Vegan Options at Panda Express (Updated 2022)

Vegan Options at Panda Express

Panda Express continues to make progress with it’s vegan options. Please know they do not claim to be vegetarian or vegan friendly, as most items do have cross-contamination.

We give you more info below but ultimately, you choose your comfort level with this.

In February 2019, thanks to the organizations Vegan Outreach and PETA, Panda Express took out chicken broth in the items that could be vegetarian/vegan.

And on October 27, 2021, they began testing and then ultimately rolled out The Beyond Orange Chicken* to 70 locations across the United States for a limited time. This lasted until January 2022.

As of September 7, 2022, Beyond Orange Chicken IS BACK! It still says it’s for a limited time but at least it’s at all locations this time. 🙂

Let’s get into what Panda Express has to offer!


Vegan Options at Panda Express


Cross-Contamination info is just below Sauces.

Easy Order

Choose any of the menu items a la carte or as meals. Super Greens can be counted as a Side and/or an Entree. You are allowed to make all of your entrees one menu item… same with the sides. 

  • Bowl. Choose 1 Side + 1 Entree.
  • Plate. Choose 1 Side + 2 Entrees.
  • Bigger Plate. Choose 1 Side + 3 Entrees.
  • Family Meal. Choose 2 Large Sides + 3 Large Entrees.
  • Cub Meal. Choose 1 Jr. Side + 1 Jr. Entree. Also comes with a Fruit Side and Bottled Water.

Appetizers

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls*
Beyond Orange Chicken from Panda Express
Beyond The Original Orange Chicken at Panda Express. October 2021.

Entrees

  • Beyond Orange Chicken.* (IT’S BACK! Still says for a limited time though)
  • Super Greens*
  • Eggplant Tofu.* This is a regional dish. Check with your location for availability. 

Sides

  • Chow Mein*
  • Super Greens*
  • Chow Fun*
  • Steamed Brown Rice
  • Steamed White Rice
Panda Express Vegan Options
Panda Express’ Chow Mein, Steamed White Rice, Super Greens and Spring Rolls.  2020

Cookie

  • Fortune Cookie

Sauces

  • Teriyaki
  • Sweet & Sour Sauce
  • Chili Sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Potsticker Sauce
  • Hot Mustard
  • Plum Sauce

Cross-Contamination

*Panda Express does share surfaces with animal products; therefore, cross-contamination can/will occur. The woks are shared but are wiped out after each item.

Please verify this with your location (if it is a concern for you)… We were told the Beyond Orange Chicken is fried in a separate fryer with its own oil but when the sauce is added, it is added in a shared wok. We have also been told that some locations are frying it in the same fryer as animal products. 

Panda Express will not call any of their items vegetarian or vegan friendly. Be aware of this due to cross-contamination. You choose your level of comfort.

Note: VeggL is a US-based website. All info contained on our site (and app) is regarding US based locations.


Panda Express Vegan FAQ


Panda Express
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Does Panda Express use Chicken Broth in their Vegetarian/Vegan Items?

No. Panda Express used to use chicken broth but thanks to petitions from Vegan Outreach and PETA, in February 2019, the chicken broth was removed from the vegetarian and vegan-friendly items.

For more info on this, check out these two articles from LivekindlyOpens in a new tab. and PETA.Opens in a new tab.

Are the noodles at Panda Express vegan?

The Chow Mein noodles at Panda Express are vegan but they do share a wok. We were told the woks are wiped clean after but it is still a shared surface.

Are the veggie rolls at Panda Express vegan?

Yes. The Vegetable Spring Rolls are vegan. I feel like this goes without saying, but just for clarity, the Chicken Egg Roll is not.

Does the Chow Mein at Panda Express contain egg?

No. According to their ingredients list, the Chow Mein does not contain egg. 

Does Panda Express offer Vegan Orange Chicken?

Let’s first answer if the Beyond Orange Chicken is vegan. The ingredients of the Orange Chicken are vegan. The frying process may be vegan–we were told they have their own oil and fryer. But we suggest verifying this with your location if it is a concern for you because we were also told some locations are frying it with animal products.

The addition of the sauce is what makes it 100% cross-contaminated. They use a wok that has been wiped clean but has shared it’s surface with animal products. You choose your comfort level with this. And if you still have concerns, please ask your location for more information.

Timeline:

For a limited time, beginning in July 2021, Panda Express began testing Beyond Orange Chicken in specific locations. They started in NYC and in southern California.

As of October 27, 2021, they have expanded this test to include locations in Washington state, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia, Florida and they expanded to other cities in California. Visit the Panda Express websiteOpens in a new tab. for exact locations. This lasted until January 2022. 

As of September 7, 2022, IT IS BACK! Still says for a limited time on the Panda Express website but it is now at ALL locations.


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Our Picks

Ryan’s Pick: Big fan of the Beyond Orange Chicken, Chow Mein and Spring Rolls. 

Jen’s Pick: I have yet to see the Eggplant Tofu available at our local location but I have tried and really like The Beyond Orange Chicken, Chow Mein, Super Greens, Steamed White Rice and Spring Rolls. It’s nice to make a “bowl” with all of these and then eat the Spring Rolls on the side. 


More Info

  • If you’d like to see Panda Express’ full menu, check out their Official Menu Page
  • To check out the Panda Express full nutritional menu and allergen information, see Panda Express Nutrition Info
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