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How to Make Maple-Orange Pork Chops in Your Air Fryer

These pork chops are simple and good. They also cook in about 10 minutes in your air fryer and are great for busy nights or just evenings when you want something good but don't want a big hassle. The chops come out of the air fryer tender and with a light glaze of orange juice and maple syrup. I use smokehouse maple seasoning on the chops before I put them in the air fryer. The seasoning has plenty of salt in it (i.e., a lot!), so I don't add additional salt to the sauce. If you can't find the seasoning, just substitute a little salt and pepper, and your chops will still taste good! The pork chops are great with almost any side dish, and we especially like them with sweet potatoes. Enjoy!

How to Make Maple-Orange Pork Chops in Your Air Fryer
How to Make Maple-Orange Pork Chops in Your Air Fryer

Air Fryer Maple-Orange Pork Chops -- Serves 4

4 boneless pork chops about 3/4-inch thick (about 1.25 pounds)

1/2 teaspoon of smokehouse maple seasoning (I use McCormick's "grillmates")

1/4 cup of orange juice

1/4 teaspoon of onion powder

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

2 tablespoons of water

1/2 teaspoon of potato starch (or use cornstarch) mixed with 1 tablespoon of water

Line your air fryer basket and about 2 inches up the sides with a piece of aluminum foil. Spritz the foil with non-stick cooking spray. Put the pork chops on the aluminum foil in the basket and sprinkle the pork evenly with the maple seasoning. Put the pork-filled basket in your air fryer and air fry the pork chops at 360 degree for 5-6 minutes. While the pork is cooking, in a small bowl or measure combine the orange juice, onion powder, pepper, maple syrup and water. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 45 seconds to a minute or until hot. Mix in the potato starch/water (or cornstarch/water) mixture and microwave the mixture for another 30 seconds. Stir the mixture well. Microwave the mixture for another 20 seconds or so if the starch hasn't thickened the mixture to a syrupy consistency. Pour about half of the maple-orange mixture over the pork chops and cook the chops for another 1-3 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center of a chop reads at least 145 degrees (don't overcook the chops, though, or they will be tough! Stop as close to 145 degrees as possible.) Remove the pork chops carefully from the air fryer basket, using the aluminum foil as as sling. Let the pork chops sit a minute or two and then serve them with the remaining sauce.

How to Make Maple-Orange Pork Chops in Your Air Fryer
How to Make Maple-Orange Pork Chops in Your Air Fryer

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