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chicken fried chicken with gravy on top

Chicken Fried Chicken

Chicken Fried Chicken is a variation of the very popular southern Chicken Fried Steak recipe. Made with chicken instead of beef.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 pounds thin sliced chicken cutlets


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup milk
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste



  • In a large, nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat until ripples begin to form.
  • While the oil heats, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, onion powder, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg and water.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge one steak in the flour mixture, then the egg and then back in the flour mixture to coat.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet. Repeat with the remaining chicken adding more oil as needed. Work in batches if necessary as to not overcrowd the pan. (Overcrowding will cause the chicken to steam and the coating will not get crisp.) Cook the chicken for 2 to 3 minutes or until crisp and golden brown (time depends on thickness of chicken). Flip the chicken and continue cooking for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until golden. Transfer the chicken to a platter or baking sheet and cover with foil to keep warm.


  • Add the butter to the skillet and sprinkle with flour. Whisk together in the pan and cook until golden. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth and continue cooking until thickened. Stir in the milk until smooth and beginning to thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve the fried chicken immediately topped with the gravy.


Keyword chicken, country gravy, fried chicken