Chicken fried steak is a popular American dish that consists of a tenderized and breaded beef cutlet that is fried until golden brown and crispy. Despite its name, it has nothing to do with chicken. Instead, it is a steak that is prepared in a manner similar to how fried chicken is made, hence the name “chicken fried.”

Chicken Fried Steak

Recipe by caion


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The process of making chicken fried steak typically involves the following steps:


  • For the steak
  • 4 pieces of cube steak (about 4-6 ounces each)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for a bit of heat)

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 cup buttermilk or whole milk

  • Vegetable oil, for frying

  • For the gravy
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 cups milk

  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Prepare the steak:
  • In a shallow dish, mix together the flour, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using).
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg and buttermilk together.
  • Dip each piece of cube steak into the flour mixture, coating it evenly on both sides. Shake off any excess flour.
  • Next, dip the steak into the egg mixture, making sure it’s well coated.
  • Finally, dip the steak back into the flour mixture for a double coating. Set the coated steaks aside on a plate.
  • Fry the steaks:
  • In a large skillet, add enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom by about 1/4 inch. Heat the oil over medium heat until it’s hot but not smoking.
  • Carefully place the coated steaks into the hot oil and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until the coating is golden brown and crispy. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan; you may need to fry the steaks in batches.
  • Once cooked, transfer the fried steaks to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.
  • Make the gravy:
  • Remove any excess oil from the skillet, leaving about 2-3 tablespoons in the pan.
  • Over medium heat, whisk in 1/4 cup of flour into the remaining oil to create a roux. Cook the roux for a minute or two until it’s lightly browned.
  • Gradually whisk in 2 cups of milk, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
  • Cook the gravy, stirring frequently, until it thickens to your desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve:
  • Place the fried chicken steak on a serving plate, and pour the creamy gravy over the top.
  • Chicken fried steak is often served with mashed potatoes and vegetables as traditional side dishes.

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