I received this recipe from a co-worker about 5 years ago. This is by far the best chicken fried steak I've ever had. I've made this numerous times for my picky eater son and my southern-raised better half, as well as other family and friends. I get nothing but rave reviews each time.

norah
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Pound the steaks to about 1/4-inch thickness. Place 2 cups of flour in a shallow bowl. Stir together the baking powder, baking soda, pepper, and salt in a separate shallow bowl; stir in the buttermilk, egg, Tabasco Sauce, and garlic. Dredge each steak first in the flour, then in the batter, and again in the flour. Pat the flour onto the surface of each steak so they are completely coated with dry flour.

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  • Heat the shortening in a deep cast-iron skillet to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Fry the steaks until evenly golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Place fried steaks on a plate with paper towels to drain. Drain the fat from the skillet, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid and as much of the solid remnants as possible.

  • Return the skillet to medium-low heat with the reserved oil. Whisk the remaining flour into the oil. Scrape the bottom of the pan with a spatula to release solids into the gravy. Stir in the milk, raise the heat to medium, and bring the gravy to a simmer, cook until thick, 6 to 7 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper. Spoon the gravy over the steaks to serve.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the breading ingredients. The actual amount of the breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and the specific type of oil used.

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Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

791.1 calories; 47 g protein; 71.1 g carbohydrates; 123.6 mg cholesterol; 1393.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
This recipe is awesome! My family loved it. To fix the buttermilk dilemma some reviews have mentioned, try this: to make substitute buttermilk, add 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to a cup of milk, or add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. In many baking recipes, you can also just use plain yogurt or sour cream instead of buttermilk. I use the vinegar method but the rest are good to know. I never buy buttermilk anymore because I never use the whole carton. Buttermilk is one of those where I could have it for weeks then not need it, as soon as it goes bad I need it. This is handy to keep in your box for any recipe calling for buttermilk, when in a pinch use a substitute. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2010
this was okay..it had a taste of too much flour for me, and not sure if i liked cooking in shortning,im used to veg.oil so to me it seems like i can notice the shortning when i take a bite, the gravy i made wasnt bad..thank you for sharing. Read More
(21)
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Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
This recipe is awesome! My family loved it. To fix the buttermilk dilemma some reviews have mentioned, try this: to make substitute buttermilk, add 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to a cup of milk, or add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. In many baking recipes, you can also just use plain yogurt or sour cream instead of buttermilk. I use the vinegar method but the rest are good to know. I never buy buttermilk anymore because I never use the whole carton. Buttermilk is one of those where I could have it for weeks then not need it, as soon as it goes bad I need it. This is handy to keep in your box for any recipe calling for buttermilk, when in a pinch use a substitute. Read More
(1272)
Rating: 5 stars
04/29/2009
This recipe is awesome! My family loved it. To fix the buttermilk dilemma some reviews have mentioned, try this: to make substitute buttermilk, add 1-3/4 tablespoons of cream of tartar to a cup of milk, or add a tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a cup of milk and let it stand for 5 to 10 minutes. In many baking recipes, you can also just use plain yogurt or sour cream instead of buttermilk. I use the vinegar method but the rest are good to know. I never buy buttermilk anymore because I never use the whole carton. Buttermilk is one of those where I could have it for weeks then not need it, as soon as it goes bad I need it. This is handy to keep in your box for any recipe calling for buttermilk, when in a pinch use a substitute. Read More
(1272)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
Yum! I recommend salt and peppering the meat before dipping it in the flour and buttermilk mixture. Otherwise, the meat itself tastes bland. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2007
I have made Chicken Fried Steak for years and am always looking for the ultimate coating. I think I have found it in this recipe! I sadly didn't have all the ingredients no buttermilk or hot sauce but used whole milk and it worked just fine. Crisped up perfectly. My family raved that it is the best I have ever made and it was "almost as good as Cracker Barrel's." Hopefully with all the ingredients it will surpass it next time. =) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2010
This is the best recipe I've found for chicken fried steak! I allow my steaks to "rest" on a wire rack after the final coating of flour - which seems to help the coating adhere - also make sure to pat your steaks dry with paper towels then season them as you'd like before beginning the breading process - this will also help the coating adhere better. It is also important that the oil reach the proper temperature before adding the steaks - I used Mazola Canola oil instead of shortening and did not need near the amount called for - used maybe 3/4 - 1c total. After the steaks are cooked and keeping warm (to prevent sogginess keep them on a wire rack over a cookie sheet) in a 200 oven; I do add some finely chopped onion and garlic to the oil and drippings in the pan and saute before adding the flour and milk - make sure the flour is cooked in the oil to avoid a pasty, flour-y taste to your gravy. I also like to add about 1/4c chicken stock after adding the milk - I found I only needed about 2 1/2 to 3c of milk. These additions seem to give the gravy the boost my family likes. An EXCELLENT recipe that my family loves, thanks so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2008
This is my full proof recipe for Chicken fried steak,it's my husbands FAVORITE meal and whenever I make it for him or anyone else I get compliments throughtout the night. The hot sauce doesn't make it hot but instead brings out the flavors of everything else, this is the absolute perfect recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2007
I made this for dinner tonight, and it was AWESOME! The coating on the steaks had wonderful flavor, and crisped up perfectly! I used fresh turkey cube steaks that I get from my local farmers market, and we didn't miss the beef at all. Other then stirring a little hot sauce into the gravy at the end, I followed the recipe as written. Served with mashed potatoes and applesauce, this is a new fave! Thank you for this great addition to my favorites file! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2007
My middle son loves chicken fried steak and so do I. He came back for seconds with this recipe. I had to change it a little. Because I'm in the Denver area, frying can be a problem - things get overdone on the outside while undercooked inside. So as soon as the outsides were done, I put them in the oven like shake-and-bake for about 1/2 hour. Also, IMHO, a touch of garlic immensely improves country gravy, so I added garlic powder to the gravy. I also couldn't find uncultured buttermilk, but regular milk worked fine. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2010
This is a great coating.I have for years frozen my left over buttermilk in 1 cup containers. Just shake to incorporate the butterfat and milk, works for me every time waste not want not. Read More
(80)
Rating: 4 stars
06/24/2008
Really, really delicious according to my gang butI did highly season the flour with garlic and onion powders and dried parsley flakes. Because I was being a lazy girl, I chose to use cube steaks which are obviously already tenderized. Everyone loved the gravy too. OMG, I just hit my back button to find and thank the submitter of this recipe and I see it's you Norah! So thanks sweetie pie! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2010
this was okay..it had a taste of too much flour for me, and not sure if i liked cooking in shortning,im used to veg.oil so to me it seems like i can notice the shortning when i take a bite, the gravy i made wasnt bad..thank you for sharing. Read More
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