Pork Chops with Tangy Orange Sauce


  • 8 1 1/4- 1 1/2" loin pork chops
  • olive oil
  • Sauce:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/4 fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons cold water


  • Rub chops with herb rub and marinate and allow to sit for up to 2 hours at room temperature. If doing the night before, refrigerate and take out allowing chops to come to room temperature before cooking.
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil and sear the chops (a gentle hissing sound will be heard) 1-2 minutes on one side (until brown around the edges) and then turn over and sear 1 minute more. Reduce the heat (still sizzling) and cook 3-4 minutes. Turn the meat over and cook another 3-4 minutes. Should be firm but not hard when pressed with a finger or temperature should measure 145-150F. Remove from heat and place on warm platter, cover with foil and allow to rest while you make the sauce (5 minutes or so).
  • Sauce: Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the fat from cooking pan. Saute the onion over the heat, covered, for 3 minutes, stirring often. Stir in remaining ingredients, deglazing the pan in the process. Boil and reduce to about 2 1/2 cups. Whisk in the cornstarch "slurry" just before serving.


  • SOURCE: Adapted from Bruce Adells

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Old Comments

Betsy Speare
posted about 11 years ago
I'm glad you spoke up - I'll give it another shot!
Joan Jamison
posted about 11 years ago
After reading Betsy’s comment I almost didn’t make this pork chop recipe. However, I made it tonight and the family thought it was great. Browning the pork chops left a nice bit of flavor in the bottom of the skillet. Like Betsy, I didn’t want to make as much sauce as the recipe indicated. Instead I combine the ingredients with the wonderful flavors left in the pan and let my taste testing indicate how much of each ingredient to add. I was able to tweak it with just the right sweetness mixed with the drippings and chicken stock. I would make this again. I recently learned of this site and I would like to congratulate everyone who had a hand in the project. It is an excellent site and very well done.
posted over 11 years ago
This didn't turn out so great - i overcooked the pork chops and the sauce was lacking flavor but i did try to cut it into a much smaller batch and may have mis-measured.