Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

2 steaks
20 min

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This Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak is the perfect weeknight comfort food meal. These are easy to make and require much less oil than deep frying. The breading is full of herbs and spices and the egg wash has buffalo sauce for extra kick. These crispy fried steaks are finished with a peppery white gravy. This recipe is one of my favorites!


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One of my husbands all time favorite dishes is a chicken fried steak loaded with white gravy and served with a large side of mashed potatoes.


I will admit before we started dating, chicken fried steak was not something I made or ordered at restaurants very often. But after tasting his countless times when we would go out to eat, I began to become a huge fan.


So I had to attempt to make it home and put my spin on it of course. The problem? I hate deep frying. Why? It smells bad, uses a ton of oil, and just makes a mess.


So the air fryer was an obvious solution to my problem. And let me tell you, it makes a perfectly crispy chicken fried steak.


I also tweaked my wet and dry ingredients a few times to create the perfectly seasoned chicken fried steak that held all of the coating and did not fall apart. The buffalo sauce adds the perfect kick. And do not skip out on the gravy! It is a must. Hope you enjoy! xx


Highlights

  • Crispy coating and juicy on the inside
  • Much easier (and less stinky) than deep frying
  • Peppery white gravy loaded on top
  • Lots of herb & spices
  • Panko bread crumbs for extra crispiness
  • Kid friendly
  • Comfort food


Ingredient Notes

  • Hot Sauce: This does not make the steaks spicy. It just adds another layer of flavor and dimension. Omit if desired, but I highly recommend it.
  • Milk: Use milk with any fat content. I usually use skim milk because that is what we buy, but whole or reduced fat will work as well.


Complete list of ingredients and amounts is located on the .


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Instructions

Overview

  • Set up the dredging station.
  • Drop the steaks into the flour, then the egg wash, and finally the flour again.
  • Preheat the air fryer.
  • Air fry the steaks.
  • Make the gravy.


Step by Step

Step 1: Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and set aside. Make the dredging station. You will need 2 shallow bowls or dishes and a plate. In one, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. In the other, whisk together all of the wet ingredients.


Step 2: With one hand (left) drop the steak into the flour mixture. Fully coat the steak in the flour mixture, pressing it onto the steak and shaking off any excess flour.

TIP - Be sure to shake all excess flour off. This will prevent the coating from becoming too thick and falling off.


Step 3: Drop the steak into the egg mixture.


Step 4: Using the other hand (right), remove it from the egg mixture and place it back into the flour mixture. Using the other hand (left), coat the steak in flour once again. Press the mixture into the steak and be sure it is fully coated.

TIP - Using separate hands to dredge prevents your hands from becoming gummy and sticky.


Step 5: Shake off any excess and place on the plate.


Step 6: Repeat with the other steak. Set the steaks aside for 10 minutes to rest.

Step 7: Spray the air fryer basket generously. Heat the empty basket for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.


Step 8: Quickly remove the basket and place the steaks in it. Generously spray the tops of the steaks with oil.

TIP - Preheating the basket ensures that the steaks do not stick.


Step 9: Air fry for 4-6 minutes at 400 degrees. Time will vary depending on air fryer and thickness.


Step 10: While the steaks are air frying, prepare the gravy. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until a paste forms.

Step 11: Add the milk, salt, pepper, and garlic. Simmer on medium low until the gravy reaches desired thickness. It should coat the back of a spoon. Set aside.


Step 12: Flip the steaks gently. Spray again lightly with oil. Air fryer for another 6-7 minutes or until the steaks are golden and reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.

TIP - The longer you cook the gravy, the thicker it will become.


Make Ahead & Storage

  • Note: Air fryer chicken fried steaks are best served hot and fresh.
  • Refrigerator: Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes or until it is hot all the way through.
  • Freezer: Let the chicken fried steaks cool completely in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Place each steak in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for 2-3 months. Reheat in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until heated completely, flipping halfway through.
  • I do not recommend breading the chicken fried steaks ahead of time. They need to be breaded and cooked immediately.


Expert Tips

  • Use the dry hand, wet hand method for dredging. Use one hand for the dry ingredients and a separate hand for the wet. This prevents your hands from becoming a sticky mess which makes it harder to bread the steaks.
  • Let the steaks rest. Once the steaks are coated, let them sit for about 10 minutes so that the breading can adhere.
  • Preheat the air fryer. You want the basket to be hot when it comes in contact with the breaded steak. This helps it to not stick.
  • Use a generous amount of spray oil. Be liberal when greasing the basket and the steaks. The oil helps the steaks to get crispy and golden. I like to use avocado oil or olive oil spray. Olive oil spray will sometimes burn or turn brown but I have not noticed it affecting the flavor of the steak. Note: Even a generous amount of spray oil is still far less than deep frying.
  • Do not overcook the gravy. The gravy will continue to thicken the longer that is cooked. Once the gravy is removed from the heat and begins to cool, it will thicken even more.


Recipe Notes

  • The steak easily over cooks. The goal of this recipe is not to get a perfectly cooked medium rare steak. The goal is to get a crispy exterior. Inevitably, the steak will be overcooked according to a thermometer but it will taste great.
  • If you double this recipe, you do not need to double the egg wash. There should be enough for 4 steaks.

Variations

  • Oven: This method does not work as well as the air fryer. Place an oven safe cooling rack on a baking sheet. Grease the rack and place it in the oven while it preheats. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Bake the steak on the rack for about 6 minutes and flip. Bake for another 4-5 minutes. Broil on high at the end if needed until golden brown.
  • Low carb/keto air fryer chicken fried steak: (I have not tested this version personally.) Try swapping the panko for ⅓ cup crushed pork rinds. Swap the ⅔ cup all purpose flour for ⅓ cup grated parmesan cheese and ⅓ cup of almond flour.
  • Extra spicy: Use anywhere for ½ - 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper instead of ¼ teaspoon.


FAQs

What is a cube steak?A cube steak is an expensive cut of beef from the top/bottom round of the cow. It is then run through a meat tenderizer because it is a tougher cut. Tenderizing gives the indentations across the surface.

How do you cook Tyson chicken fried steak in an air fryer?Cook the steak at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

What do you serve with chicken fried steak?Mashed potatoes are a must when it comes to chicken fried steak. I also like to serve it with some sort of green like this salad or these green beans.

What is the difference between country fried steak and chicken fried steak?I use the words country fried and chicken fried steak interchangeably to mean a thin piece of steak breaded and fried. Technically a country fried steak is served with brown gravy, while a chicken fried steak is served with peppery white gravy.

How do I keep the breading on my chicken fried steak?Here are a few tips: shake excess flour off, let the breaded meat rest before cooking, cook at a high temperature, and do not move the steak around while cooking (other than to gently flip).

Can you batter meat in an air fryer?Yes. Just be sure to use a dry batter and egg wash and not a wet batter. Wet batter will just melt off during cooking.

How long does it take to cook chicken fried steak in an air fryer?It depends on the thickness of the steak but anywhere from 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees.

Why is it called chicken fried steak?The breading method and ingredients are very similar to what is used to make fried chicken. It is a cube steak fried like chicken.

What cut of meat is chicken fried steak made from?It is typically made from a cube steak or a thinly pounded piece of sirloin.

What can I use instead of cube steak?A thinly pounded sirloin or top round steak will work.


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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

Recipe details

  • 2  steaks
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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Ingredients


  • 2 6 ounce cube steaks or thinly pound sirloin steaks
  • spray oil

Dry Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, optional

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 1 Tablespoon buffalo hot sauce*

Gravy

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic

Instructions


Review all recipe notes and instructions before beginning.
Remove the steaks from the refrigerator and set aside. Make the dredging station. You will need 2 shallow bowls or dishes and a plate. In one, whisk together all of the dry ingredients. In the other, whisk together all of the wet ingredients.
With one hand (left) drop the steak into the flour mixture. Fully coat the steak in the flour mixture, pressing it onto the steak and shaking off any excess flour.
Drop the steak into the egg mixture.
Using the other hand (right), remove it from the egg mixture and place it back into the flour mixture. Using the other hand (left), coat the steak in flour once again. Press the mixture into the steak and be sure it is fully coated.
Shake off any excess and place on the plate.
Repeat with the other steak. Set the steaks aside for 10 minutes to rest.
Spray the air fryer basket generously. Heat the empty basket for 5 minutes at 400 degrees.
Quickly remove the basket and place the steaks in it. Generously spray the tops of the steaks with oil.
Air fry for 4-6 minutes at 400 degrees. Time will vary depending on air fryer and thickness.
While the steaks are air frying, prepare the gravy. Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk until a paste forms.
Add the milk, salt, pepper, and garlic. Simmer on medium low until the gravy reaches desired thickness. It should coat the back of a spoon. Set aside.
Flip the steaks gently. Spray again lightly with oil. Air fryer for another 6-7 minutes or until the steaks are golden and reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Serve with gravy on top.

Tips

  • Hot Sauce: This does not make the steaks spicy. It just adds another layer of flavor and dimension. Omit if desired, but I highly recommend it.
  • Milk: Use milk with any fat content. I usually use skim milk because that is what we buy, but whole or reduced fat will work as well.
  • Note: Air fryer chicken fried steaks are best served hot and fresh.
  • Refrigerator: Store in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days. Reheat in the air fryer at 350 degrees for 3-4 minutes or until it is hot all the way through.
  • Freezer: Let the chicken fried steaks cool completely in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight. Place each steak in a freezer bag and store in the freezer for 2-3 months. Reheat in the air fryer at 400 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until heated completely, flipping halfway through.
  • Use a generous amount of spray oil. Be liberal when greasing the basket and the steaks. The oil helps the steaks to get crispy and golden. I like to use avocado oil or olive oil spray. Olive oil spray will sometimes burn or turn brown but I have not noticed it affecting the flavor of the steak. Note: Even a generous amount of spray oil is still far less than deep frying.

Brianna May
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