Actifry Chinese Chilli Beef

by hintofhelen

Ahead of Chinese new year, I’ve been cooking more Chinese take away recipes – this time using my Actifry Air Cooker.

I’m happy to say, this is one of the nicest meals i’ve ever made in the Actifry.

It’s better than my local Chinese, plus it’s so much healthier – all round winner. 

This Chinese chilli beef is super sticky and addictive, once you try it once it’s going to be highly requested by the whole family! I always use the Healthy Boy sweet chilli sauce – and highly recommend it – but you can use any sweet chilli sauce you usually enjoy! 

This crispy chilli beef is made using ingredients you’ll likely already have in the cupboard and if you do need to buy anything to make this recipe you’ll likely be using those ingredients over and over for many things! 

How to make Chinese Chilli Beef in the Actifry

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1. Slice the steak into strips 


2. Add the steak to a bowl

3. Add the cornflour and Chinese five spice 

4. Stir to coat the steak 

5. Add toe the Actifry (paddle in), add the oil and cook for 6 minutes

6. Whilst the beef is cooking, add all sauce ingredients into a bowl 


7. Stir to mix 

8. Once the timer is up, pour the sauce in with the beef


9. Cook for a further 3 minutes

10. After the final 3 minutes, serve with fresh spring onion

Yield: 2 People

Actifry Chinese Chilli Beef

Actifry Chinese Beef Chilli

This is one of the best meals I've ever cooked in the Actifry. A delicious Chinese fakeaway of Chinese Crispy Chilli Beef.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes


Shredded Beef Ingredients

  • Frying steak - to serve 2 people
  • 2 tbsp cornflour
  • 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1 tbsp Vegetable or Sunflower Oil

Sauce Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tsp Honey
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 6 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp Lemon Juice

To Garnish (Optional)

  • 2 chopped spring onions


  1. Slice the steak into thin strips
  2. Add the sliced steak to a bowl with the cornflour and chinese five spice powder
  3. Mix to fully coat the steak
  4. Add the coated steak to the Actifry, with the paddle in, with the oil
  5. Turn on and cook for 6 minutes
  6. Whilst the steak is cooking, mix together the sauce ingredients in a bowl
  7. Once the 6 minute timer is up - pour in the sauce
  8. Close the lid and cook for a further 3 minutes
  9. Serve topped with spring onion - this dish is really nice with white rice or chips

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Kerry baldwin 20th January 2019 - 4:29 pm

Silly question, but if you want to cook it for 4 people would you just double the quantity of ingredients? Also did you use dark or light soy sauce? Thank you in advance 🙂 x

hintofhelen 20th January 2019 - 4:53 pm

Hi Kerry! Yes just double the recipe 🙂 and light soy sauce – updated the recipe now, thanks!

Kerry baldwin 20th January 2019 - 5:59 pm

Thank you. This looks delicious 🙂 x

Jane Willis 23rd January 2019 - 9:12 am

I saw this when you shared it on Facebook and just HAD to try it – much as I love my Actifry I only use it for 2 or 3 things normally. Very pleased with the way it turned out, I’m going to try more stir fries in it. As for the sauce – delicious!

hintofhelen 23rd January 2019 - 5:31 pm

Aw i’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe Jane – this is one of my favourites. I’ll be creating more recipes with steak in it! I have a Facebook group ( which you might like to join for new Actifry recipes 🙂

Actifry Hoisin Steak | Hint Of Helen 10th February 2019 - 11:21 am

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Sheila 17th February 2019 - 9:58 am

The crispy chilli beef sounds delicious. However, my husband is allergic to onion, garlic, spices & mustard! Do you have any recipes I can try on him please?

David Monument 4th January 2020 - 7:08 pm

Lovely but how can we make it stickier and crispier?

Helen 6th January 2020 - 8:30 am

Hi David! Try the stove-top version:

Holly Astwood 29th March 2020 - 10:45 pm

Could you do this with left over roast beef?

Helen R 30th March 2020 - 12:02 am

Hi Holly, what a great idea! I’m sure that’d be lovely and make for a really nice way to switch up leftovers 🙂

Anonymous 2nd July 2020 - 8:01 pm

Cooked it tonight was as good as it looked, Thanks 🙂

Lyndsey 24th September 2022 - 6:00 pm

This was so tasty! That sauce is really flavoursome 😊

Janine 30th April 2023 - 7:34 pm

Great recipe! I made this for my husband and he wants me to make it again tomorrow night!! Thank you


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