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Air Fried Chicken Fried Steak topped with white gravy on a white plate ready to serve.
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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

This homemade Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak is one of the best recipes ever. Those are strong fighting words, I know! This delicious dinner is made with cube steak, flour, salt, pepper, milk, egg, and more. This southern cooking style dish is a family favorite and easily made in the air fryer. No deep fryer is needed!
Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 23 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 533kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 cube steaks
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper (optional extra pepper flavor)
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce Tabasco or Louisiana Hot Sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs whisked

Instructions

  • In a large shallow bowl combine flour, paprika, salt, black pepper, white pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and baking powder. Whisk together and set aside.
  • In a second bowl combine the milk, egg, and hot sauce. Mix well.
  • Take the fresh cube steaks and dip them into the flour mixture, then into the milk and egg mixture, and then back into the flour mixture.
  • Repeat this with all of your cube steaks and place them on a baking sheet.
  • Spray both sides of the prepared cube steaks with a light spritz of olive oil cooking spray. 
  • Prepare the air fryer basket with olive oil cooking spray or with perforated parchment paper. 
  • Place the cube steaks in a single layer in the air fryer basket and cook at 400 F. for 8 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully flip each steak, spray once more with olive oil spray, and cook for another 5-6 minutes until the tops are golden brown with a crispy coating. 

Notes

All air fryers cook differently. This recipe was made using a Cosori 5.8 qt air fryer. If using a different brand of air fryer, you may need to add or take away a minute or two. These cubed steaks were a little larger and needed to be cooked two at a time to allow room for the air to circulate. Make sure to coat the steaks well with olive oil spray.

What do I serve with chicken fried steak?

We always serve our chicken fried steak with homemade white gravy. For sides, some of my favorite options include field peas, black-eyed peas, cornbread, green beans, corn, mashed potatoes, rice, and salad. No matter what sides we choose to serve, we always top the steaks with white country gravy, but you can serve it with brown gravy, too.
If you want to add a little spice to your steak, add a little hot sauce to it. We love to add a little extra flavor with a splash of Tabasco or Louisiana hot sauce before topping it with gravy.

What type of steak is cube steak?

Cube steak is also known as cubed steak or minute steak and is typically taken from the top round or bottom round near the rump. It's a tenderized cut of steak that is used for several dishes including soups and stews.

How do I make Chicken Fried Steak from Frozen?

If you're making store-bought chicken fried steak you may need to adjust this recipe as the cubed steak will probably be smaller than a homemade version of chicken fried steak. If cooking chicken fried steak from frozen, cook at 400 degrees Fahrenheit with a cook time of 8-11 minutes.

How do I make white gravy?

White gravy, or country gravy, is a thick and yummy gravy to top on this classic southern dish. To make this creamy homemade gravy recipe you need 1/4 cup of butter, 2 Tablespoons of flour, 1 cup of milk, and 1/2-1 teaspoon of ground black pepper, and salt to taste. Place a large skillet or saucepan over medium heat and melt the butter. Slowly whisk in the flour, salt, and pepper. It will be thick and paste like. Slowly whisk in the milk, a little at a time. The gravy will start to thicken as you continue to whisk over the heat. Whisk until there are no clumps Once the gravy has thickened to your liking, remove it from the heat, add salt to taste and additional pepper if desired, and serve.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 218mg | Potassium: 926mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 5mg
**Nutrition facts are based on my best estimation for this recipe. They may not be accurate depending on what brands you use or modifications you might make to the recipe. For most accurate calculations, I recommend using a nutrition calculator with the exact brands and measurements you use with the recipe.
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