Here’s our slimming friendly version of Crispy Chilli Beef! A delicious fakeaway even if you are calorie counting or following a diet like Weight Watchers.
For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍
You may ask yourself why did we come up with this Crispy Chilli Beef recipe, when there are so many out there already. So let me explain.
Since we started this website we’ve been very aware of some recipes you find online not turning out as the pictures suggest. We’ve come a cropper with this ourselves.
We all know the what it’s like. You find a recipe that looks amazing, off you pop to the supermarket to spend a small fortune on the ingredients.
You gear yourself up thinking this is the recipe that will finally get me on Masterchef, then, disaster.
What you have bubbling away on your stove looks nothing like the mouth watering picture of the meal you’d set your heart on. And even worse, it tastes nothing like you expected.
So it ends up in the bin.
This is exactly the problem that a number of members on our Facebook page faced a few weeks ago with a Crispy Chilli Beef recipe.
If you’re a regular Facebook user you’ll know that you see a lot of ‘recipes’ pop up in certain groups and on your timeline.
Some of them are pretty good, but sadly most of them are just spam, which will direct you to a website full of recipes that haven’t been tried or tested, and stock photos that have been passed off as the homemade version of the recipe.
The result is you waste an awful lot of time and money trying to achieve the impossible.
When you look at this recipe you may be put off slightly by the number of ingredients. Yes there are quite a few, but it’s well worth it.
If you like our Crispy Chilli Beef recipe you’ll love some of these Asian inspired fakeaway faves!
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How many Calories are in this Crispy Chilli Beef?
There are 410 calories in each portion of this Crispy Chilli Beef, This means it falls into our Weekly Indulgence recipe category. You can find all of our other Weekly Indulgence recipes here.
This Crispy Chilli Beef recipe fits in perfectly if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and works well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
What diets is this Crispy Chilli Beef recipe suitable for?
You can enjoy this Campfire Stew if you’re dairy free.
Please make sure to double, and triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
How Weight Watchers friendly is this Crispy Chilli Beef recipe?
There are only 5 Points per portion of this recipe if you care following the WW plan! You could serve it with some Zero Point vegetables to make a filling low Point meal.
How to Make Crispy Chilli Beef
This is quite an easy dish to make, here’s a summary;
- Season the strips of beef, then dip each into the beaten egg and drag it through the flour to give a light coating.
- Place each piece of coated beef on a baking tray sprayed with a low calorie cooking spray, then give the strips a spray too.
- Cook until the beef is crispy.
- While the beef is cooking fry the peppers, carrots, onion, spring onion, chilli flakes, garlic and ginger.
- Cook for 5 minutes, then add the lime juice, granulated sweetener, soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey.
- Stir, then add a couple of drops of hot sauce and the beef stock.
- Allow to cook for a minute and then add the cooked beef strips.
- Stir well and serve with your choice of accompaniment from below.
What should you should serve with Crispy Chilli Beef?
Any of the following go really well with Crispy Chilli Beef!
- Salt and Pepper Chips
- Edamame, Sugar Snap and Carrot Asian Salad
- Broccoli and Baby Corn
Whatever accompaniment you choose, don’t forget to account for the extra calories and/or other nutritional values.
Do you need any special ingredients to make Crispy Chilli Beef?
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You will need some granulated sweetener. This is the type with the same consistency as sugar rather than the powdered type, which can leave a bitter/chemical aftertaste.
If you chose to use a powdered sweetener, then please check how it compares to sugar. In some cases you’ll need to use less, as powdered sweeteners weigh less.
There are lots of high quality granulated sweeteners available from the supermarket, such as Canderel Sugarly, and Natvia.
The type of sweetener we use has the same weight and sweetness as sugar so you can substitute for the real stuff if you wish!
We use Franks Red Hot Wings sauce in this recipe which is available in many supermarkets. However, you could always substitute for another hot sauce like Tabasco or Sriracha if that’s all you have!
How do you know when Crispy Chilli Beef is cooked?
The beef is cooked when it is crispy on the outside. This should take approx 25 minutes in an oven preheated to 190-200°C.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
There are 2 things to note with this recipe is this. First, traditionally Crispy Beef is cooked in a wok with a load of oil. That’s what gives the meat that crispy texture. However, this isn’t very slimming friendly, so we bake the beef strips in the oven instead.
Whilst this does make the meat crispy, it will never be ‘quite’ as crispy as the traditional method. But if you leave it until the last minute to add it to the sauce then it will retain it’s crispiness for a bit longer.
So the secret is don’t leave the meat in the sauce for too long.
Secondly, if you prefer a bit more sauce you can add a little extra stock, soy sauce and rice vinegar.
How long can you keep Crispy Chilli Beef in the fridge?
Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any left overs to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Crispy Chilli Beef in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
However, if leftovers are stored in the sauce the beef will lose its crispy coating. We would advise setting any extra beef aside and storing separately to the sauce to prevent this.
Can I freeze Crispy Chilli Beef?
We don’t advise freezing Crispy Chilli Beef as the crispy coating will end up soggy!
How do I reheat Crispy Chilli Beef?
If you’ve stored the beef and sauce separately you can reheat the beef for around 10 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 190-200°C. Make sure it’s piping hot before serving.
Place the sauce in a microwave proof container with loosely fitting lid and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot.
That being said, this dish is by far best when cooked fresh!
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We are SO excited to announce that our second cookbook, Pinch of Nom: Everyday Light is being released on 12 December 2019 and is available for pre-order now!!!
As the name suggests, this book is entirely focused on meals you can make every day that all come in at 400 calories or less…INCLUDING accompaniments!There will be 100 NEW & EXCLUSIVE recipes for you to enjoy that are easy, delicious and make slimming hassle-free.
As ever, all the recipes have been tried and tested by our lovely army of recipe testers to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!
We are super excited to have released a 6 month food planner that works perfectly alongside our recipe book.
Our 6 month planner features 26 recipes – which are not available anywhere else. We have all the details on our Planner page.
We’ve been squirrelling away doing squirelly things behind the scenes and can finally announce that our very first cookbook is available NOW!!
The book features 100 recipes – around 80 of them BRAND NEW and not available anywhere else. Full colour photographs, hardback, a quality book that will stand up to frequent use!
Each recipe has been taste tested by twenty members of the Pinch of Nom community to ensure that they are amazing. Check out our cookbook page for more information!