Tired of skinless, boneless chicken breast? We feel you. Enter pork. Pork chops are as versatile, easy and protein-packed as chicken, but they’ll give your weekend dinner routine a much-needed shake-up. Try these healthy pork chop recipes instead (but you can always swap in a chicken breast for the pork if you’re really missing your old standby).
1. Lemongrass Pork Chops with Carb-Free Yakisoba
Chef Kathy Fang’s easy pork chop recipe uses a zingy marinade to coat the meat in complex flavors.
2. Cast-Iron Pork Chops with Cacao-Spiced Rub
This keto recipe uses a homemade spice rub that’s excellent with boneless pork chops, but can also be used with all types of proteins.
3. Easy Oven-Baked Pork Tonkatsu
Before you tell us that a breaded pork chop doesn’t fit your vision of a healthy dinner, it’s baked, not fried, so we’re vouching for it.
4. Baked Pork Chops
Brining the pork chops a few hours before you start cooking is the secret to building flavor in this simple yet nutritious dish.
5. Pecan-Crusted Pork Chops with Apple Chutney
We love pork chops because they’re packed with protein, and this nut crust adds even more to your homemade healthy dinner.
6. Lemon Herb Grilled Pork Chops
Uniformly sized boneless pork chops work best in this easy recipe, which can be grilled or made in a skillet on the cooktop.
7. Roasted Acorn Squash with Honey Ginger Pork
One great and easy way to make your dinners healthier is to think of veggies as the main and meat as the side. This recipe does just that and has tons of flavor.
8. Stuffed Pork Chops
They’re not exactly light, but these cheese-stuffed pork chops are keto-approved, low-carb delights that are just as fantastic at a dinner party as they are while watching reruns of The Office.
9. Easy Baked Pork Chops
A savory spice rub adds major flavor to these pork chops in minutes. Pair them with a side salad, roasted veggies and whole grains for a well-rounded meal.
10. Perfect Gluten-Free Pork Chops
Incredible is an understatement once you taste these delightfully crisp, juicy and aromatic pork chops.
11. Chinese Five-Spice Skillet Pork Chops
This single-skillet meal is a wonderfully quick and inexpensive healthy weeknight dinner. Speed up the cooking process by using thinner cut chops.