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.
Why you’ll love this recipe
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.
Cooking chicken fried steak in the air fryer is not only a healthier version of this hearty meal (thanks to less oil), it is also quick and easy to cook with minimal mess.
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What do you need?
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 round steak until it is thin.
Flour and egg
The steak is dredged in four, then dipped in egg, and dredged in flour again to create the crispy coating.
This may be controversial, but you can use powdered saltine crackers or breadcrumbs in place of flour for the second dredging if you prefer.
This recipe uses a simple salt and pepper for seasoning, but you can add other seasoning if you like.
How to cook chicken fried steak in the air fryer
This recipe is very simple to prepare, there are just a few simple steps to getting it just right:
- Prepare the breading. Lightly whisk the egg in a large shallow bowl. Mix the flour and seasoning in a separate shallow bowl.
- Bread the steaks. Pat the cube steaks dry, then working one at a time, press the steaks into the flour on both sides to thoroughly coat. Lift the steak and shake off any excess flour, then dip the steak into the egg mixture to coat with egg. Finally, dredge the steak in flour again, pressing it into the flour. Set aside on a plate while you bread the other steaks.
- Place breaded steaks in the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 400°F/ 200°C. Place the breaded steaks into the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensure that they are not touching. Spray or drizzle the steaks with olive oil.
- Air fry breaded steaks. Air fry steaks at 400°F/ 200°C for 8-15 minutes flipping them over halfway through cooking and spritzing again with oil.
When choosing an olive oil spray for your air fryer, look for the type that spritzes rather than an aerosol. The propellant in aerosol oil sprays can damage the non-stick coating of your air fryer.
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
- 1 lb cube steaks
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Olive oil spray
- Pat the steak dry. Lightly whisk the egg in a large shallow bowl. Mix the flour and salt in another shallow bowl.
- Working one at a time, Bread the steaks: Press the steak in the flour on both sides, shake off any excess flour, then dip into the egg. Shak off any excess egg, and press the steak back into the flour, pressing the steak in to ensure it is thoroughly coated.
- Once breaded, transfer to a plate while you bread the remaining steaks.
- 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 [Notes 2, 3]. Spray, brush or drizzle the steaks with olive oil.
- Air fry steaks at 400°F/ 200°C for 8-15 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
- Remove chicken fried steaks to a plate and cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes.
- Cook your steaks in batches if you have more steaks than will fit in a single layer.
Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.