Skillet Chops with Cilantro Citrus Pan Sauce


We are a busy family.  Really is there a family who isn’t busy?   We have kids, home, jobs, school, activities, errands, bills…etc…etc.  Life is hectic.  Dinner shouldn’t be.  Dinner is a time to unwind from the day, relax with a inviting plate surrounded by family.  Weekday dinners have evolved into a joint effort in our home.  Everyone slowly makes their way into the kitchen to take on his/her small part.  The table is cleared, plates assesmbled and glasses filled.  As we prepare for our meal we converse of our day, we laugh with hubby as he shares one of his work adventures and the girls’ begin to planning our weekend.  Plates served, napkins set we take our places to enjoy our meal.  As I load the dishwasher I think, I know these will be the moments I miss when my girls’  leave our sides to conquer their dreams.  Read on dinner lovers… 

When Crisco contacted me to share a recipe for “Que hay de cenar?”  (“What’s for dinner?”) I immediately turned to one of my quick weekday meals.  Pork Chops browned in a cast iron skillet, a splash of citrus and broth added to make a pan sauce.  Serve alongside a simple salad or roasted potatoes, dinner made easy.  This week let’s take time to enjoy our families, our loved ones and our friends with dinner.  Life is hectic, dinner can reboot our body for the next busy day. Enjoy! Sweet Life!

After enjoying this quick recipe, head on over to Crisco to enter for a chance at fabulous prizes.  This event is hosted by Michelle  Bernstein who appeared on Food Network, Iron Chef America and Top Chef.  Everyday Crisco will award 10 recipes a gift card and Crisco coupons for great dinner submissions and each recipe submitted in entered for a chance at the grand prize worth $1,000.  Good Luck!

Oh hold on…you didn’t think I would end dinner without something sweet?  A sweet ending to a quick meal is a must for reviving our sanity, don’t you think? I leave you with Magic Cookie Bars. Enjoy!

Skillet Chops with Cilantro Citrus Sauce

by Sweet Life

By Vianney Rodriguez

serves 4

4 thick boneless pork chops


freshly ground pepper

extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp butter

1 cup chicken broth

1 tbsp brown sugar

3 tbsp  fresh squeezed lemon juice

juice from 1/2 orange

3 tsp dijon mustard

4 tbsp chopped cilantro and extra for garnish

2 tbsp water

1 tsp cornstarch

Begin by heating a cast iron skillet over medium heat, while you prepare your chops.  Sprinkle each chop with salt and pepper.  Add oil to your skillet, just enough to coat your skillet.  When your skillet is heated through add your chops, two at a time.  Cook about 6 minutes on each side. Remove and place a sheet pan in oven at 250 degrees to keep warm.  Continue with your next two chops cooking with the same method, add more oil if needed.  After all four chops are cooked, add chicken broth, sugar, lemon juice, orange juice and mustard to the pan.  Continue to cook over medium heat, scraping pan to mix all brown bits into sauce.  In a small bowl add cornstarch and water, mix.  Add the water/cornstarch mixture to the pan and using a whisk combine well.  Crank the heat to a boil and cook for a minute or until your sauce thickens just a bit.  Add your butter and swirl through the sauce, add your chopped cilantro.  Return your chops to the pan and simmer for 3 minutes.  Serve with a drizzle of the sauce and garnish with cilantro.


Magic Cookie Bars
by Eagle Brand
non stick cooking spray
1 1/2 cup graham cookie crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter
1-14oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
2 cups (12oz) semi sweet chocolate chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped nuts
Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray 13×9 pan with cooking spray.
Combine graham cracker crumbs and butter in a small bowl.
Press into bottom of prepared pan.
Pour sweetened condensed milk evenly over crumb mixture.
Layer evenly with chocolate chips, coconut and nuts- press down firmly with a fork.
Bake 25-30 minutes until lightly brown.
Loosen from sides of pan while still warm, cool on wire rack.
Cut into bars or diamonds.
makes 2 dozen
Sweet Life was kindly asked to share her recipe….she was gifted with a lovelybox of Crisco products and great coupons.


  1. says

    comments seemed to be closed on your latest post so I’ll just do it here. :-)

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Aww, your family sounds like my own family when I was growing up. And your girls will miss those family dinners too when they’re on their own. I certainly do. They just don’t know it yet, of course.

    Love the pork chops. I’m bookmarking this cos I love anything with cilantro and can eat it by itself. Well, almost.

  2. grace says

    usually i’d be most infatuated with the dessert offering, and i do love magic cookie bars. however, this time i’m smitten with that pan sauce. cilantro, where would i be without you? :)

  3. says

    Dinner at your place sounds like such a fun affair! And one filled with delicious food to boot. I wish I had been there for this meal. Love the glaze on the pork and also those magic bars!

  4. says

    What a fun opportunity :) Plus, the dinner is wonderful…I can just imagine the smell of that citrus sauce when it hits the pan…mmmmm! The bars make a perfect sweet end-of-dinner kiss, too :)

  5. says

    LOL I’d love to know your secret to getting help at dinner time too Bonnie 😀 It’s a one woman show at my home *sigh* With a little yelling, I get help with clearing the table AFTER dinner, but it’s an uphill battle and glad to see, one you seem to have conquered! Hmmm……maybe it’s because I am surrounded by only men in my house?? 😉

    Love your dinner!! Don’t eat much pork but your chops have convinced me……

  6. says

    The pork looks amazing, I’m a pork big fan. And the Magic Cookie Bars…. yummmm. The only complain I have is that you are not my neighbor. Would be awesome to have some potluck together. And Bonnie thanks for the sweet words at my site. I really needed some lovin’ :-)

  7. says

    Wonderful recipe. Cilantro can add such brightness to meat dishes. I, like you, treasure dinner time. I’m all about simple recipes that bring the family together. Thank you for sharing. I hope the rest of your week is beautiful!

  8. says

    Hey Bonnie! This dinner plate is so pretty, and I can see why Crisco contacted you for ‘Que Hay de Cenar’. I would have too (smile)! Oh, and did I miss how to make those pretty pink looking onions? I’ll have to look through the recipe again.
    Oh, and my job is okay;) I’ts a legal type job, so, you know, it’s a job. You know how it is…
    p.s. That dessert looks so good! I’m going to try it this weekend.

  9. says

    Wow, the chop looks delicious with the sauce…cilantro and citrus…must taste SO SO good :-) and the cookies with condensed milk cannot go wrong…I love everything that uses condensed milk…yummie!

  10. says

    Bonnie…most of my friends who have families like yours would probably want to switch with your scenario in the kitchen. They never stop telling me how their kids are nowhere near helping out…hmmm…wonder what they’re doing wrong? Well, at least you got it right as well as that nice dinner you prepared ;o)
    That dessert looks tempting…yum!

    Have a great week and flavourful wishes,


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