How to Make Chicken Fried Steak

Why would you want to know how to make chicken fried steak (also know as country fried steak)? First, almost everything is more delicious when it's fried, but more importantly, this is a great trick for making a tough piece of beef more tender and flavorful. Where does the "chicken" part come in? The name nods to both the herb coating that the meat is dredged in (made with flour or breadcrumbs) -- similar to the batter used for fried chicken -- and the fact that it's fried to golden brown, just like chicken. The dish is usually made with round steak (also known as cube steak once it's been tenderized by a butcher). Chicken fried steak is frequently the centerpiece of Southern "meat-and-three" meal combinations: one meat entree plus three sides. While any Southern side dish will do, mashed potatoes ladled with the same country gravy as the chicken fried steak are almost always featured.

What You'll Need

  • 1   pound beef top round steak, cut 1/2 inch thick
  • 3/4  cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1 1/2  teaspoons snipped fresh basil or oregano or 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or oregano, crushed
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon pepper
  • 1   beaten egg
  • 1   tablespoon milk
  • 2   tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1   small onion, sliced and separated into rings
  • 2   tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3  cups milk

Step By Step

Cut steak into 4 serving-size pieces. Trim fat. Place meat pieces between 2 pieces of plastic wrap. Pound meat with a meat mallet to 1/4-inch thickness.
In a dish or on a piece of waxed paper combine bread crumbs, basil or oregano, salt, and pepper. In another shallow dish stir together egg and the 1 tablespoon milk. Dip meat pieces in egg mixture, then coat with bread crumb mixture.
In a 12-inch skillet brown meat pieces in hot oil over medium heat about 3 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 45 to 60 minutes more or until tender. Transfer meat pieces to a platter. Cover to keep warm.
For gravy, cook onion in pan drippings until tender but not brown. (Add more oil, if necessary.) Stir in flour. Add the 1-1/3 cups milk all at once. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Cook and stir for 1 minute more. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve gravy with meat. Makes 4 servings.

Chicken fried steak is a favorite in diners and roadside eateries, especially in Texas and the Southeast. It's thought to owe at least some of its origins to the German favorite wiener schnitzel, a similar dish European immigrants introduced to the New World.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 363, Fat, total (g) 16, chol. (mg) 118, sat. fat (g) 4, carb. (g) 22, pro. (g) 32, sodium (mg) 539, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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