Chicken Fried Steak- Nana Helen Style

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Chicken Fried Steak is a diner staple to us. Usually when we go to the diner for breakfast my Dad orders chicken fried steak, and sometimes I do to. It really depends on my mood. It is, however, not something we have ever enjoyed at home. My Mom ( Nana Helen) decided to try her hand at making it and then showing you guys! You can read the start of this series HERE.

Chicken Fried Steak- The Recipe

Chicken Fried Steak


  • Ingredients
  • 2 pounds sirloin tip roast, cut into 6 3/4-inch-thick steaks
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup buttermilk, well shaken
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 3 cups milk


  1. Place steaks on a clean work surface and pound both sides to 1/4-inch thickness with the tenderizing side of a meat mallet. Season steaks with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Combine 1 cup flour and cayenne pepper in a wide, shallow dredging bowl and pour buttermilk into another dredging bowl. Coat steaks in flour, then buttermilk, and again in the flour. Transfer to a baking sheet lined with a cooling rack and let stand 20 minutes.
  3. Pour oil to 1/8-inch depth into a large cast-iron skillet and heat over medium-high heat. When oil shimmers, fry the steaks in two batches, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  4. Carefully pour all but 2 tablespoons of fat from skillet and return skillet to heat. Whisk in remaining 3 tablespoons flour, cooking until bubbly and golden, 1 minute. Whisk in milk and season with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil, whisking constantly, until gravy thickens slightly, 1 minute. Transfer to a gravy boat or small pitcher and serve immediately poured over steaks.


Recipe is from

Wash and pound your meat thin.

Set up your dredging station as close to your stove as possible.

Dredge your steaks in flour, then buttermilk, and then flour. Place in hot grease to fry.

Fry each piece until they are golden brown on each side.

chicken fried steak

You can get the candied sweet potatoes HERE


Next up will be the collard greens to go with this meal!

Till We Dish Again,



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  1. says

    Though my family likes this meal, I’ve not particularly cared for the gravy. It’s strange though because in general I like all gravy. Gravy on everything. Heck, I would probably eat gravy on gravy with biscuits if I could have it. But not this one. I always ask for brown gravy instead. Weirdo, I guess. I love that your mom is Nana Helen. Thanks for the recipe!
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  2. says

    I LOVE Chicken Fried Steak. In order for my stomach to agree with it I’d have to pile the veggie sides high to balance out; but, this recipe sounds absolutely worth it! Thanks for sharing!
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