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Air Fryer Chicken Fried Steak (Crispy & Juicy)

Chicken fried steaks are enjoyed by everyone in the family, especially the kids, and that is what makes this dinner a constant for me.

This steak gives the feel of a crunchy fast food item that kids love. So, what would be better than having it at home, made with utmost love, and cleanliness?

You may get surprised if you are not aware of this recipe, but the ingredients of this recipe do not include chicken itself.

Chicken fried steak is one delicious meal that can be prepared in many ways but if prepared in an air fryer, the crispiness, crunchiness, and tenderness mark to another level.

Also, air-fried food is considered healthier than compared to any other method of food preparation as the appliances reduce the calories up to 80% from any food prepared in it.

Now, that we know the basics of air-fried chicken fried steaks, let’s get into details of how to make them, shall we?

How long do I cook chicken fried steaks in the air fryer?

Air fryers are great appliances to cook food, but only if you know the correct timings and temperatures to cook your particular meal. Otherwise, you are just wasting time and money on it.

The internet may be full of air fryer cooking recipes and the temperatures that it requires to cook food. It is vital to understand that every brand and its model is different from one another.

You have to know your air fryer for yourself and for doing so, do experimentation with small batches of food before getting started with huge meals.

Generally, frozen chicken fried steaks take about 12 minutes to get fully cooked at 380 degrees Fahrenheit. For a crispier exterior and tender inside, preheat your air fryer for 5 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicken steak platter
Flip for an even cooking

Do you need to flip the steak in an air fryer?

cooking meat in air fryers
Cooking meat in the air fryer

Most people avoid flipping food in an air fryer because the hot air in the air fryer circulates and it is thought that it reaches everywhere equally and cooks evenly.

For me, flipping is essential for an even cook. In my personal experience, I have noticed that if you do not flip your meal, especially a meat item, one side looks different from the other.

It is not difficult to check the food in an air fryer. The new models stop the appliances the instant you open them and if not then there is always a stop button that allows you to stop it and have a peek at your favorite meal.

Checking in between gives you and the food an extra edge of even cooking and a crispier brownish look.

Should I put a liner in an air fryer when cooking chicken fried steak?

Liners are so important when it comes to air fryers. Just lay them properly into an air fryer basket and pull them out when you are done cooking.

Liners make cooking much easy as there is no oil residue on the air fryer walls to be cleaned afterward.

No matter what liner are you using, make holes in it so that the air could pass without interruption.

Check out the table below to see what liners are OKAY and NOT OKAY to be used in an air fryer.

LinersCan or Cannot be used
Aluminum FoilCan be used
Parchment Paper/ Butter PaperCan be used
Wax PaperCannot be used
Paper towelCannot be used
Liners that can and cannot be used in an air fryer

Does steak Brown in an air fryer?

One of the things I admire about air fryers is that they can do the work of different appliances in one go.

You can get a brownish exterior in your steak like you can get from pan frying or oven with your air fryer. And that too without worrying about heat and smoke created by the oven or time consumption and messiness from your pan.

For me and most people, an air fryer is a whole package of health, quick cooking, and compact design.

Cube Steak
Cube Steak

Why is it called chicken fried steak if it does not have chicken in it?

At the beginning of the article, I mentioned that chicken-fried steak has everything but chicken in it and told you to discuss it later.

Indeed, this recipe does not have chicken steak in it, but specially cut beef. These steaks are called cube steaks. These cuts are flattened and tender so that the steak can cook to perfection.

This meal is called chicken fried steak because of the crispy coating it has and the goldish-brown exterior.

If your kid is not a beef lover and is willing to have anything in the name of chicken, this could be your way out to make him eat some of this meat to get the necessary nutrients he or she should have from red meat, cause a parent gotta do what they gotta do!

Check out this amazing recipe to make it at home.

Air fryer chicken fried steak

What should you serve with air fryer chicken fried steak?

I prefer to serve air fryer chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and a vegetable like green beans for an extremely delicious country-style dinner.

The beautiful thing about this recipe is that it has simple, classic flavors and can be served with nearly any side dish you like!

To continue the Southern comfort food theme, make Air Fryer Cornbread or Air Fryer Hushpuppies. This crispy steak would also go well with Air Fryer Green Bean Casserole or Air Fryer Creamed Corn Casserole.

Serve with a simple green salad with oil-free salad dressing or your favorite steamed vegetables to make it a little healthier.

What is the best way to tell whether my fried steak is done?

Cube steak is often grilled to medium rare.

Check with a meat thermometer that the center of the steak is at least 145°F. If it isn’t done at the end of the recommended cooking time, add a few minutes more. Every air fryer cooks slightly differently!


Meat lovers love having a good steak every once in a while and this particular one can be an ultimate favorite for all as it has a tough of both chicken and beef. How? Well, the exterior and the name say it is chicken inside while actually, it’s cube steak, beef!

In this article, we have discussed:

  • This recipe takes about 12 minutes of cooking at 380 degrees Fahrenheit and 5 minutes of preheating but it all depends on your appliance.
  • Technically the hot air circulates in an air fryer but for me, flipping is a must for even cooking. I am sure you would not want one side to cook well and the other side to be undone.
  • Liners are a great way to keep your appliance clean, even without too much cleaning.
  • Air fryers are capable of giving you that amazing exterior from the outside as any other cooking method would do.

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