Best-Ever Chicken Fried Steak

Best-Ever Chicken Fried Steak

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This super crispy chicken fried steak is extremely hard to resist. Picture this: juicy, tender beef, a crispy, salty breaded exterior, and plenty of velvety, rich gravy. It’s a comfort food masterpiece, and we are here for it. Serve alongside mashed potatoes and green beans for a complete—and completely satisfying—weeknight dinner.

Best-Ever Chicken Fried Steak

Best-Ever Chicken Fried Steak

Yields: 4 servings

Prep Time: 0 hours 20 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 0 mins


For the steak

  • 4 (6-oz.) top round steaks
  • 1 c. whole milk or buttermilk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 c. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil, for frying

For the gravy

  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 c. whole milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika

For serving

  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped parsley
  • Cooked mashed potatoes
  • Cooked green beans


  1. Place steak between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound with a meat mallet until 1/4″ thick.
  2. Set up dredging station: In one shallow bowl, whisk together milk and egg. In another shallow bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, and spices, then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Dredge each piece of steak in milk then in flour mixture. Repeat until all steak is coated in breading. Place in fridge while you make gravy.
  4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add flour and cook until golden and bubbling, 2 to 3 minutes. Whisk in milk and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Bring mixture to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Cook steak: In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 1/2″ to 1″ oil until hot but not smoking. Fry each piece of steak until golden, about 4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, and season with salt and pepper while hot.
  6. Garnish with parsley and serve hot with gravy, mashed potatoes, and green beans.

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