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Food Factor: Air Fryer Pork Chop

By Ms. Natasha Haynes, MSU Extension Service

Sometimes it’s hard to find recipes that make just one or two servings. Fans of The Food Factor know I believe in “planned overs” to make the most of my time and money. But sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a smaller portion. That’s why I love this recipe for Pork Chops for Two cooked in the air fryer.

This entrée comes together quickly and with little mess. While it cooks, I can put together a nice salad, steam some vegetables, and cut up some fruit for a delicious, balanced meal.


Place the meat thermometer in the center or thickest part of the meat and avoid touching any bone. Be sure to clean the thermometer after each use.

Paprika contains vitamin A and antioxidants that may help with vision and improve your cholesterol!

Air Fryer Pork Chops for Two


- 2 center-cut, bone-in pork chops, 1½–2 inches thick

- 2 tablespoons brown sugar

- 1 tablespoon paprika

-1-1/2 teaspoons salt

- 1-1/2 teaspoons black pepper

- 1 teaspoon ground mustard

- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water.

  2. Preheat the air fryer to 400 degrees F for 5 minutes.

  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl to create a dry rub seasoning.

  4. Coat the pork chops evenly with oil.

  5. Rub each pork chop liberally with the dry rub.

  6. Wash your hands after handling raw meat.

  7. Cook the pork chops at 400 degrees F for 12 minutes, flipping them after 6 minutes.

  8. Use a meat thermometer to make sure pork is cooked to at least 145 degrees F.

  9. Once the pork chop is properly cooked, remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

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