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Southern-Style Breaded Pork Chops with Onion Gravy

Southern cuisine is renowned for its comforting and hearty dishes, and these Southern-style breaded pork chops with onion gravy are no exception. Tender pork chops are coated in a flavorful breading, then smothered in a rich onion gravy seasoned with caramelized onions and garlic. Serve them over mashed potatoes, rice, or egg noodles for a truly satisfying meal that’s sure to please the whole family.

Recipe Details:

  • Course: Main Meal
  • Cuisine: Southern
  • Keyword: Fried Pork Chops, How to Make Smothered Pork Chops, Southern Fried Pork Chops
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Servings: 4 pork chops
  • Calories: 526 kcal
  • Author: Beth Pierce


Pork Chops:

  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in thick-cut pork chops (about 3/4 – 1 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil


  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 medium yellow onion, cut in half and thinly sliced into half circles
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon fresh thyme leaves


  1. Prepare Pork Chops:
  • In a wide shallow bowl, combine flour, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels and dredge them into the flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour.
  1. Cook Pork Chops:
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Cook the pork chops until golden brown on both sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Plate them and cover loosely with aluminum foil.
  1. Prepare Gravy:
  • In the same skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat.
  • Add onions and cook until tender and golden brown, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen brown bits.
  • Reduce heat, add garlic, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  • Sprinkle with flour, stir, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Slowly pour in chicken broth, stirring until smooth. Whisk in heavy cream.
  1. Simmer Pork Chops:
  • Add the pork chops back to the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, turning the pork chops several times to coat them with the gravy.
  1. Serve:
  • Garnish with fresh thyme leaves and serve promptly.
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Recipe Notes:

  • For the most flavor, use bone-in pork chops with some fat for tenderness.
  • Mushroom gravy variation: Add another tablespoon of butter and 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms with the onions.
  • Cook in a well-seasoned cast iron skillet for best results.
  • Use vegetable or canola oil for browning the chops.
  • Heavy whipping cream creates the creamiest gravy.
  • Pork is done at an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • For easy removal of thyme leaves, use a fine mesh strainer.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

These Southern-style breaded pork chops with onion gravy are a deliciously satisfying meal that brings the comfort of Southern cooking right to your table. Enjoy the hearty flavors and rich textures of this classic dish!