Easy Skillet Pork Chops with Quinoa

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There are some days that I just crave a big, juicy hunk of meat for dinner.

Need an easy meal with a meaty main? Make our skillet pork chops with quinoa - all of the ingredients are cooked in just one pan! Get this super easy recipe now: https://foodal.com/recipes/pork/skillet-pork-chops-quinoa/

But I am far from being a competent grill master. Embarrassingly, I’m rather terrified of that monstrous outdoor metal mechanism. Yikes…

Yes, I’ve read all about how to safely grill outside, and I know some pretty delicious techniques to perk up my barbecue.

But I still prefer cooking my meaty mains in the kitchen.

This recipe for skillet pork chops with quinoa is easy and convenient – and it’s my new favorite meal to make indoors!

Make our simple and easy recipe for skillet pork chops with quinoa. It's a perfect paleo dish that will leave you happy and full! We share the recipe now: https://foodal.com/recipes/pork/skillet-pork-chops-quinoa/

Not only is it a healthy mix of nutrient-dense ingredients, it’s also a snap to make. The grains cook in the same pan as the meat and veggies.

Zero stress. All the deliciousness.

There’s no need to fire up the grill. Make this deliciously hearty recipe in your kitchen now.

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Need an easy meal with a meaty main? Our skillet pork chops with quinoa is a tasty mix of healthy ingredients, all made in one pan.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Pork Chops and Quinoa Skillet Recipe | Foodal.com
The Best Skillet Pork Chops with Quinoa
Votes: 3
Rating: 3.67
You: 3
Rate this recipe!
Print Recipe
Need an easy meal with a meaty main? Our skillet pork chops with quinoa is a tasty mix of healthy ingredients, all made in one pan.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 bone-in pork chops
  • 1 small onion finely chopped
  • 2 small serrano peppers finely chopped (or any other pepper of your choice- jalapeno, Anaheim, or poblano)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup dry quinoa rinsed
  • 4 cups chicken stock
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Instructions
  1. Heat a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the coconut oil in the skillet.
  2. Season the pork chops on both sides liberally with salt and pepper. Place in the heated skillet and brown on both sides. Remove to a separate plate.
  3. Add the onion and peppers to the skillet. Saute for 5-10 minutes, until they have softened. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.
  4. Return the pork chops back to the skillet. Spread the quinoa on the pork chops. Pour the chicken stock over the quinoa and pork. Bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed. Place one pork chop and a large spoonful of quinoa in 4 separate bowls and serve.
Recipe Notes

Recipe by Ashley Martell. 

Nutritional Information*

Nutrition Facts
The Best Skillet Pork Chops with Quinoa
Amount Per Serving
Calories 412 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 841mg 35%
Potassium 688mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 8%
Iron 27%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cooking by the Numbers…

Step 1 – Gather the Ingredients

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Set out the meat, onion, garlic cloves, peppers, and salt and pepper.

Measure the coconut oil, dry grains, and chicken stock.

Step 2 – Prep the Ingredients

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Finely chop the onions and peppers. Mince the garlic.

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Rinse the grains with water and set aside. Unless your quinoa has been pre-rinsed, this is an important step that you don’t want to skip. Quonia is coated with saponins, which can cause stomach upset if they aren’t removed before cooking.

Liberally sprinkle freshly ground salt and pepper on both sides of the pork.

Step 3 – Brown the Chops

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Heat the coconut oil in a deep skillet over medium-high heat. Melt completely.

Place the seasoned meat in a single layer in the heated pan. Brown well on both sides and transfer to a separate plate.

Step 4 – Cook the Vegetables

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Add the onions and peppers to the same pan. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes, or until they have softened. Add the garlic and saute for another minute.

Step 5 – Simmer

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Return the browned meat back to the pan. Add the rinsed quinoa. Pour in all the chicken stock and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 30 minutes, or until all the liquid has been absorbed.

Step 6 – Serve

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Once all of the liquid has been absorbed, transfer one chop and a large spoonful of the fluffy grains to 4 separate bowls. Serve and enjoy!

The Easiest and Meatiest Skillet Meal

If you’re like me, and are unreasonably terrified of cooking meats on the grill, you’ll appreciate this recipe.

Pork chops cooked with veggies and heart-healthy grains are an easy and nourishing meal to make indoors. You’ll still get to enjoy a deliciously meaty dish, in the comfort of your kitchen!

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If you’re looking for an extra punch of flavor, coat the chops with Mike’s dry rub before browning them. The combo of all the spices will be a tasty addition to this meal.

And if you need another easy skillet recipe, try a honey mustard version.

Maybe next time, grill. #sorrynotsorry.

Avoiding outdoor cooking? How do you like to prepare your meaty recipes in your kitchen? Let us know any of your techniques and recipes in the comments below!


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Need a super easy meal with a meaty main? Our recipe for simple skillet pork chops with quinoa is a tasty mix of healthy ingredients. It's the perfect gluten-free and paleo meal, all made in just one pan. The quinoa is cooked in the same pan as the pork and veggies. So easy! Get our delicious recipe now on Foodal.

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*Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is a hungry foodie living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she is not tearing through her city's best grub, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

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