McDonald'sMcDonald’s recently introduced Buttermilk Crispy Chicken to their menu and it is fried in a common fryer with their dairy-free chicken items, making them unsafe for the severely allergic. Please use caution.

Also, as noted by a reader, the French Fries ingredients are not listed in the nutritional information but are listed under the description of French Fries on the main website. They do contain dairy. The Chicken McNuggets® ingredients are also listed on the main website instead of under Nutritional Information. They do not contain dairy but are fried in a common fryer with the Buttermilk Crispy Chicken.


No Dairy (Milk) Ingredients (use caution due to cross-contamination potential)

  • Burgers – Hamburger and Quarter Pounder®
  • Chicken – The fried chicken items listed are dairy free but are fried in a common fryer with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. McChicken, Premium Crispy Chicken Classic Sandwich, Premium Grilled Chicken Classic Sandwich, Southern Style Crispy Chicken Sandwich,  and Chicken Selects® Premium Breast Strips, Chicken McNuggets®
  • Pork – McRib
  • Sauces – Tangy Barbeque, Sweet Chili, Honey Mustard, Sweet ‘N Sour, Chipotle Barbeque, and Hot Mustard
  • Salads – Side Salad
  • Salad Dressings – Newman’s Own® Low Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • Breakfast – English Muffin, Sausage Patty, and Scrambled Eggs
  • Desserts – Apple Slices, Baked Hot Apple Pie, and McDonaldland® Cookies

Special Order (use caution due to cross-contamination potential):

  • Burgers (hold the cheese) – McDouble, Big Mac (the Big Mac Sauce is dairy-free, but it does contain egg)
  • Chicken (hold the cheese)The fried chicken items listed are dairy free but are fried in a common fryer with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. Premium Crispy Chicken Club Sandwich, Premium Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich, Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap®-Crispy, Chipotle BBQ Snack Wrap®-Grilled, Honey Mustard Snack Wrap®-Crispy, and Honey Mustard Snack Wrap®-Grilled
  • Chicken (hold the sauce or request mayo instead of ranch)The fried chicken items listed are dairy free but are fried in a common fryer with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. Premium Grilled Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich and Premium Crispy Chicken Ranch BLT Sandwich
  • Salads (hold the cheese & choose from a non-dairy dressing (above)) – The fried chicken items listed are dairy free but are fried in a common fryer with Buttermilk Crispy Chicken. Premium Southwest Salad, Premium Southwest Salad with Grilled Chicken, Premium Southwest Salad with Crispy Chicken, Premium Bacon Ranch Salad, Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Grilled Chicken, Premium Bacon Ranch Salad with Crispy Chicken, Premium Asian Salad, and Premium Asian Salad with Grilled Chicken
  • Breakfast (hold the cheese) – Egg McMuffin®, Egg White Delight McMuffin®, Bacon and Egg Bagel, Sausage McMuffin®, Sausage and Egg McMuffin®, and Plain Bagel

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Ingredient & Allergen Information:

*The above information was supplied by the corresponding restaurant via their website, customer service, or other published nutritional information.  Ingredients and menu offerings are constantly changing in the food service industry, and can be subject to interpretation.  For this reason, Go Dairy Free does not guarantee nor take responsibility for the accuracy of this information.  If severe allergies or intolerances are a concern, contact the restaurant directly before purchasing or consuming one of their products.  Cross-contamination of potential food allergens should always be considered a possibility in a fast food restaurant. 

Last Updated: September 11, 2015

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Alisa is the founder of, Senior Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. The breakfast “McMuffins” contain butter. They are not safe to consume unless you special order. I’ve met a lot of resistance asking them to not toast the muffin in butter

    • I’m really glad resources like this exist. My lactose intolerance is getting worse. So, while I might not have been sensitive to the fries years ago, they could be a trigger down the line.

      Now that I’m being more cautious and checking labels, its incredible how much dairy is in everything. Example – no idea the McMuffins were toasted in butter! I was about to order a sausage one without the cheese.

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