Season the pork chops all over with the paprika, thyme, ¾ teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper; set aside. Toast the pecans in a large dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes; transfer to a small bowl.
Heat the olive oil in the skillet. Add the pork chops and cook until well browned, about 6 minutes per side (a thermometer inserted sideways into the center should register 145 degrees F). Remove to a large plate and let rest.
Add the cabbage to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly wilted, 1 to 2 minutes; remove from the heat. Add the dried cranberries, pear, scallions, vinegar and toasted pecans. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Serve the pork chops with the slaw.
Photograph by Justin Walker