Pork Chops with a Smokey Chipotle Orange Sauce

This delicious, smokey, spicy dish contains only five remarkable, flavorful ingredients: pork chops, olive oil, chipotle chiles, garlic, and orange juice.  Chipotles pair perfectly with the acidity of orange juice and the garlic adds a depth that takes this simple recipe to a gourmet level.  No one will ever guess the simplicity of this dish, and it’s sure to wow your guests.

I usually serve this with roasted sweet potatoes and yams sprinkled with a smokey paprika.  Paprika seems to lend an additional, complimentary depth to the chipotle chiles and the sweet potatoes or yams pair perfectly with the orange sauce.  Add a vibrant green veggie side dish and you have a flavorful, simple meal made in under 30 minutes.

Pork Chops with Chipotle Orange Sauce


8 thin bone-in pork chops (¼ inch thick; 2 lb)
3 Tbsp olive oil, divided
2 to 3 tsp finely chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo plus 1 tsp adobo sauce
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
⅔ cup fresh orange juice

Pat chops dry and season with ¾ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper each.

Heat 2 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then cook chops in 2 batches, turning once, until just cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes per batch. Transfer to a plate as cooked and keep warm, covered.

Reduce heat to medium and add remaining Tbsp oil. Stir in chipotles (with sauce) and garlic and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add orange juice and bring to a simmer, then add chops with any juices from plate and simmer, turning in sauce, until chops are heated through and sauce is slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes.


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