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Published on June 06, 2020

Walnut Coconut Encrusted Chicken or Tempeh

Healthy Meals Made Easy

*recipe modified from Kripalu Seasonal Menus


  • 1 pound chicken tenders or 12 ounces of tempeh* (pre-marinated)
  • 2 cups toasted walnuts, roughly chopped
  • 2 ½ cups unsweetened coconut
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Honey
  • 2 tablespoons tamari (only if using tempeh) plus 1 cup water
  • Mango-Ginger Sauce (recipe follows)

*If using tempeh, cut into 1-inch by 3-inch strips. Marinate in tamari and water for at least 4 hours preferably overnight.


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place walnuts in the bowl of a food processor, and then pulse until ground. Transfer into mixing bowl. Stir in coconut, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a shallow bowl, combine the mustard and honey. Set aside.
  4. Dip each piece of chicken or marinated tempeh into a mustard mixture, coating both sides, then into the walnut-coconut mixture, coating both sides. Place pieces onto oiled baking sheet. Bake until cooked through, 20-25 minutes. Serve hot with Mango-Ginger Sauce.

Serves: 4

Mango-Ginger Sauce

*recipe modified from Kripalu Seasonal Menus


  • 2 ½ cups chopped mango (fresh or frozen & thawed)
  • 5 Tablespoons fresh lime
  • 3 Tablespoons minced ginger
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 jalapeno, minced (remove the seeds depending on how much heat you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Combine all ingredients in blender. Puree until smooth. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Makes about 3 cups

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