Easy Air Fryer Recipe: 12-Minute Breaded Pork Chops

These Crispy Breaded Pork Chops are golden brown, delicious, and ready in just 12 minutes with this easy air fryer recipe. The flavorful outer coating starts with panko bread crumbs for added texture along with herbs and spices you already have in the pantry.

A serving plate filled with crispy air fryer pork chops which have been breaded and cooked to a perfect golden brown.

This air fryer pork chops recipe delivers chops that are moist, perfectly crisp, and delicious without the added fat or guilt of pan-frying – because they’re made in the Air Fryer!

Cooking pork chops in air fryer is quick and easy with the right sides, your whole meal will be ready in about 20-minutes. I serve these chops with steamed green beans, quick-cooking rice, and a tomato-cucumber salad for the perfect weeknight meal.

What ingredients and Special Tools are Needed for Air Fryer Bone-in Pork Chops?

Bone-in lean pork chops – The bone allows these chops to hold their shape in the fryer. Boneless may also be used.

Panko Bread Crumbs – Panko adds a great crispy texture to air fryer foods. Regular dry bread crumbs or fresh breadcrumbs may also be used.

Herbs and Spices – These can be varied to your personal liking but this version tastes the most like the shake n bake recipe my family enjoys.

Variations:

Italian flavor – Swap the parsley for oregano or Italian spice blend.

French Provincial – Swap the parsley for Herbs de Provence.

Special Tools & Equipment:

Air Fryer – I use a Power XL air fryer [paid link] but any air fryer with adjustable temperature and timer controls will certainly do the trick.

Digital Meat thermometer – This is my absolute go-to for making sure my food (cooked in the air fryer or not) is cooked to perfection. I use a Digital kitchen thermometer ( paid affiliate link) because they are much easier to read and much more accurate than classic meat thermometers.

Round Roasting Rack – I use an 8-inch roasting rack [paid link] (paid affiliate link) in my air fryer to create a second tier. I purchased it on Amazon.

Create the Bread Crumb Dredge.Create the Bread Crumb Dredge.
Create the wet Dredge.Create the wet Dredge.
Load the Air Fryer in 2 levels for even browning.Load the Air Fryer in 2 levels for even browning.

How to cook Pork Chops in the Air Fryer? 

For the complete recipe, scroll down to the printable recipe card below. But basically, you will:

  1. Trim any excess fat from the chops.
  2. Create a dredge station and coat chops with breading.
  3. Place pork chops into the Air Fryer basket. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Cook the chops, turning them halfway through the cooking time to crisp up both sides.
  5. The chops are done when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F and the center is no longer pink.
  6. Allow the chops to rest for 3-minutes before serving.
  7. See the Recipe card below for full instructions.
A horizontal photo of a plate of crispy breaded pork chops that have been cooked in the air fryer. They are surrounded by freshly steamed green beans.

Air Fryer Pork Chops FAQs:

How much is a portion?

According to current dietary guidelines, a serving of cooked lean pork is 2-3 ounces per person. A typical pork chop is about 6 oz or two of the meat servings towards the daily allowance.

Can I cook more/less than the recipe indicates Can Pork Be Pink?  

The USDA recommended cooking temperature for pork is 145 degrees F (62.8 degrees C) which is safe to eat even if it is still a little pink in the center.

What’s the best way to defrost Pork Chops? 

  • Refrigerator Thawing – Planning ahead is the key to this method because of the lengthy time involved. Pork Chops will require a full day to thaw in the refrigerator. After thawing in the refrigerator, pork chops should remain safe for an additional 3 to 5 days before cooking.
  • Cold Water Thawing – This method is faster than refrigerator thawing but requires more attention. Small packages of pork chops should thaw in an hour or less.

How to Store Leftovers?

Store leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

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Breaded Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops

Ronda Eagle | Kitchen Dreaming
These Crispy Breaded Pork Chops are golden brown, delicious, and ready in just 12 minutes with this easy air fryer recipe. The flavorful outer coating starts with panko bread crumbs for added texture along with herbs and spices you already have in the pantry.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
resting time 3 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 351 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Digital meat thermometer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 (4) Bone-in center-cut pork chops , about 24 oz (1/2" thick) [See Note 1]
  • non-fat cooking spray , like Pam cooking spray

Ingredients for Liquid Dredge Station:

  • 1 egg , beaten
  • 1/4 cup water

Ingredients for Dry Dredge Station:

  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup All-purpose flour , optional
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper , more or less to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the chops: Trim all fat from chops. Rinse with water to remove any bone particles.
  • Prepare the Dredge Stations: In one shallow dish or baking pan, beat the egg with water. In another shallow bowl or baking pan, mix together Panko bread crumbs and spices.
  • If adding the OPTIONAL flour dredge, set up a third pan with the flour.
  • Coat the Chops: If using the optional flour step, first lightly coat the chop in flour. Shake off any excess flour. This step helps the egg wash adhere to the pork chop. If not using flour, skip to the next step.
  • Place chops in egg wash mixture and turn to wet both sides. Next, dip chops into crumb mixture turning to coat both sides.
  • Into the Fryer: Place chops in Air Fryer pan. Spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. If necessary, add a wire rack to create a second tier of pork chops (See photos). Insert drawer into fryer and close.
  • Cook the Chops: Set the temperature to 380 degrees F and the time for 12 minutes. Turn the chops halfway through the cooking time and lightly spray with cooking spray. Close the drawer and continue cooking. The chops are done when the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F and the center is no longer pink.
  • Give it a Rest: Allow the chops to rest for 3-minutes before serving.
  • Serving Suggestions: For an easy 20-minute meal, serve with steamed vegetables, quick-cooking rice, and a fresh cucumber-tomato salad.
  • Storage: Leftovers may be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Notes

  1. For boneless chops, use the same temperature and an initial time of about 10 minutes, checking for doneness and adding additional time in 1 minute increments. 

Flavor Variations:

  1. Italian flavor – Swap the parsley for oregano or Italian spice blend.
  2. French Provincial – Swap the parsley for Herbs de Provence.

Air Fryer Pork Chops FAQs:

  1. How much is a portion?  According to current dietary guidelines, a serving of cooked lean pork is 2-3 ounces per person. A typical pork chop is about 6 oz or two of the meat servings towards the daily allowance.
  2. Can I cook more/less than the recipe indicates Can Pork Be Pink?  The USDA recommended cooking temperature for pork is 145 degrees F (62.8 degrees C) which is safe to eat even if it is still a little pink in the center.
  3. What’s the best way to defrost Pork Chops?
      • Refrigerator Thawing – Planning ahead is the key to this method because of the lengthy time involved. Pork Chops will require a full day to thaw in the refrigerator. After thawing in the refrigerator, pork chops should remain safe for an additional 3 to 5 days before cooking. 
      • Cold Water Thawing – This method is faster than refrigerator thawing but requires more attention. Small packages of pork chops should thaw in an hour or less. 
  4. How to Store Leftovers? Store leftovers in an air-tight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator or freeze in a freezer-safe container or bag for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 351kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 41gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 155mgSodium: 501mgPotassium: 737mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1218IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 10µgCalcium: 66mgFolate: 24µgIron: 3mgZinc: 3mg
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33 thoughts on “Easy Air Fryer Recipe: 12-Minute Breaded Pork Chops”

  1. Crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside. Absolutely delicious. Thanks for the recipe. It’s amazing.

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  2. Made these last night and they were amazing. Mine took slightly longer than 12 mins but could have been a little thicker cut than the recipe. Will def make again.

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  3. Yummmmm! We had this for dinner tonight. I did bone in and I cooked it for 2 to 3 extra minutes and it was delicious! Hey my 18-month-old would say pock cha over and over again because he wanted more of it!

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  4. Yummmmm! We had this for dinner tonight. I did bone in and I cooked it for 2 to 3 extra minutes and it was delicious! Hey my 18-month-old would say pock cha over and over again because he wanted more of it!

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  5. It says in recipe 1 egg beaten. But in #2 of directions it states egg white beaten. Which one is it to use beaten egg or egg white? Does it matter or will it change the color or taste of the pork?

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    • Hello Tami, I updated the instruction in step two to say beat the egg. It would not cause any harm to the recipe to only use whites. Thank you for taking the time to stop in and make a comment.

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  6. 5STARS 5STARS 5STARS!! I totally forgot to give this 5 stars but it’s 5 stars.

    Wow! I made these last night using about 1 inch thick boneless pork chops and they were amazing. I had to up the time a few minutes because I don’t have 380 on my Air Fryer so I went 375 for about 15 minutes and they were perfect after resting. Making a triple batch of that dry dredge to keep on hand to use on other stuff. Great recipe, thanks!!

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  7. Trying out a new air fryer lid, and I found this to be an easy recipe to follow, and the chops had a good flavor.

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    • Hi Morgan,
      Yes, you can. When I originally developed the recipe, I used boneless chops. The time is still about 10 minutes depending on thickness. The bine-in – we found to be more aesthetically pleasing for photos.

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    • Hi Larry – YES! I was eating mine thinking I can’t believe how soft and moist they turn out as compared to pan-frying. We used center-cut, bone-in pork chops and they were fabulous. I cooked them to 145 degrees F, the new internal temperature standard for pork issued by the USDA. Cooking them to 145F leaves them soft and tender as compared to the old 165F standard that left pork tough and dry. Hope this helps.

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    • Hi Larry – sorry for my late reply. YES! I was eating mine thinking I can’t believe how soft and moist they turn out as compared to pan-frying. We used center cut bone-in pork chops and they were fabulous. I cooked them to 145 degrees F, the new internal temperature standard for pork issued by the USDA. Cooking them to 145F leaves them soft and tender as compared to the old 165F standard that left pork tough and dry. Hope this helps.

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  8. Just wanted to say thanks for this recipe. I enjoyed it and would have never been able to figure out how to make it myself!

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  9. Can these chops be cooked in the air fryer oven with the same texture, taste and moistness? If so what temp and how long?

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  10. This was like shake n bake for the air fryer! Kids loved it and dinner was ready in a hurry. If u stand up your wire rack you can double decker them into all fitting. Try it!!

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    • Thanks, Ida. That’s just what I did – but also, if you didnt have a rack you can make a snake or balls of aluminum foil to set the second layer on as well. I’ve had success with testing this out for readers as well.

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