Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy
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Chicken-Fried Steak

Steve Legato

Chicken-Fried Steak

Goodbye beef, hello chicken! This is good, really good. After three days of cooking flour- and crumb-coated chicken breasts in every conceivable (healthy) fashion, I pictured myself sitting in a greasy-spoon diner as I sampled the delightful results of the final taste test of this recipe. Perfectly coated and loaded with flavor, the only thing missing is 75 percent of the fat and sodium and more than half the usual carbs and calories. While devouring a serving of this dish, my son Stephen asked me not once, but twice, "Are you sure this is healthy?" 


For the chicken-fried steak

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover the chicken breasts in plastic wrap and gently pound to 1/2-inch thickness. Set aside.

Place 2 tablespoons of flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, whisk together the egg white, buttermilk, and baking soda. In a third shallow bowl, mix the cornflake crumbs with 4 tablespoons flour, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and thyme.

Coat each chicken breast with flour, dip into egg mixture, allowing excess egg to drip off, and roll in crumbs. Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add the chicken and cook until undersides are golden brown. Spray top with cooking spray and turn. Cook two minutes and transfer pan to oven for 5-6 minutes or until cooked through.

While chicken is baking prepare Cream Gravy. 

For the cream gravy

In a small saucepan cook the bacon over moderate heat, turning until crisp. Remove the bacon, mince, and set aside.

Add flour to the pan and slowly whisk in 1/2 cup of broth, stirring until smooth. Add the remaining broth and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Finely crush thyme into the gravy with your fingers. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, whisking occasionally until gravy thickens.

Whisk in the nonfat half-and-half and the minced cooked bacon and simmer 1 more minute. Adjust salt to taste and serve 1/4 cup over each "steak."


Calories per serving:

605 kcal

Daily value:



  • Carbohydrate, by difference 118 g
  • Protein 17 g
  • Total lipid (fat) 10 g
  • Vitamin A, IU 249 IU
  • Vitamin A, RAE 8 µg
  • Vitamin B-6 1 mg
  • Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 1 mg
  • Vitamin D 6 IU
  • Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) 1 mg
  • Vitamin K (phylloquinone) 14 µg
  • Ash 6 g
  • Betaine 11 mg
  • Calcium, Ca 158 mg
  • Carotene, beta 15 µg
  • Cholesterol 3 mg
  • Choline, total 39 mg
  • Fatty acids, total monounsaturated 4 g
  • Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated 2 g
  • Fatty acids, total saturated 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans 1 g
  • Fatty acids, total trans-monoenoic 1 g
  • Fiber, total dietary 15 g
  • Folate, DFE 575 µg
  • Folate, food 31 µg
  • Folate, total 357 µg
  • Folic acid 326 µg
  • Glucose (dextrose) 1 g
  • Glutamic acid 1 g
  • Iron, Fe 30 mg
  • Lutein + zeaxanthin 178 µg
  • Lycopene 1 µg
  • Magnesium, Mg 148 mg
  • Maltose 1 g
  • Manganese, Mn 4 mg
  • Niacin 10 mg
  • Pantothenic acid 1 mg
  • Phosphorus, P 673 mg
  • Phytosterols 1 mg
  • Potassium, K 753 mg
  • Retinol 7 µg
  • Selenium, Se 18 µg
  • Sodium, Na 1440 mg
  • Starch 24 g
  • Sucrose 3 g
  • Sugars, total 15 g
  • Thiamin 1 mg
  • Tocopherol, gamma 1 mg
  • Water 73 g
  • Zinc, Zn 3 mg
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