Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Classic chicken fried steak, steak cutlets, pounded thin, breaded, fried, and served with country gravy. Chicken Fried Steak is a Southern favorite and is even better with a homemade country gravy.

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  1. 4 quarter-pound cube steaks (pre-tenderized) or round steaks
  2. A sprinkling of salt for pre-salting the meat
  3. 2 cups of flour for breading
  4. 2 teaspoons Kosher salt for breading
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  7. 2 eggs, beaten
  8. 1/2 cup milk
  9. Canola oil, rice bran oil, or other high smoke point oil or fat for frying

Gravy:
  1. 3 Tbsp pan drippings
  2. 3 Tbsp flour
  3. 1/4 cup whipping cream
  4. 1 3/4 cups milk
  5. Salt
  6. Freshly ground black pepper

METHOD
  • Pound steaks to an even thinness: If you are using round steak instead of the pre-tenderized cube steak, you will need to pound the steaks thin or they will be way too chewy. (Already tenderized cube steaks can also use some meat mallet attention to get more thin.)
  • Salt meat, preheat warming oven: Sprinkle a little salt over the meat. Preheat the oven to 200°F.  In the oven put a wire rack over a baking sheet. This will keep the finished steaks warm and dry while you cook the gravy.
  • Dredge steaks in flour, egg, and flour again: Prepare two wide, shallow dishes such as a pyrex casserole dish. In the first  whisk together the eggs and milk. In the second, whisk together the flour, salt, cayenne, and garlic powder.