Chicken fried steak super crispy on the outside, with incredibly tender steak on the inside, all smothered in a flavourful gravy is finally something I can make at home!
For years now chicken fried steak was something I got when we were on vacation. If I’m being completely honest, it’s something I ordered once and it was AMAZING – a super crispy coating loaded with flavourful, tender beef, and covered in a warm pepper gravy. Every time I ordered it since that first time though, I was just chasing the dream. It was never that good again.
Chicken Fried Steak or Country Fried Steak?
Humour me for a second, incase some of you have come here looking for country friend steak. Isn’t it the same thing? You may be asking, if you’re like me. But no, it’s not (huh, who knew!).
Country fried steak is just dusted with flour, and served with a brown gravy and onions (typically).
Chicken fried steak is this beautiful recipe (and my preference). A breaded steak served with a peppery white cream gravy.
Back to the important details, like…
Not even restaurants get it right all the time!
Even the restaurants seem to struggle with finding the sweet spot where all three parts of chicken fried steak (breading, steak, and gravy) are awesome. Most of the time the coating’s soggy, not crispy, and the steak is often incredibly tough (I remember ordering at one restaurant and not even being able to cut through it, but I don’t know if it was just a steak issue, or if their knives were crap too). And you can’t forget the gravy. When it’s good, it’s good. When it’s bad though, it’s HORRIBLE. Bland and too thick are not what we want….