Chicken-Fried Steak Nuggets with Beer and Bourbon Gravy Recipe

Photographs: Marvin Gapultos

Recipe Facts

Active: 45 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 6 to 8 servings

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  • 1 1/2 pounds top sirloin or top round cube steak, cut into bite-sized pieces

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk, divided

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 to 2 cups canola, vegetable, or peanut oil

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • 1/2 cup beer

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 175°F. Season the steak on all sides with salt and black pepper and set aside. In a shallow dish, combine the eggs and 1/2 cup milk. In another shallow dish, combine the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and cayenne. Working in batches, dredge the meat in the flour mixture, then in the egg mixture, and again into the flour mixture, shaking off any excess flour or egg wash. Lay the coated pieces of meat on a wire rack. Reserve any extra flour for use in thickening the gravy.

  2. Add enough oil to just cover the bottom of a large cast iron skillet, Dutch oven, or flat-bottomed wok by 1/2 inch. Heat the oil over medium heat until shimmering. Carefully add just enough coated steak to make a single layer in the bottom of the pan. Cook until golden brown and crisp on all sides, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. Transfer the fried steaks to a paper towel-lined platter and season immediately with salt. Repeat until all steak is cooked. Keep warm in the oven while you make the gravy.

  3. Pour out all of the grease from the skillet and into a heat-proof container. Return 1 tablespoon of the grease to the skillet and reduce the heat to low. Add 1 tablespoon of the reserved flour to the skillet and whisk to combine. Stir in the bourbon, beer, remaining 1 cup milk, and thyme and increase the heat to high. Continue whisking until the gravy comes to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue to cook until the gravy thickens, about 5 more minutes. If the gravy is not thick enough for your liking, you can whisk in more flour if needed. Season the gravy with additional salt and pepper and transfer to a small serving dish. Serve the gravy alongside the chicken-fried steak nuggets.

Special Equipment

Large cast iron pan, Dutch oven, or wok for frying

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
365 Calories
25g Fat
11g Carbs
21g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 365
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 109mg 36%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 21g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 66mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 301mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)