I grew up eating chicken fried steak. My grandfather was from Texas and this is one of those Texas dishes that we had once a week. The other dish was SOS (s**t on the shingle). I am not sure if that is a Texas dish but he thought it was.
I make these steak fingers instead of the whole steak for several reasons. The primary reason is because I find that the breading stays on the fingers much better than the whole steak. I don't really like it when the breading falls off. I feel like I am constantly stabbing my food trying to get a bit of breading with a piece of meat. I don't have time for such games.
The other reason I like using the fingers: my kids. They like them and that is a bonus. They have turned their noses up at the whole steak but the fingers make them happy. The are kid friendly and kid approved.
The gravy may sound weird because it is made with coconut milk but honestly I love it. I have several friends that are dairy free and I like to try and find ingredients they can use too. You can always replace the coconut milk for regular milk in this recipe.
I would recommend frying them in lard or coconut oil. These are two of my favorite choices when it comes to frying our food at home.
The only note I should make is that when you reheat them the next day they will lose that crispy bite. I have not tried warming them up in the stove. This may make them crunchy again but I know that my kids are not going to take the time to do that and they are okay warming them up in the microwave.