Recipe: Baked Pork Chops with Apple Cranberry Sauce

Pork chops are a good source of low-fat protein and minerals like selenium, zinc and iron that support your immune system.

by Nashville General Hospital
Photo by Anastasia Zhenina on Unsplash

This family meal includes a wonderful fruit sauce that adds the perfect touch to these pork chops. Serve with a side of brown rice and steamed broccoli.

Yield: 4 servings of one pork chop, ¼ C sauce, 2 orange segments

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


For pork chops:

  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 3 oz each)
  • ¼ tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 medium orange, rinsed, for ¼ tsp zest (use a grater to take a thin layer of skin off the orange; save the orange for garnish)
  • ½ Tbsp olive oil

For sauce:

  • ¼ C low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated (about 1 C) (use a grater to make thin layers of apple)
  • ½ cinnamon stick (or 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ C dried cranberries (or substitute raisins)
  • ½ C 100 percent orange juice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 °F.
  2. Season pork chops with pepper and orange zest.
  3. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pork chops, and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn over and brown the second side, an additional 2 minutes. Remove pork chops from the pan, place them on a nonstick baking sheet, and put in the oven to cook for an additional 10 minutes (to a minimum internal temperature of 160 °F).
  4. Add chicken broth to the sauté pan and stir to loosen the flavorful brown bits. Set aside for later.
  5. Meanwhile, place grated apples, cinnamon stick, and bay leaf in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the apples begin to soften.
  6. Add cranberries, orange juice, and saved broth with flavorful brown bits. Bring to a boil, and then lower to a gentle simmer. Simmer for up to 10 minutes, or until the cranberries are plump and the apples are tender. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  7. Peel the orange used for the zest, and cut it into eight sections for garnish.
  8. Serve one pork chop with ¼ cup of sauce and two orange segments.



Each serving provides:

Calories: 232; Total fat: 7 g; Saturated fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 50 mg; Sodium: 42 mg; Total fiber: 2 g; Protein: 18 g; Carbohydrates: 25 g; Potassium: 384 mg Iron: 6% recommended daily amount


Source:, “Delicious Heart Healthy Eating”, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute part of the National Institute of Health, from the “Deliciously Healthy Family Meals” cookbook