Prep Time
10 Mins
Cook Time
14 Mins
Makes 4 to 6 servings

Chicken-fried steak is a down-home, 5-ingredient main dish that's easier to prepare than you may think.  Simply coat cubed steaks in seasoned flour, fry in hot vegetable oil until golden brown, and serve with a delicious homemade gravy. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper evenly over steaks. Set aside.

Step 2

Stir together remaining 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and 1 1/2 cups flour in a shallow dish. Stir baking soda into 1 cup water in a bowl.

Step 3

Dip each steak in water mixture, and dredge in flour mixture.

Step 4

Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch in a large heavy skillet; heat to 360°. Fry steaks 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Drain on a wire rack in a jelly-roll pan. Keep steaks warm in a 225° oven. Drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.

Step 5

Whisk remaining 1/2 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1/4 cup flour into drippings in skillet; cook, whisking constantly, over medium-high heat 1 minute. Whisk in broth; cook, whisking constantly, 5 minutes or until thickened. Serve with steaks.

Ratings & Reviews

jackie2830's Review

November 26, 2014
Hmmmmm, will not keep this recipe. Too much oil utilized, a LOT of room for flavor enhancement, and the gravy was pretty bland. My husband declined leftovers for work.....he almost NEVER declines leftovers. Sorry!

hdonner's Review

September 14, 2014

joeyhovercraft's Review

November 05, 2012
Very delicious! I had to use ground beef which seemed to substitute nicely

robinmannor's Review

February 15, 2012

Kristymcd's Review

October 19, 2010
This recipe turned out great! And the gravy was really good! My husband loved it! Will make this again!

smclaughlin6250's Review

May 15, 2009
I used this recipe because I had all the ingredients on hand. I was surprised at how easy and quick this recipe was to prepare. It was delicious and I'll use it again.