Does Orange Chicken Have Dairy? (Answered)

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Milk or other dairy ingredients aren’t necessary to make orange chicken. However, do some orange chicken meals contain dairy anyway for taste, texture or other purposes?

Below you will learn if it is common for frozen, restaurant, and homemade orange chicken meals to contain dairy. Here is what you need to know…

Frozen Orange Chicken & Dairy

We reviewed the ingredients of the orange chicken products listed below to see if any contain dairy. These products are found in the frozen section of grocery stores and are heated at home for a relatively quick meal.

Of the 16 orange chicken products featured below, 7 have dairy ingredients. In other words, some frozen orange chicken meals have dairy while others do not.

It is vital that you read the product label if you wish to avoid dairy and/or other potential food allergens. The label will provide the most accurate and up-to-date ingredient and allergen information.

Orange Chicken ProductDairy Ingredients ?Listed Allergens
InnovAsianYes (Nonfat Dry Milk)Egg, Milk, Soy, Wheat
KahikiNoWheat, Egg, Soy
P.F. Chang’s Home MenuNoEgg, Soy, Wheat
Foster FarmsNoWheat, Soy
Tai PeiNoWheat, Soy
Lean Cuisine – Balance BowlsNoWheat, Sesame, Soy
Crazy Cuizine Mandarin Orange ChickenYes (Whey Solids)Milk, Egg, Soy, Wheat
Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers Sweet & Spicy Zest Orange ChickenNoSoy, Wheat
HartYes (Dried Whey Powder, Nonfat Dry Milk)Egg, Soy, Milk, Wheat
Crav’n Flavor Mandarin OrangeYes (Nonfat Dry Milk)Milk, Egg, Soy, Wheat
Member’s MarkNoEggs, Soy, Wheat
GreenWise Organic Skillet MealNoSoy
Meijer Skillet Meal Yes (Milk Solids, Whey)Milk, Wheat, Soy
Signature Select – World CuisineYes (Nonfat Milk, Whey Protein Isolate, Dehydrated Butter, Buttermilk Powder)Milk, Egg, Soy Wheat
KrogerNoWheat, Sesame Seeds, Soy
HEBYes (Nonfat Dry Milk)Milk, Wheat, Soy, Sesame

Be aware that we did not verify if any of the non-dairy products above were made in facility that uses share equipment where dairy cross-contamination might occur.

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Restaurant Orange Chicken & Dairy

Similar to frozen orange chicken, you should be cautious about eating restaurant orange chicken if you want to avoid dairy. As the table below shows, the orange chicken at some restaurants has dairy.

Be sure to review the restaurant’s allergen information before you dine if avoiding food allergens is a concern for you. The restaurant will have the most accurate information.

Orange ChickenDairy Ingredients
P.F. Chang’s – Orange ChickenYes
Panda Express – The Original Orange ChickenYes
Pei Wei – Orange ChickenNo
Pick Up Stix – General’s OrangeNo
Leeann Chin – Orange ChickenNo

Homemade Orange Chicken & Dairy

Orange chicken made at home is really the best way to avoid dairy if you wish to do so. You control the ingredients and can monitor for any potential cross-contamination. You aren’t relying upon a manufacturer or restaurant kitchen staff to get it right in regard to ensuring no dairy is in your food.

Fortunately, there are many orange chicken recipes online that have no milk or other dairy ingredients. In fact, we reviewed the first 15 recipes for orange chicken that pulled up through a Google search and found that no recipes called for dairy ingredients.

Given the abundant options for dairy-free homemade orange chicken recipes, you’re almost certain to find one you’ll love. Having made several ourselves, we can tell you that they can taste pretty similar and sometimes better than many delicious chain restaurant orange chicken meals.