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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

When people hear a recipe like air fryer chicken fried steak, they are usually confused. Most people have never heard of this let alone actually tried it. My friends were the same way.

air fryer chicken fried steak

One day I invited him over to have dinner with my family and I made this for him. After trying it out, he told me that he wished he knew about this earlier. If you are like my friend and never had this before, you will also wish you had known about this much earlier.

Can you cook steak in an air fryer?

You most certainly can! Heck, there are even some air fryers that have specific instructions included for making steak.

What kind of meat is chicken steak?

Don’t worry, I also was confused when I first heard this. To make it simpler to understand, there is no chicken involved; only cows. There are a bunch of different names for this such as flatiron steak, chuck, and chicken steak.

All you really need to know though is that the chicken steak is cut from the shoulder of the cow and there is no chicken involved whatsoever.

air fryer oven chicken fried steak

What’s the difference between chicken fried and country fried steak?

There are two subtle factors the differentiate the two: the color of the gravy and the coating.

For the gravy, chicken fried steak is covered white gravy with some peppers while country fried steak is covered in brown gravy. As with the coating, chicken fried steak has a more crisp texture to it than country fried steak.

It may not seem like much, but those two things are what make them different.

chicken fried steak in hot air fryer

What makes a good air fryer chicken fried steak recipe?

For one, it’s fried food. Fried food always has great taste if done right. But what makes the recipe even more special is that since it’s using an air fryer, there will be less fat than using a regular fryer.

And of course, since you are using an air fryer, this can be prepared in a short amount of time.

But what really brings this recipe together is the gravy. I’m a big fan of gravy and I think it goes great with a lot of things. But with the crispy texture of the chicken steak paired with gravy, it makes the whole thing taste like heaven in your mouth.

air fryer chicken fried steak recipe

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak

Air fried chicken steak in just 12 minutes.

Course Main Course
Cook Time 12 minutes


  • 6 ounce Cubed Steak or Sirloin Steak pounded thin
  • 3 pieces Egg beaten
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Panko
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper


  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper


  1. Season the panko with the spices.

  2. Dredge the steak but be sure to do it in this order: flour, egg, and then the seasoned panko.

  3. Pace the breaded steak into the air fryer and cook at 370F for 12 minutes.

  4. When that is finished, remove the steak and serve with mash potatoes and gravy.


  1. Grab a saucepan and add butter and flour to it. Melt the butter and be sure to stir it together with the flour.

  2. Whisk in the milk, salt, and black pepper. Whisk this over high heat until the mixture starts to thicken.

  3. Once you see that it has thickened, remove it from heat and pour it over the fried chicken steaks.

That’s all there is to it. It’s very quick, simple, and most of all clean. You don’t have to worry about washing a lot of dishes with this recipe which is why it’s one of my favorites.

It’s also the reason why my wife loves this recipe so much. It’s nice to make some delicious food in a quick amount of time without making a mess. The only way you can find new foods to enjoy is by trying out new stuff and I think you will definitely enjoy this.

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