Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops. No need for frying, this oven baked, lower fat pork chop recipe is delicious served with pasta and your favourite simple marinara or puttanesca sauce.
These delicious crispy panko pork chops are baked and not fried. Although you could fry them in canola oil in a non-stick skillet if you wanted.
I just put a thin coat of oil on the baking sheet, then mist the tops of them with an oil sprayer. This means there is little added fat.
I also use lean boneless centre loin chops for this recipe. We often serve them with whole wheat pasta tossed with a favourite pesto too for a change from the puttanesca sauce version.
2017 Update: It’s been quite a number of years since I first posted this recipe back in 2013. This recipe has consistently remained among our top pork chop recipes ever since. The only recipe that tops it in popularity is our Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops.
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Originally published August 12, 2013. November 2017 update to include nutritional information and a printable recipe card.
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Baked Parmesan Panko Pork Chops
No need for frying, this oven baked, lower fat pork chop recipe is delicious served with pasta and your favorite simple marinara or puttanesca sauce.
- 6 center loin pork chops, 3/4 inch thick cut
- ½ cup flour
- 1 egg + 1 tbsp water whisked together, eggwash
- 1 cup Panko crumbs
- 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Salt and pepper to season
For the Quick Puttanesca Sauce
- 3 clove minced garlic
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 8 large very ripe, tomatoes (or one 32 oz can crushed tomatoes)
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes, or to taste
- 3 tbsp chopped capers, optional
- 1/2 tsp anchovy paste, optional
- 2 tbsp chopped basil
- 2 tbsp chopped oregano
- salt and pepper to season
- 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives, optional
- Season the pork chops with salt and pepper. Mix the Parmesan with the panko crumbs. Dredge the pork chops in the flour, then dip in the egg wash and finally in the panko crumbs.
- Place the chops on a lightly oiled baking sheet and mist or drizzle the tops with a little olive oil.
- Bake for about 35 minutes in a preheated 375 degree F oven. I like to flip them over half way through the cooking time.
- Use a meat thermometer to check that the center of the pork hops has reached 145 degrees F. Let the chops rest for 5 minutes before serving with the Quick Puttanesca Sauce.
To prepare the Quick Puttanesca Sauce
- In a large Saute pan over medium heat, cook the garlic in the olive oil for only a minute. It should soften but not brown.
- Add all of the remaining ingredients and simmer together for about 10 – 20 minutes stirring often, until a chunky, thick sauce develops. The amount of time this takes, varies, depending up on the water content of the tomatoes.
Serving Size6 servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 425Saturated Fat 4gCholesterol 132mgSodium 700mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 3gSugar 10gProtein 40g
Thursday 26th of July 2018
Yet another successful dish from Rock recipes! I followed his to exactly as written- easy to make and delicious! My only comment is I found the balsamic vinegar flavor was a bit strong. I suggest adding 1 tbsps at a time and taste as you go.
Monday 19th of March 2018
First of all, I LOVE this recipe. I'm making it again this week. Also, I noticed several people asking where to get Panko bread crumbs. I got mine at Costco :)
Saturday 29th of October 2016
There's no fresh herbs .can I subsitude with bottle spices
Barry C. Parsons
Wednesday 2nd of November 2016
Yes, just use half the amount.
Sunday 10th of January 2016
used home made chili sauce instead of puttanesca and home made bread crumbs instead of panko. Delicious. Will definitely make again.
Saturday 31st of January 2015
I am in the process of following this receipt but notice that the cook times differ- 15 minutes in one place 35 minutes in another. I am assume 35 is correct.
Barry C. Parsons
Tuesday 3rd of February 2015
oops, typo there. fixed now.