Fabulous French Onion Pork Chops with Video Presentation

All the flavors you love in a traditional French onion soup are captured in this recipe for French Onion Pork Chops.
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I’m proud to say that since mid-December, I’ve lost a total of nine pounds. I’ve been very mindful of each and every item I’m putting into my mouth, and I’ve drastically cut back on my intake of white flour and white sugar products. Luckily for me I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth so cutting back of sugary treats hasn’t really been a problem. However, the cutting back of white flour products like breads and bagels isn’t quite as easy.

What IS easy for me to do when rearranging my lifestyle in order to lose weight and get fit, is increase my protein intake. I tend to crave protein in all sorts of ways. Eggs are one of my favorite forms of protein as is turkey, chicken, and pork. Beef is nice too, but it’s not something I gravitate towards (unlike my husband who could live on beef for breakfast, lunch and dinner).

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I also happen to be a vegetable freak, and always have been. When I was growing up I was the one who took the spoon to the vegetable bowl to eat what remained after everyone else had eaten their share. So, for me doubling up the veggies on my plate in order to replace the potatoes and starches hasn’t proven to be much of a problem….yet. Check back with me in a few weeks and see how I’m doing. LOL

How to make French Onion Pork Chops

This recipe is completely satisfying for any carnivore who is conscious of upping the protein in their diet, and also for any lover of French onion soup!

Topped with a little bit of Swiss cheese (or feel free to use Gruyere), serve these French Onion Pork Chops along with a nice side salad and some roasted carrots and parsnips. Or, if you’re feeling indulgent, how about over some mashed potatoes, pasta or even polenta or rice? Oh no! What have I done? Now my stomach is seriously growling at me! ACK!

How to make French Onion Pork Chops

Serves:  4        Cook Time:  45 minutes

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large sweet onions, sliced
7-8 fresh thyme sprigs (plus additional for garnish, if desired)
1 teaspoon salt (plus additional for the pork chops)
½ teaspoon pepper (plus additional for the pork chops)
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup beef stock (I use low-sodium)
¼ cup dry red wine
4 boneless pork chops (seasoned with salt and pepper)
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
4 ounces shredded Swiss cheese

-Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
-In a large, oven proof skillet over medium heat, caramelize the onions in the olive oil along with the thyme sprigs (about 15 minutes), stirring occasionally. Add the beef broth, butter, salt and pepper.
-Simmer to reduce the broth (about 5 minutes).
-Remove the caramelized onions to a bowl and keep warm, Wipe out the skillet with a paper towel.
-Pat the chops with a paper towel to dry. Spread Dijon mustard on both sides of the chops and season each with salt and pepper to taste.
-Return the skillet to medium/high heat and brown the pork chops on both sides (approximately 3 minutes per side). Remove chops to a plate.
-Deglaze the skillet with the red wine, making sure to scrape up the brown bits on the bottom of the skillet. Return the caramelized onions to the skillet along with the browned pork chops.
-Place the skillet in a preheated oven and cook for 25 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven and top each chop evenly with the cheese. Return the skillet to the oven and cook until the cheese is lightly browned and melted (about 5 minutes).
-Garnish with additional thyme, if desired. Serve and enjoy.

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Making French Onion Pork Chops is super easy and they will be on the dinner table in in less than 45 minutes. Here’s how to make them:

Caramelize the sliced onions in a large skillet along with the thyme sprigs, stirring occasionally.

French Onion Pork Chops Recipe

French Onion Pork Chops Recipe - Kudos Kitchen by Renee
Add the beef broth and butter and simmer to reduce (about 5 minutes). Remove the onions from the skillet and keep warm. Wipe out the skillet with paper towels and return the skillet to medium heat.
French Onion Pork Chops Recipe
French Onion Pork Chops

Spread each chop with the Dijon mustard, salt and pepper. Brown the chops on both sides. Remove the chops and deglaze the skillet with the red wine.

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French Onion Pork Chops
French Onion Pork Chops Recipe

Return the onions and chops back into the skillet and bake in a preheated oven for 25 minutes. Top each chop with cheese and return to the oven to melt the cheese. Serve with additional thyme sprigs if desired.

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French Onion Pork Chop Recipe

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  1. YAY! Congrats!! I probably gained 9, but that's just between you and I… 😛
    French Onion-all the things, please! I could bathe in this!

  2. Congrats on the weight loss – especially impressive because being a food blogger can be very hard on the waistline! This looks amazing – and if this is your "diet" food – I'm excited to start your diet plan!

  3. Those caramelized onions look perfect!

  4. Congrats on losing that weight! I would have the worst time with breads, also. Great recipe.

  5. How do you lose weight in December? That's impossible 😉 I wish I could say the same but unlike you, I have not been very mindful lately. While I'm not worried about my weight, I am starting to feel sluggish. This recipe looks fabulous, Renee! As always, I love your step by step guide, it makes it so easy to follow along!

  6. Congratulation, Renee! That is definitely something to celebrate! These pork chops look so flavorful and satisfying.

  7. I don't think I've ever had anything "French onion" besides soup or dip before. This is brilliant! making it soon!

  8. I'm so proud of you to lose weight during the holidays, Renee! Really, not easy to do any time of the year, but especially during festive times! Those French onions are calling my name! What a wonderful comfort dish!

  9. Flavor town! Holy cow, looks so incredibly delicious – I love everything about it. And congrats on losing those pounds, that rocks. 🙂

    • Congratulations on your weight loss!! I'm a sugar junkie. As such, my hips will always betray me and expand. I love this dish so much, Renee! I love French onion soup and there isn't a piece of pork I didn't like. This is my flavor station. I'm getting off.

  10. 9 pounds down…go you! These pork chops looks absolutely perfect. Love all those yummy caramelized onions.

  11. This is now my favorite pork chop recipe. I have made it twice and will be making it again soon! Served it over mashed cauliflower. Thank you for this delicious recipe!!!

  12. Con gradates on the weight loss. The recipe looks so yummy, going to make it to night.

  13. Thank you for this recipe. It is beyond delicious. I’m not sure how you did the prep in 25 minutes, especially caramelizing the onions, but I know I’m a “slow” cook. I used half the salt and it was perfect.

    • I tend to use higher heat than I probably should. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe and tailored the salt to your own preferences.
      Thanks for taking the time to visit, and comment, Linda!

  14. I tried this the other night and it was the most delicious pork chop I ever had in my life. Thank you SO much for posting this! I’ll be making these often!

  15. Thinking of trying this tomorrow night. Could you use provolone chess instead of swiss. That’s what I use when making French onion soup. Thanks

  16. Is there a print friendly version of this? I really have to try.this. thank you

    • Hello!
      Yes, right by the title of the recipe, there is a link that says “Print This Recipe.”
      Please click on that phrase and it will generate a printer friendly version of the recipe.
      Thanks so much for asking.

  17. Are you putting the pork chops onto a “dry” pan? You aren’t cooking them in any oil? I just want to make sure before I burn 4 pork chops!

    • Hi Jennifer!
      If you’re cooking the chops in the same skillet that you’ve cooked the onions then there should be enough residual oil and flavor to cook the chops. HOWEVER, if you’re worried about burning the chops, please feel free to add more oil before browning them. It won’t hurt the recipe at all and I promise, I won’t tell a soul.
      Thanks for your question!

  18. Absolutely delicious! The entire family loved this dinner and so easy to make!!! So happy to finally make a dinner that all will eat. Thank you!!!

  19. Can this be made in crockpot or on stovetop. My oven is broken. Looks wonderful

  20. Can this be made in the crockpot or on the stovetop. My oven is broken. Sounds wonderful

    • Hi Cindy! Great question. Thanks for asking it. As a matter of fact you can easily finish this dish on the stovetop. All you need to do is cover the skillet and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Allow the chops to simmer until cooked through (approximately 15-20 minutes). Then cut the heat, remove the lid, add the cheese, replace the lid and allow the cheese to melt. Serve along with the caramelized onions.
      I hope this answers your question and that you enjoy this recipe!
      Take care and thanks for reading.

  21. Hi there! So excited to try this recipe but really don’t want to spend money on buying an entire bottle of wine for just a little in this recipe. Can I just leave it out or is there a substitute? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Megan,
      I totally get it, and this is a great question!
      It may seem like a weird substitution but if you leave out the wine, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar instead. With this adaptation, I know that you’ll still truly enjoy this recipe. Because the red wine adds a bit of acidity to cut through the richness of the pork, the vinegar will have the same effect and still add a depth of flavor that the red wine would have. I hope this makes sense. Again, great question. I’m so glad you asked and I appreciate that you came to visit me here in my Kudos Kitchen.
      Thanks so much.

  22. This looks so delicious! I love pork chops!

  23. French Onion Soup is my all-time favorite wintertime comfort food. I have no doubt this recipe is gonna be well-loved in my house!

  24. Anything with french onions and I start drooling! lol 😉

  25. You just made pork chops look SO AMAZING!!! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  26. I wish I craved meat! All I want is carbs. 😉 And these are some awesome looking chops!

  27. Those pork chops look and sound absolutely terrific!

  28. This looks wonderful!

  29. Wow, so much flavor in this dish. These chops are over the top yummy.

  30. Wonderful!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Hugs from Michigan, USA!