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Harissa Chicken Bowls with Glazed Eggplant Serves 6 8­10 boneless, skinless chicken thighs 6 Tbsp. harissa seasoning (found at World Market) 2 Tbsp. sugar or coconut sugar 1/2 cup (plus additional if needed) extra virgin olive oil, divided Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper 2 eggplants (1 1/4 pounds each) 5 Tbsp. apricot preserves 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes Desired grain such as couscous or rice, prepared per package directions 1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped Chopped pistachio nuts Currants Shredded carrot In a large bowl, combine 3 tablespoons harissa seasoning, 3 tablespoons olive oil, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt. Add chicken thighs to the bowl and toss to coat. Cover the chicken and set it in the fridge to marinate while you prepare the eggplant. In a small bowl, combine 3­4 tablespoons olive oil, remaining harissa seasoning, apri­ cot preserves and 1 teaspoon salt. Add additional olive oil if too thick to spread. Cut the eggplant crosswise into 1/2­inch rounds. Lay them out on a tray or baking sheet in a single layer. Use a pastry brush to paint the eggplant slices with harissa glaze (top side only), using half the glaze. Preheat the grill to medium high. Grill the chicken for about 5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Slice into strips. Place the eggplant on the grill glazed­side down. Brush the tops with glaze. Grill eggplant for about 4 minutes, until there are grill marks on the bottom sides. Flip and grill for another 3­4 minutes, until tender. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the tomatoes, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, tossing occasionally, for 7 minutes, or until the skins just begin to split. Sprinkle generously with fresh ground black pep­ per. Divide chosen grain among 6 shallow bowls. Arrange chicken slices, eggplant rounds and cherry tomatoes over the rice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add a wedge of lemon and sprinkle with additional ingredients as desired. Adapted from panningtheglobe.com