Easy Family Mediterranean Pork Chops
There are many benefits to eating a Mediterranean style diet because of the variety of healthy ingredients. This is one diet that not only has plenty of fruits and vegetables, but tons of flavor as well.
This super easy one-skillet recipe is a definitely keeper. It is bursting with flavor and makes its own delicious pan sauce you won’t want to miss.
This is a great recipe to make during the weekday to perk up a possibly boring menu if you are busy with work and school.
An Awesome Recipe Mediterranean Pork Chop Recipe that will be a family favorite!
- 4 6 oz. boneless pork chops
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil divided
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1-2 cloves fresh garlic minced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 cup Kalamata olives pitted and halved
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes halved
- 3 oz. Feta cheese crumbled
- 1/2 medium red onion thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped
Remove pork chops from refrigerator and pat dry with a paper towel. Lightly season both sides of each chop with the garlic powder, plus salt and black pepper, as desired. Set aside.
Whisk together two tablespoons olive oil with the fresh lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and thyme in a large bowl. Add the Kalamata olives, tomatoes, and Feta cheese and toss to combine. Set aside.
Add one tablespoon olive oil to a large nonstick skillet set over medium heat. Add the red onion and sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens and starts to develop some color, approximately 4-5 minutes.
Add the remaining olive oil and the seasoned pork chops to the skillet. Cooking until the chops are golden brown on each side, approximately 3-4 minutes per side.Note: The safe cooking temperature for pork is 145°F. An instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the chops should read approximately 135°F at this point.
Pour the seasoned tomato and Feta mixture into the skillet and nestle it in amongst the chops. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 2 minutes, or until the tomatoes and olives are warmed through and the Feta starts to melt.
Remove skillet from heat and rest for 5 minutes. Remove cover and serve immediately garnished with fresh parsley, if desired, and your choice of sides. Enjoy!
The actual cook time for the pork chops will vary based on several factors, including the thickness of the chops and the internal starting temperature. (The chops pictured here are between 5 to 6-oz. each). For best results, allow the chops to come to room temperature prior to cooking and use an instant read thermometer to determine when they are ready.
What to Serve with Your Mediterranean Pork Chops
Pan juices to spoon over brown rice or potatoes.
We love ONE SKILLET dinners that are quick to get on the table and even quicker to clean up! Try a few for dinner this week and see how easy meals can be.