Pork Chops in a Cranberry-Pear Sauce

Fondation OLO | Recette | Côtelettes de porc
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  • Servings: 4
  • Preparation time: 5 minutes
  • Cooking time: 30 minutes
  • Cost per serving: $2.31
  • Storage: 3 days in the fridge. The pork chops are best when served right out of the oven.
  • Kitchen tools: Measuring cups and spoons, cutting board, vegetable peeler, sharp knife, large frying pan, tongs, wooden spoon, small pot, aluminum foil
  • This original recipe was developed by Extenso—the Université de Montréal reference centre on human nutrition.


  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) canola oil (divided: 15 ml [1 tbsp] + 15 ml [1 tbsp])
  • 4 pork loin chops (about 500 g/1lb)
    Or skinless and deboned chicken thighs, cut into strips
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 80 ml (1/3 cup) brown sugar
  • 1 ml (¼ tsp) ground cinnamon
  • 1 ripe pear, peeled and diced
  • 250 ml (1 cup) frozen cranberries
  • 500 ml (2 cups) chicken broth (divided: 250 ml [1 cup] + 250 ml [1 cup])
  • 250 ml (1 cup) dry couscous


1. In a large frying pan, heat 15 ml (1 tbsp) of oil over medium-high heat, add the pork chops and cook for 4 minutes on one side. Add salt and pepper and cook for 4 minutes on the other side.

2. Remove the pork chops and transfer to a plate. Cover with aluminum foil and set aside.

3. In the same pan, add 15 ml (1 tbsp) oil and cook the onion for 2 minutes over medium heat.

4. Add brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, pepper, pear, cranberries and 250 ml (1 cup) of chicken broth. Mix.

5. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 8 minutes.

6. Meanwhile, in a small pot, bring to a boil over high heat 250 ml (1 cup) of chicken broth. Remove from heat, add the couscous, cover and let stand for about 5 minutes.

7. Once the sauce has simmered for 8 minutes, remove the pork chops from the aluminum foil and serve them on top of the couscous with a little cranberry-pear sauce.

Nutritional balance

This recipe provides foods from the following food groups:

  • Grain products
  • Meat and alternatives
  • Vegetables

Serve with:

  • Vegetables (salad or cooked vegetables, for example) to round out the serving, and a fruit
  • A glass of milk or fortified soy beverage