Updated April 2022! Panda Express is the largest Asian fast food chain in the U.S., specializing in American Chinese cuisine. They used to have some very odd menu labeling for milk, but we helped them get it fixed, so now every section of their menu is filled with dairy-free options, as noted below. This information is for the U.S., but their menu only varies slightly in Canada.
Panda Express Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes & Vegan Options
Allergen Notes: All items listed below are also egg-free by ingredients, except the Fried Rice and Hot & Sour Soup. The only item below that contains peanuts is the Kung Pao Chicken, and the only ones with tree nuts are the Crispy Almond Chicken Breast and Honey Walnut Shrimp. However, almost every menu item contains wheat and soy. There are no gluten-free entrees, appetizers, or sides (aside from plain rice) at Panda Express. We have labeled the few soy-free, dairy-free options below.
- Chicken Potstickers
- Vegetable Spring Rolls (vegan)
Heads Up! The Chicken Egg Rolls and Rangoons do contain milk.
- Hot & Sour Soup
- Chow Fun (vegan)
- Chow Mein (vegan)
- Fried Rice
- Super Greens (vegan)
- Brown Steamed Rice (vegan, soy-free)
- White Steamed Rice (vegan, soy-free)
- Beyond the Original Orange Chicken (limited time; vegan)
- Eggplant Tofu (vegan)
- Mapo Tofu with Beyond Beef (limited time; vegan)
- Super Greens (vegan)
- Asian Chicken
- Black Pepper Chicken
- Crispy Almond Chicken Breast
- Grilled Asian Chicken
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken
- Honey Sesame Chicken Breast
- Kung Pao Chicken
- Mushroom Chicken
- Potato Chicken
- String Bean Chicken Breast
- Sweet & Sour Chicken Breast (soy-free)
- Sweetfire Chicken Breast (soy-free)
- Teriyaki Chicken
Heads Up! The Orange Chicken at Panda Express does contain milk.
- Black Pepper Angus Steak
- Broccoli Beef
- Shanghai Angus Steak
- Wok-Seared Steak & Shrimp
Heads Up! The Beijing Beef at Panda Express does contain milk.
- Golden Treasure Shrimp
- Firecracker Shrimp
- Wok-Fired Shrimp
Heads Up! The Honey Walnut Shrimp and Steamed Ginger Fish at Panda Express do contain milk.
- Broccoli Beef Cub Meal
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Cub Meal
- Chili Sauce (vegan; soy-free)
- Hot Mustard (vegan; soy-free)
- Plum Sauce (vegan; soy-free)
- Potsticker Sauce (vegan)
- Soy Sauce (vegan)
- Sweet & Sour Sauce (vegan; soy-free)
- Teriyaki Sauce (vegan)
- Fortune Cookies
- Tree Top Apple Crisps
This Post is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, food sourcing, and restaurant protocols are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.
Each location of a chain restaurant has different management and staff, and some might have different owners. This means differences in processes, ingredients used, menu options, and food sourcing can occur. Always verify the safety of your order for your needs at your current location.
Where to Find Panda Express
There are over 2000 Panda Express locations in the U.S., with a smattering in other countries around the world. See the website below for addresses, hours, and online ordering.
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Truly Appreciate The Vegan Options
Really hard to find quick and easy vegan options for take out. This was an excellent quick review of possible choices to make.
Thanks for this info. One question – how do you know about the Honey Sesame Chicken? I’ve been on the allergen website and cannot find any information about this. Thanks again.
Response from Go Dairy Free
We’re proactive and get as much information as possible! We can’t rely solely on allergen charts because they quickly become outdated and are often incomplete. So we reach out to restaurant contacts to fill in information that’s missing, get custom order details, find out ingredients where possible, etc. Glad it is helpful for you!
Appreciate the "Heads Up" sections!
My go-tos were always the orange chicken and honey walnut shrimp with cream cheese rangoons, but I had to cut out dairy while breastfeeding because my son has a dairy allergy. This was super straightforward and helpful in knowing what to get, and what not to! I’ve had Panda express several times now and he hasn’t had any negative reactions
always good experiences
plenty of dairy free options. never had an issue of exposure. only thing i’ve noticed is they sometimes use same tongs to egg rolls and spring rolls
I appreciate you also adding the soy free options
You have always had correct information
🙏 thank you
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.
Exactly what I needed
This info is exactly what I needed! Thank you!
Response from Go Dairy Free
Happy to help!
Well Researched and Easy to Read
Great article! Thorough research and easy to read dairy free menu options. Thank you for doing the research for me! ?