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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy


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You can enjoy this Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with less guilt than the traditional deep-fried version. All the comfort, none of the remorse!

chicken fried steak with gravy on a white plate with a bowl of salad, salt and pepper shakers, a pitcher of tea, and an air fryer in the background

What is Chicken Fried Steak?

I didn’t discover chicken fried steak until I was an adult. It wasn’t something I grew up with. I wasn’t even sure if it was chicken or steak when I first heard of it!

It turns out, chicken fried steak is pretty much what you might guess from the name. It’s steak prepared like fried chicken (coated with flour and deep fried).

When pan fried, this dish is usually referred to as country fried steak. So, perhaps when cooking it in an air fryer, we should come up with an entirely new term.

But, since I’m not that clever or creative, I’m simply referring to it as Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Kid-friendly: Coating almost anything in a crispy crust makes it more appealing to kids and this dish is no exception.
  • Inexpensive: Don’t be fooled by the word “steak” in its name. Cube steak is remarkably affordable and prepared this way, it’s not dry or tough.
  • Healthier alternative: Thanks to air frying, this version of chicken fried steak cuts the calories and fat significantly.
  • Simple ingredients: You just need a handful of kitchen staples for this dish so you can make it any time you need a fast, home-cooked meal.
overhead view of chicken fried steak with gravy on a white plate with a bowl of salad, salt and pepper shakers, and an air fryer in the background

Ingredients / Shopping List

  • 4 cube steaks
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2 tablespoons of Morton’s Nature’s seasoning
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt
  • pepper
bowls of ingredients needed to make air fryer chicken fried steak

Substitutions and Additions

Cube Steak: This is the cut of meat commonly used for traditional chicken fried steak and since it’s so inexpensive and works well here, try to stick to it. If, for some reason, you can’t find any at your local grocery store, you can take a top round or top sirloin steak and pound it with a mallet to 1/4 inch thick.

Nature’s Seasoning: I like this all-in-one seasoning that is the perfect blend of flavors I use frequently, but you can also make your own.

Gravy: The gravy is really easy to make (it’s just butter, flour, and milk). You can use a packaged white gravy or country gravy instead, but it won’t really save you any time or effort.

Equipment Needed / Helpful Tools

  • Air fryer
  • Medium mixing bowl
  • Shallow dish
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk

How to Make Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

You’ll have to get your hands a little dirty for this recipe (hard to avoid whenever coating food is involved), but it’s not hard at all. Start to finish, this meal should be ready in half an hour.

chicken fried steak with gravy on a white plate with a bowl of salad, salt and pepper shakers, a pitcher of tea, and an air fryer in the background

Step 1: Prepare Breading

Begin by beating the eggs together in a medium bowl. In a separate shallow dish, stir together the flour and seasoning.

Step 2: Coat Steaks in Breading

Next, dredge each steak in the flour mixture. We want a nice, thick coating so really press the steaks into the flour and make sure they’re covered completely.

raw cube steak on a white plate, a glass bowl of flour, and cubed steak coated in flour being dipped in a bowl of eggs

Then, dip the steak in the beaten eggs, again focusing on a good, even coating. Coat them with flour once again.

raw cube steak on a white plate next to an air fryer and raw cubed steak being coated with flour in a glass dish

Step 3: Air Fry

Spray your air fryer basket with cooking spray. Then, place the steaks in the air fryer basket.

Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook the steak in batches. It’s important to leave room around each steak for the air to flow and crisp the coating.

cube steak in an air fryer

Cook at 390°F for 7 minutes, then flip them over and continue cooking for an additional 7 minutes for a total of 14 minutes of cook time.

cube steak in an air fryer

Step 4: Make Gravy

While the steaks are cooking in the air fryer, you can go ahead and make the gravy.

Add half a stick of butter to a saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat.

Once the butter is fully melted, whisk in 1/4 cup of flour. Continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and golden brown.

Continue whisking as you add the milk and bring to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to your liking.

gravy in a pan

If the gravy is too thick, add more milk.

When the steaks are done, remove them to a plate and pour the gravy over them.

close up of chicken fried steak with gravy on a white plate

What to Serve with Chicken Fried Steak

  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Biscuits
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Green Beans
  • Glazed Carrots

Other Recipes

If you’re looking for another air fryer recipe the whole family will love, try this Air Fryer Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich.

Although I didn’t grow up in the south, I’m a big fan of southern dishes and flavors. You’ll see some of that inspiration in these Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Waffles.

Another healthier version of a popular comfort food — this Instant Pot Low-Carb Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorites!

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Southern
Servings 4
Calories 633 kcal

Equipment

  • Air Fryer
  • Shallow dish
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Saucepan
  • Whisk

Ingredients
  

For Gravy

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs. In a separate shallow dish, stir together the flour and seasoning.
  • Dredge each steak in the flour mixture.
  • Dip the steak in the beaten eggs and coat them with flour once again.
  • Spray air fryer basket with cooking spray. Place the steaks in the air fryer basket. Avoid overlapping. If necessary, cook the steaks in batches.
  • Cook at 390°F for 14 minutes, flipping each steak over halfway through.

For the Gravy

  • While the steaks are cooking, add half a stick of butter to a saucepan. Melt the butter over medium heat.
  • Once the butter is fully melted, whisk in 1/4 cup of flour. Continue whisking for 2 to 3 minutes until the mixture is smooth and golden brown.
  • Whisk in milk and bring to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutrition

Calories: 633kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 44gFat: 35gSaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 241mgSodium: 266mgPotassium: 752mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 592IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 141mgIron: 5mg
Keyword comfort food
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