I have tried to make fried chicken with no luck. Then today I tried to make chicken fried steak. I was given a top shoulder piece of meat. I found in my cookbook chicken fried steak and you use this cut of meat. What am I doing wrong? The flour just comes off in the pan. I cut the steak before I cooked it, just like the book says (Southern Living). The same thing happens with fried chicken.
Have you tried dipping the chicken in milk, or an egg/milk mixture? That helps to hold the flour on. Hope that helps!
My sister makes great chicken fried steak and here's how she does it: she saves all her meat drippings, then dips the steaks in it, then in flour,then fries it. It's not healthy but it sure is good.
dipping eggs really works good. and the oil has to be really hot when you put your meat in it.
Pound slices of meat no more than 1/4" thick. Dip in dry seasoned coating, (I use flour, Progresso Italian flavored bread crumbs, garlic, salt, pepper and onion powder) then in wet (egg/milk mixture) then once more into dry. Let sit on rack a few minutes until it's 'set'. Heat oil so that when you put your meat in, you get a good sizzle. Turn only once. Don't overcrowd your meat. It's better to do in shifts. If your breading is coming off, your oil probably isn't hot enough. I hope this helps. : )
For fried chicken make a brine of 1 Tbsp. of Kosher salt to 1 quart of water. Put in a large bowl lg. enough to cover chicken, and put in frig. for 2hr. to overnight. The longer the chicken is in the brine the more tender and juicy the chicken will be. Use a large zip-lock bag with flour and any spices you might want, add chichen pieces (do not dry) one at a time to flour and shake. Put bag of chicken in frig. for about 30 min. to 1 hr. Shake before frying. Fry in hot oil. Try round steak, same method, also cube steak; no brine. Just make sure it is wet. Beaten egg or water.
I made a really good breaded chicken the other day, but the crust fell off. So after watching a cooking show last night, I realized I forgot to dry the chicken 1st.
Here is what I should have done, maybe this will work for you.
Dry your meat, then dip in flour (seasoning flour is also really yummy), then dip in egg, then dip in your flour, bread crumbs or panko crumbs. I am going to try that next time, I think I did it the last time and it stayed on.
Hope that helps.
Definitely dry the meat first anytime you want to bread something. I always dried my chicken, but I found a kinda cool recipe using chicken breaded with french-fried onions and forgot to dry the chicken and the "breaded onions" fell off. So drying the meat is a must!
IN TEXAS, WE MAKE IT THIS WAY: Purchase tenderized thin sliced top round steaks. If you freeze them, thaw in Fridge over night, then with natural moisture still in tact, dip in Bisquick mix, both sides, once and let it sit on waxed paper until glossy, about 20 min. Dip a second time in the flour and pepper to taste, reserving the salt until AFTER it is cooked. Salt toughens meat while cooking. To 3/4" of Coconut oil heated on medium heat in skillet, lay in meat carefully, and fry fairly quickly but completely, about 2 min. then turn over for 1 min. or until light golden brown. Over-cooking toughens meat. The temp has to be just right or the flour will dissolve. Test with a corner of the meat first. If flour stays on meat, it will fry right. Egg batter can be substituted, but usually makes the batter too hard. We use only this plain flour method seasoned just right, cooked this way only.If not turned often, and a non-stick skillet is used, and heat is proper, you will get the hang of it after a few trials. It's worth the practice, I'm told.
Drain on double paper towels,top and bottom,pressing lightly but removing quickly afterwards to a dry, clean plate before batter sticks to paper, then salt to taste and serve hot with gravy below on the side.
Coconut oil browns and heats very quickly, unlike unhealthy
Crisco, so turn the heat/fire back a notch and watch it carefully so as not to burn food. Do not turn often or disturb. Best to use a TFal skillet to prevent sticking. Done when easily cut with side of fork only, not knife. Do not cover pan, otherwise it will be mushy and not crisp. Pepper flavors the meat. I also like to add a light sprinkle of nutmeg to the meat before frying, as suggested by a restaruant chef I know.
COUNTRY WHITE GRAVY: Save cooking oil after frying. Add about two tablespoons of Bisquick mix flour to med. low Coconut oil and stir until smoothe with no lumps. Prepare to work quickly stirring well, but especially when you add about 1 cup milk to make gravy. It will thicken VERY quickly, so, if this is enough gravy AND not too thick, or thin, remove from heat. If too thick, add a little more milk slowly while stirring until desired consistency. If too thin, cook a little longer until thicker. Gravy should be pourable, not lumpy and then season to taste with salt and pepper. This is a nice forgiveable old South recipe we have enjoyed for years, replacing Crisco with the Coconut Oil sucessfully.
Make sure your oil is hot enough.
TO make fried chicken, dip your chicken in flour with spices of your choice. Then dip the chicken in beaten eggs, then in bread crumbs. Deep fry and voila, perfect fried chicken.
Check out Alton Brown's "Good Eats" on the Food Network web page. He had an entire show about chicken fried steak. I'm pretty sure he dried the meat too. I seem to remember he let it sit for 20 minutes or so after flouring before continuing too.
We use cube steak to make wonderful country fried steak. We go by a recipe of Emeril's and change only slightly. My husband makes the meat and I do the side dishes which are milk gravy, biscuits, mashed potatoes and green beans. Yum, what a delicious meal....probably loaded with cholesterol but yummy none the less!
A friend of mine turns out excellent chicken fried steak by using enough oil in the pan to completely cover the steak. Not healthy, but it works.
The best piece of meat for Chicken Fried Steak is a Minute Steak! I cook in the restaurant business for several years and this is how we made it.
Mix a big batch of flour with some seasoning salt or meat tenderizer.
Mix eggs 3-4 with a smidge of milk.
Put meat in the flour mixture FIRST! Pat in in. Then put it in the egg mixture, then BACK into the flour mix!
Make sure your grease (or I use butter) is hot. I put a pat of butter under each steak on a HOT griddle. Leave the meat alone until there are blood/moisture pools on the top.
Flip the meat onto another pat of butter. Cook until golden brown. THE KEY IS TO FLIP THIS STEAK ONLY ONCE!
Hope you have good luck with this!
Just a road show on FoodNetWork the blond guy with
spikey hair. the went to Oklahoma and had great
chicken fried steak they used cube steak and
the guy made it on the grill not deep fry or use
skillet with little oil not drown it it looked good
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