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Apple-Balsamic Pork Chops & Rice

Thanks to tangy balsamic vinegar and sweet apples, this one-pot pork chop lets you have a little something special anytime. —Greg Hageli, Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 medium Gala apples, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups instant brown rice
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme


  • Sprinkle pork chops with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown pork chops on both sides; remove from pan.
  • Add apples, mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir 4-5 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice, broth, vinegar, thyme, and remaining salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cook, covered, 5 minutes.
  • Place pork chops over top; cook, covered, 4-6 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in pork reads 145°. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 pork chop with 1 cup rice: 454 calories, 15g fat (4g saturated fat), 82mg cholesterol, 498mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 4g fiber), 38g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat, 1/2 fruit.

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  • Rhoni347
    Dec 16, 2017

    I made this exactly as told except I used frozen brown rice instead of instant. We really enjoyed this. It encompassed all of the flavors of my mom's pork chops with apples, with slightly less fuss. I think the balsamic vinegar brings the flavors up a notch too.

  • rmbarr059
    Feb 21, 2017

    This was yummy and quick too. I left out the mushrooms because my husband doesn't like them and it was still good.

  • cbenne12
    Oct 2, 2015

    So tasty! I usually don't like rice, but this recipe went fast.

  • TheDix
    Sep 10, 2015

    This is a good recipe, goes together fast. The vinegar helps a lot by giving it a flavorful tang. I used instant brown rice as directed. Next time I'll either precook regular brown rice, or add more broth or less instant rice for added moistness.

  • MaryJFisher
    Sep 5, 2015

    Rave reviews from everyone! Wonderful flavor combination. I used regular brown rice precooked. Everything else the same.

  • randcbruns
    Oct 28, 2014

    Classic combination of pork and apples. Love how simple and easy this is. It is wonderful and my family loved it.

  • jordanclaire
    Mar 11, 2014

    Delicious and fast. I followed the recipe exactly except I used short-grain brown rice which I cooked ahead of time. Will make again--soon.