mix spices, salt and breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl or plate. Roll each chop in a mixture of breadcrumbs, salt and spices.
  • Each side of the chop must be covered.

Boneless Pork Chops in Oven

You basically follow the same steps as How Long to Cook Thin Chicken Breast in Oven. Line a baking sheet with non stick foil or brush foil with olive oil. Lay out the chops in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes cooking time. Flip to the other side and bake for another 5 minutes baking time or until internal temperature is 145 F.

Thin Pork Chops in Oven

How to Cut Thin Pork Chops

Cutting thin pork chops is quick and straightforward, but using a sharp knife is essential to achieve clean cuts without tearing the meat. Always be mindful of proper knife handling and the direction of the meat fibers to ensure your pieces are tender and enjoyable to eat.

  1. Start by ensuring your meat is fresh or properly thawed if they were frozen pork chops to begin with. Pat them dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture.
  2. Place the pork chop on a clean cutting board, making sure it is stable and not wobbling.
  3. Use a sharp knife with a long, thin blade. Hold the knife with a firm grip and position your fingers on the blade, known as a “pinch grip.” This grip provides better control over the knife while cutting.
  4. Tip to this is to slice across the grain. Look at the meat fibers on the surface of the chop and identify the direction they run. You want to cut perpendicular to these fibers to make the pieces easier to chew and more tender.
    • Place the knife blade at one end of the chop and begin slicing across the grain, making smooth and even strokes. If you encounter any fat or bone while cutting, adjust the angle of the knife to follow the contour of the chop.
  5. For the best results, try to cut the entire pork chop in one motion rather than using a sawing motion. This will help keep the meat fibers intact and maintain the tenderness.

Oven Baked Thin Pork Chops

Then continue on with baking pork chops at 375 to 380 until perfectly white on the inside. Use a separate baking sheet to make our 4 ingredient basic biscuits for a side.

How to bake thin pork chops without drying them out

How to bake thin pork chops without drying them out

Follow our timing and temp. below! total time you need is about 30 minutes to prep with salt and pepper and bake appropriately. You can prep some quick side dishes while these are cooking on the stove or just throw in some roasted red cabbage in oven on another rack and be done together.

What to make with leftover thin pork chops?

If you want to make a pork recipe out of leftovers the best way is to dice into small pieces and add into a casserole. Creamy sauces will add moisture to the meat which will revive it again so it can be enjoyed again the next day. Always store leftovers once room temperature, in a freezer bag in the fridge.

What are thin cut pork chops called?

Thin chops are often times called pork cutlets. Lightly breaded and seasoned, baked in the oven as we will show you here is a great way to cook them to fork tender and juicy!

How to Cook Thin Pork Chops

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How Long to Cook Thin Pork Chops in Oven

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword baked, breaded, oven, pork chops, thin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 278kcal
Author The Typical Mom

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  • Preheat the oven to 380 F. If your pieces aren't already thin, but you would like them to be, place the pork chops on a cutting board. Cover each of them with a piece of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Beat with a meat mallet on both sides. The chops will become thinner and cook faster.
  • Mix spices, salt and breadcrumbs in a shallow bowl or plate. Roll each chop in a mixture of breadcrumbs, salt and spices. Each side of the chop must be covered.
  • Line a baking sheet with non stick foil or brush foil with olive oil. Lay out the chops in a single layer. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip to the other side and bake for another 5 minutes or until internal temperature is 145 F.

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Nutrition Facts
How Long to Cook Thin Pork Chops in Oven
Amount Per Serving (1 oz)
Calories 278 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 90mg30%
Sodium 392mg17%
Potassium 528mg15%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 86IU2%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
5 from 6 votes (5 ratings without comment)
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Larry

Friday 23rd of February 2024

278 calories for ONE OUNCE????? That doesn't really make sense. Where did that "Nutrition Facts" label come from?

The Typical Mom

Friday 23rd of February 2024

it does it's own calculations, I have nothing to do with it so unsure

Paulette

Friday 2nd of February 2024

Great recipe!! I was able to please a very picky eater with dish. Thank you!!

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