Keto Chicken Fried Steak Nuggets


Every Friday I do a book themed cocktails and food pairing on my IG (this week was Gone With the Wind…so Southern keto comfort food for the win). I was so excited that this idea for this recipe turned out as well as it did I thought I’d share this morning! You could easily make this into full size steaks, but I really like the nuggets because it made it finger food friendly and fun to share too. I did a shallow pan fry but I bet these would also be great in an air fryer (I don’t have one).

Keto Chicken Fried Steak Nuggets with Gravy
Print Recipe Serves: 24 Cooking Time: 30-40 min.



  • For the Chicken Fried Steak:
  • 3 lbs Cube Steak, cut into 2×2″ pieces
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 4 oz. Bag, Pork Rinds, crushed
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 2 Eggs
  • Splash of Milk
  • Oil for Shallow Frying
  • For the Gravy:
  • 1 1/2 cups Half & Half
  • 1 tsp Xanthan Gum
  • 2 tbsp. Butter



  1. Begin by cutting the cube steak into 2×2″ sized pieces. Season the pieces with salt and pepper.
  2. Crush the pork rinds into crumbs in a plastic bag (or use a food processor) and season them with salt and pepper. Mix in 1 tsp xanthan gum (helps the pork rinds stick to the steak better during frying but not crucial for this to work). Place the mixture into a shallow dish and set aside.
  3. Beat the eggs in a separate bowl and add a splash of milk.
  4. Dredge each piece of cube steak in the egg wash and then in the pork rind mixture.
  5. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add a shallow amount of oil (about 1/4″ thick) into the pan so it coats the bottom. I always like to test one piece out first to assess the temperature and make adjustments to the oil. Cook the chicken fried steak nuggets in about 3-4 batches. Continue to adjust the oil temperature as needed (or change the oil out if needed). I cooked the nuggets for about 3 minutes per side and placed the cooked nuggets onto a paper towel lined plate.
  6. In a small pot, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in the xanthan gum (almost like you would a roux).
  7. Slowly whisk in the half and half until everything is combined. The gravy will thicken fairly quickly, stir continuously to prevent scorching.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I prefer 1 1/2 – 2 tbsp of pepper personally).
  9. Place the gravy in a small dish for dipping alongside a plate of keto chicken fried steak nuggets.
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