Arroz de Braga (Portuguese Rice)


This is a popular rice dish from Portugal. The rice is cooked with ham, sausage, chicken thighs, red bell pepper, and cabbage.

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ½ pound chicken thighs, cut into pieces

  • ½ pound chicken drumsticks, boned and cut into pieces

  • 7 ounces cubed cooked ham

  • 2 smoked pork sausages, sliced

  • 2 links pork sausage, casings removed and sliced

  • 3 cups rice, rinsed and drained

  • 4 tomatoes, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • 2 spring onions, chopped

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 cubes chicken bouillon

  • 3 leaves cabbage, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, chicken thighs, and drumsticks; cook and stir until starting to brown, about 10 minutes. Add ham, smoked sausages, and fresh sausages. Cook and stir until golden brown, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir rice, tomatoes, red bell pepper, spring onions, salt, and parsley into the saucepan. Pour in water and add chicken bouillon cubes. Reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until flavors are combined, about 15 minutes. Stir in sliced cabbage. Continue to cook until rice is tender and water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes more.

  3. Drizzle olive oil over rice before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

539 Calories
20g Fat
62g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 539
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 26%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 65mg 22%
Sodium 1490mg 65%
Total Carbohydrate 62g 22%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 4mg 24%
Potassium 542mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.