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Healthy Fennel-Rubbed Pork Chops with Apple, Kale, and Sweet Potato

Apple, kale, and sweet potato cook with fennel-rubbed pork chops in this easy, all-in-one skillet dinner. Honeycrisp is my favorite go-to apple and works well in this recipe. Healthy Meals in a Single Pot, Sheet Pan, or Skillet.


  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • ½ teaspoon whole black peppercorns

  • ¾ teaspoon salt, divided

  • 4 (1-inch thick) boneless pork loin chops

  • ¼ cup olive oil, divided

  • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

  • ½ onion, cut thinly into half-moons

  • 1 red apple - unpeeled, cored, and sliced into1/4-inch-thick wedges

  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 4 cups lightly packed, coarsely chopped kale


  • Step 1- Place fennel seeds and peppercorns in a small zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag and pound spices using a mallet or rolling pin until coarsely ground, or pulse them briefly in a spice or coffee grinder. Sprinkle mixture and 1/4 teaspoon salt on both sides of chops.

  • Step 2- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large, high-sided skillet over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes; cook, stirring occasionally, until fork-tender, 10 to 12 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt, then transfer to a plate.

  • Step 3- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add chops and reduce heat to medium; cook, turning once, about 4 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest parts registers 145 degrees F (63 degrees C). Transfer chops to a plate and tent with foil.

  • Step 4- Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the onion to the skillet; cook until onion softens, about 2 minutes. Add apple; cook 1 minute more. Add broth, stirring to scrape up browned bits, then stir in mustard and sweet potatoes. Increase heat to medium-high; simmer until apple is slightly softened and liquid has slightly reduced, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Step 5- Add kale and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until kale is tender, about 1 minute. Add any accumulated juices from the plate with pork. Serve chops with vegetable mixture.

Yields 4 servings

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