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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

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Air fryer chicken fried steak is a tasty and comforting dish. Juicy steak with breading air fried to crisp perfection in no time at all. Make this your new go-to for an easy yet hearty mid-week meal.

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Air fryer chicken fried steak on a white plate with broccoli, fries and white gravy.
Air fryer chicken fried steak.

How to make chicken fried steak in the air fryer

Chicken Fried Steak is breaded and fried cube steak, which is traditionally fried in oil. It’s often served with white gravy, but it can also be served with other types of sauces, like country gravy or mushroom gravy.

This air fryer version of chicken fried steak is not only a healthier version of this comforting meal, it is also quick and easy to cook with minimal mess. Cooking this dish in the air fryer also allows you to enjoy the crunchiness of a fried crispy coating without all the extra oil needed for traditional cooking methods like deep frying.  

I love air frying steak, here are some of my other favorite air fryer recipes are: air fryer steak, air fryer steak bites and mushrooms, air fryer pork steaks, air fryer lamb steaks

Scroll down for the printable card for this air fryer chicken fried steak recipe, or read on for all the details! 

Ingredients

Cube steak: Cubed steak is a round steak or chuck steak that has been pounded with a meat tenderizer until it is thin. It is an affordable cut of meat that is widely available at many butchers and grocery stores.

You can substitute minute steak (which is a different cut, but otherwise very similar). Alternatively you can make your own by using a meat mallet to pound a regular steak until it is thin. I’d recommend using a cheap tougher cut of meat for this recipe. Save rib eye or filet mignon for this air fryer steak recipe

Flour: Use all-purpose flour. This is needed to get the egg to stick to the steak. 

Egg: This is required to help the breadcrumbs stick to the floured steak. 

Breadcrumbs: The recipe below calls for panko bread crumbs. This is the type I like to use as I find they have a little more crunch to them. However you can use any type of breadcrumbs that you have to hand. 

Seasoning: This recipe uses garlic powder, onion powder and paprika, but you could use any steak seasoning you like. You need around 1 teaspoon for two steaks.

Salt and pepper: Use fine sea salt and finely ground black pepper. You could substitute garlic salt for extra flavor.  

Air fryer chicken fried steak on a white plate with broccoli, fries and white gravy.
Air fryer chicken fried steak served with white gravy.

Directions

Step 1: Prepare.  Pat the steak dry. Lightly whisk the egg in a large shallow bowl. Mix the flour and salt in a separate shallow bowl, and mix the breadcrumbs and seasoning in another shallow dish or on a plate.  

Step 2: Bread the steaks. Place the steak in the flour and toss to coat. Shake off any excess flour, then one at a time, transfer the steak into the egg mixture bowl to coat with egg, then into the seasoned breadcrumbs and toss to coat steaks.

Transfer to a plate once breaded. Use the back of a spoon to press the crumbs on so that they stick well, you can also sprinkle extra breadcrumbs on at this stage if there are any areas that didn’t get good coverage so you get a nice even coating of breading. 

Ingredients, cube steak and breading ingredients.
Use cube steak or minute steaks. Pat the steaks dry before breading.
Breaded steaks on a white plate.
Bread the steaks one at a time by dredging in flour, then egg, and then tossing in the seasoned panko crumb.

Step 3: Place steaks in air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C. Carefully place the breaded steaks into the air fryer basket in a single layer. Ensure that they are not touching. If your air fryer is prone to sticking it is a good idea to give it a quick spray with olive oil first.

Spray or drizzle the steaks with olive oil. This will give you extra crispy breading. The more oil you use the crispier your chicken fried steak will be. You can skip this if you want a healthier version. 

Note: When choosing an olive oil spray look for one that spritzes rather than an aerosol as the propellant in the aerosol type of spray can damage your air fryer basket. 

Step 4: Air fry breaded steaks. Air fry steaks at 400°F/ 200°C for 8-15 minutes until cooked to your liking. 

Breded steaks in air fryer basket.
Place breaded steaks in air fryer. Spritz or brush them with oil.
Chicken fried steaks in air fryer basket/
Air fry breaded steaks at 400°F/ 200°C for 7-15 minutes until done to your liking.

How long to cook chicken fried steak in the air fryer

The exact cooking time will vary depending on a number of things including exactly how big your steaks are and how powerful your air fryer is.  

The best way to tell how well done your steak bites are is to use a meat thermometer to check the temperature in the center of the meat:

  • Rare 125°F/ 52°C
  • Medium-rare 130°F/ 57°C
  • Medium 145°F/ 63°C
  • Medium-well 150°F/ 66°C
  • Well-Done: 160°F/ 71°C

Add an extra 2-3 minutes cook time if the steak is not cooked to your liking. 

Serving 

Chicken fried steak is traditionally served with white gravy or country gravy, though brown gravy, mushroom sauce or any kind of steak sauce is also great with this dish.

I usually serve chicken fried steak with mashed potato, fries or a baked potato, and some fresh steamed vegetables on the side. Try microwave steamed green beans or microwave steamed broccoli.

Storage and reheating

Store any leftover steak in an air-tight container in the refrigerator, and use within 3 days.

You can reheat leftover chicken fried steak in the air fryer, air fry for 3-4 minutes until warmed through. See this post for full details: Reheat steak in an air fryer.

Air fryer chicken fried steak recipe card

Air fryer chicken fried steak on a white plate with broccoli, fries and white gravy.
Yield: 2 servings

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

How to cook chicken fried steak in an air fryer.

Ingredients

  • 2 cube steaks (approx 5oz each)
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Olive oil spray

Instructions

  1. Pat the steak dry. Lightly whisk the egg in a large shallow bowl. Mix the flour and salt in another shallow bowl, and mix the breadcrumbs, paprika, onion powder and garlic powder in another shallow dish or on a plate.  
  2. Place the steak in the flour and toss to coat. Shake off any excess flour, then one at a time, transfer the steak into the egg mixture bowl to coat with egg, then into the breadcrumbs and toss to coat steaks.
  3. Transfer to a plate once breaded, and use the back of a spoon to press the crumbs on so that they stick well [Note 1].
  4. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C.
  5. Carefully place the breaded steaks into the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensure that they are not touching [Notes 2, 3].
  6. Spray, brush or drizzle the steaks with olive oil. Skip this step for a healthier version.
  7. Air fry steaks at 400°F/ 200°C for 8-15 minutes until cooked to your liking [Note 4].
  8. Remove chicken fried steaks to a plate and cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes.

Notes

  1. You can add extra breadcrumbs if there are any areas that didn’t get good coverage so you get a nice even coating of breading. 
  2. Cook your steaks in batches if you have more than will fit in a single layer.
  3. If your air fryer is prone to sticking it is a good idea to give it a quick spray with olive oil first.
  4. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature:
  • Rare 125°F/ 52°C
  • Medium-rare 130°F/ 57°C
  • Medium 145°F/ 63°C
  • Medium-well 150°F/ 66°C
  • Well-Done: 160°F/ 71°C

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 516Total Fat: 21gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 78mgSodium: 775mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 31g

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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