Momma’s Breaded Pork Chops Made GF are juicy, tender, and ridiculously good. Best of all, besides being gluten-free, they are super easy to make and taste great anytime of the year.
If you have never eaten breaded pork chops, you are in for a real treat. These browned beauties are so easy to make yet they taste like you spent hours in the kitchen fixing dinner. Obviously they are super served with traditional mashed potatoes and gravy you make from the pan drippings.
However, they are just as delicious if you skip the gravy and serve with Oven Roasted Red Potatoes with Garlic, brown rice, or tropical sweet potatoes. Any of these starchy side choices have fewer calories than mashed potatoes and gravy.
Add a couple of tasty lean vegetables like Easy Roasted Beets with Crumbled Gorgonzola, sautéed cabbage, roasted broccoli, minted carrots, spicy green beans, or skillet asparagus and you have a well-balanced delicious dinner. You can always serve a tossed green salad or a tangy Greek salad for one of the vegetables. Yum!
Breaded pork chops were a staple in our household when I was growing up in western Kansas. Daddy was a “city farmer” which meant that he owned enough land to pasture a few milk cows, and raise several pigs and a couple hundred chickens each year. So we always had plenty of fresh meat to eat.
Momma made her breaded pork chops with crushed saltine crackers. That’s what I used to make mine until I learned about gluten-free and the issues many have with consuming wheat products.
I wanted to see if I could make these delicious pork chops with gluten-free crackers and the answer is definitely yes. Glutino makes crisp and crunchy gluten-free crackers that work super for this recipe. Most likely any gluten-free cracker will work, but I have only tried Glutino. Let me know if you try another brand the works.
Crackers are so easy to crush. You can use a mini-food chopper. Or you can use an old-fashioned rolling-pin and a plastic bag or waxed paper. I prefer to place the crackers into a plastic bag and then roll or crush them with the rolling-pin. It takes about 25 crackers to equal 1 cup crushed.
Perhaps you have heard that pork is “the other white meat”. That’s because it’s a healthy alternative to red meat, containing less fat and fewer calories. When eating pork, choose the leanest cuts like pork loin and pork chops from the top of the pig as these cuts are more tender and leaner than meat cut from the bottom of the pig.
When buying pork chops, look for lean ones, and trim off the fat before you cook them. Be sure to cook pork to an internal temperature of at least 165 F.
100 grams (about 3.5 ounces) of cooked, pan-fried center loin chop:
Protein – 30 grams or 60% DRI (Dietary Reference Intake)
Total fat – 17 grams or 25% DRI
Thiamin – 1.1 mg or 76% DRI
Niacin – 5.6 mg or 28% DRI
Selenium – 39 mcg or 56% DRI
Phosphorus – 259 mg or 26 % DRI
Calories – 277 or 14% DRI
Pork chops are also a good source of potassium, zinc, vitamin B6, and riboflavin. Pork chops contain twice as much selenium as chicken, an essential mineral that helps lower risk of prostate cancer. The protein in pork is high quality because it contains all the amino acids you need in a healthy diet.
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Hope you make this breaded pork chop recipe because it’s:
Tender and juicy
Easy to make
We love cooking and eating breaded pork chops. They are economical to fix, and are often on sale at your local grocery store. Our local Kroger runs a special ever so often when you can buy one package get one of equal or lesser value for free. You better believe that I stock up when this sale hits.
Pork chops keep in the freezer for up to four months. I put each chop in a zip lock bag and then I bag several together into a freezer bag. That way I can easily remove the exact number of chops I want to cook.
These breaded pork chops are easy to reheat in the microwave or oven the next day. So why not cook up enough for two meals at once? By the way, they are mighty tasty with eggs for breakfast!
While rib and loin chops are the leanest, you can also use shoulder or blade cuts of pork to make this recipe.
Recipe also works for veal chops or chicken cutlets.
Add your favorite spices for tasty flavor variations.
If you make this pork chop recipe, please let us know. Leave a comment and tell us how you liked it and what sides you served with it. Take a picture and tag it #yourdailyfoodchoices on Instagram! We’d love to see your delicious creation.
Until next time,
Linda and Steve
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