Panda Express

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Updated 2017! Panda Express is the largest Asian fast food chain in the U.S., specializing in American Chinese cuisine. They also have locations throughout Canada and some in Asia. They are traditionally located in food courts, but these days you can also find Panda Express stand-alone restaurants. They have just one allergen chart for both the U.S. and Canadian, so the list below covers both countries.

Panda Express - Dairy-Free Menu Items and Allergen Notes

No Dairy (Milk-Based) Ingredients (see disclaimer below)

  • Sides – Chow Mein, White Steamed Rice, Brown Steamed Rice
  • Veggies Entrees – Country Style Bean Curd, Eggplant Tofu, Hot Szechuan Tofu
  • Chicken Entrees – Black Pepper Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Grilled Asian Chicken, Asian Chicken, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Mushroom Chicken, Potato Chicken, String Bean Chicken Breast, SweetFire Chicken Breast, Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast
  • Beef Entreees – Broccoli Beef, Shanghai Angus Steak (with asparagus or with string beans)
  • Pork Entrees – Peking Pork
  • Seafood Entrees – Golden Treasure Shrimp
  • Appetizers – Chicken Potstickers
  • Soup – Hot & Sour Soup
  • Sauces – Teriyaki Sauce, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Chili Sauce, Soy Sauce, Potsticker Sauce, Plum Sauce, Hot Mustard

Other Allergen Notes: We were surprised to find out that their Mixed Veggies (side or entree), Fried Rice, Egg Rolls, Spring Rolls, and Chow Fun contain dairy. Also, Panda Express notes that they do not have any vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free dishes. Most of their entrees also contain soy. But the Peking Pork, SweetFire Chicken Breast and Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast appear to be both dairy-free and soy-free. They reportedly do not add any MSG.

More Details from Panda Express

Allergen Disclaimer from Panda Express: Panda uses ingredients that contain all the major FDA allergens (peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, soy and wheat). Panda prepares its entrees fresh with shared cooking equipment and therefore allergens could be present in any entree.

Restaurant Website: www.pandaexpress.com

Allergen Information for the United States and Canada: s3.amazonaws.com/PandaExpressWebsite/files/pdf/Nutrition.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: November 25, 2017

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12 Comments

  1. An ingredient list would be a wonderful thing. I have an allergy to corn and assume that cornstarch is probably in most if not all the dishes but would love to know since it’s my daughter’s favorite place to eat.

  2. It’s so weird, but my daughter is very sensitive to milk protein but eats the orange chicken all the time with no issues. I chalked it up to a mistake in their ingredient listing, but now, I don’t know how to explain it. Do you know what type of dairy product is in the orange chicken?

    • It is strange, but it’s possible that it is a very small amount. The Sweet & Sour Chicken doesn’t contain milk, so my guess is that it isn’t the batter. It could be a very small amount of whey or lactose in the sauce. They don’t have ingredient info available, but I’ve contacted them to see if they can provide any additional info on this one.

  3. Panda Express Orange Chicken now contains milk powder! My daughter has eaten it for years without a problem. Staff have re assured me that it has no dairy in it. Six weeks ago my daughter had a bad reaction after eating it which ONLY happens after eating small amounts of milk protein. I called and they said it didn’t contain dairy. So we put it off as a cross contamination as we ordered it from a different restaurant than normal.
    Last night she ate it at our local restaurant and had a bad reaction again. Called and was told once again no dairy..made them go read the box and they then realized it had dairy. Corporate office assured me that the ingredient have never changed and that it always had milk powder in it! I disagree! My daughter is anaphylactic to milk protein, so she always would have a bad reaction!

    • I’m so sorry that this happened to you and your daughter! As of our last update, when they posted an allergen chart, we do have that it contains milk, but I’m not sure before that.

  4. Has the ingredients in Shanghai Beef changed from containing asparagus to green beans? I have purchased at two restaurants in Mansfield TX and they still charge the extra $1.25 and sell it with green beans?

  5. To Whom It May Concern,
    I was wondering in the near future if an ingredient list would be available to the public? I have a rare allergy to mononitrates, thiamine mononitrate, nitrate/nitrite. It is found in white rice, white flour among many other foods. Having an ingredient list would help me determine if I could eat and what I could eat at your restaurant. For instance my favorite dish before my allergy was the orange chicken, it would be helpful for me to know what the chicken was breaded with.
    Tank you for your time,
    Dawn Parrsih

  6. The nutrition site is up and lists fried rice with no dairy. Does that mean it is safe now? was the milk in the egg comment above just a fluke? thanks

    • Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for the update. We’re going to be updating the fast food listings this month, so I’ll look into this. Panda Express’s allergen info posted was outdated for years. I’ll be checking to see if it is current.

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