Cinnamon spiced pork chops nestled in an apple cider sauce bursting with apples, onions and thyme. These Cinnamon Pork Chops with Apples & Onions are quick, healthy, can be made in ONE pan and on the table in 30 minutes!
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You see, I’m having a CRAP week. We are talking EPIC sized kitchen fails one right after the other. The first involved scones plummeting to their death on the hard wood floors. And the second involved vegetable noodles that disintegrated like a magic trick gone wrong right in front of my eyes.
All I want to do is curl up in a ball, eat my weight in ice cream and never leave my bed.
Okay, so maybe I’m being a weeeeee bit dramatic. But for real, I feel like I have been kitchen cursed. Anyone know some good reverse voodoo?
When I can’t seem to do anything right, and cooking dinner feels like the bane of my existence, there is one thing I can always rely on – Smithfield All Natural Fresh Pork.
If you follow this blog the above statement may feel like déjà vu. Well, that’s because I’ve talked openly about my love of Smithfield pork before on this here blog, see glazed pork chops and sriracha pork ribs.
Naturally tender and perfectly juicy, Smithfield Bone-in Pork Chops are my solution to down in the dumps, dinner ruts.
Cinnamon Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
Tender, succulent, savory, juicy cinnamon spiced pork chops nestled in a cozy, warm apple cider sauce bursting with crisp apples, mellow onion and hints of earthy thyme.
This easy, but impressive dish is all made in ONE pan AND can be on the table in 30 minutes flat.
Easy enough for weeknight dinner, yet elegant enough for entertaining, this dish is what I call winning at life.
Notes, Tips & Tricks for Cinnamon Pork Chops with Apples & Onions recipe:
- The apple cider apples portion of the recipe calls for 2 heaping cups of green apples, which is about 2 apples. I used Golden Delicious green apples because their crisp mellow sweetness pairs wonderfully with pork, but feel free to use whatever variety is your favorite – red or green.
- I didn’t peel the apples because I like the crispness of the skin, but you can absolutely peel them prior to dicing them if you prefer.
- The amount of time the cinnamon pork chops take to finish cooking in the sauce will depend on the thickness of your pork chops. I recommend using an instant read thermometer. If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F (followed by a 3-minute rest). If you like your pork a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.
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Forget beef, pork chops are what’s for dinner!
Until next week friends, cheers – to pork-tastic fall eats!
How to make skillet Cinnamon Pork Chops with Apples & Onions recipe👇
Cinnamon spiced pork chops nestled in an apple cider sauce bursting with apples, onions and thyme. These chops are quick, healthy, can be made in ONE pan and on the table in 30 minutes!
- 4 Bone-in Pork Chops
- 1 ¾ tsp Ground Cinnamon , divided
- Kosher Salt & Ground Pepper
- 3 TBS Unsalted Butter , divided
- 2 heaping Cups Green Apples – Cored and diced* (about 2 apples)
- 1 medium Yellow Onion – peeled and diced
- 2 TBS Light Brown Sugar , packed
- 1/8 tsp All Spice
- 1 Cup Apple Cider
- 2 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 TBS Fresh Thyme Leaves , plus more for garnish
- Season the pork chops with ¾ tsp cinnamon and generously with salt and pepper.
- Brown the pork chops: Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the pork chops and cook, turning once, until golden brown, about 5 minutes total. Transfer the pork chops to a clean plate and set aside.
- Make the apple sauce: Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet and cook until melted. Add in the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add in the apples, brown sugar, remaining teaspoon cinnamon and all spice. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until the apples are crisp-tender, about 2 additional minutes. Stir in the apple cider, vinegar and thyme.
- Finish the pork: Return the pork chops and any juiced that have accumulated to the pan, nestling them into the pan and spooning the apples and glaze over top. Cook, turning once halfway through, until the pork is tender and cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F, about 6-12 minutes*.
- Serve: Transfer the pork chops to serving plates or a platter and top with apple glaze spooned on top. Garnish with fresh thyme. Serve and enjoy!
*You can peel the apples before dicing if you prefer.
*The amount of time the pork takes to finish cooking in the sauce will depend on the thickness of your pork chops. I recommend using an instant read thermometer. If you love your pork medium rare, you should cook it to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. If you like your pork a little more done, you can cook them to an internal temperature of 160 degrees F.