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Air Fried Cracked Lemon Pepper Pork Chops

Air Fried Cracked Lemon Pepper Pork Chops

Air Fried Pork Chops Give You A Super Power

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a superpower?

To be able to fly through the air like Superman, or read people’s thoughts like Professor X? To be able to move objects with your mind, or turn invisible at will? While most of us will never have superpowers, there is one power that we all have… the power of choice.

And when it comes to our health, the choices we make can either help us thrive or put us at risk for disease. One of the best choices you can make for your health is to eat lean protein at every meal. Believe it or not, pork chops are an ideal lean protein. Especially if you’re looking for a different lean and green option!

Lemon Pepper Pork Chops With Lemon Veggies

These Chops Could Be Your Next Favorite Lean and Green Option

Looking for a delicious and healthy pork chop recipe? Air fried lemon pepper pork chops are a healthy and delicious way to enjoy pork chops. They are low in calories and high in protein, making them the perfect meal for anyone looking to eat healthy. With just a few simple ingredients, you can have a delicious and healthy meal on the table in no time. Follow the recipe below to make your own air fried lemon pepper pork chops.

Pork Chops Don’t Have To Be Boring

As a kid, I used to HATE pork chops. My mom would fry them in the skillet with some salt and pepper, and they would always come out dry and flavorless. But once I started experimenting with different recipes, I discovered the juicy, delicious flavor of a good pork chop. And now that I get my chops from Butcherbox, I know they’re always going to be fresh and delicious.

Sauces can make all the difference too!

Why not add one of these approved pasta sauces that we talked about in this article here to your next pork chop recipe?

The pork chops from ButcherBox are some of the best I’ve ever had. They’re always fresh and delicious, and they cook up perfectly every time. If you’ve never tried ButcherBox pork chops, I highly recommend them!

Why We Love This Air Fryer Recipe

This recipe for air fried lemon pepper pork chops is a quick and easy way to make a delicious and healthy meal. It’s 100% approved for your lean protein on the Optavia 5 & 1 plan. It should be approved for any healthy meal plan!

It’s tasty too. The ingredients seem simple but the flavor is banging! Pork has the ability to really blend well with simple seasonings and this Cracked Pepper Lemon seasoning is the perfect blend.

Pork Chops – The Healthy Side of the Pig

Most people on diet programs think “pork” equals “fat” and is synonymous with weight gain. But the opposite is true. We’re not talking bacon or pulled pork here.

Interestingly enough, some studies have shown that pork chops can actually be more healthy than chicken or fish.

Pork chops are a good source of protein and contain several vitamins and minerals. They are also relatively low in fat, making them a healthier option than some other types of meat.

Some potential health benefits associated with eating pork chops include:

  • improved blood sugar control
  • reduced inflammation
  • better joint health
  • increased muscle mass
  • improved heart health

Cracked Pepper and Lemon Air Fried Pork Chops

This recipe is so simple. It’s just a few simple ingredients:

The Rub:

You’ll need Kinders Cracked Pepper and Lemon Seasoning. There are a lot of lemon peppers out there but this one is our favorite. It’s got a nice zesty flavor without being too spicy.

You’ll also need garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper to taste. Just mix these seasonings in a small bowl and set asside.

The Oil:

We use olive oil but you can use any cooking oil you choose. If you want an oil that won’t smoke as quick, use avocado oil. Both are healthy fats and we’re using a small amount.

The Pork Chop:

Butcherbox packaged pork chops

We’ve talked about our belief in Butcherbox before and all the reasons we like them. But if you’re going to make tasty meals you need quality protein. Butcherbox proteins are free-range, grass-fed and pasture raised. In our opinion, it’s the best way to go.

Yes, they come frozen but they are farm frozen for freshness. Plus we know the truth… No one is buying their meat for the month and leaving it all in the fridge. We all have space in our freezer for a few key items.

We order the boneless chops from Butcherbox at least every other month. They are always thick cuts and taste awesome!

Important note: Don’t overcook your pork chops. We pull ours at 140-145 and let them sit for 3 minutes before serving. Anything else is too dry.

The Air Fryer:

We love all the Ninja Foodi line items and the 6-in-1 grill/air fryer never dissapoints us. We use it when we are stictly air frying. It’s big enough but not too big. Plus it’s ability to grill, bake, and all the rest makes it so nice.

You can check out our other favorite gadgets for weight loss in this article.

Air Fried Cracked Pepper and Lemon Pork Chop Directions

The directions are really simple. Prep your air fryer and let it pre-heat. The Foodi air crisp default is 390 degrees.

While the Foodi is pre-heating, remove your pork chops from their Butcherbox wrapper and pat them dry.

Rub with the oil on each side. Then sprinkle with your pepper/garlic/onion seasoning. Top with salt and pepper to taste.

When the fryer is ready, add your pork chops. Cook for about 12 minutes flipping once during the fry. Cook to your desired doneness. Allow to rest. Serve with a fresh side.

Final Notes:

Pork Chops tend to dry out quickly so it’s important not to overcook them. We like ours at 140-145 degrees. If you’re using a different cooking method, just cook to your desired doneness.

Our Foodi can hold four good sized pork chops. Most air fryers are going to be limited to two chops. The cooking time should be the same regardless but again, cook to your desired doneness.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions!

Happy Cooking!

Lemon Pepper Pork Chops With Lemon Veggies

Air Fried Lemon Pepper Pork Chops

5&1 Approved lean pork chops filled with flavor
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 22 mins
Course Lean, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 290 kcal



  • Set Your oven to air fry and pre-heat air fryer to high (390 in the Ninja)
  • Rub olive oil evenly on the pork chops
  • Season with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  • When the air fryer is ready, add seasoned chops to the basket and cook 9-12 minutes or until done. Flip once during cook.


Cooking Time: Cooking time can vary depending on the size of your pork chops. We use boneless pork chops for this recipe and all our ButcherBox chops come boneless.  We prefer that.  Bone-in chops will take longer if you are using pork with bone in will take more time. 
How many pork chops can fit in my air fryer? This will depend on the size of your air fryer basket. Our Ninja can hold 3-4 depending on the size of the chops.


Serving: 60zCalories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 3gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 522mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
Keyword airfry, lean, pork
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