Chicken Fried Steak – A Country Fried Cube Steak Recipe

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Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.

Country Fried Cube Steak Recipe

This is comfort food at its finest. Forget the calories because they don’t count when you are eating something this good, this delicious, this down-home. Don’t wait to order this at Cracker Barrel when you can easily make it at home.

What is chicken fried steak?  Did you know that it’s not chicken?  Instead, it’s a piece of beef cubed steak that is seasoned, breaded and pan-fried in a similar process to that of fried chicken.

This is one of those recipes, like Fried Pork Chops, that just remind us of grandma’s kitchen!

What is cubed steak?

Cubed steak is a cut of meat that has been through a tenderizing process.  This cut of beef is not tender to begin with, but when ran through a machine or pounded out, the tough connective and muscle fibers break up.  The tenderizing process creates a tender cut of beef.  This cut gets its name from the way the beef looks with its recognizable indentations.

How to you cook cubed steak?

You fry it…end of story. Don’t go messing around with it any other way.  If you think you don’t like cubed steak, then you haven’t eaten it the right way. Cube steak is one of my absolute favorite meals. Hands down. End of story. The end.

 

Chicken Fried Steak Recipe

I found this country fried steak recipe stuck in a notebook that belonged to my Granny.  She kept numerous newspaper and magazine clippings of recipes all taped in notebooks, and when I say numerous, I mean hundreds.  This method was the original Pinterest, and moms and grandmas for generations used this same method.

Fried Cubed Steak is a fast recipe from beginning to end.  If your cubed beef is thawed, you can essentially have dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. And when your kids are starving when they get home like mine are, time is of the essence.

Basically, this country fried steak recipe is like this:  dip the cubed steak in a wet mixture, dip the cubed steak in a flour mixture, let it sit for 5 minutes, fry on one side for 5 minutes, fry on another side for 5 minutes, remove from heat, make gravy, and serve.   It sounds hard but it is absolutely not by any means.

Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy. 

Serve Chicken Fried Steak over Mashed Potatoes

Chicken Fried Steak and Gravy is traditionally served with mashed potatoes.  If you love making homemade mashed potatoes, all the power to you.  This is not my expertise.  And the reason why is because MY KIDS ARE STARVING.  I do not have time to peel and boil and mash potatoes.  With that being said, have you tried Bob Evans Refrigerated Mashed Potatoes?  These are a game-changer, and I almost always have some in the fridge.

Now, you might say that all the old-fashioned Grandmas in the world would be appalled by my prepared mashed potatoes, but this is not true.  My Grandma (not to be confused with my Granny) thought instant mashed potatoes were the best thing since sliced bread.  For a woman who spent half her life peeling potatoes, instant potato flakes were a life saver and she was not afraid to use them.

Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.

How to Make Fried Cube Steak and Gravy:

  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder. Set aside 1/3 cup flour mixture for the gravy.
  2. Mix eggs and milk in a separate large bowl.
  3. Dip cubed steak in the egg mixture on both sides and then immediately coat generously in the flour mixture. Let the cube steaks sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, add 1/2 inch of oil to a large skillet; heat over medium high heat until hot.
  5. Fry the steaks for 5-7 minutes on the first side or until perfectly browned; flip and cook for approximately another 5 minutes until the second side is browned.
  6. Remove from oil to a paper towel-lined plate; keep warm in a 200 degree F oven (remove paper towels first).
  7. For the gravy, pour out the oil keeping 1/3 cup in the skillet; stir in 1/3 cup of the leftover flour mixture into the drippings until smooth.
  8. Gradually, whisk in milk; bring to a boil and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened. Salt to taste.
  9. Serve over mashed potatoes.

For the full instructions for chicken fried steak recipe with cubed steak, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Fried Cubed Steak and Gravy:

  • Chicken Fried Steak is actually beef, not chicken.
  • Fried cubed steak and gravy can be on the table in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Substitute buttermilk for the regular milk in the breading.
  • The best frying oils are canola, soybean, corn or vegetable oil (which is usually soybean oil).
  • To absorb the extra cooking oil from the chicken fried steak when done cooking, line a plate with paper towels.
  • To keep your cubed steak warm while preparing the gravy, put them on an oven-proof plate in a 200 degree F oven.
  • Be sure to add additional salt to your taste preference to your gravy before serving.
  • Love traditional recipes that Grandma used to make for dinner? Try our Swiss Steak and Ham Steak recipes.

Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy. 

Our Favorite Stove Top Recipes

We love meals made completely on the stove top. If they cook in just one pot, we love them even more. Try these:

Stove Top Italian Bean Soup

Skillet Smoked Sausage and Cabbage

Ground Beef Pizza Casserole

Creamy Chicken Chili

Ground Beef Goulash

Smoked Sausage, Sauerkraut with Green Beans and Potatoes

 

Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy. 

Chicken Fried Steak - A Country Fried Steak Recipe

Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Fried Steak, Country Fried Steak, Cube Steak, Cubed Steak, Fried Cubed Steak, Fried Cubed Steak and Gravy
Servings: 4
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

Cubed Steak

  • 4 beef cubed steaks
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • oil (for frying) canola, vegetable, corn or soybean

Gravy

  • 2 cups milk
  • salt, to taste
  • 1/3 cup pan drippings
  • 1/3 cup flour mixture from above

Instructions

Chicken Fried Steak

  • In a large bowl, whisk 1 cup milk and eggs.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Mix flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and chili powder in a second large bowl. Reserve 1/3 cup of flour mixture aside for gravy.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Dip each cube steak in milk mixture, and then coat generously in flour mixture. Let the coated cube steak sit for 5 minutes.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Fill a large skillet with 1/2 inch of frying oil (see notes for best types). Heat on medium high until hot; fry steaks for 5-7 minutes on the first side or until browned; flip and cook on the second side for an additional 5 minutes of until browned to your desired liking.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Remove from oil to a paper-towel lined plate. Remove paper towels, put plate with steaks in a 200 degree oven to keep hot while making gravy.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.

Gravy

  • Drain cooking oil, reserving 1/3 cup of drippings in the pan.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Add reserved 1/3 cup flour mixture to the drippings; whisk until smooth.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Turn heat to medium; stir in 2 cups milk, whisking constantly.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.
  • Bring gravy to a boil and cook for 2 minutes or until thick. Taste, and salt as desired.
  • Serve gravy over cubed steak and mashed potatoes.
    Chicken Fried Steak (also known as Fried Cubed Steak or Country Fried Steak) is downright delicious.  This 20-minute meal consists of perfectly seasoned and breaded cubed steak that is pan fried and topped with homemade gravy.

Notes

  • Chicken Fried Steak is actually beef, not chicken.
  • Fried cubed steak and gravy can be on the table in approximately 20 minutes.
  • Buttermilk can be substituted for regular milk.
  • The best frying oils are canola, soybean, corn or vegetable oil.
  • To absorb the extra cooking oil from the chicken fried steak, line a plate with paper towels.
  • To keep your cubed steak warm while preparing the gravy, put them on an oven-proof plate in a 200 degree F oven.
  • Be sure to add additional salt to your taste preference to your gravy before serving.
  • Love traditional recipes that Grandma used to make for dinner? Try our Swiss Steak and Ham Steak recipes.

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