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Chicken Fried Steak is a thin slice of tender cube steak fried until it is golden brown and then topped with a creamy gravy. It’s classic Southern comfort food at it’s best.

Chicken Fried Steak with green beans

Chicken Fried Steak

As a southern girl, I take my fried food pretty seriously and Chicken Fried Steak is one of those simple recipes that brings back so many happy memories. A thin slice of breaded cube steak is fried until it is crispy on the outside and perfectly tender on the inside and then it is topped with a peppery white gravy that you just want to sop up with a biscuit.

My mom has always made the BEST Chicken Fried Steak and an even better gravy, and I think I’ve finally got it right! It’s all about getting the seasonings in that crispy outer crust just right.

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Why is it Called Chicken Fried Steak?

It is called chicken fried steak because the steak is prepared in the same way that you prepare fried chicken. A mixture of flour, herbs, and spices is whisked together and the steak is dredged in eggs and flour, then fried in hot oil until crispy.

What is Cube Steak?

Cube steak is a thin cut of steak that has been pre-tenderized leaving little indentations on the surface of the meat. If you are unable to find cube steak at your grocery store you can substitute it with another type of tenderized steak, or you can use a cheap cut of beef such as round steak and tenderize it yourself using a meat mallet.

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How to Make Chicken Fried Steak:

  1. In a bowl combine milk and eggs, whisking together until they are fully combined.
  2. In a separate bowl combine flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne, whisking together.
  3. Place cube steak, the flour bowl, and the egg bowl next to each other in an assembly line.
  4. Using the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt lightly salt the steak.
  5. Dip the steak into the flour lightly coating it.
  6. Dip the steak into the egg mixture.
  7. Dip the steak back into the flour mixture, making sure it is well coated before sitting aside. I like to use my fingers to really press the flour into the steak so it has a good crust of flour on it. If you need to use a fork to fluff the flour back up as it tends to get packed don as you dredge the steak. Repeat steps for each piece of cube steak.
  8. Heat ½ a cup of vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat. You will know it is hot enough when you toss a small piece of flour into the hot oil and it sizzles.
  9. Add the steaks to the oil, cooking in batches. Cook until the outer crust is a medium brown and crisp. Then turn and continue to cook until the other side is the same and the meat is cooked through. Approximately 3-5 minutes per side.
  10. Set cooked pieces of steak on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil. Continue the process until all of the steaks are cooked. If needed add the remaining vegetable oil.

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What is the Difference Between Country Fried Steak and Chicken Fried Steak?

Depending on who you talk to there may be no difference! In general country fried steak and chicken fried steak are very similar. Chicken fried steak tends to be crisper than country fried steak but that isn’t always the case.

The biggest difference is the gravy. The creamy gravy on chicken fried steak is usually a white gravy, made with a roux of flour and oil thinned with milk. Country fried steak gravy is usually more brown and made with a roux of flour, oil, sometimes onions, and thinned with beef broth.

That doesn’t mean you won’t see brown gravy on chicken fried steak or vice versa. It’s all about family traditions and how your grandma’s grandma made it :).

How to Make Chicken Fried Steak Gravy:

  1. Once all of the steaks are cooked drain the oil from the pan reserving ¼ cup in a heat-proof container.
  2. Add the oil back to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the flour to the oil and whisk together until it forms a roux and the flour becomes light golden brown. Approximately 2 minutes.
  3. Add the milk to the roux and continue to cook, whisking constantly while you bring the gravy to a boil. Add salt and pepper and stir until the gravy is smooth and has thickened to the desired consistency. Approximately 5 – 10 minutes.
  4. Serve over the Chicken Fried Steak.

What Should I Serve with Chicken Fried Steak?

CHICKEN FRIED STEAK
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Servings: 6
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins

Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak is a thin slice of tender cube steak fried until it is golden brown and then topped with a creamy gravy. It's classic Southern comfort food at it's best.

Ingredients

Chicken Fried Steak

  • 2 pounds Cube steak
  • 1 ½ cups Whole milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 ½ cups Flour
  • 2 teaspoons Salt , divided
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika
  • teaspoon Cayenne
  • ¾ cup Vegetable Oil , divided

Gravy

  • ¼ cup Reserved grease
  • cup Flour
  • 3 cups Whole milk
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Pepper

Instructions

Chicken Fried Steak

  • In a bowl combine milk and eggs, whisking together until they are fully combined.
  • In a separate bowl combine flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne, whisking together.
  • Place cube steak, the flour bowl, and the egg bowl next to each other in an assembly line.
  • Using the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt lightly salt the steak.
  • Dip the steak into the flour lightly coating it.
  • Dip the steak into the egg mixture.
  • Dip the steak back into the flour, making sure it is well coated before sitting aside. Repeat steps for each piece of cube steak.
  • Heat a skillet with ½ a cup of vegetable oil in it over medium heat. You will know it is hot enough when you toss a small piece of flour into the oil and it sizzles.
  • Add the steaks to the oil, cooking in batches. Cook until the outer crust is a medium brown and crisp. Then turn and continue to cook until the other side is the same and the meat is cooked through. Approximately 3-5 minutes per side.
  • Set cooked pieces of steak on a paper towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil. Continue the process until all of the steaks are cooked. If needed add the remaining vegetable oil.

Gravy:

  • Once all of the steaks are cooked drain the oil from the pan reserving ¼ cup in a heat-proof container.
  • Add the oil back to the pan and heat over medium heat. Add the flour to the oil and whisk together until it forms a roux and the flour becomes light golden brown. Approximately 2 minutes.
  • Add the milk to the roux and continue to cook and whisk, bringing the gravy to a boil. Add salt and pepper and stir until the gravy is smooth and has thickened to the desired consistency. Approximately 5 - 10 minutes.
  • Serve over the Chicken Fried Steak.

Nutrition

Calories: 866kcal, Carbohydrates: 54g, Protein: 45g, Fat: 51g, Saturated Fat: 32g, Cholesterol: 181mg, Sodium: 1160mg, Potassium: 831mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 475IU, Calcium: 258mg, Iron: 5.6mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best chicken fried steak recipe, chicken fried steak recipe, country fried steak