Preheat the oven to 450° F. While the oven is heating up, gather up and prep any ingredients that need to be prepped.
Place a saucepan over medium-high heat and add the soy sauce, honey, rice wine, ginger and water. Stir, bring to a boil, lower heat and simmer for 20 seconds. Immediately remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Place the chicken breasts flat on a cutting board and carefully cut in half horizontally to create 4 cutlets. If you are not comfortable cutting the breasts, ask your butcher to do this for you but you can also purchase one of those specialty gloves that help prevent cutting yourself.
Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, flatten the chicken cutlets to ¼ inch thickness. The purpose of this is to tenderize the chicken meat and assure even cooking. I usually place the cutlet between two piece of wax paper to lessen the post-pounding clean up.
Add some flour to a shallow bowl, season with salt and pepper and dredge the chicken cutlets in the flour. Be sure to shake off any excess flour before cooking.
Heat a large fry pan over medium heat. When hot, add ¼ cup of olive oil. When the oil’s hot, add the chicken cutlets being careful not to crowd the pan. If necessary, cook in batches.
You’ll start by pan frying the cutlets on one side for about 3 minutes until they are golden brown.
Add the clove of garlic, flip the chicken cutlets over and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
Remove the cutlets from the pan and transfer to a baking dish. Pour the marinade over the chicken cutlets and then cover with Parmesan shavings.
Place the baking dish into the oven and bake for 8 minutes or until the cheese melts and just starts to brown. Don’t let the cheese burn.
While the chicken is in the oven, wipe out the fry pan with a paper towel, return the pan to the stove over medium-high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and garlic clove. As soon as the oil is hot, add the spinach and saute until the spinach wilts. This should take no more than a couple of minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, divide up the spinach between four plates, add the cutlets and drizzle both the chicken and spinach with some aged balsamic vinegar.
Place a lemon wedge on each plate. I like a squeeze of lemon on my spinach but if your guests don’t, it still looks nice.
We served this dish with some couscous made with corn and carrots.