Panda Express vegan options
Panda Express launched Beyond The Original Orange Chicken. | Panda Express; photo illustration by Eileen W. Cho for LIVEKINDLY

How to Eat Vegan at Panda Express

Panda Express has many vegan options to choose from. Here are all the plant-based menu offerings the chain has to offer.

In the mood for Chinese takeout? Then Panda Express’s vegan menu won’t let you down (and a trip is in order). The fast-food restaurant chain now offers several mouth-watering plant-based options you just have to try. Trust us.

Panda Express Expands Its Vegan Options

Founded in 1983 in California, Panda Express is known for its vegetable chow mein and zesty orange chicken. With more than 2,000 locations around the world, the chain is one of America’s largest Chinese fast food restaurant chains.

Finding a suitable vegan meal option at Panda Express used to be next to impossible. While many of the dishes were veggie-centric, animal products like chicken broth were usually in the recipe. Thankfully, times are changing. And the chain has responded to the growing demand for plant-based options. 

In February 2019, the company revealed it had added a number of plant-based items to its menu, like super greens mixed veggies, vegetable spring rolls, eggplant tofu, chow mein, and steamed white and brown rice. However, the company noted that while the menu items were free from animal products, they were prepared on shared equipment with animal ingredients.

So, what’s there to order vegan at the chain?

Panda Express vegan orange chicken
Here are all of the vegan options that Panda Express has to offer. | Beyond Meat

How to Eat Vegan at Panda Express

From rice to veggie spring rolls, Panda Express has delicious options for all to enjoy. Dig in.

Appetizers

Appease your grumbling belly at Panda Express. Yes, they have a vegan appetizer.

Vegetable Spring Rolls – Cabbage, celery, carrots, green onions, and Chinese noodles in a crispy wonton wrapper. Yum!

Entree

It’s time for the main course. And good news: On July 26, Panda Express launched Beyond The Original Orange Chicken. It’s only at select locations in New York and Los Angeles, but fingers crossed that it goes nationwide (very) soon. 

The eggplant tofu is a regional dish, so it’s also only available at select locations. But worry not. If your local Panda Express doesn’t carry this plant-based menu item, you can dig straight into the chain’s tasty veggie-centric sides listed in the next section. Happy eating.

Beyond The Original Orange Chicken – Crunchy plant-based chicken by Beyond Meat with the chain’s signature sweet and tangy sauce.

Eggplant Tofu – Lightly browned tofu, eggplant, and red bell peppers tossed in a sweet and spicy sauce.

Sides

Because who doesn’t love a heaping plateful of vegetable chow mein? Extra soy sauce, please.

Chow Mein – Features stir-fried wheat noodles with onions, celery, and cabbage.

Super Greens Mixed Veggies – A nutrient-packed combination of broccoli, kale, and cabbage.

Steamed White or Brown Rice (Yes to carbs.)

Still hungry? Check out our guides for eating vegan at Taco Bell, Dunkin’ Donuts, Subway, Carl’s Jr., Del Taco, and Burger King