Chicken-Fried Steak With White Gravy

Chicken fried steak

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  • Total: 50 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 35 mins
  • Yield: 4 Portions (4 Servings)

If you are from Texas, the birthplace of this dish, you may think the name of this recipe is redundant since chicken-fried steak always comes with a creamy, peppery white gravy. This traditional Southern dish distinguishes itself from another classic recipe, country-fried steak, by the color of the gravy—country-fried is topped with brown gravy, while chicken-fried is often served with the white gravy on the side to preserve the crispy texture of the meat. And don't be fooled by the name; there is no chicken in this recipe. It is so called because the cube steak is cooked in the same style as crispy, breaded chicken. 

Ingredients

  • For the Chicken-Fried Steak:
  • 1 1/2 pounds cube steak pieces
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Canola oil (for frying)
  • For the White Gravy:
  • 2 tablespoons reserved bacon fat (or canola oil)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

Steps to Make It

While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this chicken-fried steak dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and frying.

Make the Chicken-Fried Steak

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Chicken fried steak white gravy
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  2. Preheat oven to 275 F.

  3. 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.

    Steaks on paper
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  4. Season cube steak with salt and pepper.

    Spices on meat
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  5. Set up a breading station. Place the flour in large bowl and season with salt and pepper. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs with the milk, and whisk to combine; season with salt and pepper.

    Flour in a bowl
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  6. In a large sauté pan or cast-iron skillet, fill canola oil until 1/2-inch deep. Warm over medium-high heat.

    Fill pan with canola oil
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  7. While the oil is heating, dredge cube steak pieces into the flour, then the milk and egg mixture, and back into the flour again.

    Soak meat in milk
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  8. Add the breaded meat into the warmed oil in batches; do not overcrowd the pan.

    Frying in pants
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  9. Cook cube steak until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes per side.

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  10. Remove to a baking sheet and place in oven to keep warm. Continue with remaining steak.

Make the White Gravy

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for gravy
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  2. 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.

    Making roux in a saucepan
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  3. Add the milk, whisking to incorporate it with roux until gravy comes to a boil.

    Add the milk
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  4. Reduce heat to low, letting gravy cook and thicken to desired consistency, about 8 to 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

    Letting gravy cook
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  5. Remove chicken-fried steak from oven, spoon gravy over, or on the side.

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  6. Serve hot and enjoy!

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