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Best Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

Air fryer chicken fried steak is a yummy comfort food that’s great for dinner or an appetizer. Crunchy finger food that’s tender inside and a gravy dip! 

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

Who doesn’t love this southern fried food??!! Well if you’re looking for the same great taste with a fraction of the fat intake, try our air fryer chicken fried steak recipe! It’s one of our favorite air fryer recipes here on The Typical Mom. (originally published 9/19, affiliate links present)

If you’re Southern this is probably a regular meal in your home. If you’re not I am sure you love it too.

We made these into strips because they’re easier to eat.

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Of course you could leave the cubed steak whole, it would just take longer to cook. I personally think smaller bites turn out better to get the inside nice and tender while keeping a crunchy texture on the outside.

The seasonings for the breadcrumbs are totally up to you. Of course we share what we used down below so feel free to use those suggestions.

This is kinda’ the assembly line that is handy to have in order to bread and cook every piece.

Air Fried Country Fried Steak

Whenever I come up with an idea, I refer to my air fryer cooking times chart here to determine how long it will take to cook.

Of course you may need to adjust it slightly, but it is a great reference to start with. Just like my meatballs in an air fryer it eliminated the guess work once I got to that step and they were done perfectly.

Air fryer chicken fried steak

  1. Cubed steak
  2. Salt and pepper
    1. garlic and onion powder are good add ins too
    2. use seasonings you love
  3. Flour
  4. Panko breadcrumbs
  5. Egg
  6. Milk

You’ll need 3 bowls or plates with tall lips on the sides too. If you can lay it all out on the counter it’s easier to coat, dip, coat and lay in your basket quickly.

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What cut of meat is cube steak?

Cube steak is the name of a cut of beef. It’s usually top round or top sirloin that’s been tenderized and flattened by pounding with a meat tenderizer.

You can use an electric tenderizer to do this too.

What’s the best way to tenderize cube steak?

Use a meat mallet that is either metal or wooden. Cover your steak in a plastic bag or plastic wrap, and pound it thoroughly until the entire steak is covered with marks from the mallet.

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Here are a few other questions you might have before you make this favorite air fryer fried steak of ours:

How long do you cook frozen chicken fried steak in the air fryer?

Well, this recipe is for homemade but if you want to make them out of the freezer just set to 400 degrees F for 11 minutes. Flip them halfway thru and leave in basket for 2 minutes when time it up.

Air fryer cube steak is a bit quicker if you want to try that too.

Can you fry a steak in an air fryer?

Most definitely! We have made these, air fryer steak, and our favorite is probably this air fryer steak bites recipe with an incredible dry rub.

How do you reheat chicken fried steak in an air fryer?

Set to 350 degrees F for 4 minutes. Flip halfway thru the cook time and check to see if they’re warm enough to serve.

Here’s a peek at them once they’re done. Kinda’ like air fryer chicken tenders, but with beef instead.

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You want to make sure to give them space inside the air fryer basket. Hot air is what will cook them and create a crispy outer layer you want.

If you crowd the strips the chicken fried steak strips won’t get as crispy as you’d like.

Why is it called chicken fried steak?

  • It is prepared in the same manner as traditional fried chicken, but it’s made out of steak. Makes sense I guess right??!!

Some people would call this country fried steak. What’s the difference? Not much. One flour dusted and the other uses bread crumbs.

Since we used both I just called it this. 😉

Looking for other Ninja Foodi recipes for your air fryer? We found these air fryer fajitas using steak to be really tasty!

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What side goes with chicken fried steak?

Traditionally you’d serve it with mashed potatoes if it’s served as a dinner.

If it’s a finger food appetizer then I’d have a bowl of gravy to dip them into.

Another option is vegetables!

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Time needed: 11 minutes.

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

  1. Preheat

    Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and preheat to 360 degrees.

  2. Prepare

    Slice cubed steak into strips and season each piece with salt and pepper

    In a shallow bowl or plate mix together your flour, dry mustard, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and smoked paprika.

    Use a different bowl to whisk together your milk and egg.

    On a third plate spread our your Panko bread crumbs.

  3. Coat meat

    Use a fork and press into seasoned flour mixture, shaking off excess. Then dip into egg mixture and finally press into breadcrumbs on both sides until completely coated.

    Shake off a bit of excess and put into air fryer basket.

    Do this with enough pieces to fill basket without overlapping and leaving a bit of space in between them so they crisp up properly.

  4. Cook

    Spray meat in basket lightly with olive oil spray. Close drawer and cook at 360 degrees for 7 minutes. Open and flip each piece on the other side.

    Continue cooking for 4 minutes and then check to see if you want them more golden brown. If so add a few more minutes until they’re done to your liking.

  5. Serve

    If making multiple batches, cover “done ones” with a paper towel to keep warm.

Air Fried Country Fried Steak

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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

Course Appetizer, Entree, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, bites, chicken fried steak, ninja foodi, steak, sticks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 554kcal
Author The Typical Mom

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Spray air fryer basket with non stick spray and preheat to 360 degrees.
  • Slice cubed steak into strips and season each piece with salt and pepper
  • In a bowl or plate mix together your flour, dry mustard, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and smoked paprika.
  • In a different bowl whisk together your milk and egg. On a third plate spread our your Panko bread crumbs.
  • Use a fork and press into flour mixture, shaking off excess. Then dip into egg mixture and finally press into breadcrumbs on both sides. Shake off a bit of excess and put into air fryer basket.
  • Do this with enough pieces to fill basket without overlapping and leaving a bit of space in between them so they crisp up properly. Spray with olive oil spray lightly.
  • Close and cook at 360 degrees for 11 minutes total. Open and flip pieces after 7 minutes. Continue cooking for 4 minutes and then check to see if you want them to crisp up more. If so add a few more minutes until they're done to your liking.

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Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak
Amount Per Serving (3 oz)
Calories 554 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 167mg56%
Sodium 858mg37%
Potassium 767mg22%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 43g86%
Vitamin A 497IU10%
Calcium 179mg18%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Erin

Friday 19th of February 2021

Any ideas on how to collect drippings for gravy?

The Typical Mom

Saturday 20th of February 2021

If there are any drippings they would be underneath your air fryer basket. Lift out basket and drain drippings below into a saucepan and thicken.

Nellie Tracy

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

This is a great recipe! My family loves this as a weeknight dinner.

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 4th of November 2020

Oh yay!

wilhelmina

Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

Yum! Chicken fried steak is one of my favorites, but I rarely make because of the mess and extra calories of frying. I was excited to try this and I am so glad I did, it was fabulous! Easy and super tasty!

TK

Thursday 27th of August 2020

WHat happens if we don't cut it into strips? Have you tried a flour or a GF flour mixture?

The Typical Mom

Friday 28th of August 2020

It would take longer to cook, no I haven't

Rebecca

Wednesday 1st of July 2020

Turned out great! I think next time I will just use flower and no bread crumbs so they are less crunchy. The time was a little long, with about 4 minutes left meat was at 160-170. I adjusted the time and they came out right at 140. yum. Thanks for the recipe.

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