This is a direct copy and paste from Serious Eats, because they are 100% correct about this fried chicken:
Chicken with Explosive Chili Pepper at Z&Y Restaurant, $10.95
The chicken at Z&Y isn’t all about the presentation, but it certainly makes for an impressive platter. A massive pile of fiery red dried chilies is placed on your table, with chunks of golden-fried chicken peering out. It’s up to you to dig, removing the juicy, thin-crusted pieces of dark meat with your chopsticks.
This would be fun with any kind of fried bird, but Z&Y’s chicken is standout. The meat itself is salty, juicy, and flavorful; the crust (made of cornstarch) is thin, crisp, and delicate. And then there’s that rich, spice-laced flavor, the slow-building heat. There’s an intense dose of tangy vinegar, ginger, and Szechuan peppercorns, and, of course, the tingly numbing sensation that goes with them. You’ll find that the heat doesn’t stop you, though—this is chicken that’s too good to leave unfinished.
Z&Y Restaurant: 655 Jackson Street, San Francisco CA 94133 (map) 415-981-8988; zandyrestaurant.com