Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Country Fried Steak

Two Names for This Comfort Food

It doesn't matter if you call this comfort food Chicken Fried Steak or Country Fried Steak. They are the same deliciously prepared meal and they are thought of as true comfort food. People love this meal any time ...breakfast, lunch and dinner!

This beef recipe is traditionally served with eggs and often fried potatoes and biscuits  for breakfast. For dinner or lunch it is frequently served with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

In many parts of the United States if you top the steak with a peppered milk gravy it is called "Chicken Fried." If you top the meat with brown gravy, it is called a “County Fried Steak.”

The name "chicken fried" probably came about because the style of cooking is similar to that of frying chicken and the beef recipe somewhat resembles fried chicken when done.

No one can really say where the original recipe came from, although Lamesa, a town in Texas, claims the honor. They base their claim on the fact that they had German and Austrian immigrants settling there in the 1800's and say a Chicken Fried Steak is somewhat similar to wiener schnitzel.

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

Country Fried Steak

Two Names for This Restaurant Recipe

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Serves 2


  • 1 tenderized round steak (cube steak) large enough for two servings
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • Flour
  • Kosher salt, coarse black pepper, garlic powder, cayenne
  • Vegetable oil


Ingredients For Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons of grease from frying the steak
  • Milk



  • Season the meat as desired and cut into two pieces
  • Use two shallow bowls for flour
  • In the first bowl, place plain flour
  • In the second bowl, add more flour plus the desired amounts of the seasonings (reserve - save - 3 tablespoons of flour for the gravy)
  • In a third bowl, beat the two eggs and the 2 tablespoons of milk together
  • Dip the meat in the plain flour, then in the egg mixture and then in the seasoned flour and shake off the excess flour
  • Fry in a heated skillet (cast iron works best) with about 1/4 inch of heated vegetable oil until golden brown and cooked through (have the oil hot enough to fry but not too hot or you'll burn the oil)

To check the temperature of the oil, let a drop of water fall into the oil. If it pops back at you, the oil is ready.

  • Remove meat and keep warm

The Gravy:

  • Pour off all but 3 tablespoons of the grease created when frying the steak and add the 3 tablespoons of flour to the remaining grease
  • Stir and blend well and cook for a few minutes over medium-low heat
  • Add milk to correct consistency of the gravy you like and correct the seasoning

Enjoy your Chicken Fried Steak and the company of those you share it with! It is true comfort food for many, many people. - Donna

“Only a rank degenerate would drive 1,500 miles across Texas without eating a chicken fried steak.”

Larry McMurtry, Essays on Texas' (1968)