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Chicken Fried Steak Fingers

Chicken Fried Steak Fingers with a crispy, Cajun spiced coating and a Creole mustard dipping sauce. No utensils needed for this southern comfort food.


Chicken Fried Steak Fingers in a basket with mustard sauce.

The name of this dish, Chicken Fried Steak, is a little confusing to some people. Chicken Fried Steak really has nothing to do with chicken except that it was traditionally fried in oil that had already been used to fry chicken.

Typically Chicken Fried Steak is served with a cream gravy and mashed potatoes, but I love making steak fingers and dipping them in a Creole-style mustard sauce. Turning knife and fork comfort foods into finger food is always a good idea in my opinion. That’s fewer dishes to wash.

Fried Steak Fingers in a basket with Creole Mustard Sauce.


I like to use cube steak to make chicken fried steak because it’s already tenderized and very economical. Each piece can easily be sliced into 3 or 4 strips to make fingers. Instead of using cube steak, you could buy round steak and pound it with a meat mallet to tenderize it. Might be a very good way to get some stress out because you are going to have to pound it to death to get it adequately tenderized.


If you’ve already gotten your workout in for the day, just go for the cube steak. It’s already to go.


I like to coat the steak fingers in a mixture of flour and Saltine crackers for a thick and crispy coating. Some Cajun seasoning added to the flour mixture gives these Chicken Fried Steak Fingers a little zip which is complemented well by a mustard dip made with mayonnaise and sour cream.

Chicken Fried Steak Fingers being dipped in sauce.

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Chicken Fried Steak Fingers in a basket with mustard sauce.

Chicken Fried Steak Fingers with Creole Mustard Sauce

Comfort food gets turned into finger food with these Chicken Fried Steak Fingers served with a Creole Mustard Sauce.
PREP: 15 mins
COOK: 15 mins
TOTAL: 30 mins


Creole Mustard Sauce

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup Creole mustard, or you can use any whole grain mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Steak Fingers

  • 1 1/2 pounds cube steak
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 sleeve Saltine crackers, finely crushed
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil


  • Make Creole mustard sauce. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients. Refrigerate until needed.
  • Cut cube steak into 1-inch fingers, Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Place 1/2 cup flour on a plate.
  • Whisk together eggs, milk, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl.
  • On another plate, combine 1/2 cup flour, saltine crumbs, Cajun seasoning and pepper.
  • Pour about 2 inches of Vegetable oil in a Dutch oven and heat to 375 degrees.
  • Dredge steak pieces in flour, shaking off excess.
  • Dip in egg mixture and then coat with flour/saltine mixture.
  • Fry steak fingers, working in 2 batches, until brown on both sides and cooked through (about 6-8 minutes).
  • Place on wire rack to drain.


Calories: 487kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dinner, Main Dish
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: chicken fried steak, cube steak

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Originally published April 17, 2014


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30 thoughts on “Chicken Fried Steak Fingers”

  1. Monica Mount

    I’ve been using this recipe for a few years now and sub out using tenderized pork chops for the meat. The creole mayo is amazing served with it. I’m not much on meat and no poultry but this is an outstanding recipe heather you use pork, chicken or beef! Thanks for sharing

  2. Ok I’m making these at the firehouse! Looks easy and I know the guys will go crazy. One bunch of happy firefighters

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  4. I made these and they are delicious!!! The dipping sauce just makes it!
    Christin – where did you find the galvanized serving baskets you feature here? I need them!! 🙂

  5. Nicole Stiers

    Just made these tonight for the first time. HUGE HIT with my fam! Hubby and my 12 and 15 year old boys DEVOURED them! My husband loves chicken friend steak and gravy so we made a country gravy for dipping. YUMM-O! I’m sure I’ll be making these A LOT more! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      So glad your family enjoyed them, especially your teenage boys! I know they can be hard to keep fed. I bet they’re even better with country gravy than mustard! 🙂

  6. This looks like a great recipe for an easy weeknight meal. My kids love finger foods. Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      So honored to be featured on the Weekend Potluck! There are always tons of great recipes. Thank you 🙂

  7. I’ve never tried chicken fried steak but it looks dangerously good! My hubs would flip over the moon and back if I made these for him – he loves steak and is a big fan of anything deep fried with lots of batter. Thanks Christin – pinning to make for him on a special day 🙂

  8. Deittra@Bon Appégeechee

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this post!! CFS is the world’s BEST guilty pleasure, and now you’ve gone and make it not only seriously accessible, but also a FINGER FOOD SNACK! Christin, Honty we speak the same language!

  9. Looks delicious!! I love Chicken Fried Steak, it’s hard for me not to order it! Steak fingers is another that is really good! Love your fingernails!

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thos are actually my daughter’s fingernails! She always has them painted in a crazy way.

  10. I’ve made chicken fried steak a few times (not enough!) and we love it. Great idea on using some saltines and making it into fingers. I always make milk gravy and would love to try it with this sauce. The seasoning sounds spot on.

  11. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Saltine crackers in the coating?? Oh wow, let me love these! They sound and look spectacular! x

  12. nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    My family and I went to a local fried chicken restaurant the other night, and I wanted to order chicken fried steak SO bad!! Now these??? Ahhhhh I want.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Chicken Fried Steak is hard to resist. You have some serious will power if you didn’t give in 🙂

  13. What a great idea to use saltine crackers to coat these! I bet that would work well with plain ol chicken fingers too!

  14. This looks mouthwatering. My boyfriend is literally the hardest person to cook for because he is such a fussy eater but one thing he loves is steak so I’m going to pin this to make for him when it’s my turn to cook. Thank you!

  15. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    So I’ve never had chicken fried steak…it just wasn’t a “thing” in Canada where I grew up…but my American hubby adores it…so he is gonna go crazy for these! Pinned!

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