Perfect Chicken Fried Steak Recipe with Gravy
Chicken Fried Steak Origins
Although I’ve lived in North Carolina for the last fifteen years, I grew up in Oklahoma… The land of massive crispy unapologetic Chicken Fried Steak dinners.
Chicken Fried Steak is considered common southern fare. However it is a sacred dish to some that originated in the Texas-Oklahoma region.
Although many people believe it was invented in Texas (Ahem, like Texans) others (Such as Okies) say it was born in an Oklahoma diner along Route 66.
Either way, it is commonly understood that the idea of Chicken Fried Steak was brought to the Texas-Oklahoma prairies by German immigrants in the form of classic Schnitzel.
Is There a Difference Between Country Fried Steak and Chicken Fried Steak?
Yes, there is a small difference between Country Fried Steak and Chicken Fried Steak, but it has nothing to do with the steak itself. And the difference is a little misleading.
Country Fried Steak is usually served with brown gravy, made with meats drippings.
However, Chicken Fried Steaks is served with white gravy made with milk… The kind of gravy that is usually called Country Gravy.
See what I mean about misleading?
The Perfect Chicken Fried Steak Recipe with Gravy
So what makes this recipe perfect? In my humble opinion, this is the best chicken fried steaks we’ve ever made
- The steak is extra thin
- The crust is extra crispy
- The crust is well seasoned
- And the country gravy is on point!
How To Make The Best Chicken Fried Steak Recipe with Gravy
- It’s important to start with tenderized cube steaks, and to stretch them a little to thin them out. Or you can tenderize them further with a meat tenderizing hammer. The steak should be approximately 1/4 inch thick.
- Triple dip the steaks to create the coating.
- It’s also important that you bread the steaks, then let the chicken fried steaks rest for a few minutes before going into the fry oil.
- Fry the steaks hot and fast!
- Keep them warm in the oven while you make the gravy.
- Make sure the skillet is free of burnt flour before making the gravy. You can’t make white gravy in a dark greasy skillet.
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How Do You Keep Breading on Chicken Fried Steak?
Although country fried steaks can be made with both a liquid batter coating, or with a dried flour-based breading, the triple dip flour-egg-flour method works best for keeping the breading on the cube steaks.
Some cooks believe you can get a crispier crust with batter. However, we’ve found that as long as:
- The steaks are dry before breading
- You shake off the excess liquid and flour
- You let them rest for a few minutes before going in the fry pan
- And the oil is hot
…You will create ultra crispy Chicken Fried Steak every single time.
Don’t forget to keep them warm in the oven until you are ready to serve them, so the crust stays crispy.
I love this Chicken Fried Steak recipe, because it reminds me of my childhood.
Also check out our Steak Fingers with Country Gravy recipe.
Perfect Chicken Fried Steak Recipe with Gravy
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Pat the cube steak thoroughly dry with paper towels. Then gently stretch the steaks to make them thinner. Be sure not to pull so hard the break.
- In a medium bowl mix the flour, Cajun seasoning, and baking powder together. In another bowl, whisk together 1 1/4 cup milk, eggs, and Worcestershire sauce.
- Dip the steaks in the flour mixture. Shake them off, then dunk the steaks in the egg mixture. Shake off the drippings, then dunk back in the flour mixture. Shake off all excess flour. (Flour that falls off into the oil will burn and turn the oil dark.) Allow them to rest on a cutting board while the oil heats.
- Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to fill the skillet 1/4 inch deep. Once the oil in the pan is between 350-375 degrees F, gently place half the steaks in the hot oil and fry for 1-2 minutes per side. Use tongs to move the steaks to a paper towel-lined plate. Add additional oil to the skillet if needed, and repeat with the remaining steaks. Place the finished steaks in the oven to keep warm.
- Once all the steaks are fried, carefully pour the oil into a tin can for disposal. Then wipe the skillet out with a paper towel. Place it back over medium heat and add the butter. Once melted, whisk in 1/3 cup of the remaining seasoned flour. Whisk until bubbling, then whisk in 2 3/4 cups of milk. Continue to whisk the gravy until it is thick. Taste, then season with salt and pepper as needed. Remove the gravy from heat. If the gravy starts to thicken too much, whisk in an additional 1/2 cup of milk.
- Serve the steaks warm with gravy over the top.
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