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Two air fryer breaded pork chops on a lettuce lined oval white plate on a rustic wooden table.
Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
When you're craving a juicy pork chop with a crispy coating on the outside, but you don't want to pan fry with a lot of oil, the air fryer is your answer. These chops are juicy because they are brined first and the lightly oiled and seasoned panko crumbs give you the tasty crunch you're looking for.
Course: Entrées
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork, Quick and Easy
Servings: 2
Calories: 610 kcal
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup Kosher salt not table salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cloves smashed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • 2 bone-in pork chops 1 to 1½-inches thick
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten
  • ¾ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable or olive oil in a spray bottle
  1. Make the brine by bringing all the brine ingredients except the ice cubes to a boil in a saucepan. After the brine boils and the salt and sugar have dissolved, pour into a shallow dish and add the ice cubes to help cool the liquid. Once the brine is cool, add the pork chops and let them marinate in the brine in the refrigerator for 6 to 12 hours.
  2. Set up a dredging station with three shallow dishes. Place the flour in one dish. Place the beaten egg in a second dish. Combine the panko breadcrumbs, paprika, dry mustard powder and black pepper in the third dish.
  3. Remove the pork chops from the brine and rinse them under cool water. Dry the pork chops well with a clean kitchen towel and then dredge all sides of the chops in the flour. Transfer the pork chops to the egg and coat completely. Finally place the pork chops into the crumb mixture and coat all sides with the breadcrumbs. Pat the crumbs firmly onto the chops so that the coating sticks. Spritz the top of the chops with oil.
  4. Air-fry at 400°F for 10 minutes. (If using an air fryer oven, place the chops in the air fryer basket with the baking pan below and slide it into the middle position of the air fryer.) When the timer is up, flip the pork chops over and spritz with oil. Air-fry for another 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chops, until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 150°F on an instant read thermometer.

  5. Remove the pork chops from the air fryer and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Breaded Pork Chops
Amount Per Serving
Calories 610 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 199mg66%
Sodium 14468mg603%
Potassium 776mg22%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 45g90%
Vitamin A 712IU14%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 144mg14%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.