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Simply Delicious Cranberry Orange Pork Chops

Prepare yourself for an easy slow cooker pork chops recipe that is out-of-this-world good. Simply Delicious Cranberry Orange Pork Chops are full of great fruit flavor, while still being a savory dish. This easy dinners for two recipe will not disappoint. Besides plenty of tangy and sweet cranberry and orange, this recipe also calls for lemon juice, maple syrup, fresh thyme, chicken broth, and onions. A delectable basket of ingredients come together in this pork chops recipe that will "wow" your dinner companion.

Notes

*Recipe calls for plastic slow cooker liner bag, but it is not necessary unless you plan on cooking two meals together in the slow cooker in separate liner bags.

Serves2

Slow Cooker Time LOW4 hr

Cooking MethodSlow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 2 (7-ounce) bone-in , blade-cut pork chops
  • salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest, no white attached, divided
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme, divided

Instructions

  1. Insert plastic slow cooker liner bag into slow cooker.

  2. Add pork chops to the bottom of the liner. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Top the pork chops with onion.

  4. Stir together broth, 1 tablespoon orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, syrup, and cranberries in a small bowl.

  5. Pour over pork chops.

  6. Top pork chops with 4 sprigs fresh thyme.

  7. Reserve the remaining orange zest and thyme sprigs to top finished dish for serving.

  8. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.

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How much cranberry sauce do you think I should use to equal the dried cranberries? I want to use the sauce instead of the fruit because I am not a fan of the whole cranberry texture, but I love the flavor in my recipes. I could use cranberry juice too I guess, but I am still unclear about how much to put in it.

Hi SissieSass, I'm not entirely sure about the dried cranberries substitution, but I'd try substituting the same amount of cranberry sauce. I hope that helps! - Natalie, Editor of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

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