Keto Chicken Fried Steak Bites

Keto Chicken Fried Steak Bites

April 20, 2023 3 min read

For years, the humble Chicken Fried Steak (CFS) has been served at greasy spoons across the USA. And finally, the mythical dish arrives on with a special low-carb twist.

There’s something uniquely American, and audacious, about frying a perfectly good steak within a breading that is typically reserved for chicken.

The problem? CFS’s nutritional content doesn’t lend well to low carb diets. has a solution for you!

The History Behind Chicken Fried Steaks

As with many American dishes, the origin of CFS is disputed. Most scholars agree that the entree was introduced to the American Southwest by German or Austrian immigrants in the 19th century.

Thanks to its European origins, chicken fried steak’s similarity to Austria’s wiener schnitzel is striking. In America, innovative immigrants substituted beef in lieu of veal, but kept many of the other ingredients intact.

Today, CFS is often served with carbohydrate-laden white gravy and mashed potatoes.

How to Make a Keto Chicken Fried Steak

Traditionally, CFS is made by bathing an egg-washed steak in breadcrumbs. Instead, we’ve concocted a special chicken fried steak keto recipe that uses almond flour and crushed pork rinds breading. This substitution tastes spectacularly crunchy and provides a low-carb option to a traditionally non-keto dish.

The secret weapon of any CFS dish, however, is the gravy. Traditionally, white gravy or sausage gravy uses flour as a thickening agent. Luck for you, we’re sharing a version that is low carb.

Selecting The Perfect Steak Cut

Historically, tenderized cube steaks have been the centerpiece of CFS. Oftentimes, these are lower quality round cuts that are hammered with a meat mallet until tender.

There's nothing against this classic tenderized cube steak approach, but we can do better! Since the country fried steak recipe calls for more tender cuts of meat, our chef recommends using Top Sirloin, New York Strip, or even Filet Mignon for this special recipe.

Your arms (and tastebuds) will thank you for not having to tenderize a lowly cut of beef with a meat tenderizer. Plus, our pork rind breading deserves the best!

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to our air-fried and keto take on Chicken Fried Steak.If you're on a low carb or keto diet, this recipe is definitely a keeper.


Keto Chicken Fried Steak Bites with Pork Rinds Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 25 minutes

Ingredients for the crispy fried steak and gravy:

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup Southern Recipe Small Batch Pork Rinds, crushed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or cream cheese
  • 2-4 steaks, cubed into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 1 cup chicken broth (or beef broth)

Recipe Instructions:

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees F (medium high heat).
  2. Place the almond flour, egg wash and crushed pork rind mixture separately in three shallow bowls.You can also add parmesan cheese, cayenne pepper, garlic powder or onion powder to enhance the steak's flavor. 
  3. Dip the cube steak into the almond flour mixture, coating entirely.
  4. Then, dip the cubed steak into the egg mixture, coating entirely. Repeat for remaining steaks.
  5. Finally, dip the cubed steak into the ground pork rinds, coating entirely.
  6. Whisk together the heavy whipping cream and chicken broth in a separate saucepan or large skillet over medium heat to make the country gravy.
  7. Allow the keto gravy to simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, place the coated steak pieces into a greased air fryer. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes, or until the pieces are golden brown and fully cooked.
  9. Once the steak cubes are cooked through, pour the gravy over the top of each piece. Skewer the crispy fried chicken steak cubes together, if desired. Serve hot.


  • Approximately 4-6 servings.

Final Thoughts

Fellow keto crusaders, we've done it – we've boldly gone where no low-carb devotee has gone before, conquering the once off-limits realm of Chicken Fried Steak.

With our audaciously delicious Keto Chicken Fried Steak Bites, you can now savor the glory of this classic American dish while hitting your low carb diet goals.

By using almond flour, pork rind breading for the crunchy fried coating, and a keto-approved gravy, we've created a low-carb chicken fried steak masterpiece that is nothing short of culinary genius.

So, go forth and indulge in our Keto Chicken Fried Steak Bites, as you triumphantly navigate the low-carb landscape with delectable satisfaction.

You can serve this comfort food with collard greens, mashed cauliflower and steamed green beans for an easy homecooked keto dinner everyone will enjoy!