Chicken Fried Steak

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This chicken fried steak is the ultimate comfort food, and can be served for dinner OR breakfast! It is best served hot and crispy with a creamy coat of rich gravy.

It’s a hearty southern classic that will both fill your tummy and warm your soul. This dish is a stick to your ribs kind of affair. Try pairing this southern bell with Creamed Corn, The BEST Mashed Potatoes, or Baked Macaroni and Cheese.

Chicken fried steak on a white plate with gravy and green beans

What is Chicken Fried Steak?

But where’s the chicken? This steak is prepped and fried just like famous fried chicken resulting in the name chicken fried steak, yet there is no chicken to be found! It is actually tenderized steak coated with breadcrumbs and pan-fried to perfection, then topped with creamy gravy.

The best steak to use is actually less expensive cuts such as cube steak, chuck, round steak, and even flank steak. If your steak has not been pre tenderized you’ll want to be sure to do so yourself. 

This super crispy chicken fried steak is extremely hard to resist. A juicy, tender cut of beef, coated in a salty, crispy exterior is just a recipe for mouth-watering ecstasy.  This is surely a family-friendly comfort food recipe that will soon be a favorite!

Process for coating chicken fried steak with breading

How to Make Chicken Fried Steak

PREP. In a shallow dish, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne. In another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and water.

DREDGE. Dredge each steak in the flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture, then dredge again in the flour mixture.

FRY. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add two of the steaks to the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes until crisp and golden brown, then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until cooked through and golden. Remove the steaks to a serving plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the remaining olive oil and butter to the skillet, and cook the remaining two steaks until golden.

GRAVY. Cover with foil while preparing the gravy. To make the gravy, add the butter to the skillet with the browned bits from the steaks. Add the flour and whisk to form a paste. Cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Gradually pour in the chicken broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add the milk, salt, and pepper, and cook until bubbling and thickened.

SERVE. To serve, spoon gravy over the steaks.

How to make chicken fried steak in a frying pan

Frying + Recipe Tips

Here are a few frying tips to keep in mind in making this recipe:

  • Be sure the entire steak has been evenly coated. 
  • No need to deep fry. Use a cast iron skillet or another heavy bottomed skillet then add about a cup of oil to fry in. 
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan. 
  • Don’t flip more than once. Wait until the first side is golden and crisp before flipping. 
  • Keep the steak warm in the oven while you make the gravy. 

Kick up the heat: Some people love when their fried steak is made with spice. You can easily add heat to the recipe by using cayenne pepper, red chili flakes or Tabasco sauce.

Not just for dinner: This chicken fried steak is also served for breakfast. Simply pair it with eggs and hash browns and you’ve got yourself a delicious southern breakfast. 

Gravy for chicken fried steak recipe

Leftovers + Side Ideas

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. 

Reheating leftovers: The trick is to reheat it without drying it out or having a soggy coating.

  • Allow the chicken fried steak to come to room temperature for 30-40 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  • Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and put the steak on the wire rack.
  • Heat for about 10 minutes or an internal temp of 120° F.
  • For a crispier finish, broil it. Watch carefully as broiling can quickly go from crisp to burnt. 

What to serve with chicken fried steak? The options are endless, but here are some of our go-to’s:

Close up of chicken fried steak covered with gravy

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Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

for the steak:

  • 4 beef cube steaks about 1/2 pound each
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter

for the gravy:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, and cayenne. In another shallow dish, whisk together the egg and water. Dredge each steak in the flour mixture, then dip in the egg mixture, then dredge again in the flour mixture.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add two of the steaks to the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes until crisp and golden brown, then flip and cook an additional 3-4 minutes until cooked through and golden. Remove the steaks to a serving plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Add the remaining olive oil and butter to the skillet, and cook the remaining two steaks until golden. Cover with foil while preparing the gravy.

  3. To make the gravy, add the butter to the skillet with the browned bits from the steaks. Add the flour and whisk to form a paste. Cook 2-3 minutes, until golden. Gradually pour in the chicken broth, whisking constantly to prevent lumps. Add the milk, salt, and pepper, and cook until bubbling and thickened. To serve, spoon gravy over the steaks.

Author

Alicia Skousen

Hi! I’m Alicia and I blog at The Baker Upstairs. I am in love with all things food! I love to bake bread, cupcakes, cookies… you name it! When I’m not baking, I am running after my two adorable little girls, working as an RN, knitting, reading, and trying to squeeze in time with my husband every day.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thanks for this recipe! I am so glad I stumbled upon it while visiting your blog. It reminds me that my husband likes this dish and I should try to make it for him!

  2. 5 stars
    Chicken Fried Steaks are one of my all time favorite breakfast dishes…but I absolutely abhore sawmill gravy, instead opting for “brown” gravy or mushroom gravy if it’s available. Your gravy recipe is delicious. Good, easy recipe for Chicken Fried Steak, too! Yum.