Indulge in a southern-inspired culinary masterpiece with a festive twist: Chicken Fried Turkey! This dish takes the classic comfort of chicken fried steak and combines it with the holiday charm of turkey. It’s the perfect fusion of flavors and textures, promising a golden, crispy exterior with a tender turkey inside, all smothered in a rich, savory gravy. Whether you’re looking to shake things up for Thanksgiving or just craving some hearty comfort food, this Chicken Fried Turkey recipe is bound to be a showstopper on your dining table. Dive in and discover the deliciousness of tradition meeting innovation!
- 4 turkey cutlets (about 1 lb)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp paprika
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional for added heat)
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 eggs
- 2 tbsp milk
- 2 cups breadcrumbs or crushed crackers
- Vegetable oil, for frying
For the Gravy:
- 2 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 cups chicken or turkey broth
- 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preparation: Pound the turkey cutlets to about 1/4 inch thickness using a meat mallet. This will ensure even cooking.
- Season the Flour: In a shallow dish, mix together flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper.
- Egg Wash: In another shallow dish, beat together the eggs and milk.
- Breading: Place breadcrumbs or crushed crackers in a third shallow dish.
- Coat the Turkey: Dredge each turkey cutlet in the seasoned flour, shaking off any excess. Dip into the egg wash, ensuring it’s fully covered. Finally, coat with the breadcrumbs or crackers, pressing them onto the turkey to adhere well.
- Heat the Oil: In a large skillet, heat about an inch of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Once hot (around 350°F or when a breadcrumb sizzles when dropped in), carefully add the turkey cutlets.
- Fry: Cook each side for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown and crispy. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan; fry in batches if necessary.
- Drain: Once cooked, remove the turkey cutlets and place them on a wire rack or paper towels to drain any excess oil.
- Gravy Preparation: In the same skillet, reduce the heat to medium and remove any leftover bits, leaving about 2 tbsp of oil. Add butter and let it melt. Stir in flour to form a roux. Cook for about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in the chicken or turkey broth followed by the milk or cream. Continue to whisk until the gravy thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve: Plate the chicken fried turkey cutlets and generously drizzle with the prepared gravy. Pair with mashed potatoes and green beans for a complete meal!
Tip: This dish is perfect for Thanksgiving, offering a twist on the traditional roast turkey. Enjoy!