Timber 2 Table - Air Fryer Chicken Fried Backstrap with Bacon Gravy

Air fryers are popular kitchen tools that will give you nearly the same flavor and texture as pan fried without the mess and with fewer calories

Air Fryer Chicken Fried Backstrap with Bacon Gravy





Judging by the number of ads and the mountains of them at every retail store, air fryers were popular gifts this past Christmas. If you got one, you might be wondering what all you can do with it.

Air fry the backstrap to desired doneness.

Well, you can fry with it. Sort of. The air fryer cooks with circulating hot air instead of oil. The results, while not exactly fried, are still pretty good. Benefits are fewer calories (less fat), fast cooking times, and less mess once you are done.

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One of our favorite recipes for the air fryer is this fried backstrap. Our air fryer is on the large side, so it easily holds six steaks. If yours is smaller, just cook in batches. To top the steaks, we cook up a batch of this easy bacon and milk gravy.

Top tasty air fryer backstrap with creamy bacon gravy.


1 pound venison backstrap, sliced into six steaks

1 cup flour

½ teaspoon cayenne

½ teaspoon smoked paprika

½ teaspoon onion powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder



1 egg

¾ cup buttermilk

Bacon Gravy

4 slices bacon, diced

¼ cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

1 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste

4 cups milk

Cooking Instructions

Slice the backstrap into 1/2" steaks.

Slice the backstrap into 1/2

Pound the steaks with a meat mallet to tenderize.

Pound the steaks with a meat mallet.

Season both sides of the steaks with salt and pepper. Mix the flour with the cayenne, paprika, garlic, and onion powders. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Set up your seasoned flour dredge station.

Whisk the egg into the buttermilk. Dip the steak into the flour mixture, then shake off the excess.

Dip the backstrap in the seasoned flour.

Dip into the milk and egg mixture, shake off, then back into the flour mixture.

Next, dip the floured steak in the egg/milk mixture, then back into the flour.

Place the steak on a wire rack while you dredge the remaining steaks. Once all of the steaks are coated, hit both sides with vegetable or olive oil spray.

Add the coated steaks to the air fryer basket.

Pre-heat the air fryer to 400 degrees. Place the steaks in a single layer in the air fryer basket. If your basket won't hold all the steaks, fry in two batches. Fry for eight minutes or until the coating is a crisp golden brown and the venison is medium-rare.

While the steaks cook, make the gravy. Brown the diced bacon in a skillet.

Render diced bacon till crisp.

Once it is crisp, add the flour. Stir well to cook the flour and mix it into the bacon drippings. Add the milk and stir. Season with salt and pepper.

Add flour and milk to the reserved bacon grease.

Bring the mixture to a light boil, stirring constantly. Once the gravy thickens, remove from heat. To serve, place the fried backstop and a helping of mashed potatoes on a plate. Top both liberally with gravy.