Chicken Fried Steak (Country Fried)

Chicken Fried Steak (Country Fried) is the crispy beef patty with sawmill gravy aka Country Fried Steak, most often served with mashed potatoes.
Chicken Fried Steak (Country Fried)

Chicken Fried Steak (Country Fried)

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Chicken Fried Steak is my recipe of the day. This is one of my signature recipes as I have been making it for years. My family enjoys it as pure comfort food.

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As I said, I have been making chicken fried steak for a long, long, time. And as good as it always has been, I have fine tuned it to the nth degree, at least to my tastes. Crispy and covered with sawmill gravy, it is the perfect foil for mashed potatoes. I could eat my weight in this.

Just a note about why to season to taste with the salt- Cajun spice is notorious for wild variations in salt. Add the Cajun spice first and see if it still needs any. You can always add more, but you can’t take it out.

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Chicken Fried Steak (Country Fried)

Chicken Fried Steak

Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy

Sue Lau
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5 from 7 votes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 3
Calories 833 kcal


Chicken Fried Steak

  • 16 ounces beef cube steaks pounded extra if you like (3 portions)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Cajun spice
  • salt to taste

Sawmill Gravy:

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun spice
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cups whole milk


  • Whisk eggs and stir in milk in a shallow dish big enough to dip the meat.
  • Stir together seasoned flour and place in another shallow dish.
  • Dredge the patties in flour, shake off excess, dip in egg wash, the coat in flour again.
  • Heat oil 1/4 inch deep in a nonstick skillet and pan-fry patties over medium heat until golden and cooked through, then drain.
  • To make gravy, melt butter in a skillet then whisk in the flour and seasonings and whisk over low heat until it is the color of peanut butter.
  • Whisk in cold milk and continue to stir over low heat until mixture boils; boil one minute or until thickened.
  • Serve gravy over chicken fried steak and traditionally with mashed potatoes.
  • Biscuits and country green beans make good sides.


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Calories: 833kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 49gFat: 42gSaturated Fat: 22gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 235mgSodium: 1884mgPotassium: 1079mgFiber: 3gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 2579IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 385mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Chicken Fried Steak, Country Fried Steak
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Content has been updated from 8.21.15

7 responses

  1. It certainly does taste like Texas and that is a very good thing, I haven’t made chicken fried steak in several ages but now that you have reminded me how good they are.I just might be picking up the habit again. Made for Culinaty Quest 2015.

    Thanks for a delicious recipe Sue. 😀

  2. I love chicken fried steak and thought this was a very nice version. I haven’t added Cajun seasoning before and really liked the subtle difference. Thanks for sharing Sue. Made for Best of 2015 tag.

  3. After all these times on your blog I finally figure out your rating button-lol! Gosh I feel dumb. Anyway just wanted to let you know I made this awhile back and it was so good! Brought back many childhood memories for me and my husband.

  4. Excellent. Didnt make gravy, but the venison chicken fried steak was great! Its a keeper

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