How to Make Alton Brown's Chicken-Fried Steak | Food Network

  • Published on Feb 3, 2014
  • Alton's chicken-fried steak smothered in gravy: what could be more classic?
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    Chicken Fried Steak
    Recipe courtesy of Alton Brown
    Total: 1 hr 25 min
    Prep: 45 min
    Inactive: 10 min
    Cook: 30 min
    Yield: 4 to 6 servings
    Level: Intermediate
    2 pounds beef bottom round, trimmed of excess fat
    2 teaspoons kosher salt
    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3 whole eggs, beaten
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    2 cups chicken broth
    1/2 cup whole milk
    1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
    Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.
    Cut the meat with the grain into 1/2-inch thick slices. Season each piece on both sides with the salt and pepper. Place the flour into a pie pan. Place the eggs into a separate pie pan. Dredge the meat on both sides in the flour. Tenderize the meat, using a needling device, until each slice is 1/4-inch thick. Once tenderized, dredge the meat again in the flour, followed by the egg and finally in the flour again. Repeat with all the pieces of meat. Place the meat onto a plate and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before cooking.
    Place enough of the vegetable oil to cover the bottom of a 12-inch slope-sided skillet and set over medium-high heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the meat in batches, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Cook each piece on both sides until golden brown, approximately 4 minutes per side. Remove the steaks to a wire rack set in a half sheet pan and place into the oven. Repeat until all of the meat is browned.
    Add the remaining vegetable oil, or at least 1 tablespoon, to the pan. Whisk in 3 tablespoons of the flour left over from the dredging. Add the chicken broth and deglaze the pan. Whisk until the gravy comes to a boil and begins to thicken. Add the milk and thyme and whisk until the gravy coats the back of a spoon, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste, with more salt and pepper, if needed. Serve the gravy over the steaks.
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Comments • 842

  • Chalres Kirkland
    Chalres Kirkland 6 hours ago

    Classic Alton Brown. And he's an Atlanta native, I believe.😁

  • Laura Borstorff
    Laura Borstorff 19 hours ago

    Is there something I can use in place of the eggs when coating it?

  • Anti Social
    Anti Social 2 days ago

    He sounds, looks and acts like a pervert not saying he is though .

  • Chris Trajectory
    Chris Trajectory 6 days ago

    Don't underestimate this. My dear mother used to make it for me.. cheap beef cuts, nice crispy breadcrumb coating and a ready made powder beef gravy smothering it.. with a side of mashed potatoes. Lovely

  • 2 Regular Brothers
    2 Regular Brothers 10 days ago

    CLICK BAIT.......😑

  • Calamatias
    Calamatias 13 days ago +1

    Those Fried Chicken steaks have are also Called Wiener Schnitzel(Vienna Schnitzel)

  • cali budz
    cali budz 18 days ago +1

    I used to watch all these when I was like 9.... now I’m a monster in the kitchen frfr. This and 30 min meals everyday

  • kyrios0307
    kyrios0307 28 days ago

    Would try to cook this but I think the gravy would taste even better if I sweat some onions, deglaze with white wine, and add a bit of butter to finish.

  • twosocks1976
    twosocks1976 Month ago

    I actually got myself one of those things he uses to poke the holes all over in the meat. The resulting chicken fried steak was tough and chewy oh, and I have not tried since. That was some eight or nine years ago. I don't know if maybe I just didn't poke enough holes in the meat or what, but this is a dish I would love to learn to master. Shredded cube steak available in some stores and my favorite Meat Market it's not worthy of making in too much of anything. It can't even hold up long enough to be breaded.

  • BlackWulf
    BlackWulf Month ago +12

    You telling me a chicken fried this steak?

  • Sean Newhouse
    Sean Newhouse Month ago

    Can milk gives a very creamy but smooth texture also make with a bacon country gravy!!

  • Duane Thompson
    Duane Thompson Month ago +1

    I was disappointed that Alton used vegetable oil, proven to be the worst for your health. A great alternative would have been bacon fat!

  • Rick Miclat
    Rick Miclat Month ago


  • Glen Haywood
    Glen Haywood Month ago +1

    10 good grinds is correct. No more of this 2 or 3 grind fake pepper business.
    I love pepper though.

  • Joe Masters
    Joe Masters Month ago

    I did this w/ ribeye steaks. Super delicious.

  • Tonya Patrick
    Tonya Patrick Month ago

    When breading anything also keep a dry hand and a wet hand so both of your hands aren't heavily battered as well.

  • bob jones
    bob jones Month ago +1

    Chicken Broth?? No way. Add flour and then stir in slowly a 12 OZ can of evaporated milk slowly and then add milk. Salt and Pepper. No way would I use chicken broth!!

  • Dwight Turner
    Dwight Turner Month ago

    I use one of those metal hammers to beat my meat.

  • Jeff Frizz
    Jeff Frizz Month ago

    Alton Brown... THE GOAT

  • Bobby Harper
    Bobby Harper Month ago

    Not enough oil imo

  • paul leepoy
    paul leepoy Month ago

    black people cook it little longer not bloody

  • Steve Rodgers
    Steve Rodgers Month ago

    Eatin' Texas!

  • Christian Hardwick
    Christian Hardwick Month ago

    Uh.. the final product isn’t all the same as the picture in the thumbnail

  • Bob Johnson
    Bob Johnson Month ago

    Oh lord save us..southern chicken fried steak was around a millenia before this Justine Wilson wanna be.....

  • Etrigan
    Etrigan Month ago

    Why do you chefs always Overkill with the pepper

  • CANALI Rodriguez
    CANALI Rodriguez Month ago

    Make some mac and cheese. Damn that looks good.

  • R L
    R L Month ago

    Would gravy from a packet be acceptable?

  • Tanya Hartley
    Tanya Hartley Month ago

    My friend that is not oklahoma gravy. That must be a northern style gravy. We just use flour grease milk salt pepper. Easy peasy. Threw me when he added chicken broth and thyme!

  • allen max
    allen max Month ago +1

    thats good eatin' and not expensive ,some mashed spuds, green beans with fried onions,mmmgood!

    • ajs1031
      ajs1031 Month ago

      Two medium fried eggs and a side of potatoes O'Brien cooked good and crisp. I like my chicken fried steak for breakfast.

  • El baúl del Ermitaño

    He's so energetic I love it

  • Barenn
    Barenn Month ago +7

    I watch Alton Brown because, Gordon Ramsey's camera man sucks.

  • Linda H
    Linda H Month ago +1

    Not the highest level, AB. You work so hard to make the presentation crusty side super crunchy, then you put the gravy all over the top? Um, no. Put the gravy on the plate under the chicken fried steak. The side you said wouldn't be as crispety-crunchety . . . then dip each bite into the gravy. THAT is the highest level of chicken fried steak plating/eating. Thanks though for the rest of the how to . . . and I really like your lower-carb cream gravy recipe using chicken stock. Bonus points for using rich and delicious homemade chicken stock.

    • Sam Shambles
      Sam Shambles Month ago +1

      Gravy goes over. Sauce goes under.

  • The Mad Hacker
    The Mad Hacker Month ago +2

    "now ve build ze gravy!" lol, classic

  • Geon Quuin
    Geon Quuin Month ago +120

    Who else is binging Alton Brown videos because of the new season of Good Eats?

    • Petrichor
      Petrichor Month ago +3

      @R L Yeah, I'm not trying to, but RU-clip keeps pulling me back in.

    • R L
      R L Month ago +3

      RU-clip is bombarding me with his videos.

  • lolaidan2
    lolaidan2 Month ago

    0:38 song name?

  • Some guy
    Some guy 2 months ago

    ... And I'm hungry now.

  • Robert Haibi
    Robert Haibi 2 months ago +1

    Great video your a master

  • Ander Ander
    Ander Ander 2 months ago +2

    What I like best about his videos are the lack of virtue signaling and false environmentalism..... no mention of cow farts or Ancient Grains or sub-Saharan Africa or the Amazon..... just good chicken fried steak...

  • Rittenhaus
    Rittenhaus 2 months ago

    Wire rack or why Iraq. I can never tell

  • Mike Jennings
    Mike Jennings 2 months ago

    Anybody else find this guy annoying? ??

  • Joshua Upham
    Joshua Upham 2 months ago

    No seasoning in the flour? What?

  • Balasaravanan Palanirajh

    Best to-the-point cooking show ever
    Might be edited but this video is the BEST... 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
    Not enough thumbs up

  • MCkeetch
    MCkeetch 2 months ago +1

    "maybe just... ahhh... 3 tbsp"
    Love how specific he is. Really helpful!

  • SCotty Ingram
    SCotty Ingram 2 months ago

    Why did he cut it from a slice not seen easily? I think it was already cut! Strange...

  • Truth Seeker
    Truth Seeker 2 months ago

    Very nice.
    One of the few posted chicken fried steak recipes that actually includes making the gravy.
    It's as if "they" think the gravy falls out of the sky!
    Thank you, for including the detailed gravy instruction.
    Very nice!!

  • dasilverwelshman
    dasilverwelshman 2 months ago

    Does anyone else get reminded of Beakman's World while watching Alton Brown in the kitchen? I love his show!!!

  • Guiding Angel
    Guiding Angel 2 months ago +1

    This dude is creepy

  • Maverick James
    Maverick James 2 months ago

    You like to keep it simple. I love it!

  • Jacob
    Jacob 2 months ago +2

    0:33 look at that perfectly executed Babish walk-off.

  • Hunter Holley
    Hunter Holley 2 months ago

    Alton: Uh

  • Maniacked
    Maniacked 2 months ago

    So there isn’t actually any chicken

  • Ryan Lauderdale
    Ryan Lauderdale 2 months ago +3

    Frying chicken fried steak in bacon drippings!? Alton, you genius.

  • GhostOfRhurValley
    GhostOfRhurValley 3 months ago

    I prefer bacon grease

  • Better than telly
    Better than telly 3 months ago

    You are funny!

  • bob flowerfucker
    bob flowerfucker 3 months ago +1

    I'm so disappointed with Alton why didn't he seaeon the steaks or the dredging

  • Jake Mitchell
    Jake Mitchell 3 months ago

    Did I miss something? You didn't season the meat or the flour? You made chicken fried steak without using so much as salt and pepper on the meat? It's great that you seasoned the gravy, but there's no way you're from the South if you didn't salt and pepper the meat. That meal LOOKS delicious, but it's got to be BLAND.

  • iwtmltyb
    iwtmltyb 3 months ago

    Hmm, let’s hope that’s not how you do it when cooking for other people.
    You put your finger in the sauce and licked it, before sprinkling in seasoning with the same finger.
    Sign of a bad chef.
    No thanks.

    • leggomytoku
      leggomytoku 3 months ago

      @iwtmltyb honestly i don't he's trying to give a homey vibe not the vibe of a professional to make the show feel less robotic and more natural ya know?

    • iwtmltyb
      iwtmltyb 3 months ago

      leggomytoku That’s fair enough, but if he’s presenting a video on social media that other people are using as a guide, he should do it professionally.
      Do you not think so?

    • leggomytoku
      leggomytoku 3 months ago

      @iwtmltyb just saying man he even states in another video that he doesn't do this when he's cooking for other people

    • iwtmltyb
      iwtmltyb 3 months ago

      leggomytoku Old habits die hard...

    • leggomytoku
      leggomytoku 3 months ago

      @iwtmltyb yeah but he made it for just himself

  • Scorp
    Scorp 3 months ago

    i thought he was gonna make love to that steak

  • Radhika Chatterjee
    Radhika Chatterjee 3 months ago +1

    When Food Network had awesome shows!

  • mitchell maule
    mitchell maule 3 months ago +22

    "Don't wanna crowd the pan"
    *crowds pan*