Chicken Fried or Pan Fried, How Do You Cook It?

Did you even know there’s a different between Chicken Fried Steak and Pan Fried Steak?  Well, there is.  Chicken Fried Steak uses an egg and milk batter, along with flour.  Pan fried only uses flour.  Which one do you prefer?

I did Chicken Fried Steak a long time ago but when I started cooking for the cowboys (up to 50), I learned to be a little more resourceful to save grocery money and did without the eggs and milk.  We simply use flour, salt, and pepper.  I find that the taste is just as good.  I just make sure that the steak is “saturated” in the flour and I season well.  I pat the flour in with my fingers and coat it a couple of times right before I’m ready to stick in the pan.

So how do you prefer yours? Pan fried or chicken fried? And if you have a great chicken fry batter, I’d love to hear about it in the comments section!

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    Courtney says

    I’ve never fried steak nor baked it battered. My FIL makes a mean Milanesa, but I think that uses breadcrumbs.

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    Sandy says

    I’m a pan fried girl through and through. While I love a good chicken fried steak at a family style restaurant, when I do them at home it’s just salt, pepper, and flour for me.

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    I have a great fried chicken recipe that I have been making for years. I make it similar to how my Mom made it when we were growing up. I have the recipe on my website on the What’s for Dinner page. It is fantastic!


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    I just realized you are looking for a chicken fry batter for chicken fried steak. I gave you a fried chicken recipe. Oops.

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    i ADORE chicken fried steak, and that gravy, oh my so yummy! I haven’t tried pan fried and now I guess I should.