Butera’s Chicken Meatballs Recipe

Butera's, which has four locations on Long Island, shares its recipe for chicken meatballs.

Open since 1991, Butera’s has four locations on Long Island. Chicken meatballs made their debut there five years later and were featured in Good Housekeeping in 2003. See buteras.com for location information, menus, and more. 


  • 2 lbs. ground chicken
  • 2 large fresh eggs
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1½ cup water
  • 1¼ cup plain dried bread crumbs
  • ½ cup fresh chopped parsley
  • ½ cup freshly grated Romano cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil


  1. Pre-heat oven to 450º.
  2. Combine chicken, eggs, onion, garlic, water, breadcrumbs, parsley, cheese, salt and pepper. Blend together.
  3. Pour oil onto a plate. Dip hands in oil, then roll mixture into 2-inch meatballs, oiling hands as needed to prevent sticking.
  4. Transfer meatballs to two 15½-by-10½-inch jelly roll pans.
  5. Place pans on two oven racks, then pour 2 cups of water into each pan.
  6. Roast approximately 20-25 minutes or just until the meatballs loose their pink color throughout and are golden brown on the outside.

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