Ah, chicken fried steak, a dish that’s the epitome of Southern comfort food, inviting cozy feelings of home cooking to your dinner table. Its origins blend the simplicity of country cuisine with influences from the German Wiener Schnitzel, creating a delectable fusion. It’s the perfect recipe for those seeking to turn an economical cut of beef into something tender, crispy, and utterly delightful. Indeed, it’s like a warm embrace on a plate after a long day.
This dish is perfectly accompanied by creamy mashed potatoes, ready to absorb all the savory gravy, and a side of buttered green beans or sweet corn on the cob for a fresh, colorful addition. And for the ultimate comfort experience, don’t hesitate to add a flaky biscuit to the spread.
Southern Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy Recipe
Servings: 4 Generous Portions
For the Steak:
4 tenderized cube steaks (about 1/2 inch thick)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 large eggs
1/4 cup milk
Vegetable oil for frying
For the Gravy:
2 tablespoons reserved frying oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper, to taste
Combine flour, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper in a shallow dish.
In another dish, beat eggs with milk for the egg wash.
Bread the steaks: Dredge in flour mixture, dip in egg wash, then flour again.
Fry steaks in heated oil in a skillet until golden brown (about 4 minutes per side), and drain on paper towels.
For the gravy, use 2 tablespoons of drippings in the skillet, stir in flour, and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, seasoning with salt and pepper, and cook until thickened.
Serve steaks smothered with the creamy gravy.
Variations & Tips:
Add a dash of cayenne pepper to the flour for a spicy twist.
Swap cube steaks with chicken breasts for a chicken fried chicken variation.
Make extra for easy reheating on busy days, using an oven and wire rack for crispiness.
Balance the richness with a light side salad if desired.
This chicken fried steak recipe is straightforward yet supremely satisfying, perfect for a special homemade treat. It’s an ideal way to enjoy a sumptuous Southern meal in the comfort of your home. Enjoy the flavors and the homely warmth it brings to your table!