6 Chicken-Fried and Country-Fried Steak Recipes

Satisfy your family with these hearty dishes

Chicken-Fried Steak
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Chicken-fried or country-fried steak is enjoyed everywhere in the U.S., but especially in the Southern and Southwestern states. It is usually made with round steak, tenderized then dipped in an egg and milk mixture, then dredged in seasoned flour or breadcrumbs. The coated steak is then fried in hot fat until the coating is crispy and browned, much like fried chicken. Country-fried steak can also be made by coating the tenderized steaks with seasoned flour or crumbs.

With chicken-fried steak, a milk gravy is often made and served with the steak, along with mashed potatoes. Country-fried steak is most often served with a brown gravy. However, this is not always the case, as you can see in various recipes. Smothered steak, another version, is fried then simmered in gravy, which makes a tougher cut of meat even more tender.

These fried steaks bear a resemblance to Wienerschnitzel, a dish which is usually made with veal or pork. According to The Dictionary of American Food and Drink by John Mariani, the term "chicken-fried steak" first appeared in print in the year 1952. It has long been a favorite dish in the South, Midwest, and the Southwest United States.