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Southern Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy

by jughandle
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Southern Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy is one of my favorite memories of eating in the south as young boy.  Fork tender, chicken battered, mystery steak smothered in thick pan made gravy.  Not much could have been better.

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Southern Chicken Fried Steak with pan gravy

This dish will evoke memories of southern meals of your past. Serve with your favorite bread and green vegetable and you'll have a great meal.
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Southern American
Keywords Southern Chicken Fried Steak
Protein Cube Steak
Cooking Method Pan Fried
Hot/Cold Dish Hot
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 hungry people
Author jughandle

What You Will Need:

For The Steaks
  • 3 cups vegetable shortening for deep frying
Dry dredge
  • 2 lbs beef cube steaks - 4 1/2 pound steaks pounded
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika - to taste
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt - to taste
Wet Dredge
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 egg
  • 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce - e.g. Tabasco(TM)
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
For The Gravy
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste

Equipment Needed:

  • large cast iron skillet
  • two large, shallow bowls or pie plates



  • Pound the cube steaks between plastic wrap until they are about 1/4-inch thick.
  • Add 2 cups of all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, pepper, smoked paprika powder and salt to a shallow bowl or pie plate and mix to combine all the dry ingredients.
  • In another large shallow bowl or pie plate, combine the wet ingredients. Buttermilk, egg, Tabasco Sauce, and garlic.
  • Now dredge each pounded steak first in the batter, then in the flour mixture, and again in the flour. Dredging in this order helps create a blister effect when frying.
  • Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak working it into the meat so they are completely coated with dry flour.
  • Heat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F
  • Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side.
  • Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.
  • Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil.
  • Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy.
  • Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes.
  • Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.


Nutrition Facts
Southern Chicken Fried Steak with pan gravy
Amount Per Serving
Calories 849 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 15g94%
Cholesterol 267mg89%
Sodium 1259mg55%
Potassium 1353mg39%
Carbohydrates 66g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 64g128%
Vitamin A 711IU14%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 405mg41%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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