Crispy Chilli Beef

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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; 

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  • 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!

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.

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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!

Some of you love this Crispy Chilli Beef recipe!

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  1. Preheat the oven to 190-200°C
  2. Season the strips of beef, then dip each one into the beaten egg, then quickly drag it through the flour to give a light coating
  3. Place each piece of coated beef on a baking tray sprayed with a fair bit of low calorie cooking spray, then give the strips a spray too. You could even put it on a piece of baking parchment to ensure it doesn't stick
  4. Cook for 20-25 minutes, until the beef is crispy. You can turn it over towards the end if needed
  5. While the beef is cooking, spray a wok with some low calorie cooking spray. Then over a medium/hot heat fry the peppers, carrots, onion, spring onion, chilli flakes, garlic and ginger.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the lime juice, granulated sweetener, soy sauce, rice vinegar and honey
  7. Stir, then add a couple of drops of Franks sauce and the 100ml of beef stock
  8. Allow to cook for a minute and then add the cooked beef strips
  9. Stir well and serve with your choice of accompaniment

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  1. A genius recipe that is so simple, works perfectly and stayed perfectly crispy for me through two delicious helpings. This is going to be a regular and welcome addition to our menu planning. Packed full of flavour which is what I’m looking for.

  2. This was absolutely delish and I was very surprised how easy to make it was – I’m not the best cook!! Will definitely be making this again.

  3. Made this chilli crispy beef for myself, husband and son as a takeaway treat it was absolutely gorgeous my son even said it was better than a Chinese takeaway. I would give it a 10/10 rating and will definitely be making it again and again. Thanks Pinch of Nom ????

  4. Love this recipe! Used Splenda and a bit of a beef stockpot instead of Sukrin and Oxo but it was still delicious – would definitely recommend making this 🙂 It’s my hubby’s favourite Chinese take away and even he said it was an excellent replacement. Thanks PON! Xx

  5. Didn’t have any carrots and only 1 pepper, so I used 3 onions.
    A bit messy with the egg and flour, but very easy to make, and certainly worth it.

  6. Brilliant recipe and easy to make too. My hubby offered to cook and we all loved it including my son! We didn’t have the sukrin but used candarel instead and used hot pepper sauce as we had this in the cupboard. Very tasty we will definitely be having this again very soon! Thanks Pinch of Nom ????

  7. OMG. Made this tonight and it’s just the real deal. Beef nice and crispy. Even when added to the sauce. Worth the effort. 10/10 and certainly one to make again. Love it. Hated the fact it ended. Lol. Thank you PON

  8. I have made this after making one off another site that was rank!! Was so nervous putting the 1st mouthful in but I had no need to as it is gorgeous. Has a good kick to it but just as good as any takeaway. Thanks for creating this 🙂

  9. This went down a storm. I would however only add 2 tbs of the rice vinegar. I used Shad Xing Rice Wine Vinegar and it was a bit overpowering, so if you use the same, i’d just add 2 tbs because you can always add more if required, but we loved the meal, very tasty. Thanks Pinch of Nom.

  10. Made this tonight, was excellent – just as nice as a takeaway. 10/10 taked a little time preppimg veg and citting and coating the steak but well worth it. Will definitely be making again. It stayed crispy too!

    1. Apols for spelling mistakes – phone is doing funny auto corrects…. always proof read lol!
      Meant to say: takes a little time prepping the veg and cutting and coating steak!

  11. Really enjoyed this recipe. Full of flavour & so tasty. I’ll definitely be making this a regular in my house! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

  12. Cooked this tonight for some friends – it went down a treat! Served with egg fried rice and salt &a chilli chips! Will def be cooking again!

  13. Made this tonight. Used rice wine viniger assume that was the wrong one? And i only used 2 tbsp but i found it to vinigery and so now im really thirsty hehe. I’m assuming i did something wrong But i used an air fryer to cook the beef. Cooked it in half the time and was pretty crispy so yay. Also added more veg cos why not 🙂 I’ll try it again maybe with less viniger?

  14. I’m just beginning my sweet journey and have been following a couple of th groups for a few weeks to familiarize myself with the plan…Your recipes are fabulous. Thank you.

  15. Made this as part of a Chinese ‘banquet’ for my mum and dad. Dad LOVES crispy beef from the Chinese…..I don’t have Sukrin so I used a spoonful of sugar and I used gluten free flour but other than that…I followed the recipe. Dad declared – “that’s the best crispy beef I’ve ever had” so….thank you Pinch of Nom…it truly was an epic part of the Meal!

  16. Did mine with chicken as not a fan of beef, was amazing. Am always dubious when I’m told “it’s just like the one from the Chinese”, but this really is!!! Thank-you PON!!

  17. I made this for friends at the weekend and they really loved it. I did make more sauce than shown as I made before and felt it could do with a bit more. A big hit, thanks Pinchofnom.

  18. Hi, I have made this before and it is amazing. This week I couldn’t get spring onions. Are scallions similar? Could I use them in this dish or should I just leave them out? Thanks

  19. Assuming this could be done with chicken too?
    It sounds amazing but my family prefers the chicken over beef. Can’t wait to try it!

  20. Hi all

    Nit tried this recipe yet as my daughter is not keen on beef. Would you be able to swap the beef for chicken and use chicken stock instead? Help
    Guys as I’m new to pon recipes. Thanks in advace

  21. Just made this (without the sweetener as I can’t stand the stuff) and I was absolutely gobsmacked on how good it was. Have now went and looked up other recipes. Thanks.

  22. Could you use plain flour instead of self raising? Is there an alternative for the rice vinegar? I have white wine vienegar?

  23. Hi I made this last week with beef but going to try with duck tonight, will it work the same with oven/cooking times?

  24. Hello

    This may be a bit of a daft question but can this recipe be frozen? Or will you lose the crispiness of the beef?

    Thank you

  25. I live in Spain and I’ve never seen the buffalo hot wings sauce. Is there something else I could replace it with? 🙏

    1. Hi Sara,

      You might need to pop the beef back in the oven to crisp it up – don’t put the sauce on until you are ready to serve!

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