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 in 2021, they began testing then ultimately rolled out The Beyond Orange Chicken to 70 locations across the United States for a limited time.

The 70 location roll out began on October 27, 2021 and as of January 2022, it appears the limited time is coming to an end in a majority of the locations. 

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

Beyond Orange Chicken from Panda Express
Beyond The Original Orange Chicken at Panda Express. October 2021.

Vegan Options at Panda Express


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.
Panda Express Vegan Options
Overhead pic of Panda Express’ Chow Mein, White Rice, Super Greens, Spring Rolls and a Fortune Cookie. March 2020.

Appetizers

  • Vegetable Spring Rolls*

Entrees

  • Beyond Orange Chicken.* Available in 70 locations (limited time offer) -> As of January 2022, it appears the limited time is coming to an end for a majority of the locations. 🙁
  • 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

Cookie

  • Fortune Cookie

Sauces

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

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

Please verify this with your location but we were told the new 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.

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 Livekindly and PETA.

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 is vegan–we were told they have their own oil and fryer.

The addition of the sauce is what makes it 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 website for exact locations. 


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Our Picks

Panda Express Chow Mein and Spring Rolls
Chow Mein, Super Greens and Spring Rolls from Panda Express (and don’t forget the fortune cookie!)

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

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  • To check out the Panda Express full nutritional menu and allergen information, see Panda Express Nutrition Info
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