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Easy Air Fryer Thick Boneless Pork Chops Recipe

Air fryer thick boneless pork chops are the perfect main dish for any occasion, from weeknight family meals to special occasion dinners!

This recipe is one you’ll want to make for a special family dinner or when you have company. The thickness of your pork chops helps to deliver some of the best tasting, juicy chops you’ve ever had. 

two pork chops on a plate

I highly recommend reading this entire post before you begin preparing the recipe. However, if all you want is the list of ingredients with full directions, please either click on the jump-to-recipe button above or scroll to the bottom of this post.

Air Fryer Boneless Pork Chop

This recipe for an air fryer boneless pork chop is a super easy air fryer recipe that you’ll want to make often. It’s the perfect weeknight meal and easy to clean up afterward. And it’s easy to make a juicy, flavorful, well-cooked pork chop when you use your air fryer.

Boneless vs. Bone-In Pork Chops

Although you can make this recipe with bone-in or thin pork chops, I prefer thick chops either with or without the bone. The thickness is what determines the juiciness of the pork chops.

When you’re cooking bone-in pork chops, make an allowance for the amount of actual meat.

There’s nothing wrong with having to cut around the bone, but you also want to make sure each person has enough meat on the plate.

cut air fryer thick boneless pork chops

Ingredients for Air fryer Pork Chop Recipe

When you make this recipe, I highly recommend cooking extra. Leftover pork chops are delicious, and there are so many things you can do with them.

2 raw thick boneless pork chops

Here is what you’ll need:

  • Boneless pork chops that are at least an inch thick
  • Seasoned salt
  • Cooking oil – avocado oil, olive oil, or melted butter
seasoned salt
avocado oil

You can use other ingredients if you prefer. I like the simplicity of seasoned salt, but this is your meal, so cook it with spices you like.

Here are some other ingredients that will be good:

  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

How to Cook Thick Pork Chops in an Air Fryer

If you’ve read any of my other posts, you probably know that I love using my air fryer. My trusty air fryer always comes through when I need to cook food quickly and have it turn out good.

These delicious pork chops are super easy in the air fryer. So this appliance has become one of my favorites.

First, spray the air fryer basket with your favorite nonstick cooking spray. I used avocado oil this time, but sometimes I use olive oil.

spraying oil in air fryer basket for pork chops

Preheat the air fryer to 340 degrees F.

Next, spray or coat the pork chops with oil.

This is an important step to make the seasoned salt (or other seasonings) stick to the chops.

seasoning thick boneless pork chops before air frying them

Sprinkle the seasoned salt over the chops.

Place the seasoned pork chops in the air fryer in a single layer. Air fry pork chops for 18 to 20 minutes, turning once, halfway through. 

seasoned thick boneless pork chops in air fryer

They ‘re done when the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145˚ F. I use a meat thermometer. 

Cooking time may vary from one air fryer to another.

If you have an instant read thermometer, that’s always the best way to check for doneness.

You may cook the pork chops a little bit longer, but watch the time very carefully. Juicy pork chops are much more flavorful than dried out, tough pork chops.

As soon as the chops are done, remove them from the air fryer and put them on a plate. You get the best results if you let them rest for about 3-5 minutes before serving.

air fried thick boneless pork chops on a plate

Points to Consider When Air Frying Pork Chops

The air fryer temperature may be different for yours. You probably know if it cooks hot or is spot on. So adjust accordingly.

The size of the pork chops can make a big difference in how long they take to cook.

For thicker chops, add another minute or two to the cook time. If they’re thinner, deduct a minute or two.

air fryer thick boneless pork chop with a side of vegetables

More Air Fryer Recipes

As I already mentioned, the air fryer is one of my favorite appliances in the kitchen. In fact, it might be my favorite because I use it almost every day. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time.

Here are some fun recipes to cook in the air fryer:

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus – This recipe is perfect for a side dish or appetizer!

Easy Air Fryer Carrots – Air frying carrots brings out their natural sweetness. There’s no need for added sugar in this dish!

Zucchini Fries – Having trouble getting the kids to eat veggies? Make these yummy zucchini fries and provide a dip. They’ll love it!

Air Fryer Radishes – If you’re looking for something different, air fry some radishes. So yum!

Pork Tenderloin – I cook pork tenderloin all kinds of ways, and air frying is one of my favorites!

sliced pork tenderloin
Juicy Pork Tenderloin

Sweet Potato Fries – Sweet potatoes have always been good with pork chops. These fries are no exception!

Frequently Asked Questions About Air Fryers and Pork Chops

As you make these pork chops, you might have some questions. Here are some common ones:

What Goes with Pork Chops?

Almost any side dish is good with pork chops. Here are some of my favorites:

Cinnamon Applesauce – After watching their favorite TV show, my children always wanted applesauce with their pork chops. So I delivered to make them happy.

bowl of cinnamon applesauce

Green Beans – Here’s a recipe from Julia’s Simply Southern to make canned green beans absolutely delicious!

Green Bean Casserole Deluxe – If you have a little more time, make this green bean casserole deluxe. It adds quite a bit of color and flavor to the plate.

Roasted Parmesan Carrots – Loaded with flavor, these parmesan carrots are sure to be a hit at suppertime!

Classic Mac and Cheese Casserole – This ultimate comfort food will make everyone at the table very happy.

Buttermilk Garlic Mashed Potatoes – There’s everything to love about this amazingly delicious dish! Serve it as a side with anything, and you’ll hear all kinds of praise!

2 bowls of buttermilk garlic mashed potatoes with chives

How Does an Air Fryer Work?

Air fryers are basically mini convection ovens. The food cooks quickly as the hot air circulates around the food. This is why the basket has holes in the bottom.

How Should You Keep Leftover Pork Chops?

Put the leftover pork chops in on a plate covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container. Place them in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

If you want to freeze cooked pork chops, place them in a freezer bag or airtight container. They should be good for a couple of months.

two pork chops on a plate beside a plate with a pork chop and vegetables

Final Thoughts on Cooking Pork Chops

Pork chops can be one of the juiciest, most tender meats that you serve. The key is to cook them long enough without overcooking them.

air fried boneless pork chops on a plate

Air Fryer Thick Boneless Pork Chops

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

You'll love how easy it is to cook these juicy, tender air fryer thick boneless pork chops. And they are absolutely delicious!

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless pork chops (each each approximately 1 inch thick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1 teaspoon avocado oil (may use olive oil or your favorite nonstick spray)

Instructions

  1. Spray the air fryer basket with oil or nonstick spray. Preheat your air fryer to 340˚ F. 
  2. Coat or spray the pork chops so the seasoned salt will stick. Sprinkle the seasoned salt over the pork chops.
  3. Cook the pork chops for 18-20 minutes, turning once halfway through. 
  4. The pork chops are done when the internal temperature reaches 145˚ F. If you want it more done, you may cook it a little bit longer. However, the longer you cook it the higher the risk of drying out the meat. Dry pork chops aren’t as good.
  5. Remove from the air fryer and allow it to rest on a plate for about 3-5 minutes before serving.

Notes

Keep a close eye on the temperature of the pork chops to make sure they're not overcooked.

Nutrition Information
Yield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 334Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 103mgSodium 308mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 37g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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Kathleen

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Made them for lunch. They were delish juicy tender great! 145 degrees was perfect!

Thanks Kathleen

southernhomeexpress

Thursday 10th of August 2023

Hi Kathleen! I'm so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know!

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