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Pork Chops and Peaches Skillet

Pork Chops and Peaches Skillet 4.000

Tom McCorkle for The Washington Post; food styling by Gina Nistico for The Washington Post

Jun 17, 2021

This one-pan recipe marries sliced peaches with lean pork chops and savory seasonings for a flavorful weeknight dinner. Though it's meant to make the most of peak-season peaches, it can also be made any time of year using frozen fruit. And though it might seem like an unusual combo at first glance, you may find that it tastes of a familiar comfort. The sweet-savory-tangy elements usually found in barbecue sauce appear here but in lighter, fresher format. If you prefer, you can substitute boneless, skinless chicken breast for the pork.

Total time: 30 mins

Storage Notes: Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.


Servings:
4 1 pork chop and about 1/2 cup sauce and peaches

When you scale a recipe, keep in mind that cooking times and temperatures, pan sizes and seasonings may be affected, so adjust accordingly. Also, amounts listed in the directions will not reflect the changes made to ingredient amounts.

Tested size: 4 1 pork chop and about 1/2 cup sauce and peaches

Ingredients
  • 1 pound ripe fresh peaches or one (16-ounce) bag unsweetened frozen sliced peaches (see NOTE)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (about 3/4-inch thick, 1 1/4 pounds total, see NOTE)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Directions

If using fresh peaches, bring a 4-quart pot of water to a boil and fill a large bowl with ice water. Using a paring knife, score the skin of each peach from end to end, without cutting into the flesh. Place the peaches in the boiling water for 30 seconds, then use a slotted spoon to transfer to the ice water for 30 seconds. Remove and discard the skins from the peaches, then halve the peaches, discard the pits and slice each peach into 8 slices.

In a small bowl, stir together the paprika, onion powder, granulated garlic, salt and pepper until combined. Sprinkle the spice mixture onto both sides of the pork, rubbing it in slightly so it adheres.

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the pork and reduce the heat to medium. Cook without moving the pork, until it is nicely browned, 2 to 3 minutes, then flip each piece to brown the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the pork to a plate.

Add the broth or water, vinegar and honey to the skillet and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve any browned bits in the pan. Add the peaches and cook, stirring occasionally, until warmed through and slightly softened, about 2 minutes (if using frozen peaches, it will take a few minutes longer). Return the pork to the pan with any accumulated juices, and cook, flipping the chops once, until the peaches have softened but still retain their shape, and the pork is cooked until slightly pink in the center and reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees, 1 to 2 minutes. Tear the basil leaves and scatter them on top right before serving.

NOTE: If fresh peaches aren’t in season, seek out the frozen ones; out-of-season peaches are difficult to peel even after blanching.

If your pork chops are thicker or thinner than 3/4-inch, you’ll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

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Recipe Source

From cookbook author and registered nutritionist Ellie Krieger.

Tested by Jim Webster and Olga Massov.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (1 pork chop and about 1/2 cup sauce and peaches): 304


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 12g 18%

Saturated Fat: 3g 15%

Cholesterol: 94mg 31%

Sodium: 141mg 6%

Total Carbohydrates: 16g 5%

Dietary Fiber: 2g 8%

Sugar: 14g

Protein: 22g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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