Peppery Chicken Fried Chicken

READY IN: 42mins
Recipe by Shesbittersweet

Typically, in Texas and surrounding states, chicken fried steak is deep fried in a pan and served with traditional peppered milk gravy. Got this form southern living.

Top Review by janetfowler56_13114

this is my comfort food go to recipe. It is much better than the Cracker Barrel Restaurant's variety. The crust is perfect, very crunchy, thick and flavorful . The secret is the saltine crackers. They are a must for the recipe to have that crispiness. The white gravy is fantastic. It makes a huge amount but you can scale down the recipe and it still turns out perfect

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place chicken breasts between 2 sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet or rolling pin.
  2. Sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper evenly over chicken. Set aside.
  3. Combine cracker crumbs, 2 cups flour, baking powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, and ground red pepper.
  4. Whisk together 1 1/2 cups milk and eggs. Dredge chicken in cracker crumb mixture; dip in milk mixture, and dredge in cracker mixture again.
  5. Pour oil to a depth of 1/2 inch in a 12-inch skillet (do not use a nonstick skillet). Heat to 360°. Fry chicken, in batches, 10 minutes, adding oil as needed. Turn and fry 4 to 5 more minutes or until golden brown. Remove to a wire rack in a jellyroll pan. Keep chicken warm in a 225° oven. Carefully drain hot oil, reserving cooked bits and 2 tablespoons drippings in skillet.
  6. Whisk together remaining 1/2 cup flour, remaining 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, remaining 1 teaspoon black pepper, and remaining 6 1/2 cups milk. Pour mixture into reserved drippings in skillet; cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, 10 to 12 minutes or until thickened. Serve gravy with chicken.

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