You may have had chicken fried steak at popular some chain or diner, but trust me, this is one you’re going to want to have homemade. This southern-style chicken fried steak recipe comes straight from Kentucky where the Dan-O’s Seasoning and bourbon flow like wine! You’ll even learn how to make gravy if you don’t know how. Yeehaw!
This recipe starts off with cube steak, a tender cut of beef that is pre-tenderized by a butcher. Don’t hold me to it, but I think it was made specifically for chicken fried steak. Other items you’ll want handy are eggs, buttermilk, regular milk, flour, and Dan-O’s Seasoning. You don’t need to fully fry these steaks, as a shallow pan-fry does the trick.
Now with this particular style of frying, your coating will be a bit dark by the time your steak is cooked. I’m here to tell you, this darkish color brings a ton of flavor, and it’s usually not burned (unless it’s burned). If you simply cannot live with darker coating on your chicken fried steak, fry each side for a few minutes and finish it in the oven to your desired internal temperature. I recommend going to at least 150 degrees. Don’t forget to save some drippings for the gravy!
If you don’t have buttermilk handy, make your own! I make mine by mixing together a cup of milk and a tbs of something acidic (lemon juice or vinegar) then letting it rest a few hours. But you can buy some from the store. Also, my gravy recipe is very simple, so if you have a better option go for it. If you have no faith in your gravy skills, just get the stuff in the pouch.
So here you go! The southern glory that is chicken fried steak, at home! Cooked slightly below well done and made with homemade gravy. You deserve this.