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Chicken Fried Steak cooked in the air fryer

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy- one of the south's most indulgent dishes gets a healthy makeover with an air fryer. Just a few spritzes of oil

Course Dinner, main dish
Cuisine Southern
Keyword air fryer, beef
Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 592 kcal


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup fine breadcrumbs
  • 4 cubed steaks
  • Cooking Spray of your choice


  • 2 tablespoons butter or bacon drippings
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Combine the flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a shallow bowl.

  2. Pour the buttermiilk into a second bowl.

  3. Combine the breadcrumbs and remaining 3/4 teaspoon of salt in a third shallow bowl.

  4. Coat the cubed steak in the flour mixture, dip them in buttermilk, and then coat them in the breadcrumbs. Spray both sides of them with cooking spray.

  5. Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F.

    Spary the air fryer basket with cooking spray.

  6. Air fry 2 steaks at a time for 10 minutes. You may need to cook them a little longer, but this is a good base time.

  7. Repeat with second batch.

  8. While the steaks are cooking, make the gravy.

    Heat the butter or bacon drippings in a small saucepan over medium heat.

  9. Add the onion and cook for 3 minutes.

  10. Add the garlic powder, thyme, and cayenne pepper.

  11. Stir in the flour and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the mixture starts to brown, stirring continuously.

  12. Whisk in the milk and bring to a boil. Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  13. Serve gravy over the steaks.

Recipe Notes

It's best to use an oil sprayer mister instead of nonstick cooking spray. Nonstick cooking sprays have chemicals in them that can ruin the nonstick coating on your air fryer basket.

Nutrition Facts
Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 592 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 147mg49%
Sodium 1284mg56%
Potassium 789mg23%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 43g86%
Calcium 202mg20%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin A 327IU7%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.