Chicken fried steak is classic comfort food. The crispy, golden steak is the perfect family recipe served with gravy and mashed potatoes.

Classic chicken fried steak with gravy

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My mom was not an avid cook. She preferred spending time reading or playing video games with my brothers (she was the COOLEST mom). But every now and then she would venture into the kitchen a little earlier than normal and I was always delighted because that only meant one thing. Chicken fried steak. I loved the crispy, crunchy golden steak served with creamy gravy and a healthy mound of buttery mashed potatoes. To this day this is the meal that reminds me of my mom more than any other and lucky for me, my kids love it just as much as I do so the tradition is being continued.

Ingredients

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Full recipe and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

  • Steak. I prefer using thin-cut sirloin that I thin out myself with a meat mallet but you can buy tenderized or cube steak from most supermarkets.
  • Flour. All purpose / Cake flour.
  • Seasoning: Salt, garlic powder, paprika, dried mixed herbs (herbs de Provence, Italian, etc.), black pepper.
  • Eggs.
  • Oil, for frying. I prefer using canola but any neutral frying oil will work.

What is chicken fried steak?

Chicken fried steak or Country fried steak, as it is also known, is a thin piece of beef coated in breading and fried until golden and crisp.

Gravy for chicken fried steak

How to make chicken fried steak?

  1. Prepare the breading station: Pre-heat the oven to 160°C/320°F and place a wire rack over a sheet pan. In a large bowl or dish with sides whisk together flour, salt, garlic powder, paprika (optional), dried mixed herbs (Herbs de Provence or Italian seasoning can be used) and black pepper. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs. If making your own, place thin-cut steak on a chopping board and flatten with a meat mallet. You can also place the steak in between two sheets of parchment paper and use a rolling pin to flatten it.
  2. Bread the steak: Pre-heat 1-2cm (half inch) of oil in a deep frying pan or skillet. Coat the steaks first in the seasoned flour, then in the egg mixture and finally in the seasoned flour again, pressing down to make sure the steak is well coated.
  3. Fry the chicken fried steak: Working in batches, carefully lower the steaks into the hot oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes per side until golden brown and crisp. Remove from the oil and place on the wire rack set over a sheet pan and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining steaks until they are all cooked.

How to make gravy for chicken fried steak

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To make the gravy, pour off the oil and wipe out most of the flour in the pan. Return the pan to the heat and add a knob of butter. Add flour and whisk to form a roux then pour in chicken stock. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. You can add other herbs and spices of your choice as well. Allow to simmer for 5-6 minutes until the sauce is cooked. Serve the steak with gravy, mashed potatoes and vegetables of your choice.

How to keep breading on steak or chicken

Coating the meat first in flour then in egg and then finally in flour again is the key to keeping breading from falling off the meat you are frying. The flour acts as something for the eggs to grip onto and will ensure good coverage.

Crispy chicken fried steak with mashed potatoes and broccoli.

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What to serve with chicken fried steak

  1. Garlic parmesan mashed potatoes
  2. Maple butter mashed sweet potatoes
  3. Crispy salt and pepper smashed potatoes
  4. Easy creamy mushroom sauce

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