A chiral quark model with covariant instantaneous interactions is formulated using relativistic thermodynamic Green functions. The approach is applied to the description of mesons as relativistic bound state in hot and dense quark matter. The Schwinger-Dyson equation for the quark mass operator is obtained for a covariant four-point interaction kernel. The Salpeter equations for quark-antiquark bound states in a two-component relativistic quark plasma are given in the scalar-pseudoscalar as well as vector-axial-vector channels. The case of nonvanishing total momentum of bound state relative to the medium is considered. Numerical results for the meson mass spectrum and the pion decay constant at finite temperature are presented for the special case of a separable interaction which can be applied to the case of more realistic potentials. 36 refs., 7 figs.