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Chicken-Fried Steak with White Gravy


chicken fried steak

Chicken-fried steak

Andrea Lynn

Chicken-fried steak is served with peppery white gravy and has a crispier coating than its similar counterpart, country-fried steak. Serve with biscuits.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes


  • For the chicken-fried steak:
  • 1 1/2 pounds cube steak pieces
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Canola oil, as needed
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • For the white gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


1. Preheat oven to 275°.

2. Enclose cube steak pieces in sheets of wax or parchment paper. Using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin, gently pound the meat to tenderize it. Season cube steak with salt and pepper.

3. Set up a breading station by mixing 2 cups of flour with salt and pepper in large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine 2 eggs with 2 cups milk, and whisk to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

4. In a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, fill canola oil until ½-inch deep. Warm over medium-high heat.

5. While the oil is heating, dredge cube steak pieces into the flour, then the milk and egg mixture and back into the flour again.

6. Add the breaded meat into the warmed oil in batches as to not overcrowd. Cook cube steak until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Remove, transfer to a baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm.

7. In a medium sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm bacon fat or canola oil. Add flour, and whisk to combine to create a roux. Combine the milk, whisking to incorporate it with roux until gravy comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, letting gravy cook and thicken to desire consistency, about 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

8. Remove chicken-fried steak from oven, spoon gravy over them and serve. 

Sides to enjoy with chicken-fried steak:
Southern-Style Buttermilk Biscuits
Creamed Corn Recipe
Fried Green Tomatoes
Horseradish Mashed Potatoes 

Quick and Easy Mustard Greens

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