Chipotle Orange Chops

Day 104: “So Easy: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

April 14, 2011

Pork did a great job in their marketing as whenever I think of pork, I say to myself in my head , “the other white meat”. Or is that just me? Pork is so versatile to cook with and it can be substituted with chicken in a pinch. Or buy the meat that is on sale and go with that. My favorite cut of pork is the thin cut chops as they cook in minutes and can be on your table in no time.

Ellie Krieger is the host of the cooking show Healthy Appetite. In this cookbook she takes recipes that can be made quickly but are still healthy for you and full of flavor. Many cookbooks try to deliver on these three areas, but she succeeds. She breaks the cookbook up into sections based on the amount of time that you have to prepare it. For example breakfast is divided into “at the ready” or “at leisure”. This is done not only with breakfast, but with lunch, dinner and desserts.

The Ruling: We made the chipotle orange chops and everyone ate them. Our family has a love affair with chipotle peppers, put it over liver and they would probably eat it. OK, I wont take it that far, but I do think that I could put it over most things and my family would be happy. These pork chops are no exception. Very similar in taste to our tried and true chipotle chicken tacos that we make on a weekly basis. I served these with slow cooker sweet potatoes as a side dish.

Chipotle Orange Glazed Pork Chops, page 135


  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons thawed frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoons finely chopped, seeded, canned chipotle chile plus 1/2 teaspoon adobo sauce it comes in
  • cooking spray
  • 4 3/4-inch thick center cut, bone-in pork loin chops (about 8 ounces each)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, orange juice concentrate, and chipotle.
  2. Spray a nonstick grill pan or grill with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat.
  3. Sprinkle both sides of the chops with the salt. Brush one side of the chops generously with the maple-orange glaze. Place the chops on the grill pan, glazed-side down. Brush the other side with glaze. Cook over medium-high heat until cooked through but with a slight blush in the center, 3 to 4 minutes per side.


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MS. Simplicity

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