Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy


Tenderized round steak (cube steak) shallow fried in a crispy batter and served with a milk gravy. A rib-sticking comfort food.
Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy
One of my husband's favorite comfort foods is chicken fried steak, and I can see why. What's not to love about steak that is breaded, fried, and served with gravy? There was a period when we would have it once every 2-3 weeks, but times have changed and we (as in "I") are more health-conscious (my husband would eat it every week if he could). As a result, we have it once every few months. It has been a while since we last had the steak, so my husband was very happy when I made some this week.

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Chicken fried steak is typically made with an inexpensive cube steak which is basically round steak that has been tenderized by piercing or pounding. To bread, I apply the dry-wet-dry method using flour, egg wash, and bread crumb coating, respectively. I shallow fry mine in olive oil and a little butter. For the gravy, I whisk reserved fat dripping, flour, and milk until thick and creamy. I serve it with mashed potatoes and a veggie side. As you can see, chicken fried steak is a comforting and rib-sticking meal that not only my husband, but also the whole family enjoys.

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

If you are looking for dinner inspiration tonight, how about some of these delectable, breaded, and fried steaks? They are going to satisfy, comfort, and hit all of the right notes! 

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy


For the Steak:
1 1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 1/4 tsp. salt, divided
1 1/4 tsp. black pepper, divided
1/2 tsp. onion powder, divided
1/2 tsp. garlic powder, divided
1/2 tsp. paprika
1 rounded cup flour
3 eggs
3 tbsp. milk
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
2 1/2 lbs. cube steak (about 6 pieces)
3 tbsp. butter
extra virgin olive oil for cooking

For the Gravy:
3 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. black pepper


Place bread crumbs, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika in a large deep dish and blend well. In a second deep dish add flour 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon paprika in a large deep dish and blend well. In a third deep dish, whisk eggs, milk, and Worcestershire sauce.

Working one steak at a time: dip into and pat with the flour mixture, dip into egg wash, then dip into and coat with bread crumb mixture. Place, single layered, on a baking sheet. Repeat coating the remaining steaks. 

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F.  Place a baking sheet equipped with a metal cooling rack in oven.

Preheat butter and 1/4-inch of oil in a large heavy-bottom skillet on medium heat. Cook steaks, 2 at a time, until crispy and golden brown (about 2 to 3 minutes on each side depending on thickness). Adjust heat if steaks browns too quickly or slowly. Place on the pre-heated cooling rack and keep warm in oven. Continue cooking the remaining steaks. Keep warm in oven.

To make gravy, drain excess fat, reserving 3 tablespoons in skillet (add butter if there isn't enough). Reduce heat to medium low. Whisk in flour and cook for 1 minute or so, whisking constantly. Increase heat to medium to medium high, add milk, salt, and pepper, whisking constantly until gravy thickens. Remove from burner. Serve with steak.  Makes 6 servings.



The Chunky Chef said...

Absolutely delicious!! Great pictures too :D

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thanks Amanda. It truly is one of my family's favorites.

Malia Sturgeon said...

Oh yum! I'm not even hungry but now I'm hungry! lol. Pinned :)

Angie Church said...

been a while since I had the chance to eat a steak as tasty as this adding it to the next meal plan
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In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Ha ha! Thanks for the pin and for stopping by Malia.

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

I'm glad I have inspired you. Thanks for stopping by, Angie!

Joy said...

Mmmm! One of my very favorites, Thao! I found you at our Social Media Weekly! :)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thanks for stopping by, Joy!

Miz Helen said...

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy one of the all time favorites of the folks here at the cottage, this looks wonderful! Hope you had a great Valentine weekend and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
Come Back Soon!
Miz Helen

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you Miz Helen. Same's pretty hard to resist.

Marsha Baker said...

What a FABULOUS recipe! We are just so tickled you shared with us...and linked back...and our Weekend Potluck party. Please come again soon.

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you Marsha.

Marsha Baker said...

This awesome recipe grabbed our attention at last weeks Weekend Potluck party and is being featured this week. Keep em coming..please. 😃

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Marsha! I was delighted when I saw it. Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

I like fired streak ,my ? is why is it called ckicken fried streak when it's beef?

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

From what hear, there are two theories: 1) the steak was originally fried in oil that was previously used to fry chicken 2) the steak is prepared in the same manner as fried chicken. Regardless what we choose to believe, the steak is so good and tastes nothing like chicken. Thanks for stopping by.

Anonymous said...

For those that do not know if you let your breaded meat rest for 15 minutes you will get a coat that bond to the meat instead of one that slides off when you go to fry it. A tip that changed my frying world for the better.

Drisanna said...

I am so thrilled to see somebody else, ANYBODY else, who calls Chicken Fried Steak by its real name! I try to use that title up here in the frozen north, and people just look at me like I have two heads. Chicken Fried Steak FTW!!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

I have done that in the past, but I get impatient and tend to fry up the steak right away. Thank you for offering your wonderful tip and for stopping by!

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Ha ha!! I'm in New England too, and I have always called it Chicken Fried Steak for as long as I have been eating it. Hang in there...we will make it out of this miserable winter yet!

Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas said...

This sounds really good, I'd love to try it. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you, Laura. I hope you will!

Angela @ thechewylife said...

YUM!!! I am putting this on my to-cook list :)

In Good Flavor /Food for the Finicky said...

Thank you Angela. I hope you'll get a chance to make it!

plasterers bristol said...

This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.


GiGi Eats Celebrities said...

I need to try and create this GiGi-Diet approved!!!! Sounds delicious!

Anonymous said...

how do you get cube steak tender

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