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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 ingredients state:

“FRENCH FRIES

Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.Contains: WHEAT, MILK.”

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.

Edit: December 2015–“McDonald’s USA is now adding real milk to the folded eggs served in its biscuit sandwiches, bagel sandwiches and McGriddle sandwiches served in restaurants located in the Biloxi/Gulfport and Laurel/Hattisburg areas in Mississippi.

McDonald’s wants to make customers with milk allergies aware of this change in the egg recipe in these locations so they can make whatever decisions they deem appropriate when visiting McDonald’s restaurants.

For more information, please contact the McDonald’s Customer Service Center at (800) 244-6227.”

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 and butter) – Egg McMuffin®, Egg White Delight McMuffin®, Bacon and Egg Bagel, Sausage McMuffin®, Sausage and Egg McMuffin®, Plain Bagel, and Oatmeal ordered without Cream

Restaurant Website: www.mcdonalds.com

Ingredient & Allergen Information: http://nutrition.mcdonalds.com/getnutrition/ingredientslist.pdf

*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: October 9, 2016

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, 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.

56 Comments

  1. My McDonald’s just announced that they are now cooking their grilled chicken in butter, putting butter on the buns, and added mik to their scrambled eggs.

  2. After September, 2015 i started having allergies reaction to my Macdonald coffee
    I had always drink my lite and sweet coffee
    And never felt what i started feeling on my on my birthday last year sept 2015
    It’s itching sensation all of over my body
    Including my throat,my feet, my hands and my face.

  3. where have you found that mcdonalds fries contain dairy ?
    it would explain alot if they do but im running out of things to eat!!

    • Hi, Shelley,

      Go to the McDonald’s Nutrition Calculator on their site, “add” French Fries to your “meal,” and calculate the nutrition. You will see a tab that says “Ingredients.” Click on it, and you will see this information, which I also added to the listing above:

      “FRENCH FRIES

      Ingredients: Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. *Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients.
      Contains: WHEAT, MILK.”

      Hope this helps!

  4. I order the egg McMuffin all the time. I just say, ” no butter pat” and “no cheese” please. I am severely sensitive but have been just fine eating it prepared that way.

  5. 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.

    • Yes! Alisa, please update your list to also ask for no butter on a McMuffin. I ordered a sausage McMuffin today for my allergic toddler. When I opened it, I realized it probably had butter on it given the color. I called (it was a drive-thru order) and they confirmed it. Unfortunately, I didn’t catch this the first time I ordered it for him – and that explains the reappearance of his eczema. ?

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