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Recipe of the Week: Breaded Parmesan Pork Chop

Recipe of the Week: Breaded Parmesan Pork Chop

Pork is a great alternative to chicken–it’s lean and can be prepared in many different ways.

This simple recipe is from my bestselling cookbook The Shredded Chef is one of my favorites–it requires basically no prep and because it’s baked, it has that wonderful moistness and crunchy exterior. It goes great with a side like this baked potato.




Calories Per Serving


Protein Per Serving

41 grams

Carbohydrates Per Serving

9 grams

Fat Per Serving

5 grams


4 boneless pork chops, 1/2 inch thick, trimmed of fat (6 ounces each)

1/4 cup skim milk

1/4 cup fat-free Parmesan cheese, grated

1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder



Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Set up the milk in one bowl and the cheese, bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in another. Dunk the pork chops in the milk, then coat in the bread crumb mixture.

Coat a baking sheet in cooking spray and transfer breaded chops to the sheet. Place in oven and bake for 9 – 11 minutes on each side, or until they reach desired level of doneness

What You Get to Eat


What did you think of this week’s recipe? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Awesome Mike, that looks great. I really like pork, it’s probably one of the cheaper protein sources (well, here in the UK, not sure about in the US?)

    And it can be pretty lean if you get the right cuts, allowing one to add the fats of your choice. I certainly have no gripes with fat, but choosing lean meats allows me to dia lin my fat intake without hte guesswork, is that the way you see it?

    I definitely think that with the relatively high price of protein, finding cheaper meats is good for the poor physique builder 🙂

    Thanks for the article, will cook this up in the week and report back!!


    Stephen Reed

    • Michael Matthews

      Thanks! Yeah pork is great. Cheap, lean, and cooks well.

      Yes, exactly. I really like stuff like almond butter and whole-fat dairy so sometimes I “spend” my fats there. Other times I do fattier meats though because damn they’re good. 🙂

      • you an offal man?

        • Michael Matthews

          Nah. Offal is awful to me. 😉

  • CommonSense

    Although hollywood actors claim that they just ‘ate a ton of food’ and ‘lifted a ton of weight’ to get big and ripped for their movie roles, do you think that they actually use steroids? When Christian Bale went from 120 pounds (for The Machinist) to 220 pounds (in Batman Begins), he did this in 6 months. 6 months! Actors seem to transform their bodies at suspiciously fast rates don’t you think? Another point is that the exact training techniques and diet plans used in the hollywood industry have never leaked online. Detailed information of how hollywood actors transformed their physiques just doesn’t exist anywhere it’s like there is some secret that we aren’t allowed in on.

    • I’m no Mike but I think I can answer this for you.

      Most of them use roids. Even Edward Norton roided to get his role on American History X. Although he wasn’t even ‘big’ in that movie…

      If you’re familiar with the road to ripped podcast you should listen on of their podcasts titled ‘the fitness model ripple effect’ It’ll explain why actors usually do steroids in great detail.

      Just my 2 cents.

  • Mark Taylor

    Looks really good! Can’t wait to give it a try. Maybe tomorrow!!

    • Michael Matthews

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Jon

    Can I cook this on a frying pan or whatever? No access to oven. Only oven toaster and microwave oven. OTL.

    • Norm

      Yes, they can be pan fried and, even better, grilled.

    • Michael Matthews


  • Vin

    This was delicious! Didn’t have any parmesan in the house so I played around with the recipe just a little. Used panko breadcrumbs and swapped the black pepper out for a 1/4 tsp of chili powder. Really great stuff.

    • Michael Matthews


  • Matt

    how much would this generally cost? Can I also prep multiple of this meal to eat once a day all week?

    • Michael Matthews

      Make a few and heat them up every day?

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