Pork chops with garlicky greens

SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
42 min
10 min
32 min
This pork chops and greens recipe features Swiss chard and fresh spinach, but you could also use mustard greens, kale, even broccoli rabe if that's what you prefer—just keep an eye on how much they wilt as the cook time may vary. The greens are cooked down in batches until they're perfectly softened and tender alongside some onions and garlic. The pork chops are flavored with a paprika-thyme spice rub and then cooked in a grill pan until they're nicely browned. You can use your grill for this or a cast-iron pan if you don't happen to have a grill pan.


Cooking spray

1 spray(s)

Olive oil

1 tsp

Uncooked onion(s)

1 medium, chopped

Garlic clove(s)

3 medium clove(s), thinly sliced

Uncooked Swiss chard

1 pound(s), rainbow variety, stems cut into 1/4-inch slices and leaves cut lengthwise in half and crossswise into 1/2-inch ribbons

Reduced-sodium chicken broth

¼ cup(s)

Table salt

¾ tsp

Fresh spinach

9 oz, (1 bag)


1½ tsp

Dried thyme

½ tsp

Black pepper

½ tsp, coarse-ground

Uncooked lean boneless pork chop(s)

8 chop(s), loin, (about 1 pound), trimmed


  1. Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 30 seconds.
  2. Add Swiss chard, in batches, stirring, just until wilted before adding another batch. When chard is wilted, add broth and ¼ teaspoon salt and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until chard is almost tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in spinach, in batches, and cook, covered, until wilted and tender, about 5 minutes longer.
  3. Meanwhile, stir together paprika, thyme, pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon of salt in cup. Sprinkle over pork chops.
  4. Spray large ridged grill pan with nonstick spray and set over medium heat until hot. Add pork chops to pan and cook, turning once, until browned and cooked through, about 6 minutes. Divide pork chops and greens evenly among 4 plates.
  5. Per serving (2 pork chops and 1 cup greens)


Serve the chops and greens with a side of Southern cornbread (a 1-ounce piece of cornbread made with fat-free milk will increase the SmartPoints by 2).