Basil Pork Chops Recipe
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Basil Pork Chops Recipe

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These tender, glazed chops sent in by Lisa Gilliland of Fort Collins, Colorado, get great flavor from a little brown sugar, chili powder and dried basil. The fast-cooking entree is sure to make a regular appearance at your dinner table.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick and 4 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 pork chop: 152 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (13g sugars, trace fiber), 6g protein


  1. Mix first four ingredients; gradually stir in 1 tablespoon oil until crumbly. Rub over both sides of pork chops.
  2. In a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium heat; cook until a thermometer inserted in pork reaches 145°, 4-6 minutes per side. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil Pork Chops in Simple & Delicious July/August 2006, p59

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Sep. 10, 2014

"Awesome pork chops. Really crispy."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2014

"This was just okay. It tasted like slightly sweet and spicy, but no real flavor, it's hard to describe. I won't even eat the leftovers."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2013

"Cooked this again tonight. This has become my husband's favorite. Just an F.Y.I. - It is just as good or maybe even better with Center Cut bone-in pork chops."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2013

"I substitute olive oil for the canola oil. I made it using paprika as I was out of chili powder. My mother-in-law, husband, and sons (16,5, and 5) all loved it. Another time, I was in a bind and needed something ready for when we got home from the gym, so I threw it in the crock pot on high for 1 hour 30 minutes. The kids loved it! Will definitely keep making this!"

Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"Wow. I do not know what everyone is talking about. This was the worst pork recipe I have ever experienced. The smell was awful and the taste was worse. I would not recommend this to anyone. Not trying to be mean but I am pretty upset that I wasted my pork chops. This rating is inaccurate in my opinion."

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