Beer Battered Chicken Fried Steak

Beer Battered Chicken Fried Steak is a delicious twist to a classic Southern dish. The crispy crust has a special flavor and the steak is tender and juicy.

Beer battered chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, and asparagus

Bill Maxwell, a former Texas restaurateur, originally claimed his chicken-fried steak was the “best found south of the Rio Brazos.” Subsequent chicken-fried steak contests proved him truthful, so he extended his claim to include all lands south of Arkansas.

Bill called his version of chicken fried steak “Texas on a Half Shell”.

About Chicken Fried Steak

You know that when you step across the Texas border campaign, you are bound to need to try two dishes in my personal opinion. One is a good smokey barbeque brisket, and my second recommendation would be a Chicken Fried Steak.

Now, they call it Chicken Fried Steak, but there is no chicken involved in a chicken fried steak. It is called chicken fried steak because it is deep-fried like chicken.

Texas was settled by all sorts of people. This preparation may have derived from Wiener schnitzel. But instead of using veal, beef was pounded thin and tenderized. This type of meat preparation is popular.

Texans naturally fried many things because if you have lived through a Texas summer, you want to cook food quickly, so you don’t have to keep your ovens and stoves hot continually to cook a long meal. Deep frying enables you to cook quickly.

Chicken Fried Steak Batter

Chicken fried steak is often battered with buttermilk. What makes this recipe unique is the use of beer. This changes the flavor of the batter that encases the well-known chicken fried steak flavor we all love.


This is what you need to make beer-battered chicken fried steak:

  • Round Steak
  • Flour
  • Eggs
  • Beer
  • Meat tenderizer
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Oil for frying

How to Make Beer Battered Chicken Fried Steak

  • Season the round steak and pound it in flour until it is thin.
  • Whisk together eggs, beer, salt, and meat tenderizer.
  • Add enough flour to beer mixture to make a watery batter.
  • Dip steak in the batter.
  • Coat dipped steak with flour.
  • Deer fry until golden brown.

Serve with white gravy or french fries.

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Beer battered chicken fried steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, and asparagus

Beer Battered Chicken Fried Steak

Make the best chicken fried steak with a crispy crust and special flavor. This dish is also known as Texas on a Half Shell Chicken Fried Steak. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Fried Steak, Texas on a Half shell Chicken Fried Steak
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 491kcal


  • 16 ounces round steak
  • 1 cup flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 12 ounces flat Beer
  • 1 tablespoon Adolph's meat tenderizer
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • vegetable oil for frying


  • Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic salt on both sides of tenderized steak to taste. Put steak onto a tray that is well-covered with flour. Then "pound the hell out of it (the steak) with stiff fingers, working from the center out, until it reaches the size of an LP record." (That's those things they used to make before compact discs). Flip several times and repeat pounding. Mix eggs, beer, 1 teaspoon salt and Adolph's meat tenderizer in a shallow bowl. Add enough flour to make a thin, watery batter. Beat mixture smooth. Dip meat into batter. "Flop" back onto flour tray and cover with four. Pound again with fingertips until moisture is absorbed. Cook in deep fat at 350 degrees until golden brown. Serve with French fries and cover with white gravy.


Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 235mg | Sodium: 712mg | Potassium: 516mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 240IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 4.6mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Ann Maxwell

    5 stars
    Thank you. I have been looking for this recipe for awhile. All I remember was that it had beer and tenderizer. I will make it this week.

  2. Liz Nelson

    5 stars
    Okay my husband’s favorite thing to order when we go out is Chicken fried steak! So I tried this one at home and he loved it!

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