Chicken Fried Steak

 This is a classic American dish - a dish that can be found in many areas of the US. Chicken fried steak is typically served with mashed potatoes and fried eggs, however, this classic dish can also be enjoyed with vegetables, cornbread, and gravy.

Chicken Fried Steak


1½ pounds round steak, cut into 

¼-inch thick pieces and then tenderized

2 cups all-purpose flour *see note about flour*

½ teaspoon kosher salt

⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black 

¼ teaspoon garlic powder (optional)

- 1 egg, beaten with 

1 tablespoon water to make an egg wash 


The first step in making this tasty dish is to get some raw meat. Beef is easiest to work with, but some people find veal or lamb are better when it comes to this meal. The meat should be sliced thinly and pounded flat with a meat mallet until it is paper-thin.

Coat the meat with flour. You can use your hands to make sure it's evenly coated and then dip it in beaten eggs. You don't have to worry about the egg sticking to the meat, because the flour will help to keep it from sticking. The egg will help form a nice seal while frying. When you pan fry your steak, you must pour oil into the skillet before cooking it in order to prevent splatter when frying.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, place meat in the flour mixture and start stirring with a fork or spatula. Do this until you see the flour coat the steak. The next step is to place the meat in the skillet, meat-side down.

The coating should stick to the meat as it cooks. Use tongs to turn your chicken fried steak. You should take care when doing this so that you don't pierce the crust and let all of the juices run out of your dish. When cooking with a rough surface (like a flank steak) be sure to use tongs rather than a fork!

When you flip your chicken fried steak over, allow it to cook for about 2 minutes.

Chicken Fried Steak