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Two plates of air fryer chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and green beans.
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Air Fryer Chicken-Fried Steak

This air fryer chicken fried steak is a lightened up version of the original! Instead of deep frying, juicy steak is air fried to crispy perfection and served with peppery homemade gravy.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time27 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: air fryer chicken-fried steak
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 394kcal


  • Air Fryer
  • Shallow Containers
  • Skillet
  • Measuring cups
  • measuring spoons


  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 cube steaks
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup whole milk


  • Preheat an air fryer to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In a shallow container, whisk together the egg, buttermilk and hot sauce.
    1 egg, ½ cup buttermilk, 1 Tablespoon hot sauce
  • In a separate container, whisk together the flour, garlic powder, salt, and paprika.
    ½ cup all purpose flour, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Dip each steak into the egg mixture, coating both sides. Remove, then dredge in the flour mixture, pressing it in gently to make sure that it is completely covered.
    2 cube steaks
  • Repeat the dredging process by dipping each steak again into the egg, followed by the flour mixture. Set aside on a plate.
  • Spray the inside of the air fryer basket with nonstick spray, then place the steaks inside. Spray the tops with the spray.
    Nonstick cooking spray
  • Air fry for 10 to 12 minutes until golden brown and cooked through, turning halfway through.
  • While the steak bakes, melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Once completely melted, add the flour, salt and pepper and mix together with a rubber spatula until there are no more lumps.
    2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 Tablespoons all purpose flour, 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • While whisking, slowly pour in the milk. Cook on low until slightly thickened, making sure to scrape the bottom so it doesn’t scorch. Adjust the seasoning with more salt and pepper, if necessary. Serve over the cooked steaks.
    1 cup whole milk


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 394kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 134mg | Sodium: 3224mg | Potassium: 388mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 1025IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 248mg | Iron: 3mg