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cinnamon chipotle spice rubbed pork chop sliced into pieces on a white plate with roasted carrots and parsnips on the side with a fork and lemons and herbs for garnish

Spice Rubbed Easy Baked Pork Chops

  • Author: Lindsay Cotter
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Seasoned with a homemade smoky spice rub, these easy baked pork chops are combined with roasted vegetables for a sheet pan dinner ready in 30 minutes! Whole30 Option.


Units Scale

For the Rub:

  • 1 Tablespoon coconut sugar or raw sugar (See notes for Whole30 option)
  • 1 teaspoon ground chili powder or chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pinch of dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Pan:

  • 2 large parsnips (78 inches long), cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 2 large carrots (78 inches long), cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 23 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 pounds of boneless pork chops or pork loin (around 4 boneless pork chops ) (See notes for other meat options)
  • To garnish: lemon slices and fresh herbs (Ex: parsley or cilantro)
  • Salt/Pepper to taste


  1. Combine the ingredients for the spice rub in a small bowl, and set it aside.


Pork Substitutes –Lamb chops can be used in place of pork chops.

If using bone-in pork chops, reduce the searing and baking time.

Air Fryer Option (Updated & Tested 11/2022)

  1. Preheat the air fryer to 400 F. Generously season each piece of pork with the spice rub. There is no need to sear the meat.
  2. Place pork chops in the preheated air fryer basket and bake for 12-13 minutes, flipping halfway through. (7 oz boneless pork chops, 1 ½” thick)
  3. Once the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 F to 150 F remove from the air fryer and let the chops rest for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Garnish with lemon slices and fresh parsley, if desired. Season to taste.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 chop
  • Calories: 247
  • Sugar: 6.6
  • Fat: 7
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Carbohydrates: 13.6
  • Fiber: 3.5
  • Protein: 25

Keywords: one pan meals, paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, pork, sheet pan, one pan, dinner, meal prep