Panda Express – Stirring Up a Whole Menu of Dairy-Free Dishes


Eat Dairy Free - Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and SweetsUpdated 2021! I contacted Panda Express after one of our prior updates, because some items were marked as containing milk that seemed odd – like the vegetables and the fried rice. They never responded to me, but they silently fixed the allergen menu! Those items are no longer noted as containing milk.

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 Guide with egg-free, soy-free, and vegan options and allergen notes

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

  • Sides – Chow Mein, Fried Rice, White Steamed Rice, Brown Steamed Rice, Super Greens, Chow Fun
  • Veggies Entrees – Eggplant Tofu, Super Greens
  • Chicken Entrees – Black Pepper Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled Asian Chicken, Asian Chicken, Mushroom Chicken, Potato Chicken, Honey Sesame Chicken Breast, Firecracker Chicken Breast, String Bean Chicken Breast, Sweetfire Chicken Breast, Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast, Sichuan Hot Chicken
  • Beef Entreees – Black Pepper Angus Steak, Broccoli Beef, Shanghai Angus Steak
  • Seafood Entrees – Golden Treasure Shrimp, Firecracker Shrimp
  • Appetizers – Chicken Potstickers, Vegetable Spring Rolls
  • Soup – Hot & Sour Soup
  • Sauces – Teriyaki Sauce, Sweet & Sour Sauce, Chili Sauce, Soy Sauce, Potsticker Sauce, Plum Sauce, Hot Mustard
  • Dessert – Fortune Cookies

Other Allergen Notes

  • Note that the Chicken Egg Rolls, Orange Chicken, Beijing Beef, Honey Walnut Shrimp, and Steamed Ginger Fish at Panda Express do contain dairy.
  • All of the dairy-free menu items at Panda Express appear to be egg-free, too, with the exceptions of the Fried Rice and Hot & Sour Soup.
  • Panda Express specifically states they do not have any vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free dishes. However, some vegan websites say their Vegetable Spring Rolls, Fortune Cookies, and all Veggie Entrees, Sides, and Sauces named above are vegan. Check with the store to verify before ordering.
  • Most of their entrees also contain soy. But the Sichuan Chicken, Sweetfire Chicken Breast, and Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast appear to be both dairy-free and soy-free.
  • They reportedly do not add any MSG.

Panda Express Dairy-Free Menu Guide with egg-free, soy-free, and vegan options and allergen notes

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 products fresh with shared cooking equipment and therefore allergens could be present in any entree.

Restaurant Website:

Allergen Information for the United States and Canada:

*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: February 18, 2021

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You have always had correct information

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August 16, 2020

I appreciate being and to find all the information I need – I didn’t have a reaction eating the chow mein and black and pepper chicken. My allergies are egg and dairy.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food 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, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


  1. Colleen Harris on

    You listed some non dairy items in the first bullet point (sides) and then below it says you were surprised to see some items that have dairy and they are some of the same items that were listed as dairy free…,I looked on the allergen menu from Panda Hut to clarify what u can get but this is confusing and I would hate would hate someone to go off just this…

  2. awesome food served at Panda Express and i love it, nice information shared thank you Alisa Fleming.

  3. 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.

      • Vicki Bohnhoff on

        Had the Orange Chicken from their outlet inside Pavillions in Culver City, CA and had a reaction. I thought I was safe since Chinese people usually don’t cook with milk. Also had the spring rolls so perhaps that was another contributor. This is disappointing since it tasted so good. It’s not worth it.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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.